Cadillac has the special sense of what luxury means in the automobile industry and new ideas are what isn’t strange for the brand either. This brand had an optimistic concept which became the reality when this brand launched the high-luxury truck version the Escalade EXT in 2002. The model survived until the 2013 model year. From that perspective, it might seem that it was just a wrong idea. However, from the current perspective, the things look slightly different. It seems that the idea was good but the timing wasn’t. At the present time when Ford and other brands are selling numbers of their luxury truck versions this truck may have the better perspective. As per some reports, Cadillac also shares this opinion and the new 2018 Cadillac Escalade EXT might just come in the right timing now.
2018 Cadillac Escalade EXT: Design
You shouldn’t get the 2018 Cadillac Escalade EXT as the done job as this model is currently just a matter of the speculation and not the official statement. However, the same was with many other vehicles which are now cruising the roads and some will soon follow their path.
So, if the rumor about the new Escalade EXT would become the reality it will again be the truck version of the big and bold Escalade SUV which was all-new for the 2015 model year. The model should feature very similar front end and cabin as the Escalade SUV while it will get pickup cargo bed. The newer version of brand’s grille should be on model’s front end in the combination with the signature lighting elements. According to the rumor, body sculpting should also be very similar as on the Escalade SUV.
The interior of the new Escalade EXT should also mimic the SUV version. It will allegedly get the high-quality material treatment from the base trim. That will be followed with the high-end features as well. The trim options could again include the base, Luxury and Premium like in the previous version. However the company might also add the top Platinum version as in the current Escalade SUV.
If that would be the case, the base model will have leather upholstery, power and heated front seats, driver memory setting, tri-zone climate control, heated rear row, power pedals, etc. The standard wheels should be 18-inch alloys. The latest CUE infotainment system with smartphone compatibility should also be the standard feature.
Upper trims should bring upgraded upholstery, 22-inch wheels, sunroof, rear entertainment screens and advanced safety aids should also be available.
2018 Cadillac Escalade EXT: Powertrain
When it comes to the powering unit, it is not hard to guess that rumors suggesting the 6.2-liter V-8 engine. This engine produces 420 hp and torque of 460 pound-feet in the current Escalade SUV. The 2018 Cadillac Escalade EXT should also get the 8-speed automatic transmission and four-wheel drive.
With this hardware, the Escalade SUV can tow up to 8, 300 pounds. The fuel economy is around 17 mpg combined. The new truck form of this SUV should also be close to these numbers.
2018 Cadillac Escalade EXT: Arrival
Again, going by the rumors, the 2018 Cadillac Escalade EXT should arrive in the first half of 2018. The model could cost around $70, 000.