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2022 Cadillac Escalade V Preview- Release Date, Performance, Interior, Specs, Features,Trims, Rivals

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April 14, 2021 at 07:19 AM

With immense foreign competition stealing the performance SUV market share in the country, the 2022 Lincoln Navigator V throws a much-anticipated sucker punch at its German rivals. Housing a gnarly 6.2L Supercharged V8 putting down north of 650 horsepower, America finally has a proper answer to the likes of the 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLS AMG 63, Lincoln Navigator Black Badge, BMW Alpina XB7, and the Land Rover Range Rover SV Autobiography Dynamic

Bearing an expected price of $110,000 for its base variant, the 2022 iteration of the Cadillac Escalade V, which marks the entry of the sports SUV into the market, is set for launch late in 2021. The Cadillac Escalade V is expected to uphold the values of its mainstream counterpart while adding extra power to deliver higher performance by adding a supercharged unit of the base V8 engine. While it has been up the brand’s sleeve for a long time, the 2022 model of the Escalade V could be the game-changer in the segment.

2022 Cadillac Escalade V Trims and Features

The Cadillac Escalade V as a performance variant will be available as a single trim offering that is chock full of features and scores highly on functionality and utility. It is expected that under the hood of the Escalade V will be a supercharged unit of the base 6.2L V8 engine which is pegged to be rated at 650hp of power and 650lb.-ft of torque.

Price (Expected)

$110,000

Release Date

Late 2021

Engine

6.2L V8 Supercharged

Transmission

10-speed automatic

Drivetrain

RWD/AWD

Changes

All-new model

With a capacious cabin and conspicuous design, the Cadillac Escalade in its performance avatar, the V, is expected to garner attention similar to its mainstream counterpart, for it is also touted to be nimble and comfortable in its ride despite a sportier outlook. It is anticipated that the Escalade V, will be placed in the segment that features the likes of the 2021 Mercedes-Benz AMG GLS 63, 2021 BMW Alpina XB7, 2021 Land Rover Range Rover SV Autobiography Dynamic, and the 2021 Lincoln Navigator Black Label.

What are the Prices, Features, and trims of the 2022 Cadillac Escalade V?

The 2022 Cadillac Escalade V is expected to be available as a single-trim offering and will bear an expected MSRP of $110,000. It will be filled to the brim with hi-tech and advanced features while carrying over a major chunk of its specifications from the Escalade itself like a heads-up display, automatic parking, rear parking aid, and a premium sound system. 

The V will be available with both a rear-wheel and an all-wheel-drivetrain (RWD and AWD) options. Like every other trim of the Escalade, the V is expected to have a difference of around $3,000 between its two options, with the AWD variant asking a sum of $113,000.

Trim

Cadillac Escalade V

MSRP (RWD)

$110,000

MSRP (AWD)

$113,000

Key Features

Smart Device Integration

 

Cruise Control

 

Adaptive Suspension System

 

Heated front and rear seats

 

Three-row seating configurations

 

Satellite and HD Radio

With its long list of standard and optional features already doing rounds in the market, the Cadillac Escalade V is speculated to be a practical and anticipated offering in the segment, that features powerful engines and vaunts performance as its strongest suit. Apart from the standard specifications, the Escalade V is expected to receive cosmetic updates including more aerodynamic bits to the exterior design and magnetic ride control.

What is the engine in the 2022 Cadillac Escalade V and how does it perform?

The Cadillac Escalade V, will, in all probabilities make use of a supercharged 6.2L V8 engine that is expected to be good for 650hp of power and 650lb.-ft of torque. While its engine has been tuned to churn out almost 200 additional units of power and torque, the Escalade V is predicted to make use of the standard 10-speed automatic transmission system while being either an RWD or AWD option.

In terms of competition, the Lincoln Navigator Black Badge is the only V6 engine sourced SUV in the segment and produces the lowest outputs. While this Cadillac is anticipated to produce the highest amount of power and torque in the segment, the less powerful and uber-luxurious Mercedes-Benz GLS 63 AMG and BMW Alpina XB7 manage quicker timings. The Land Rover Range Rover SV Autobiography Dynamic is the only four-wheel-drive variant in the segment.

