For some time now, GM has been hinting a future fully electric, full-size Cadillac SUV. Now, during the recent GM Investor Day presentation, GM President Mark Reuss confirmed that such a vehicle is on the way, which should be called the Cadillac Escalade IQ, while its extended-wheelbase variant should be the Escalade IQL. These large, all-electric SUVs are expected to debut sometime during the 2024 calendar year.
“You can imagine what this competes with and where it competes. Again, this will be a pinnacle of design and execution,” said Reuss. “Some of the things we learned on Celestiq will find their way into these vehicles, which I think is going to wow the world once again. Even after the Escalade that we sell today, even in V form, so there’s some great things happening here.”
Speaking of the extended-length variant, “the wheelbase differences we have today and the size base differences we have today on our full-size SUVs, we’re going to do it again in a much more innovative way, though. You’re going to see things here, design, size, platform sharing-wise, but also technology-wise, that will be very different from what we execute today. We’re pretty much finished with the design, and going for production,” Reuss added.
This recent confirmation comes as no surprise, as GM has been leaving clues about an EV SUV for quite a while now. In fact, back in November 2021, The General filed to trademark the Escalade IQ and Escalade IQL names. These full-size SUVs will ride on the GM BT1 platform, which also underpins the GMC Hummer EV Pickup, the GMC Hummer EV SUV, the GMC Sierra EV, and the Chevy Silverado EV.
Overall, Cadillac plans to field four all-electric models by 2025, excluding the Cadillac Lyriq. Thus far, the luxury marque has confirmed the Cadillac Celestiq and the full-size SUVs we expect will be the Escalade IQ and Escalade IQL. GM Authority also recently spotted a small electric Cadillac crossover undergoing testing. These vehicles contribute to GM’s overarching goal to launch 30 new EVs globally by 2025.