Bringing V-series performance to Cadillac‘s premium full-size SUV, the 2023 Cadillac Escalade-V trim level is a new addition to the third year of the nameplate’s fifth generation. Now, GM Authority has learned that the Onyx Package (RPO code PDB) is currently unavailable to order for the 2023 Escalade-V.
GM normally offers the Onyx Package for the 2023 Cadillac Escalade-V and Escalade-V ESV for an additional $4,795. The package contains the following elements (relevant RPO codes are listed in parenthesis):
- Monochrome Cadillac emblems, LPO (SFZ)
- Gloss Black Escalade nameplate, LPO (RIK)
- 22-inch Forged Multi-Spoke alloy wheels with Satin Graphite finish and Laser Etching, LPO (SQO)
- Wheel locks
Notably, the Onyx Package offers different wheels for the Escalade-V than it does when ordered in conjunction with the Sport and Sport Platinum trim levels. This package is available for $2,895 on the 2023 Cadillac Escalade Sport and Sport Platinum trims, but with 22-inch 12-Spoke Gloss Black finish alloy wheels (RPO code SSX) instead.
The 22-inch Forged Multi-Spoke alloy wheels with Satin Graphite finish and Laser Etching wheels (RPO code SQO) are normally also available as a $4,395 standalone option on the Escalade-V, but are also currently unavailable to order on both the 2023 Escalade-V and Escalade-V ESV.
As a reminder, the 2023 Cadillac Escalade-V adds a fresh level of performance to the luxury SUV lineup with its exclusive powerplant option, the supercharged 6.2L V8 LT4 engine developing 682 horsepower and 653 pound-feet of torque. Cog swaps are provided by the GM 10-speed automatic transmission (MHS) specifically calibrated for the Escalade-V.
A full-time active all-wheel drive system with variable torque splitting and standard electronic limited-slip differential puts the power to the ground. Escalade V-series upgrades also include standard Magnetic Ride Control 4.0 and Air Adaptive Ride paired with specially tuned rear air springs and damper hardware, along with V-Series specific software calibrations.
The GM T1 platform provides structure under the body panels, with an independent rear suspension setup introduced in conjunction with the 2021 model-year overhaul. Production of the 2023 Cadillac Escalade takes place at the GM Arlington plant in Texas.