Muscat: Cadillac Escalade-V as passionately as Oman – a welcome that speaks to the Sultanate’s enduring dalliance with big and powerful SUVs. But far more than making a compelling statement, the new Escalade-V has been turning heads and garnering approving looks as well for its striking design, refined persona and performance credentials.
This powerful appeal stems from the 2023 Escalade-V’s distinctive characteristics. For one, it’s the fourth generation of the V-Series lineup, thereby retaining the iconic lineage of the brand albeit with ramped-up designed, technology and performance features. Secondly, and perhaps most importantly, it still preserves its billing as the industry’s most powerful full-size SUV in the region, with Cadillac’s distinctive DNA at its core.
Indeed, a combination of signature design, craftsmanship and technology takes the 2023 Escalade-V to a new level. Inside and out, the new Escalade-V builds on the brand’s bold, layered design statement and sophisticated, technology-infused passenger environment. On the exterior, unique front and rear fascias are a striking feature alongside Cadillac’s signature Sport mesh grille. The rear fascia incorporates openings for a quad exhaust outlet, while uniquely styled 22-inch wheels accentuate the Escalade-V’s appeal.
The Escalade-V is powered by a supercharged 6.2-liter V-8 engine rated at 682 horsepower (508 kilowatts) and 653 lb-ft of torque (885 Nm). Standard performance elements include a 10-speed automatic transmission calibrated for Escalade-V, full-time active all-wheel-drive system and exclusive suspension hardware and software calibrations.
The Escalade-V’s 6.2-litre hand-built supercharged and intercooled engine builds on a legacy of supercharged V-8 engines offered in Cadillac’s V-Series models, including the second and third generation CTS-V models, the XLR-V and the more recent CT5-V Blackwing. Sharing architectural similarities with the Blackwing’s supercharged V-8, it spins at up to 13,500 rpm to produce approximately 10 pounds of boost and has an electronically controlled bypass valve for optimal drivability. The supercharger’s unique four-lobe rotors are designed to broaden the engine’s power band, with great low-end torque production and strong high-rpm power. The transmission sends transferred torque to an advanced, full-time active all-wheel-drive system that splits torque between the front and rear wheels for optimal traction and driver control in all conditions.
An exclusive V-Mode feature allows drivers to personalize their experience behind the wheel by adjusting for any of the following settings: Suspension, Steering, Brake pedal feel, Engine sound, AWD, and Engine performance. This responsive driving experience can be further enhanced with the aid of the Escalade-V’s Magnetic Ride Control 4.0, Air Ride Adaptive Suspension and exclusive Escalade-V suspension hardware features.
Inside the superbly appointed cabin are the innovative trappings of Cadillac’s superior comforts, conveniences and technologies. They include Escalade’s signature curved OLED with 38 inches of total diagonal display, premium infotainment experience with navigation, featuring a 16.9-inch-diagonal colour information display, Natural Voice Recognition, Wireless Apple CarPlay and Wireless Android Auto capability, and AKG Studio Reference 35-speaker audio system.
Safety is an enduring trait of the V-Series. Every Escalade V comes standard with six airbags, the latest collision avoidance technology, an anti-theft system, a 360-degree camera system, and automatic collision recognition. It also comes standard with front and rear parking sensors. In addition, advanced safety features such as blind-spot monitoring are available on certain trims.
Leading automotive firm OTE Group is the exclusive distributor of Cadillac models in the Sultanate of Oman. The new Escalade-V series will be arriving soon at Cadillac Showroom Wattayah.