Just a few years earlier a combination of heavily styled exterior, posh interior and host of available features packed in the form of the pickup truck was not so successful idea. Proof for that are more than few models of that kind which left production lines. One of them was Cadillac Escalade EXT, the pickup that survived just two generations and its production ended in 2013. However, increasing popularity of pickups has also reflected on higher demand for luxurious truck versions. That is the reason why some sources claim that Cadillac is revisiting an idea to bring this nameplate back as the 2017 Cadillac Escalade EXT.
Why new Escalade EXT could happen:
While company hasn’t said a word about reintroduction of this model, rumors have been circulating since its discontinuation. However, high popularity of trucks and stable oil price have made good presumption for new models and returning of old nameplates. Many brands announced their debut in pickup segment and this can also be a good chance for the Cadillac.
2017 Cadillac Escalade EXT: Design
Based on what some reports suggest, the new 2017 Cadillac Escalade EXT should heavily mimic the design of the lasted generation of the Escalade SUV which came redesigned in 2015. It should also get similar running gear and equipment levels as well.
In that context, the front fascia of this truck should include large shield shaped grille heavily treated with chrome. New, modern-looking headlights based on the LED technology will come accentuated with LED DRLs which stretches to fenders’ area but also encroach to front bumper territory.
Sharp edged body will also get nicely sculpted hood and swollen fenders and complementing stylish looks will be attractive wheels. The model should come in crew cab body style only.
Interior of this model should be one of the most luxurious ones in the truck industry. Expect attractive, nicely trimmed cabin with nicely contoured dash and with leather upholstery starting from the base trim. The model will become even more luxuries with each next trim. There will be more premium leather upholstery, natural wood accents, contrasting stitching, and so on.
Expect also that Cadillac will equip this model with the latest CUE infotainment system, navigation, premium sound system, modern apps compatibility, etc. Still as standard features we should get three-zone climate control, power adjustable pedals, heated steering wheel, heated and cooled power adjustable front seats, driver memory setting, heated rear seats, etc.
The model will also get good safety support with array of advanced aids which can be comparable with those on the passenger cars.
2017 Cadillac Escalade EXT: Powertrain
When it comes to the powertrain of the 2017 Cadillac Escalade EXT, rumors follow the same correlation as with its styling. They suggest that this model should get the power form the engine that sits under the hood of the Escalade SUV.
This large 6.2 liter V-8 engine uses direct injection and cylinder deactivation technology which promises better fuel economy. Its power capacity is 420 hp and 460 pound-feet of torque. That should be more than enough to push this truck down the road smoothly but also to provide significant towing capacity.
The model should also use an 8-speed automatic transmission and full-time all-wheel drive with standard locking rear differential
2017 Cadillac Escalade EXT: Possible Release and Price
Still based on unofficial reports we can tell you that 2017 Cadillac Escalade EXT should come in early 2017. As for its price, staring point should be just below $70k.