Cadillac is Working on an Electric Escalade with 400 Miles of Range
【Summary】It looks like GM might use its luxury subsidiary Cadillac to introduce its contender in the electric SUV segment.
The Tesla model X SUV was the first fully-electric SUV to hit the market and the company's next model will be the Model Y crossover, which is a testament to the growing popularity of fully-electric SUVs.
Detroit automaker General Motors was one of the first mainstream carmakers to join Tesla by venturing into the electric car segment with the Bolt EV. Now it looks like GM might use its luxury subsidiary Cadillac to introduce its contender in the growing electric SUV segment.
The next-generation Cadillac Escalade is slated to make its debut in 2021 model year and GM plans to follow it up with an electric version. Early reports claim that the fifth-generation of Cadillac Escalade will be offered in three variants, which will also include a performance model.
The latest updates from GM indicate that the all-electric Escalade will offer a 400 mile range. The electrified Escalade will be competing against other battery-powered SUVs in the segment, including the Tesla Model X and Rivian R1S.
As of now, the Tesla Model X only comes with a 325-mile range and electric truck startup Rivian has announced that it will offer a long-range version of fully-electric R1S SUV with 410 miles of range.
Cadillac plans to introduce the luxury electric model with its own separate launch to mark its debut.
Introducing the electric powertrain model at a later stage in the fifth-generation Escalade's life cycle will also help Cadillac keep its portfolio fresh.
Tesla might also refresh its Model X SUV to extend its range by the time Cadillac and Rivian introduce their products in the segment. The electric Cadillac Escalade will likely offer GM's latest Super Cruise semi-autonomous hands-free driver-assistance system.
We expect that the electric powertrain will further add to the Escalade's luxury appeal as the quiet electric motor will only enhance the experience inside the cabin.
Although rumors are swirling around the electric Escalade, the company has refrained from divulging further details about the all-electric model.
Considering the Escalade's dimensions and weight estimates, GM will have to really work on the Escalade's electric powertrain and battery pack to meet the 400-mile range mark.
Manish Kharinta is a automotive writer based in the Los Angeles area. He has worked for automotive industry websites TheSmokingClutch.com, CarDekho.com and CarBikeindia.com. His experience ranges from covering auto shows, to car reviews and breaking automotive news. Manish aims to bring forth his unique perspective on automotive design and technological innovations in the automotive industry.
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