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All-Electric 2025 Escalade IQ Explained by Cadillac’s Engineers and Designers

Cadillac recently unveiled the all-new 2025 Escalade IQ, a fully electric interpretation of the full-size SUV that’s become a powerful icon and status symbol in North America. It’s also an eloquent expression of the major transformation the auto industry is undergoing.

“Escalade IQ raises the standard just as the original Escalade redefined luxury a quarter-century ago,” said John Roth, vice president, Global Cadillac. “This reimagining of an icon marks the next step in Cadillac’s all-electric future.”

The Escalade IQ was envisioned to be the best-driving, most maneuverable Escalade to date, and the collaboration between Cadillac engineers and designers ensured the production model remained faithful to the goal. Naturally, it is based on GM’s excellent Ultium modular architecture and uses the automaker’s Ultifi software platform to support and deliver ongoing software updates to its expansive technologies.

“Escalade IQ is first and foremost a Cadillac and delivers on a promise of innovative design supported by spirited performance and cutting-edge technologies,” said Jamie Brewer, executive chief engineer. “The EV-specific architecture allows us to deliver a driving experience aligned with Cadillac’s philosophy of isolated precision—quiet, smooth and effortless with a strong connection to the road for an engaging experience.”

When it comes to performance, the Escalade IQ features an adaptive air suspension with Magnetic Ride Control 4.0, with power (up to 750 hp and 785 lb-ft. of torque) transferred to the gigantic 24-inch wheels via front and rear drive motors that work in conjunction as an eAWD system. Meanwhile, Four-Wheel Steer technology reduces the turning diameter to only 12 metres for greater maneuverability at lower speeds. It also enhances handling and stability at higher speeds, particularly when trailering.

A 24-module Ultium battery with a capacity of more than 200 kWh provides the required energy. It can add up to 160 km of range in about 10 minutes of charge time through a 350kW DC fast charger. Overall, the battery delivers an amazing range of up to 724 km, Cadillac says. Think about that.

The Escalade IQ also features a suite of standard active safety and driver assistance features, most notably Super Cruise hands-free driving technology. 

Reimagining Design Through Electrification

The Escalade IQ boasts as much presence and prestige as its ICE-powered predecessors, but its dedicated EV architecture provided the design team a blank-slate approach to styling. The result is a reimagined yet familiar Escalade. On the outside, the new design pushed the wheels farther to the corners for a more powerful-looking and planted stance. At the same time, improved aerodynamics means a 15 percent reduction in drag coefficient. Oh, and there’s a 340-litre trunk under the hood, where the gas-burning V8 would normally reside.

“Our intent for the Escalade IQ was to amplify the Escalade DNA with a distinctively premium profile and heroic stance,” said Bryan Nesbitt, executive director, Global Cadillac Design.

“We have added more sculpture to every surface,” continued his colleague Jawook Koo, design manager, Cadillac Exteriors. “It looks simple, but you see a graceful transition of every surface along with strong bodylines with gesture. It’s such attention to detail that makes it more expressive.”

Inside, the new Escalade IQ seamlessly melds thoughtful details with advanced technologies, creating an interior environment befitting the iconic Escalade name. Inspired by the worlds of architecture, upscale furnishings, fashion and more, the cabin is open, airy and spacious. Cadillac’s goal was to deliver an immersive experience that would raise the bar for luxury.

“We pushed for more expressive colours and more artistic trim finishes, creating fully designed ‘themes’ the customer can choose,” said Craig Sass, design manager, Cadillac Interiors. “Additionally, ultra-premium materials and thoughtful finishing touches add a tactile sensation. Indeed, every element of the vehicle is intended to deepen the connection between the customer and their vehicle.”

The main highlight is the pillar-to-pillar, 55-inch LED curved display. The infotainment system features Google Built-in including Google Assistant, Google Maps and Google Play. Perhaps you’ll prefer the available Executive Second-Row Seating package that comes with massaging seats, stowable tray tables, 12.6-inch personal screens, a rear command centre screen and two wireless phone charging pads. Let’s not forget the incredible AKG Studio Reference sound system with 19, 36 or even 40 speakers depending on the model.

Production of the 2025 Cadillac Escalade IQ will begin next summer at GM’s Factory ZERO Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly Center in Michigan, where the GMC Hummer EV and Chevrolet Silverado EV are also built. Pricing for Canada has yet to be announced, but the vehicle starts at $130,000 in the U.S.