You wouldn’t think a set of 35-inch tires would look normal; they’re usually reserved for the most extreme off-road trucks and SUVs. Vehicles like the Hummer EV, Ford Bronco Sasquatch, Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison, and Ram TRX, to name a few. But when wrapped around the 24-inch wheels on the 2025 Cadillac Escalade IQ, they look like a standard set of tires. But that’s not too surprising since everything about the Escalade IQ is flamboyant, from its max output of 750 horsepower and 785 lb-ft of torque to its 55-inch screen that spans the dash. So, it shouldn’t be surprising that the fully electric SUV has massive wheels and tires.
Cadillac Escalade IQ: Details
Cadillac has equipped the all-electric Escalade with a set of massive Michelin Defender LTX M/S2s in 275/50R24, which cost $566 each online, though they are designed explicitly for heavy EVs. Indeed, like the rest of GM’s BT1 vehicles (Hummer EV, Silverado EV, Sierra EV), the new Escalade IQ is heavy, tipping the scales at around 9,000 pounds. The tires themselves weigh 56 pounds each, which won’t do any favors for the overall range of the SUV. But “low-rolling resistance” really means “low friction.” So for the electric Escalade to have a proper set of footwear, we’re happy to see it.
However, all someone has to do is turn their attention to the Hummer EV SUV, as these are the same size tires which aren’t too surprising since they share the Ultium platform and battery pack. This may be an intelligent design decision from General Motors as it creates some synergy in manufacturing.
The new Cadillac Escalade IQ takes expectations of what we thought an electric Escalade would be and takes it further. It’s 12.4 inches longer than the gas model and 4.3 inches wider. Its power out-muscles the Escalade V‘s 682 horsepower and 653 lb-ft of torque. Not to mention all of the features that ensure everyone feels like they’re sitting in the lap of luxury, even in the back seat. Unsurprisingly, the starting price will hurt customer bank accounts as it is around $130,000. But that’s okay in terms of pricing when considering how additions can bring the overall MSRP of the ICE Escalade to an even higher number.