The Cadillac Escalade EXT was a unique offering in the automotive marketplace. Pickups are usually marketed toward working-class individuals, so the premium Cadillac pickup truck essentially had the luxury segment all to itself – no matter how minuscule the demand for such a segment may have been.
The Escalade EXT went out of production in 2013 and shows no signs of making a return, but that doesn’t mean the idea of a Cadillac pickup has completely jogged its memory. The official GM Design Instagram page recently shared a sketch for a fictional Cadillac pickup truck that one of the automaker’s designers, Andrew McMillan, drew up recently and we think that General Motors fans will like the result.
This fictional Cadillac pickup truck taps the automaker’s v-shaped grille and appears similar to the grille that was offered on the pre-facelift Cadillac CT6 sedan. The grille is flanked by two massive, vertically-integrated air intakes, which feature an embedded LED light bar running vertically on their outer edges. A front underbody skid plate protects the bumper and undertray from damage when off-roading, while an integrated roof rack gives this luxury-minded truck some added utility. Also of note are the rectangular side mirrors, which appear quite slim and narrow for being affixed to such a large and lumbering pickup truck, and the sizable ground clearance.
With GM shifting Cadillac to focus mostly on battery-electric vehicles in the coming years, it’s highly unlikely that we’ll ever see the Cadillac Escalade EXT return. The automaker could potentially be more interested in a rugged truck or SUV if it were fully electric, however the upcoming GMC Hummer EV looks as though it will fill the gap in GM’s portfolio for a pricy electric pickup truck. For now, Cadillac will likely be staying laser-focused on important products like the Cadillac Lyriq crossover and Celestiq sedan.
This story was written in collaboration with our sister site, Cadillac Society.