Cadillac’s high-performance, V-Series Escalade is officially on the horizon
As the sneak peeks hinted, we expect this upcoming, sporty Escalade model to be powered by a version of the LT4, a supercharged, 6.2-liter, direct-injected V-8. All we know for now is that more details are coming this spring and, in our opinion at least, the new V-Series fascia looks great—it’s appropriately athletic and purposeful. The V-Series’ face resemble that of more sedate Escalades but boasts more blacked-out trim near the vertical running lamps and a more gaping opening beneath the shield-shaped grille.
Combine the added 200+ hp of a supercharged V-8 with the Escalade’s already outstanding magnetic ride control, and this super SUV could shoot to the top of a lot of buyers’ wish lists.
As this would mark the LT4’s first truck-based application, the supercharged V-8 engine may get a unique designation and a tune that is more befitting of a heavy vehicle; but looking at the LT4’s torque curve, the mill shouldn’t require any drastic change, like a new cam. Mopar has proven that a fire-breathing V-8 does just fine in SUVs and big trucks, so it’s about time Cadillac cashes in on the demand.
Now that Cadillac has broken ground for GM, can we get a supercharged V-8 in a ZR2 Silverado next?