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Cadillac Escalade-V Incoming, Should Lincoln Navigator Follow Suit?

The refreshed 2022 Lincoln Navigator was just revealed last August, adding a fresh look and some new technology to the full-size luxury SUV. In terms of powertrains, the 2022 Navigator is available with just one – Ford’s twin-turbo 3.5L EcoBoost V6 that is rated to produce 440 horsepower and 510 pound-feet of torque. However, the Navigator’s chief rival – the Cadillac Escalade – will soon be available in a high-performance variant dubbed the Cadillac Escalade-V, which makes some pretty glorious noises, as we can clearly hear in this video from GM Authority.

The Cadillac Escalade-V will be powered by GM’s supercharged 6.2L LT4 V8, the same powerplant found in the Chevy Camaro ZL1, C7 Corvette Z06, Cadillac CTS-V, and Cadillac CT-5 Blackwing. The LT4’s output varies depending on the model, but in its most powerful iteration, produces 668 horsepower. GM Authority notes that in the Escalade-V, the supercharged engine is expected to produce around 640 horsepower, which is still significantly more than the Navigator. Like the Lincoln SUV, however, it will send its power to the wheels via a 10-speed automatic transmission.

The Escalade-V certainly sounds the part of a muscle car, as we can clearly hear in this video. However, the big SUV will also get a host of suspension upgrades to help it put that power to the ground, including GM’s Magnetic Ride Control suspension with special tuning, as well as bigger brakes. The interior and exterior of the high-performance Escalade will also receive some special “V” treatments to differentiate it from other variants.

It’s unclear if Ford would ever consider giving the Navigator more power to compete with its upcoming performance-focused rival, but it is worth noting that the Navigator shares a platform with the Ford F-150. This means that the Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 and forthcoming Ford F-150 Raptor R‘s 5.2L Predator V8 would presumably fit in the big SUV, which could be a way to instill it with upwards of 750+ horsepower unless Ford chose to give the 3.5L EcoBoost a bit of an upgrade.

We’ll have more on everything Ford’s competition is up to soon, so be sure and subscribe to Ford Authority for 24/7 Ford news coverage.

Brett's lost track of all the Fords he's owned over the years and how much he's spent modifying them, but his current money pits include an S550 Mustang and 13th gen F-150.

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  1. Donald Hayes

    Kinda of confusing adding large V8 engines to the escalate and having Lincoln follow while the current administration wants higher gas mileage fleet averages and greener cars. Stellantis announced they are dropping the Hemi. Ford reduced the Mustang GTs horsepower by 10. Now Ford is showing success with the Mustang Mach E and F150 Lighting EV orders to increase their fleet EPA average but are possibly considering installing a 5.2 V8 in the Lincoln Navigator. Makes me wonder if the apparent future end of the Ice vehicle is just a ploy to push EV vehicles while increasing bottom lines. This includes GM with their new C8 Z06. The upcoming Escalade and their 1000 horsepower. $100,000 EV Hummer. Where is GMs net Fleet EPA gain with these 3 vehicles other than their bottom line.

  2. Montana Man

    No, thanks.
    We’re way past any need to see “who is bigger”.
    For my money, literally and figuratively, I want safer, less polluting and lower operation cost vehicles. With Lincoln Navigtors selling 10% to an Escalade’s annual sales, a bigger and more powerful motor in an aging model won’t recoup the costs, let alone increase sales substantially enough to gain market share.
    I’d be interested, though, in a 500 kw battery with 1,000 miles of range.
    I really don’t care what Cadillac or General Motors do.
    My money is on—-and in—-Ford.

  3. James W Marshall

    Are the rich going to start drag racing their giant SUV’s now? Give me a break.


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