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2025 Cadillac IQ Debuts As All-New Lincoln Navigator Rival

Back in April 2022, Lincoln announced that it would launch three new new EVs by 2025 and a fourth by 2026 as Ford’s luxury brand aims to reinvent its lineup for the future. However, those plans changed earlier this year, with new CEO Dianne Craig admitting that Lincoln’s EV ambitions were no longer bound by a timeline. However, we do know that the Lincoln Aviator EV will be produced at the Oakville Assembly plant in Canada starting in 2025, adding a three-row luxury all-electric crossover to the mix. In the meantime, GM’s own luxury brand just revealed its latest addition to this segment – the 2025 Cadillac IQ Escalade.

Closer in size to the Lincoln Navigator – which doesn’t have an all-electric version in the pipeline, at least not at the moment – than the Aviator, the 2025 Cadillac IQ Escalade was previously spied testing in prototype form by Ford Authority this past May. Now, we’re getting a much better look at the all-electric full-size SUV, which rides on GM’s dedicated Ultium platform and is equipped with its Ultifi software.

The IQ Escalade utilizes a fully-independent front and rear suspension underneath, with an electric motor at each end driving 24-inch wheels wrapped with 35-inch tires via an eAWD system. Magnetic Ride Control 4.0 and an adaptive air ride suspension aid in the ride quality department, and also enable the SUV to raise itself by an inch or lower itself by two inches. Four-wheel steering is standard, helping to cut the big SUV’s turning radius by over 6.5 feet while Cadillac Arrival Mode enables the Escalade IQ to move diagonally as well.

The 2024 Cadillac IQ Escalade utilizes a 24-module Ultium battery pack with 200 kWh of capacity and Vehicle-To-Home (V2H) bidirectional charging capability, and up to 450 miles of range. The aforementioned electric motors churn out a combined 750 horsepower and 785 pound-feet of torque, good for an estimated 0-60 time in under five seconds, all with a max towing capacity of over 8,000 pounds.

While exterior styling mimics the Cadillac Lyriq more than its ICE-powered brethren, the interior of the new IQ Escalade is packing some impressive tech features, including a massive 55-inch coast-to-coast screen spanning the entire width of the dashboard. Second-row executive seating is optional, and adds 12.6-inch screens and storable tray tables, as is a 40-speaker AKG Studio Reference sound system. Customers can choose from two trim levels – Luxury and Sport – each featuring its own distinctive touches inside and out, and can also opt for a black-painted roof for a two-tone effect.

Production of the 2025 Cadillac IQ Escalade is scheduled to begin at GM’s Factory Zero in Michigan next summer. Full pricing for the all-electric SUV hasn’t yet been announced, but it’ll start out at $130,000, including destination charges.

We’ll have more on what Ford and Lincoln’s competition is up to soon, so be sure and subscribe to Ford Authority for more Lincoln news and continuous 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. DAB

    Yup, just another SUV that blends in with every other SUV on the roads. This looks similar to the all new Mazda CX90 and from a distance I would be inclined to think this was a Kia or Hyundai. I’m sure Cadillac was going for that!!

    It’s going to be way too expensive and it’s an SUV, so huge pass for me. But I’m sure it will sell well because this world has way too many people who just need to be seen and garner attention.

  2. CrabbyMilton

    I wonder if it will be able to pull a larger AIRSTREAM since that’s child’s play with the ESCALADE. Or they’ll say don’t dare try it?

    1. Ryan

      It says right in the article what the tow rating is, and it’s basically the same as the current Cadillac

      And the large Airstream (the classic) will easily exceed the rating of both versions of the Escalade

      1. CrabbyMilton

        I stand corrected thanks. A full size pickup is specifically designed for towing anyway.

  3. Mf

    Ooof, that’s ugly. Caddy needs some new design staff pronto.

    This will probably be a tough sell, with the EV Silverado being 100k, this likely will be close to 150k, and not do anything better than, or as well as the 150k Escalade V. Sure, it doesn’t use gas, but frankly if you can afford a 100k vehicle, gas bills aren’t an issue for you.

    1. Ryan

      Yeah agreed no one buying an Escalade cares about gas prices, but I would say image is very important to that buyer. I think having the latest tech is appealing to them just for the image, even if it doesn’t give any functional value

  4. Shelbykl

    Dont like the looks but the range is where it needs to be. Ford needs to work on the Range of their EV’s and thats why they are not selling well now. Ford is to slow to upgrade and will be left behind if they do not upgrade quickly.

    1. FordCosworth

      Smaller battery equals less range. Not brain science or rocket surgery.

      The Silverado EV and Hummer EV battery weighs 3000lbs

  5. JoeBryant

    I would worry less about the Escalade IQ’s range or looks and more about Lincoln not even hinted a response to this. Not even a EV Navigator.

    If Lincoln doesn’t get up off of their butt’s they will be competing with those KIA’s and Mazda’s mentioned by an earlier poster.

  6. John Tupper

    I’d opt for a powerful hybrid any day in the Aviator. “Up to” means a feather foot meaning the mileage rating for any electric is exaggerated at best. Let’s just say a cold, rainy situation with climate control, wipers and, headlights on will cut any mileage rating in at least half.

  7. Michael K

    Poor Lincoln, they are launching a new Navigator with that trick dashboard, but Caddy got the jump on them. The new Navigator does get a Hybrid…so there’s that. And EV Navigator is probably next decade stuff unfortunately.

    1. TonyE

      Unless Lincoln is hoping for something similar to the late 1970’s. In 1977 Cadillac downsized and Lincoln didn’t yet. Lincoln was riding on the traditional full sized vehicle wave and sales elevated. Maybe Ford is hoping that people defect from Escalade EV to ICE Navigator as the traditional full sized vehicle not happy with the overpriced EV. Hopefully sales increase for Lincoln because of this.

  8. TonyT

    Ford cares more about Mustang and F150 than Lincoln.

  9. Gregg

    The Celescalade looks just as bad as the Lincoln Star Concept. What happened at Cadillac. The vehicle lacks the boldness of the ICE version and looks more like an Acura MDX in the roof line.

  10. Spete

    I am still buying a 2024 Lincoln!

  11. philip tilley

    I think the automakers and congress should ditch electric vehicles and start promoting the new green fuel developed by Porsche.


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