“No extra new gas-powered automobiles.” That’s what Cadillac mentioned on the launch of the electrical Lyriq SUV final month when it claimed each new mannequin launched can be battery-powered because it moved towards turning into an EV-only model by 2030. However the quad tailpipes on this closely camouflaged Escalade inform a unique story.

Believed to be the upcoming Escalade V, this improvement automobile noticed testing with some mysterious excessive efficiency Corvettes – and a Ferrari 458 – is allegedly powered by Cadillac’s supercharged 6.2-liter V8. As fitted to the CT5-V Blackwing, the LT4 V8 makes 668 hp and a thumping 659 lb ft of torque – numbers that will make an Escalade V greater than a match for rivals just like the 603 hp Mercedes-AMG GLS 63.

Escalades at the moment on sale function both a 6.2-litre naturally aspirated V8 pushing out 420 hp  and 460 lb-ft or a 3.0-liter Duramax diesel with 277 HP and 460 lb-ft  and have their tailpipes built-in into the rear bumper. However the extremely seen quad pipes on this improvement automobile are clearly designed to mark this mannequin out as a efficiency SUV. Additionally they look uncannily just like the tailpipe finishers on fashions just like the CT4 and CT5-V.

Different giveaways nearly seen via the disguise embody a redesigned entrance fascia with extra outstanding decrease air intakes, a deeper chin spoiler and the crosshatch mesh inserts seen on different Cadillac V automobiles.

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One ultimate clue comes beneath the arches within the form of a model new wheel design. Precisely how huge the rolling inventory is, stays to be seen, however it’s unlikely to go greater than the 22-inches already obtainable on the Escalade Sport Platinum.

Cadillac hasn’t admitted the existence of an Escalade V, and has denied it’s creating a Blackwing model. However it’s seemingly that Cadillac’s no-new-gas-cars pronouncement referred to model new automobiles, fairly than trendy derivatives. As a result of on this proof it appears like there’s some battle within the outdated ICE canine but.

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