The development of an electric variant of the Escalade behemoth at Cadillac was an open secret. After four years without an announcement, GM has confirmed its presentation by the end of the year!
He was at the beginning of the 19th century, one of the first foreign manufacturers distributed on the Old Continent: General Motors. With its brands Chevrolet, Oldsmobile, Cadillac or even LaSalle, GM locally assembled models in Europe, in its factory in Bienne, Switzerland. This was the case from 1936 to 1972, when the factory closed its doors. After this date, General Motors distributed models only drop by drop in Europe. But it must be said that the group had bought Opel/Vauxhall in 1929, so that these brands had become its official European subsidiaries. After trying to reintroduce Chevy and 2005, he backtracked in 2013, abandoning the brand and making way for Opel/Vauxhall. Since the resale of these to PSA in 2018, the activity of General Motors in Europe is very weak…
The new electrical challenge
There is, however, a country where his reign does not weaken: the United States, of course! In 2022, General Motors took back from Toyota its title stolen a year earlier from the first manufacturer in the country. (in terms of sales). GM continues to expand its ranges, and a new challenge awaits: that of electric. The energy mutation occurs later in the country of Uncle Sam than in Europe. Ford was the first to convertir son best-seller pick-up F-150 (it was the first model sold in the territory in 2022) to all-electric. General Motors, which acted as a precursor with the Bolt (and the EV1 from the end of the 90s), is starting to be well off. Her Silverado shifted to EV fashion, and SUVs proliferated. Equinox et Blazer for Chevy, Hummer EV for GMC, Lyriq et Celestiq for Cadillac.
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Let’s talk about Cadillac, another of its historic models is about to go electric… The Escalade, this gigantic SUV full-sizewhich Americans love ! This technical cousin of the Chevrolet Tahoe/Suburban and GMC Yukon has been around since 1998 and is currently in its 5e generation. It has traditionally been more fond of big Duramax diesels and singing V8s than batteries and volts.
General Motors has however confirmed that the electric version of its luxury behemoth is in the works. Better, it will be presented by the end of 2023. We still know little about him. It should be based on GM’s Ultium platform on which the GMC Hummer EV is already based. It should use its electrical architecture: three motors, for a combined power of 1,000 horsepower ! For now, only its name is known: Escalade iQ, Cadillac’s new acronym for its electric models. Will it be legitimate to wear the name Escalade?
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