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2020 Audi SQ8 will set you back at least $89,000 and give you access to 500 hp, animated headlights

The 2020 Audi SQ8 is not the automaker's top expression of SUV sport refinement (that's the RS Q8), but its darn close. The two-row SUV capitalizes on the technology and engaging drive the SUV offered in the Q8 model, and gives it the power boost the model was so desperately needing.

If you find yourself needing a new SQ8, you'll want to be prepared for the high price tag. It starts at $89,000 and has a top-tier model starting price of $94,500. Those prices exclude a $995 delivery fee that applies to all SQ8s.

The SUV is powered by a robust 4.0-liter V8 that generates up to 500 horsepower and 568 pound-feet of torque. All-wheel drive is standard. Torque-vectoring all-wheel drive is offered as part of the Sport Package.

The exterior and interior of the model feature S model design elements include badging and blacked out trim. The model has Audi's signature Singleframe grille as well as frameless doors. There are pronounced wheel arches and an inclined C-pillars. At the back are a diffuser and quad exhaust outlets.

The SQ8 comes standard with LED headlights, LED taillights, and dynamic turn signals. Buyers can upgrade to HD Matrix-design LED headlights with full LED taillights. When equipped with the available HD-Matrix design headlights, fast-moving light animations play in the headlights and taillights when the vehicle is locked and unlocked.

Audi has equipped the model with standard 21-inch 10-V-spoke S-design wheels with all-seasonn tires.

It's available with a Sport Package, which ups the ante with active roll stabilization, an all-wheel drive sport differential, and red brake calipers.

Opting for the Black-Optic Package gives the car 22-inch Audi Sport 5-V-spoke anthracite wheels with all season tires, and black exterior accents that complement the mirror caps, roof rails and Singleframe grille.

The long list of standard features includes: two touch screens in the center stack (a 10.1-inch and an 8.4-inch) to control comfort and convenience features; perforated, heated and ventilated Valcona leather S sport seats with diamond stitching; Aluminum Spectrum interior trim; quad-zone automatic climate control, a Wi-Fi hot spot; wireless Apple CarPlay; wireless Android Auto; internet music streaming; a panoramic sunroof; wireless charging; a Bang & Olufsen Premium 3D audio system; .and 12.3-inch driver information display.

A 19-speaker sound system and head up display are available.

It's a five-seater that has available leather, massaging front seats functions; heated rear seats; additional interior leather color options including black, Rotor Gray and Arras Red; and the added choice of Gray Oak high-gloss wood or Carbon Vector interior trim.

The SQ8 has standard seating for five passengers. The rear seats feature 40/20/40 spit functionality.

Audi has equipped the model with the latest standard and available technology including adaptive cruise control, Audi pre sense, an overhead camera with 360-degree view and pedestrian and cyclist detection, cross traffic alert with braking, turn warning with assist, traffic sign recognition, blind spot monitoring, rear crash alert and assist, and safe exit warning.

The 2020 Audi SQ will arrive at dealerships this spring.

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Performance luxury SUV

The Cadillac Escalade-V starts at almost $150,000

The Escalade-V gets a $149,990 starting price

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Cadillac teased an ultra-powerful Escalade-V a while back, and now we have all the details. The 2023 SUV will feature a supercharged 6.2-liter V8, plenty of luxury, and a stout six-figure price tag.

The 2023 Escalade-V comes with a supercharged 6.2-liter V8 that makes 682 horsepower and 653 pound-feet of torque. It features a hand-built design and shares much of its underlying engineering with the CT5-V Blackwing. It's paired with a ten-speed automatic transmission and full-time active four-wheel drive.

2023 Cadillac Escalade-VUnder the hood, there's a supercharged 6.2-liter V8.Cadillac

Cadillac gives every Escalade-V air ride adaptive suspension and magnetic ride control. The driver can customize the suspension and feel using the SUV's selectable driving modes. The system can also raise or lower the ride height by to .8 inches, and the SUV comes with a launch control system that helps it get off the line with explosive speed.

Inside, the Escalade-V builds on the top trim of the standard SUV with zebra wood accents, massaging front seats, and a heated steering wheel. It's got the same amazing tech, too, with a curved OLED display that runs the length of the dash, navigation, voice commands, wireless Apple Carplay and Android Auto, an augmented reality navigation system, and a 36-speaker AKG Studio stereo. Cadillac Super Cruise is available.

2023 Cadillac Escalade-VAn extended ESV variant is also available. Cadillac

The 2023 Cadillac Escalade-V goes on sale this summer. Starting pricing lands at $149,990, and Cadillac offers an extended-wheelbase ESV version of the high-performance SUV.

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Lincoln will not make a performance variant to compete with Cadillac.

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TheLincoln Navigator and Cadillac Escalade have been duking it out at the top of luxury SUV rankings for decades, but there’s one area of the Caddy’s development that Lincoln won’t touch. In a recent interview, a company executive told Ford Authority that it has no plans to create a performance variant of the Navigator to compete with the upcoming Escalade V from Cadillac.

2022 Lincoln NavigatorThe new Navigator features several upscale touches and excellent tech. Lincoln

That means the Navigator will stick with the powertrain it’s carried for years, which is a twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine that makes 440 horsepower and 510 pound-feet of torque. It’s paired with a smooth ten-speed automatic and either rear- or four-wheel drive. While there’s more than enough power to get the hulking Lincoln moving, it’s not a powertrain that inspires excitement or engagement, and though beefy, it’s tuned much more for comfort and quietness than drama.

Though more than adequate, those specs are a far cry from the numbers we expect from the Escalade V. The full-size bruiser from Cadillac is expected to get a supercharged 6.2-liter V8, similar to the unit seen in the CT5-V Blackwing and Chevrolet Camaro ZL1. We don’t know power numbers yet, but the engine should deliver horsepower and torque numbers in the high 600s.

Cadillac Escalade VThe Escalade V will be massively powerful. Cadillac

That Lincoln is taking a different approach isn’t surprising. The automaker has already announced its intention to go all-electric, so pouring more time and resources into creating a performance gas-powered SUV isn’t in line with its goals. Company executives have also expressed a desire to avoid imitating rivals, so the decision to leave a performance Navigator behind is not surprising.

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