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The Supercharged Trim Lives On

2023 Cadillac Escalade-V LT4+ LT4 LT5 General Motors Supercharged V8 Engine
Image copyright Manoli Katakis, Muscle Cars & Trucks.

GM’s T1-XX platform SUVs, which debuted in 2019 and 2020, are now due for a refresh for the 2025 model year. That includes the Chevrolet Tahoe, Chevrolet Suburban, GMC Yukon, and the luxurious Cadillac Escalade. Updates will include interior and exterior design changes, likely the addition of more technology, and maybe even a new trim level or two. As for the 2025 Cadillac Escalade, this will include a revamped interior that will likely include the implementation of a 57-inch screen added to the car. This should bump the car into an even more luxurious standing for customers but don’t worry, the legendary 682 horsepower Escalade-V won’t be left behind, as spy shots recently captured a refreshed version of the supercharged SUV.

Cadillac Escalade-V Refresh: Details

Thanks to Hagerty, the photographs reveal the exterior of the car, which showcases the subtle yet mighty changes to the vehicle, along with shots from the passenger window, which confirms the report from before about the interior getting a serious overhaul with the addition of an end-to-end screen on the dashboard along with a screen below that to access some of the functional bits and bobs for the car, there appear to be a lot less physical buttons. Which is a shame, but that appears to be the future of automobile interiors.

2025 Cadillac Escalade IQ

Even though the Cadillac Escalade-V will remain part of the brand’s lineup, it will no longer be the highest tier for the SUV as the fully electric Escalade IQ will take its spot. The IQ lettering is used to denote Cadillac’s pure-electric models, which works well for all of the models that use the name except the Escalade. We’ve got the Celestiq, Lyriq, Optiq, and the up-and-coming Escaladiq; go ahead, say it out loud.

Electric Vehicles aside, the spy shots of the refreshed Cadillac Escalade-V show that the refresh will take the best parts from the EV model, including new front and rear lights, a 24-inch wheel design, and the aforementioned screen. This should offer the company a more streamlined building process and not take away from the more luxurious experiences for customers who decide not to opt for the EV. In other words, GM isn’t forcing customers to buy the EV if they want all the cool bits and bobs; if they want a supercharged Escalade, that’s still very much on the table, and we’re sure customers will appreciate that decision.

Written by Zac Quinn

Zac's love for cars started at a young age, after seeing the popular Eleanor from Gone In 60 Seconds. From there, fascination and enthusiasm blossomed and to this day the Ford Mustang remains a favorite. His first job started out detailing cars, but also provided the opportunity to work on restoration including an 1968 Ford Mustang, Pontiac Firebird, and a C3 Corvette, though he left that job before further work and experience could be had. From there, he was a detailer at a car dealership before quitting that job to try and finish college.

Much of his free time while studying was spent watching YouTube videos regarding new cars, or off-roading. 4WD247 is a personal favorite channel which rekindled a dying flame in car enthusiasm, now tailored towards trucks and SUVs and the fun that can be had building up an overlanding rig, and going on adventures, though, that chapter remains unwritten for the time being.

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