The modular Ultium platform is used by all of General Motors’ electric vehicles, from the comparatively affordable Chevrolet Equinox EV to the premium Cadillac Celestiq super-sedan. With the huge 2025 Cadillac Escalade IQ, an all-electric SUV that will join its internal combustion sister in the company’s portfolio, that adaptable design is gaining another variation.
Cadillac threw everything it had at the IQ electric Escalade since it is one of the most significant vehicles in its lineup. The Escalade IQ’s early specs are as astounding as its striking design, boasting a range of 450 miles, according to General Motors, thanks to a battery with more than 200 kilowatt hours of usable energy. Four-wheel steering, a dashboard-sized infotainment screen, and up to 8,000 pounds of towing capacity and you’ve got the ingredients for yet another appealing luxury SUV – only this time it’s electric.
2025 Cadillac Escalade IQ
The Escalade IQ’s 24-module battery, which is twice as numerous as the Lyriq SUV’s smaller 10-module battery and has a usable capacity of 102.0 kWh, fits on the expandable Ultium EV platform. Cadillac hasn’t revealed any specs yet, but the 200+ kWh battery sounds identical to the GMC Hummer EV’s 212.0 kWh battery. The Escalade IQ will employ an 800-volt electrical architecture, matching its business cousin’s maximum DC charge rate of 350 kilowatts.
According to Cadillac, the IQ can go up to 100 miles on a single charge on a public 350-kW charger in just 10 minutes. A 240-volt, dual-level onboard charger is included and can recharge the Escalade at a pace of 14.8 miles of additional range per hour at 7.7 kW, or roughly 30 hours to get from 0 to 100%. The SUV will fully recharge in around 13 hours, or 37 miles per hour, using a 240-volt outlet that can deliver up to 19.2 kW of AC power. The IQ can also receive up to that much power from a battery pack.
The Escalade IQ has standard all-wheel drive and 680 horsepower and 615 pound-feet of torque in its usual driving mode thanks to dual permanent-magnet motors. With so-called Velocity Max engaged, those figures increase to 750 horsepower and 785 pound-feet, according to Cadillac, pushing the ‘Slade to 60 mph in under five seconds. The business anticipates that the 2025 Escalade IQ will be able to tow 8,000 pounds as well. One-pedal driving, adjustable brake regen, a heat pump, and five-zone automatic climate control are all included as standard features.
The Escalade IQ will have four-wheel steering and the Cadillac Arrival Mode low-speed diagonal driving function, just like its GMC Hummer and Chevrolet Silverado EV relatives. Standard features include an air suspension and magnetic dampers, which allow the Escalade to be lowered by up to 2 inches for aerodynamics or raised by an inch for clearance. The vehicle-to-home (V2H) capability of the electric SUV’s bi-directional charging system will let customers to use an appropriately fitted at-home charger to directly draw electricity from their vehicles.