Fordredesign.com – The large 24-inch wheels packed in 35-inch rubber assist to mask the size of the 2025 Cadillac Escalade IQ in pictures, but the Escalade IQ looks adequately massive in person. Its length falls between that of the standard Escalade and that of the extended Escalade ESV, and its sloping roofline is evocative of the electric Lyriq and XT-series SUVs.
The Escalade has shouted wealth, power, and luxury with a very American flavor since its launch in 1998. It will soon appeal to buyers’ environmental concerns for the first time with an all-electric powerplant. The all-electric Escalade IQ will go on sale in summer 2024.
The design just goes bad at the back. We like the big, sloping D-pillar, and while the black-painted roof divides, it’s optional. Although the lighting is tolerable, it decreases the IQ’s rear storage space. The issue is with the taillights, which are separated from the body by the body and the D-pillars. They appear to be leftovers from styling the rest of the Escalade IQ, with one set of CT4 taillights (placed upside-down to avoid discovery) and the top set from a first-generation CR-V.
2025 Cadillac Escalade IQ Interior
The electric Escalade IQ redeems itself on the inside. A cabin that combines the future and the present is hidden behind doors that may be customized with power-opening capabilities. The biggest draw is a massive screen that stretches almost from one end of the dashboard to the other—a significant stretch in a vehicle the size of the Escalade IQ.
Screen space dominates the interior of the 2025 Cadillac Escalade IQ. On the dashboard, a 35.0-inch driver display connects to a 25.0-inch passenger screen. Another 11.0-inch touchscreen controls climate and ambient lighting, but the exquisite leather wraps, with polished metal accents and ambient lighting inlaid into the door panels right above the armrests, take precedence over the pixels.
2025 Cadillac Escalade IQ Engine Specs
The Cadillac Escalade IQ 2025 will be powered by a dual-motor all-wheel-drive powertrain with “up to” 750 horsepower and 785 pound-feet of torque. What does “up to” mean exactly? Cadillac specifies these parameters for the Velocity Max mode of the Escalade IQ, which we think is Cadillac’s reaction to the Watts to Freedom (WTF) configuration of the Hummer EV.
With Velocity Max active, Cadillac claims a 0-60 time of less than 5.0 seconds, which doesn’t strike us as particularly quick. Consider that the Tesla Model Y can hit 60 mph in 4.1 seconds if you just press the throttle—but the Model Y doesn’t weigh more than four tons, which is what we believe the Escalade IQ will.
Battery Life and Charging
Although the EPA has not yet approved a driving range estimate for the 2025 Cadillac Escalade IQ, GM hopes the all-electric Escalade will be able to travel 450 miles on a single charge. The Escalade IQ’s 200.0 kWh Ultium battery pack must work smarter rather than harder to achieve this.
The Escalade IQ’s 800-volt architecture will reduce downtime to a minimum when it comes time to recharge its large battery bank; the system is said to handle DC-fast charging speeds that can supposedly deliver a range improvement of 100 miles in 10 minutes. The IQ can achieve 19.2 kW AC, or around 36 miles per hour of range, when charging at a Level 2 charger. We’ll update this section once EPA estimations and results from our own 75-mph highway driving range test become available.
2025 Cadillac Escalade IQ Price and Release Date
The Escalade IQ will be able to power both external gadgets and homes supplied with GM Energy’s Ultium Home equipment. In terms of production, Cadillac will build the Escalade IQ at the Hamtramck Assembly Center in Detroit, Michigan. The 2025 Cadillac Escalade IQ is set to arrive in dealerships next summer, with prices starting around $130,000.