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The 2023 Cadillac Escalade-V is the first-ever V-badged SUV and the most powerful three-row behemoth out there.
It is impressive to see that the Escalade has been around for over 23 years, and it has strived at being the ultimate symbol of luxury and performance across its lifespan. But for a change, the big brawny SUV from Cadillac has gone all-in for the pursuit of power.
The result is the first-ever Escalade SUV to flaunt the V-badging and produces a colossal 682 HP and 653 lb-ft. And this three-row luxury SUV's acceleration figures will make the better bunch of sports cars sweat too! While these bits are enough to make the latest Caddy on the block special, we still explore more interesting bits of the Escalade-V.
The 2023 Cadillac Escalade-V is a seriously powerful vehicle boasting massive performance numbers and has it all, from a luxurious interior, impressive acceleration, and technology; all amassed in a boisterous design.
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The SUV’s first-time-ever V badging comes with several perks. The carmaker now offers a selectable V-mode for drivers, which is also customizable in terms of performance driving settings, and the ride height is also reduced by 0.8-inches. A launch control function enables the SUV to make the 0-60 mph sprint in just 4.4 seconds.
Apart from this, the car’s side profile beautifully shows off its sheer length and massive 22-inch wheels that fill the archers. Electronically limited standard Magnetic Ride Control and Air Ride Adaptive Suspension are available as standard, and V-series badging is also available throughout the exterior and interior. For example, the driver, front passenger doors, liftgate, and the steering wheel are endorsed with the V-badge.
For a vehicle that weighs over 6000 lbs, it surely needs a powerful engine to haul its mass and tow some. Cadillac claims it to be the most powerful full-size truck-based SUV that one can find, which may be an easy claim as most full-size truck-based SUVs do not have a performance version yet.
This Cadillac uses a 6.2-liter supercharged V-8 engine, similar to CT5-V Blackwing’s engine, which means that it can produce 682 HP and 653 lb-ft of torque at 6,000 rpm. The engine is paired to a 10-speed automatic transmission, and the SUV is predominantly offered as an all-wheel drive.
In some cases, the vehicle can send up to 70 percent of the power to the rear wheels as it has a limited-slip differential on the rear axle, but in most driving scenarios, it is split into 50-50. The hand-built engine delivers enough performance to accelerate the vehicle from 0 to 60 mph in just 4.4 seconds which is an impressive number considering the overall weight of the SUV. The inclusion of air suspension also makes the ride plush and comfortable.
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The 2023 Cadillac Escalade-V, with a length of 227-inches and a height of 76.5-inches, is one of the largest SUVs. Besides, the vehicle boasts a wheelbase of 120.9-inches and width of 81.1-inches, liberating room for passengers. In terms of design, a massive front grille, LED headlamps, and vertically stacked LED daytime running lamps give the car a sharp and wider stance.
The V is also offered in the ESV variant which bumps the wheelbase up to 134.1-inches. The V-trim gets all blacked-out elements to increase the sporty appeal. The front bumper's lower half also features a functional splitter that provides better aerodynamic efficiency. Apart from this, the front end is loaded with sensors and radars that cater to autonomous driving.
The mirrors have a contrast finishing, and a smart inclusion also happens to be the electronically deployed running board that helps in effortless ingress and egress. The rear end is immaculate, with the wiper neatly tucked away, and the large vertical tail lamps emphasize the vehicle’s height. Lower down, the rear bumper has a diffuser-like treatment, and the quad exhaust pipes, situated on either end of the bumper, make a roaring sound.
The Escalade-V is Cadillac's flagship offering, and the interior is where this is reflected the most. One of the attractive features of the interior is a curved OLED display that occupies nearly 38-inches of space. Besides, the carmaker offers a plush interior with fine leather and soft-touch material throughout the cabin. Apart from this, a bit of Aluminum is also used on the speaker grill and some switches.
There is customizable ambient lighting that uplifts the overall ambiance. Besides, the carmaker adds a 16.9-inch-diagonal color information display with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity. The flagship SUV also features a 36-speaker AKG sound system and gets some driving aids that are helpful in the modern day. There is the inclusion of standard autonomous emergency braking along with pedestrian detection.
Lane departure warning and lane-keep assist are also part of the package, and the exceptional SuperCruise feature offered by Cadillac allows for autonomous driving. Overall the 2023 Cadillac Escalade-V has a tremendous road presence and an engine that matches its muscle. The comfortable interior and advanced technology make it an appealing choice in the luxury full-size SUV segment.
A silent soul who dares to dream, Vrushali Padia is passionate about writing ever since her college days and has written in diverse niches. She is now an Electronics Engineer and a Writer. When she is not writing, she's exploring.