With the growing number of the pickup models appearing on the market, the rumors are also circulating about the reintroduction of many models which seem appeared in the wrong time. The Ford Ranger returned on the US soil after seven years of absence and several models faced also with the discontinuation in these critical years for many truck models. Cadillac discontinued the Escalade EXT pickup based on the large Escalade SUV in 2013. This specific design model improved the cargo flexibility of the full-size SUV with the cargo bed and the inventive mid-gate design which separated the cabin and the load area.
The model wasn’t successful at the time but the time is now never better for the trucks and SUVs and rumors claim that Cadillac is considering the second chance for the EXT model. Cadillac has been focused on the SUV models in the recent years and the brand will follow the new XT4 model with the new three-row XT6 SUV. The Cadillac Escalade is also preparing for the new generation and based on the rumors the new 2020 Cadillac Escalade EXT could follow shortly after. No many details about the new-gen Escalade SUV yet and Cadillac hasn’t hinted the return of the EXT.
2020 Cadillac Escalade EXT: Design
The prototype of the new-generation Escalade SUV hasn’t been spotted on the roads yet and the rumors claim that 2020 Cadillac Escalade EXT will again be based on the large, upscale SUV.
What we know so far about the redesigned SUV, it should borrow the styling cues from the Escala Concept which promises more elegant style while the boxy body should continue. The EXT truck version if it appears should also do very similar as the new SUV version with added cargo bed and few unique details.
So, the model would have the new thin headlights combined with the LED DRLs and new fog lights compared to the current version of the Escalade SUV. The grille version should be bigger than on the current generation Escalade with the design similar to the unit on the CT6.
The subtle beltline should appear on the profile while the rear should get the new design taillights different from the vertical units on the available SUV model.
As for the interior, the truck should also adopt the same design theme as the new version of the SUV model. The model should come with the significant changes inside. The quality of materials and finish should go up and the redesigned dash should also be the part of the upgrade.
The model will also get the new infotainment system with the much larger screen and more digital controls. The active safety systems will also be in the equipment list if model appears.
2020 Cadillac Escalade EXT: Powertrains
The latest reports about the redesigned Escalade SUV suggest that model will appear with three powering options. The 6.2-liter V-8 from the current Escalade should return but with major upgrades and improved efficiency. In the current form, this engine provides 420 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque.
Another option suggested for new-gen Escalade is a 4.2-liter bi-turbo V-8 engine from the CT6 V-Sport. In the most potent version, the engine makes 550 hp and torque is 627 lb-ft and is pair with the 10-speed automatic transmission. However, the large SUV should also gain the plug-in hybrid powertrain option. The similar technology from the plug-in CT6 should be in the application in the new SUV model. The system pairs the turbocharged four-cylinder engine with the duo of electric motors for the total output of 335 hp.
The 2020 Cadillac Escalade EXT if reaches the production will likely employ the mentioned 6.2L V-8 and twin-turbo engine while the plug-in hybrid version wouldn’t likely be in the offer.
The new-generation Escalade should also come with the upgraded chassis and suspensions but with the reduced weight as well. All should provide more composed ride and better efficiency and the rumored EXT version would also benefit from these.
The Escalade EXT was powered by the 6.2-liter V-8 engine before the discontinuation. The engine made 403 hp and 417 pound-feet of torque and in the combination with the six-speed automatic transmission.
2020 Cadillac Escalade EXT: Arrival, Price
The new-gen Escalade SUV should go on sale in early 2020 and with the price in high-70,000. Cadillac hasn’t said a word about the possible arrival of the 2020 Cadillac Escalade EXT and the model lives in the rumors for now.