General Motors has announced plans to unveil an all-electric version of its flagship Cadillac Escalade later this year. The new SUV, named the Escalade IQ, follows Cadillac’s ongoing electric vehicle (EV) naming strategy that started with the launch of the Lyriq crossover and the upcoming Celestiq sedan.
GM’s move towards electric vehicles comes as no surprise, as the company aims to fully transition Cadillac into an EV brand by 2030. Cadillac has been tight-lipped about the specifics of the vehicle, except to confirm in a press release it will feature “the same commitment to craftsmanship, technology and performance that has helped the Escalade nameplate dominate the large luxury SUV segment for the last 20 years.”
The automaker also revealed an up-close look at the badging of the Escalade IQ, which you can see above, not revealing any design cues in the process.
The Escalade IQ will likely utilize GM’s Ultium battery cells, which are the driving force behind GM’s next-generation EV lineup. Given the Escalade is a large SUV, it would not be surprising to see GM stuff it with another massive battery pack nearing 200kWh. With likely less weight to move around than the Hummer EV ,which has a 212kWh pack and 329 mile (530km) range, the Escalade IQ will probably have a driving range in the ballpark of 350 to 400 miles (563km to 644km).