• GM Could Be Teasing Cadillac’s Next Large EV

We’re Not Going to Say This Sketch Actually Means Something, But It Could Be a Teaser

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General Motors has posted a very interesting and, uhm, sharp….. sketch to its Instagram account depicting what is clearly a Cadillac and what could be a larger SUV or, perhaps, even a pickup truck. But, see, that’s the real tease, as GM has posted this baby with absolutely no context outside of the words “lean & mean” – at least 50-percent of which doesn’t make sense.

This Sketch Could Preview The Next BIG Cadillac, But Don’t Hold Your Breath

When we first saw the sketch, it triggered brief flashbacks of when Cadillac said it was working on an Escalade-sized electric SUV, and this is, in fact, part of the brand’s future product roadmap. As far as sketches go, this one shows a vehicle that’s quite a bit larger than the Cadillac Lyriq, so it would make sense that this could be the Escalade EV – what we’re calling it for now because it’s too much of a pain to try and guess names that end with iq.

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Be that as it may, we’re still quite intrigued by what we see here. Is this the Hummer-based Cadillac EV in its early stages of development? Is this just a random sketch doodled up by a random, unknown GM engineer out of boredom at the company’s weekly meeting? It’s certainly hard to say, but I’m willing to bet that GM wouldn’t post it just for the fun of it – there’s something to be taken away, even if the company doesn’t know the definition of "lean," something that the vehicle shown in this sketch surely is not. So, what do you think? Is this the next big EV to roll out of the Cadillac development tube, or is this just a random sketch to keep people interested in the brand?

2021 Cadillac Escalade drivetrain specifications
Engine 6.2L V-8 VVT DI with Dynamic Fuel Management and Stop/Start Duramax 3.0L DOHC I-6 Turbo-Diesel
Bore & Stroke (in / mm): 4.06 x 3.62 / 103.25 x 92 3.30 x 3.54 / 84 x 90
Block & Cylinder Head Material: Cast aluminum Cast aluminum
Valvetrain: Overhead valve, two valves per cylinder, variable valve timing Dual-overhead camshafts, four valves per cylinder
Fuel Delivery: Direct high-pressure fuel injection with Dynamic Fuel Management High-pressure, common-rail direct injection (36,250 psi / 2500 bar); electronic throttle valve
Horsepower (hp / kW @ rpm): 420 / 313 @ 5600 (SAE certified) 277 / 207 @ 3750 (GM estimated)
Torque (lb-ft / Nm @ rpm): 460 / 623 @ 4100 (SAE certified) 460 / 623 @ 1500 (GM estimated)
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