Model

2022 Cadillac Escalade V

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLS AMG 63

2021 Lincoln Navigator Black Badge

2021 BMW Alpina XB7

2021 Land Rover Range Rover SV Autobiography Dynamic

MSRP

$1,13,000

$134,090

$98,125

$141,300

$179,500

Engine

6.2L V8

4.0L Biturbo V8

3.5L V6

4.4L V8

5.0L V8

Drivetrain

AWD

AWD

AWD

AWD

4WD

Transmission

10-speed automatic

9-Speed Tiptronic

10-speed automatic

8-speed automatic

8-speed automatic

Power

650hp

603hp

450hp

612hp

557hp

Torque

650lb.-ft

627lb.-ft

510lb.-ft

590lb.-ft

516lb.-ft

0-60 MPH (seconds)

4.5-5 seconds

4.1 seconds

5.9 seconds

4 seconds

4.9 seconds

Quarter mile (mph)

N/A

12 seconds

14.5 seconds

12.4 seconds

13.3 seconds

Top Speed (MPH)

N/A

174 MPH

157 MPH

180 MPH

N/A

The Cadillac Escalade V is likely to boost from 0-60 MPH mark sometime between the 4.5-5 second range, while the Mercedes-Benz AMG GLS 63 and BMW Alpina XB7 can achieve a similar feat in 4.1 and 4 seconds respectively. Irrespective of its size and dimensions, the V is expected to be quick and fast-moving on its feet, something buyers would anticipate from it. While quarter-mile and top speed figures are not yet available, the Cadillac Escalade V is expected to deliver amiable performance across the board.

What MPG figures does the 2022 Cadillac Escalade V offer?

The Cadillac Escalade in its conventional luxury SUV avatar manages a combined efficiency of 17 and 16 MPG respectively with the RWD and AWD variants respectively. However, with the performance-focused V variant, fuel efficiency is expected to drop by a notch or two. The Cadillac Escalade V is rated to manage 13MPG in the city and 18MPG on the highway.

While the Cadillac Escalade V is expected to average a combined efficiency of 15 miles per gallon of fuel, all four competitive SUVs manage better performance. Both the Mercedes-Benz GLS 63 AMG and Land Rover Range Rover SV Autobiography remain a notch above in terms of efficiency, while the Lincoln Navigator Black Badge and BMW Alpina XB7 manage combined efficiency of 17 and 18 MPG respectively.

Model

2022 Cadillac Escalade V

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLS AMG 63

2021 Lincoln Navigator Black Badge

2021 BMW Alpina XB7

2021 Land Rover Range Rover SV Autobiography Dynamic

MPG (city)

13

14

16

15

14

MPG (Highway)

18

20

20

21

19

MPG (Combined)

15

16

17

18

16

Fuel Capacity

24 gallons

23.6 gallons

23.6 gallons

21.9 gallons

27.3 gallons

Range (City/highway/

Combined)

N/A

330/472/377 mi

378/472/402 mi

394/460/328.5 mi

382.2/518/409 mi

Despite its lower efficiency, the Cadillac Escalade V’s considerably sized fuel tank is expected to hold 24 gallons. While it is 3-gallons short of the segment-leading Land Rover Range Rover SV Autobiography’s 27-gallon fuel tank, the Escalade V is expected to cover the competitive range in the segment, by coupling its expected efficiency with its fuel tank. 

What are the changes in the interior of the 2022 Cadillac Escalade V?

The Cadillac Escalade V will feature a similar cabin design as the mainstream SUV. It will be archetypal of the brand’s values of luxury and opulence despite its sportier character with the 38-inch floating dashboard layout being a visual delight. However, the major distinction that we expect between the V and the conventional Escalade would be the provision of sport seats that will receive a higher amount of cushioning and bolstering for better support. To enhance the aggressiveness of the cabin, Cadillac could also work on providing a sportier steering wheel, which allows for athletic handling and also complements the cabin build.

While the legroom for the front seat passengers of 45.3 inches is expected to be the highest in the segment, the Cadillac Escalade V might have diminutively lower space for middle and rear-seat occupants. However, the Cadillac Escalade V can gain an inherent advantage over the Land Rover Range Rover SV Autobiography and Alpina XB7, with its 7-seat configuration as compared to its passenger capacity of five and six occupants. Credits to its design, the Cadillac Escalade V could allow for a higher roofline allowing for an or two of extra headroom than the Lincoln Navigator and the Alpina XB7.

Model

2022 Cadillac Escalade V

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLS AMG 63

2021 Lincoln Navigator Black Badge

2021 BMW Alpina XB7 

2021 Land Rover Range Rover SV Autobiography Dynamic

Seating Capacity

7

7

7

6

5

Front Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

42.8/64.9/45.3

40/NA/39.4

41.8/65.2/43.9

41.9/60/39.8

39.5/60.9/39.1

Second Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

38.7/64.4/39

41.9/NA/40.2

40/65.1/41.1

39.9/58.1/37.6

39.4/59/39.3

Third Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

38.2/62.7/34.9

N/A

37.3/64.2/40.9

36.6/47.9/33.3

N/A

Cargo capacity (with all rows upright)

25.5

17.4

19.3

12.8

24.5

The Cadillac Escalade V’s biggest takeaway, however, is expected to be its ride quality that is supposed to be a cohesive unification of athleticism and nimbleness by virtue of the inclusion of hi-tech features like an adaptive suspension system and magnetic ride control. The only drawback, we can foresee is the constrained legroom for rear-seat occupants. Though it is expected to be higher than the space available on the BMW Alpina XB7, the Lincoln Navigator does provide an additional 6 inches of rear-seat legroom.

