Cadillac is releasing a new electric Escalade for 2025, the Escalade IQ. The new SUV is Cadillac’s first electric, full-sized SUV, with new technology and an alternate design to the classic luxury car we know.
What is the 2025 Cadillac Escalade IQ?
The 2025 Cadillac Escalade IQ has a new design incorporating comfort features, most notably the panoramic moonroof and the ‘pillar-to-pillar’ 55-inch LED display. However, the screen splits off in the middle, dividing the screen for drivers and front passengers, giving the driver a similar utility to the 38-inch OLED screen on the Escalade.
The range for the Escalade IQ is 450 miles, delivered from a 24-module Ultium battery with an 800-volt DC for fast charging. In perspective, a 10-minute fast charge provides drivers with up to 100 miles of range. This powers the vehicle to 680 horsepower with 750 horsepower in Velocity Max mode and 615 lbs of torque or 785lbs in Velocity Max.
The signature Escalade look with its boxy figure has now been smoothed out and curved at the hood and rear, but overall the dimensions are approximately the same, if not just slightly bigger. For example, the vehicle now has an increased overall length of 224.3 inches compared to 211.9 inches from its predecessor and an increased width of 94.1 inches compared to 81.1 inches. The Escalade IQ also has the front hood utilized as a ‘frunk’ with an extra 12 cubic feet of storage.
Is the 2025 Cadillac Escalade Iq Worth it?
The 2025 Cadillac Escalade IQ will start at $130,000. Compared to its gas-fueled companion in 2023, the Cadillac Escalade starts at $80,795 but typically averages more. In 2024, Cadillac also unveiled a performance level, V-series, starting at $149,695.
Drivers will lose a slight touch out of the traditional Escalade they know and love, but at the cost of new technology to emphasize its modern and ultra-luxurious craftsmanship. Cadillac states its new design “is estimated to be the most aerodynamic full-size SUV ever produced by GM, with an approximately 15 percent lower coefficient of drag than previous generations”, according to the vehicle’s release.
In addition to the safety and driver features already seen in other Cadillac models like One-Pedal Driving and Regen on Demand in their EV line, Cadillac includes the features buyers typically get as add-ons or on the higher trims of the Escalade as standard.
The Escalade IQ also offers Ultium Energy Recovery. This heat pump thermal system allows battery usage to be optimized and minimized between the power in performance and the five-zone climate in the cabin.
Technology in the cabin also includes power folding seats in the third row and automatic powered doors in the rear command center. Rear passengers also get a 12.6-inch infotainment screen, which could make up for the loss of the built-in cooler from the 2023 Escalade and Escalade V.
The $130,000 price tag for the new electric Escalade can be attractive for buyers looking for a full-sized SUV with added comfort and additional features. The 2024 Cadillac Escalade IQ will be available in late 2024.