Rumors about Cadillac’s plans to revive the Escalade EXT have been circulating ever since its cancelation in 2013. According to some sources, there may be some truth to these speculations. Namely, the well-known sport-utility pickup truck is expected to reappear as the 2017 Cadillac Escalade EXT. What made this truck so interesting was a unique combination of its sleek exterior styling, luxurious cabin and a mighty V8 powertrain. Although it seemed that this particular niche within the pickup segment is due to disappear completely, some of the recent economic changes might help its revival.
2017 Cadillac Escalade EXT Design
Naturally, the 2017 Cadillac Escalade EXT will be based on the regular Escalade SUV that came redesigned for the 2015 model year. The EXT version will once again be available only in the four-door crew cab configuration. It is expected to feature a profile that mimics the one seen on its predecessor, while its front and rear ends are due to undergo a thorough overhaul. The upcoming Escalade EXT is slated to adopt a redesigned front grille flanked by full-LED headlights. In essence, the new EXT should receive a more sophisticated exterior styling more in line with the new Escalade SUV. When it comes to the interior, we expect to see substantial upgrades that will make this pickup one of the most luxurious vehicles in its class. Apart from getting a bevy of high-end materials, the all-new Cadillac EXT will be replete with GM’s latest technology.
As for the official engine specifications, they have yet to be released. However, we expect the 2017 Cadillac Escalade EXT to borrow the same V8 unit that motivates the regular model. Inside the Escalade SUV, this 6.2-liter engine churns out 420 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque. Its power is transmitted through a new 8-speed automatic gearbox. Now, the first-generation Escalade EXT was powered by 6.2-liter V8 that cranked out 403 hp and 417 lb-ft of torque, coupled with a 6-speed automatic transmission. In any case, expect the upcoming EXT to offer some serious output numbers as well as an outstanding driving experience.
2017 Cadillac Escalade EXT Pricing
According to some reports, the 2017 Cadillac Escalade EXT is likely to be priced slightly above $70,000. It is expected to hit the North American market in late 2016.