2022 Cadillac Escalade Could Get Hi-Performance Version

The new generation of the legendary Escalade is here. The recent redesign has brought a lot of novelties and this SUV is now way better than before. If features a completely new design, based on GM’s familiar T1 architecture, while underprints the whole lineup that includes models like Yukon, Tahoe, Suburban etc. Of course, this model is far more luxurious than the aforementioned models and offers a great balance between comfort and utility. All in all, it would be hard to expect any significant updates for the 2022 Cadillac Escalade, which will represent the second production year of the current generation.

Still, the latest rumors don’t say that. Instead, we are getting reports that GM may offer a hi-performance version of the SUV, which would come with the familiar “V” badge. At this point, this is just a rumor, so we will have to wait for the officials to find out if this is happening or not. In any case, we expect to see the 2022 Cadillac Escalade sometime late in the year.

2022 Cadillac Escalade

2022 Cadillac Escalade Redesign

Whether the new version comes or not, the standard model will carry on in the same way. We are talking about a pretty fresh design, which has brought improvements in various aspects. The new model is lighter and more efficient. Still, more importantly, it brings improvements in terms of comfort, handling and overall ride quality. Of course, there is a new styling, based on the Escala concept. It brings a more stylish and far more mature look, compared to the previous generations.

When it comes to the 2022 Cadillac Escalade-V, we presume it would come with a couple of important upgrades. This particularly refers to things like suspension setup, brakes and chassis in general. Of course, we would expect to see some styling upgrades too, aligned with the model’s performance character.


Bigger changes on the inside won’t happen either. The new generation has brought a completely new layout, characterized by a more attractive appearance, new tech features and finer materials. The dashboard is highlighted with a whole bunch of screens, which includes three units with a total size of 38 inches diagonally. Of course, the infotainment screen is the biggest and if offers more than 16 inches.  The rest of the cabin looks very prestigious as well.

2022 Cadillac Escalade interior

In terms of the passenger space, all three rows are very generous and we can say for sure that they are adult-friendly, even the third one. The cargo area also offers impressive numbers. You may count in about  25.5 cubic feet of space behind the third-row seats and 72.9 cubic feet with the third row folded down. Folding all of the rear seats opens up 121 cubic feet of space. It that’s not enough for you, there is also a long-wheelbase version in the offer, which offers 41.5 cubic feet of space behind the third row, 94.1 cubic feet behind the second row, and a maximum cargo capacity of 142.8 cubic feet. That’s significantly more compared to any other luxury SUV on the market.


Once again, there is no room for bigger improvements. A couple of novelties could come, but most of the things are about to remain the same. Therefore, expect base models equipped with goodies like a 16.9-inch touch screen, a 7.2-inch digital control panel, a 14.2-inch digital instrument cluster, wireless Android Auto, wireless Apple CarPlay, a 19-speaker AKG Studio stereo, wireless device charging, Bluetooth, two USB ports, navigation, a Wi-Fi hot spot, satellite radio, a household-style power outlet, proximity keyless entry, remote start, tri-zone automatic climate control, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, and a universal garage door opener.

When it comes to options, the current list includes a 36-speaker AKG Studio Reference surround-sound stereo and a rear-seat entertainment system with two 12.6-inch touch screens, a moonroof, air ionizer, center console refrigerator and more.

2022 Cadillac Escalade

2022 Cadillac Escalade Engines

Things under the hood are also about to remain the same, at least when it comes to standard models. Base versions will carry on with a familiar 6.2-liter V8 engine, which puts out around 420 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque. There is also an optional 3.0-liter V6 turbodiesel, which is good for 277 horses and 460 pound-feet of torque. Both engines come in pair with a 10-speed automatic transmission.

When it comes to the possible 2022 Cadillac Escalade-V hi-performance version, some sources were suggesting Cadillac’s LTA twin-turbo engine. However, that engine seems way expensive for the Escalade. So, an upgraded version of the 6.2-liter V8 seems far more likely. At this point, it’s still early to estimate some numbers.

2022 Cadillac Escalade Release Date and Price

We expect to see the 2022 Cadillac Escalade sometime late in the year, with a starting price of around 77.500 dollars. Key competitors are models like Lincoln Navigator, Mercedes-Benz GLS, BMW X7 etc.

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