What are the changes to the exterior of the 2022 Cadillac Escalade V?

The Cadillac Escalade V in its fit and finish will bear an uncanny resemblance to its counterpart, but an element of aerodynamic, fierceness, and aggression will distinguish the two. Carrying forward the design elements from the redesigned 2021 Escalade, the V will vaunt a blacked-out grille that bestows a sporty and athletic outlook. The headlights will continue to look as impressive as ever, and the traditional vertical taillights will allow the Escalade V to espouse its rich culture and heritage. 

In its stance, the sports SUV from the house of Cadillac promises to be bulky, beefy, and brawny with an undeniable presence on the road. The “rumored” inclusion of an air outlet on the hood is expected to streamline the performance that the Escalade V will be capable of. In addition, the distinctive elements on the Cadillac Escalade V are expected to include a reduced usage of chrome elements and a higher number of blacked-out embellishments.

The Cadillac Escalade V is expected to be at least two inches longer than every other SUV in the segment sporting a total length of 211.9 inches. It is also expected to be the widest and tallest car in the segment. However, given its resemblance to the luxury counterpart also extends to its dimensions, the Cadillac Escalade V’s wheelbase of 120 inches will be 5 inches longer than Land Rover Range Rover SV Autobiography Dynamic but will fall short of every other SUV in the segment.

Model

2022 Cadillac Escalade V

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLS AMG 63

2021 Lincoln Navigator Black Badge

2021 BMW Alpina XB7

2021 Land Rover Range Rover SV Autobiography Dynamic

Curb Weight (lbs)

5635

5927

5870

5860

5505

Length (in.)

211.9

206.4

210

203.3

196.9

Width (in.)

81.1

79.9

79.9

78.7

78.1

Height (in.)

76.7

70.2

76.4

70.7

73.6

Ground Clearance (in.)

N/A

N/A

9.6

N/A

8.3

Wheelbase (in.)

120.1

123.4

122.5

122.2

115

In comparison with the competition, the Lincoln Navigator’s ground clearance of 9.6 inches is the tallest in the segment, while the Escalade V’s clearance is not known, it is rumored to be lower as per class standards. The Cadillac Escalade V is expected to receive bigger and better all-performance tires for a more sturdy, planted, and athletic ride. While the Cadillac Escalade is equipped with 22-inch wheels as standard, the V variant could feature larger 23-inch tires.

What are the safety features and safety ratings of the 2022 Cadillac Escalade V?

While safety ratings for the Cadillac Escalade V are yet not known, the luxury Escalade SUV (for the MY 2021) scores a 5-star rating in the crash tests conducted by the NHTSA and is also ranked highly by the IIHS. The Escalade V is expected to act in a similar manner as its mainstream counterpart and its additional features like magnetic ride control and an adaptive air suspension system, make the ride all the more reliable and dependable. Some other standout safety features may include:

  • Cross-Traffic Alert
  • Electronic Stability Control
  • Automatic Parking Assist
  • Blind Spot Monitor
  • Cadillac Connected Services
  • Post-collision Safety System
  • Traction Control
  • Integrated Turn Signal Mirrors
  • Automatic Emergency Braking

What is the release date of the 2022 Cadillac Escalade V?

While the exact date for the launch of the Cadillac Escalade V has not yet been set, the brand is anticipated to schedule the release in late 2021, during the fourth quarter of the year. With no confirmations about its price, the big and boxy sports SUV is expected to carry a price tag of $110,00 for its RWD variant and $113,000 for its optional AWD trim.

Is the 2022 Cadillac Escalade V worth buying?

From the information that is available to us about the forthcoming model, the new Cadillac Escalade V is expected to be a practical and hands-on choice in the segment, for it will be equipped with a large number of features and a potent supercharged engine. While its expected price of $110,000 may seem higher than some competitors in the segment, the aura and position that the V is expected to command in the segment by virtue of the rich Escalade heritage will make it an unparalleled and unmatched offering and we see no reason to veto the Cadillac Escalade V. 

2022 Cadillac Escalade V Preview- Release Date, Performance, Interior, Specs, Features,Trims, Rivals
2022 Cadillac Escalade V Preview- Release Date, Performance, Interior, Specs, Features,Trims, Rivals
2022 Cadillac Escalade V Preview- Release Date, Performance, Interior, Specs, Features,Trims, Rivals
2022 Cadillac Escalade V Preview- Release Date, Performance, Interior, Specs, Features,Trims, Rivals
2022 Cadillac Escalade V Preview- Release Date, Performance, Interior, Specs, Features,Trims, Rivals
2022 Cadillac Escalade V Preview- Release Date, Performance, Interior, Specs, Features,Trims, Rivals
2022 Cadillac Escalade V Preview- Release Date, Performance, Interior, Specs, Features,Trims, Rivals
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