The EXT truck version of the Caddy Escalade crossover is probably coming back. The company will give another chance to the vehicle discontinued in 2015. It is described as a sport-utility truck, with a base in SUV. However, pickup didn’t fulfill the expectation, and it was ranked as one of the worst models. But, right after the announcement about discontinuation, chiefs opened the possibility for a comeback. Then they said new ideas could bring the SUT back, and it is now happening with 2018 Cadillac Escalade EXT.
Time is changing, and sports class in every segment is being more and more popular. This is one of the reasons for the 2018 Escalade EXT comeback. However, fans expected it in 2017, but that didn’t happen. With a poor selling record, it is obvious why this vehicle is not at top of priorities for US carmaker.
2018 Cadillac Escalade EXT Redesign
One thing is sure – a complete redesign is must if 2018 Cadillac Escalade EXT wants a successful comeback. However, this vehicle wasn’t so ugly. Also, it was aesthetic and futuristic, so some parts could be the same as for the last edition. The front fascia is definitely not one of these. Caddy will use different grille and headlights. The bumper will separate these from fog lights, and we have the visual impression as it is all one glass. Larger air vents will help with cooling the engine and with aerodynamic.
Cadillac Escalade EXT Concept
The company is not giving up on its base idea. The 2018 Escalade EXT will be a 4-door sports utility truck. There will be room for five passengers in the cabin. However, converting back of an SUV into bed, making it a truck, was not a good idea. We will have to wait to see what are designers preparing for the upcoming edition since this solution is not what buyers want to see.
Cadillac Escalade EXT Engine and Performance
The 2018 Cadillac Escalade EXT can use an engine from its sibling. It is powerful enough for trucking jobs. The 6.2-l EcoTec3 V-8 can produce 420 hp and 460 pound-feet of torque for the Escalade SUV. The similar output should get a pickup. Automatic 8-speed gearbox is a router for this powertrain, and it distributes power to all wheels. If the plan of 17 mpg combined comes true, fuel economy will be one of the reasons why to purchase 2018 Escalade EXT.
Another comeback is possible with the Hybrid drivetrain. Two years before Cadillac Escalade EXT, the company discontinued a hybrid crossover, after 5 successful years. Now, with a possible comeback of a truck, we can suspect that the company could re-launch plug-in SUV. Some rumors are going even further to say we can see a hybrid truck in the market in 2018 or 2019.
2018 Cadillac Escalade EXT Prices and Release Details
The company is still quiet over the 2018 Cadillac Escalade EXT. Without confirmation, we can suspect that Caddy is successfully planning the surprising launch, or that delay is very possible. Nevertheless, we are pretty sure that the pickup won’t cost less than $70,000, and probably not more than $80,000. With a possible return of the Lincoln Mark LT, the Escalade EXT truck will have an old rival as a major competitor.