The new generation of the famous full-size SUV is here. The recent redesign has brought a lot of significant improvements and it comes in two familiar iterations, in standard and stretched version. However, that couldn’t be all, as some enthusiasts suggest the possibility to see pickup truck version as well, as the 2022 Cadillac Escalade EXT.
For those who aren’t familiar with it, this isn’t a new thing. Cadillac already had this vehicle in the offer, between 2002 and 2013. The luxury pickup truck was produced in two generations and after an 8-year break, it could come back. There are several reasons why we shouldn’t exclude completely the possibility to see this model. Pickup trucks are becoming more and more popular and among them, you can find a lot of versions that are incredibly well equipped and offer an impressive level of luxury. That’s why this may be a perfect choice for all those who want a luxurious pickup truck but want a premium badge as well.
2022 Cadillac Escalade EXT Redesign
In terms of the overall design, there is no doubt that the new 2022 Cadillac Escalade EXT would stick to a familiar formula. This means it would be heavily based on the recently-introduced Escalade, equipped with a well-known folding mid-gate layout. Of course, the front end would look the same as the new-generation SUV, which utilizes the brand’s latest design language, based on the Escala concept.
Mechanically, we don’t expect any bigger difference compared to the SUV sibling. The new generation rides on the T1 platform, which brings improvements in various aspects, starting from handling and overall driving characteristics. We expect the new 2022 Cadillac Escalade EXT to feature independent rear suspension, which is one of the main reasons why the new generation rides notably better than the previous one. In terms of the size, we expect that the truck iteration will share the wheelbase with the ESV, though some additional stretching doesn’t sound impossible either.
On the inside, we don’t expect any particular difference compared to the SUV model, at least when it comes to the dashboard design. This means you may count that is highlighted by a massive system of screens. There are three units in total, which cover pretty much everything from the instrument cluster, gauges, infotainment system and climate controls. The overall quality looks pretty impressive and everything is made with a lot of styles.
Of course, the obvious difference will be in terms of seating configuration. This will be a typical five-seater, while the rear end will be reserved for a cargo bed, with a well-known “Convert-a-Cab” design. In terms of the passenger room, we expect that the first row will be pretty much the same as in the SUV, both in the leg- and headroom.
Naturally, the cabin will come with all kinds of tech features. We already mentioned a three-screen layout on the dashboard, while the list of advanced driver-assistance features should be pretty long as well. The company’s advanced Super Cruise system should be in the offer too.
2022 Cadillac Escalade EXT Engines
We don’t expect surprises under the hood of the 2022 Cadillac Escalade EXT. Base models will feature a well-known 6.2-liter V8, which carried on from the previous generation, which puts out around 420 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque. It comes in pair with a 10-speed automatic transmission, which shifts smoothly and generally works pretty well. You may expect pretty much the same fuel economy as in the SUV model, which means around 15 mpg in the city and 20 mpg on the highway.
We expect that the diesel version will be offered as well. This one uses a 3.0-liter V6 turbodiesel, which is good for about 277 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque. It also comes in pair with a 10-speed automatic transmission.
2022 Cadillac Escalade EXT Release Date and Price
At this point, the 2022 Cadillac Escalade EXT is just a rumor. Officials are completely silent on this matter, so you should take everything we’ve written with a big reserve. If it arrives, we presume it would feature a starting price of around 75.000 dollars, roughly. This puts it in the competition with hi-end versions of traditional pickups like F-150 or Ram 1500, though it would also compete with lots of luxury SUVs, such as Navigator, Lexus LX etc.