General Motors needs to react fast. The truck giant is not losing the pace with the F-150, but its Silverado half-ton truck has been outsold by Ram 1500. Even the new generation is not helping, so GM has to make radical cuts. The luxury pickup truck is a forbidden zone, but the manufacturer is ready to risk. The return of the old nameplate could save the situation. Here is a speculative review of the 2021 Cadillac Escalade EXT pickup.
The truck is going to combine elements of its closest siblings. For example, the utility comes from the Silverado truck and Escalade SUV will serve as the inspiration for the design. Of course, a lot of interior upgrades and advanced features will make this model very expensive and the competitor to the F-150 Limited.
Luxury Truck Class: Expectations
The SUV segment is eating all other classes thanks to its versatility. You will find models that ride better than sedans and offer more towing capacity than trucks or minivans. Ford is discontinuing cars in the US, while we saw the end of many other vehicles during the last ten years. One of them was the premium pickup made by Cadillac.
Well, there are no other luxury pickups on the market at the moment. Only Ford delivers F-150 with high-end options. However, this is not a stand-alone model, but the part of the existing lineup and its sales percentage is negligible. So, the 2021 Cadillac Escalade EXT wouldn’t have too many competitors, but the lack of buyers is a problem.
2021 Cadillac Escalade EXT Specs, Diesel Truck
Under the hood of the premium pickup will be the best GM can offer. That is a 6.2-liter V8 engine. This is the largest unit for the Silverado 1500 truck and the only option for the luxury SUV. The V8 is sending 420 hp and 460 lb-ft of torque to all wheels. The towing capacity is not so important since the EXT is going to focus on comfort and convenience, rather than utility.
Besides the petrol powerplant, the 2021 Cadillac Escalade EXT Diesel is likely to happen. Well, all GM’s trucks are using a new Duramax configuration. A 3.0-liter turbodiesel is the most powerful engine in the segment with 277 hp and 480 lb-ft of torque. It doesn’t boost the towing capacity as much as we thought. Silverado can pull 9,600 pounds with the configuration that includes the Duramax engine, while diesel powertrains on Ram 1500 and Ford F-150 are pushing their towing capacities over 11,500 pounds.
2021 Cadillac Escalade EXT Release Date. Price
The 2021 Cadillac Escalade EXT is a big move. The company hasn’t decided yet if they want to go into such an adventure, whose outcome is unpredictable. The slowdown of the entire automotive industry caused by COVID-19 virus is not working in GM’s favor. Still, when life is back in normal, we could see the premiere of the EXT concept. The price will go into premium waters. Ford F-150 Limited costs $80,000 and the 2021 Escalade truck could compete with it. General Motors is not out with details yet, but the first info might appear in the next few months.
Source: GM Authority