General Motors pulled the sheets on the all-new 2025 Cadillac Escalade IQ in August, revealing the first ever all-electric production SUV to wear the iconic Cadillac Escalade nameplate. Among the many highlights is a 24-module, 200 kWh GM Ultium battery pack, which is included as the exclusive battery option at launch. However, the all-electric Escalade will very likely offer a battery with less capacity than the current 200 kWh unit some time in the future.
During the Cadillac Escalade IQ reveal, GM Authority Executive Editor Alex Luft spoke with Cadillac Escalade IQ Chief Engineer Mandi Damman, asking if there were any Escalade IQ variants with lower power levels or smaller battery capacities in the works.
Damman’s answer was short:
“In time, there may be.”
While not exactly specific, it certainly sounds like GM will offer a Cadillac Escalade IQ model with a lower battery capacity sometime in the future. So what would such a thing look like? To answer that, let’s first see what’s on deck with the 200 kWh battery pack available at launch. As it stands, the Cadillac Escalade IQ will lay down 680 horsepower and 615 pound-feet of torque in Normal Mode, or 750 horsepower and 785 pound-feet of torque in Velocity Max mode. Put the hammer down and the all-electric Escalade will sprint to 60 mph in less than five seconds. Maximum range per charge is estimated at 450 miles, while 800-volt DC quick charge capabilities will provide 100 miles of range in 10 minutes.
So then, what would a lower capacity battery entail? While it’s unclear to say exactly, we can point to the Chevy Silverado EV WT, which will soon become available with a 20-module battery pack that will deliver an estimated 350 miles of range per charge, suggesting that a Cadillac Escalade IQ equipped with a lower capacity battery pack could also offer a range of roughly 350 miles. It also bears mentioning that the all-electric Escalade will offer a lower capacity battery in conjunction with the upcoming Tech trim level, which will be offered as the base trim, slotting underneath the Luxury and Sport trims offered at launch.
Finally, the lower capacity battery will likely result in less weight and a lower a cost for the SUV. As a reminder, the Cadillac Escalade IQ will start at $130,000 at launch, and rides on the GM BT1 platform. Production takes place at the GM Factory Zero plant in Michigan.