Per GM’s ambitions to launch 30 new all-electric models globally by 2025, the iconic Cadillac Escalade SUV is getting EV’d via the upcoming Cadillac Escalade IQ. Critically, the new Escalade IQ was recently spotted testing as a camo-clad prototype, and despite the covers, there are several interesting styling features to dissect. These include the wheels, which incorporate an eight-lug configuration and a design inspired by those of the Cadillac Celestiq.
Looking at the rollers on the Escalade IQ prototype alongside the wheels on the Cadillac Celestiq, a number of similarities jump out. For starters, there are several parallels in the design and layout, with both wheels incorporating wide spokes offset with thin inner spokes, creating a sort of pinwheel effect. While the Cadillac Celestiq runs 23-inch wheels, this Cadillac Escalade IQ prototype is riding on 24-inchers. The Escalade IQ will also run 275/50R24 tires, the same size rubber as the Chevy Silverado EV RST and GMC Sierra EV Denali Edition.
Notably, the internal-combustion-powered Cadillac Escalade will also offer up a set of 24-inch wheels per the SUV’s forthcoming refresh. However, unlike the eight-lug configuration of the Cadillac Celestiq and Cadillac Escalade IQ, the wheels under the ICE-powered Escalade refresh will incorporate a six-lug layout.
It’s also worth noting that the Chevy Silverado EV, GMC Sierra EV, and GMC Hummer EV all use eight-lug wheels. Each of these models (as well as the Cadillac Escalade IQ) ride on the EV-dedicated GM BT1 platform to boot.
Looking ahead, GM is expected to launch an extended-length Escalade IQL variant for the all-electric SUV following the launch of the standard-length model. This echoes comments made by GM President Mark Reuss last year when he said that the size differences and wheelbase differences present in GM’s full-size SUVs will be done “again in a much more innovative way” with regard to GM’s upcoming, full-sized, all-electric utility vehicles.
Finally, GM Authority was the first to report that the Cadillac Escalade IQ is targeted to offer 400 miles of range.