Offering a Cadillac-estimated over 700 km of range1, the ESCALADE IQ elevates the driving experience with a curved pillar-to-pillar 55-inch total diagonal LED display, available Super Cruise® driver assistance technology2, luxurious appointments with a bold interior and exterior design, no-compromise performance, and zero tailpipe emissions.
“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.”
“For more than 120 years, Cadillac’s bold innovative spirit has defined American luxury,” said Roth. “The ESCALADE IQ embodies this spirit in the most sophisticated form.”
Bold yet nimble performance
ESCALADE IQ was envisioned to be the best-driving, most maneuverable Escalade to date, and the collaboration between Cadillac Engineering and Design ensured the production model remained faithful to the goal.
It’s the first full-size SUV from Cadillac built on General Motor’s (GM) innovative and modular electric vehicle (EV) propulsion architecture, the Ultium Platform, and incorporates GM’s Ultifi software platform to support and deliver ongoing software updates to its expansive technologies.
Its dedicated EV architecture enables ESCALADE IQ’s bold design and performance characteristics, from its expressive silhouette and generous space — for passengers and cargo — to its driving performance.
“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, ESCALADE IQ. “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, ESCALADE IQ features independent front and rear suspension, with power transferred to 24-inch wheels with 35-inch tires via front and rear drive motors that work in conjunction as an eAWD system.
A suite of fully integrated advanced technologies including Magnetic Ride Control 4.0 and Adaptive Air Ride Suspension isolate passengers from undesirable road surfaces while providing precise steering and feel.
The Adaptive Air Ride Suspension system enables the vehicle to be lowered up to 2 inches (50 mm) and raised 1 inch (25 mm), while additional features such as the standard Four-Wheel Steer, available Cadillac Arrival Mode3 and Low Ride Mode enhance capability as well as the ESCALADE IQ’s presence.
Four-Wheel Steer reduces the turning diameter to only 39.4 feet (12 meters) at lower speeds and reduces the turning diameter by more than 6.5 feet for greater maneuverability in parking lots and tighter overall turning radius. It also enhances handling and stability at higher speed, particularly when trailering.
Cadillac Arrival Mode3 is a unique Four-Wheel Steer feature that allows the Escalade IQ to move diagonally, making it easier when pulling into or out of tight spaces, while making a statement.
Low Ride Mode enables the ESCALADE IQ to be driven at low speeds with the suspension fully lowered.
A 24-module Ultium battery serves as the foundation of the 2025 ESCALADE IQ, producing more than 200 kWh of available energy. It also employs a flexible, high-voltage architecture that enables 800-volt DC fast charging, the quickest form of charging currently available, providing up to 160 km of range in 10 minutes of charge time4.
ESCALADE IQ will also have the ability to be equipped with optional offboard power, allowing the vehicle to provide power to external appliances and devices.
The ESCALADE IQ uses its Ultium battery pack as part of its fundamental body structure. This allows the battery pack to provide the vehicle’s impressive Cadillac-estimated over 700 km of range1 while also protecting the battery in the event of a crash and adding overall strength and rigidity to the vehicle.
The powerful electric propulsion configuration — consisting of the battery pack, power electronics and a two-motor eAWD system — offers great power on demand and surprising performance, including:
- Up to 750 horsepower (with driver-selectable Velocity Max, Cadillac estimate)
- Up to 785 lb-ft (1064 Nm) of torque (with driver-selectable Velocity Max5, Cadillac estimate)
- 0-60 mph in less than 5 seconds6 (with driver-selectable Velocity Max5, Cadillac estimate)
- Up to 8,000 pounds of towing capability7 (Cadillac estimate)
Additionally, ESCALADE IQ offers One-Pedal Driving8 and Variable Regen on Demand9 to allow customers to feel more connected to their drive. Plus, Ultium Energy Recovery — an innovative heat pump thermal system — allows for energy to transfer between the battery/power electronics and the cabin, using every watt possible to optimize range and minimizing the power from the high-voltage battery used for five-zone climate control.
2025 ESCALADE IQ also features a suite of standard active safety and driver assistance features, with highlights including:
- Blind Zone Steering Assist: Can provide a brief, firm turn of the steering wheel when a potential crash is detected with a moving vehicle in the lane the vehicle is entering
- Intersection Automatic Emergency Braking: Can help drivers avoid or reduce the severity of an intersection collision with a detected cross-traffic vehicle
- HD Surround Vision: Provides selectable digital camera views of the area around the vehicle and can help drivers park or avoid vehicles and objects
- Enhanced Automatic Parking Assist: Can automatically steer, brake and shift gears to park the vehicle into a dedicated parallel or perpendicular parking space and can help unpark the vehicle
- Front Pedestrian and Bicyclist Braking: At speeds between 8 and 80 km/h, can help drivers avoid or reduce the severity of a collision with a pedestrian or bicyclist it detects directly in front of them
“Escalade has always been about being bold, so that’s what we set out to accomplish,” said Mandi Damman, chief engineer, 2025 ESCALADE IQ. “ESCALADE IQ is what you get when you follow your soul instead of the crowd.”
A reimagined yet familiar presence enabled by electrification
The design of 2025 ESCALADE IQ captures the bold presence of its predecessors, but its dedicated EV architecture provided the design team a blank-slate approach to its styling. The result is a reimagined yet familiar Escalade — one that makes a statement without compromises.
The electric architecture enables a sleeker profile, but one with a silhouette that remains instantly recognizable as an Escalade. It also enables a lower, flatter interior floor that contributes to ESCALADE IQ’s exceptional spaciousness.
“Our intent for the ESCALADE IQ was to amplify the Escalade DNA with a distinctively premium profile and heroic stance, while complementing the Cadillac EV showroom. With the pillar-to-pillar 55-inch-total-diagonal screen, and available executive second row seating, the ESCALADE IQ is another proud expression of Cadillac’s artful integration of leading innovation,” said Bryan Nesbitt, executive director, Global Cadillac Design.
ESCALADE IQ’s new design pushed the wheels farther to the corners, for a more powerful-looking and planted stance. The proportions speak to its presence and scale. Starting with a long, dynamic hood and ending with a faster-sloping roofline at the rear, all of which contributes to a sportier aesthetic.