Among numerous new models in its lineup. GM’s luxury brand is also about to revive one familiar nameplate. According to rumors, we are about to see the new version of a familiar Escalade-based pickup truck, known as the EXT. According to most of these reports, we can expect 2019 Cadillac Escalade EXT for sale. In reality, things will definitely go in a little bit different way. We will definitely see it after the company introduced the next generation of legendary SUV. That will happen next year, which means Cadillac Escalade EXT will probably come as 2020 model. In any case, these two models will be closely related.
How will the 2019 Cadillac Escalade EXT look like?
When it comes to the base layout, things seem pretty clear with the Cadillac Escalade EXT. We are about to see the same design approach that we saw in the original model. To remind you, this truck came in 2002. It was in production for full 11 years, until 2013. During this period, we’ve seen two generations of it. In both cases, the EXT was heavily based on its SUV sibling. Both generations feature the same look with only different at the rear end, where a small cargo bed was installed. So, instead of a huge, wagon-like body style, these models featured two rows of seating and a small cargo bed. The 2019 Cadillac Escalade EXT stick to this philosophy.
2019 Cadillac Escalade EXT Design
GM has started with renewing its complete full-size body-on-frame lineup. Of course, Chevy Silverado was the first model to come redesigned. Rest of the lineup, including the Escalade and Escalade EXT, will come next year. We count on the same, completely new T1 platform, which brings various kinds of improvements. The first thing that comes to our minds in weight reduction. For comparison, the new Silverado is for about 300 pounds lighter than its predecessor. Of course, there is also a completely new chassis setup, which provides more comfort, better dynamics, and better overall driving experience. Speaking of the comfort, it seems clear that the Cadillac Escalade EXT will also come with an independent rear suspension, which significantly improves the overall level of comfort.
The new Escalade will be adapted to the brand’s new design language and we don’t expect to see any radical change. This SUV is characterized by lots of sharp angles and the Cadillac Escalade EXT will come with the identical front end. It will feature pretty much the same size and wheelbase. Of course, the rear end will come with a familiar truckish layout, with EXT’s recognizable plastics on the cargo bed.
There is no doubt that the 2019 Cadillac Escalade EXT will feature the same interior styling as the famous SUV. This would include a completely new dashboard layout, adapted to the company’s latest styling philosophy, which brings more premium appearance and higher-quality materials. On the other side, the obvious difference is in terms seating capacity. While the SUV version is about to come with three spacious seats, this one will come with two, due to the cargo bed. Still, the cabin will definitely be very spacious, with an amazing overall level of comfort. Also, count on the latest tech features. This refers both to gadgetry and advanced safety systems.
Speaking of the safety and driving aids, we must mention Cadillac Super Cruise, which is one of the most advanced semi-autonomous driving systems in the automotive industry. It is pretty much a complete hands-free driving system, which works on all speeds on a freeway.
2019 Cadillac Escalade EXT Engines
While some rival companies switched to smaller and more fuel economy-friendly V6 engines, the new Cadillac Escalade EXT will stick to eight cylinders. By looking at GM’s powertrain lineup, it’s not hard to guess which engines will find the place under the hood. Of course, base models will come with a well-known 6.2-liter V8, which delivers around 420 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque. Higher trims will probably feature the company’s new 4.2-liter V8. This efficient engine comes with twin turbochargers and delivers a total amount of power that goes around 550 hp and 630 lb-ft of torque.
Both engines will come with a new 10-speed automatic gearbox. Power will be sent to rear wheels, while the Cadillac Escalade EXT AWD will be available as optional.
Finally, some reports suggest a plug-in hybrid version of the new Escalade, which means that the same setup should find its place in the Cadillac Escalade EXT as well. However, this system is still in an early stage of development, so it definitely won’t come in the next couple of year.
2019 Cadillac Escalade EXT Release date and Price
When it comes to the 2019 Cadillac Escalade EXT release date, we definitely won’t see it before the of the SUV version. Once the new Escalade arrives, this model should hit the market soon after.
The Cadillac Escalade EXT price is still unknown, but we expect to go in a similar range to its SUV sibling. This would mean around 75.000 dollars for the base model.