The Cadillac Escalade-V made splashdown in January of the 2022 calendar year, introducing a new high-performance variant for the iconic luxury SUV nameplate. While adding a supercharged heartbeat to the tall-riding utility vehicle makes for quite the combo, we got to thinking – what about a modern Cadillac Escalade-V EXT model? Well, we went about creating exactly that with the following GM Authority exclusive rendering.
Before we get into this, it bears mentioning that General Motors and Cadillac don’t have any known plans (at least not at this time) to re-introduce the Cadillac Escalade EXT. Rather, we thought we’d render this Cadillac Escalade-V EXT variant just for fun.
For those readers who may be unaware, GM produced the Cadillac Escalade EXT sport utility truck between the 2002 and 2006 model years, offering up a more utility-focused variant of the Escalade luxury vehicle. Unlike the full-size SUV body of the standard Cadillac Escalade, the Escalade EXT incorporated a composite bed and mid-gate, providing ample room for cargo, while still offering seating for five passengers thanks to four full-size doors.
The Cadillac Escalade EXT (as well as its Bow Tie brand counterpart, the Chevy Avalanche) remain a favorite among enthusiasts today. As such, we decided to create a modern version complete with the Cadillac Escalade-V powertrain under the hood.
With the supercharged 6.2L V8 LT4 gasoline engine on deck, the Cadillac Escalade-V throws down with 682 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 653 pound-feet of torque at 4,400 rpm, all of which reaches the pavement via the GM Hydra-Matic 10-speed automatic transmission and a full-time active all-wheel drive system. Properly motivated, the sprint to 60 mph takes less than 4.4 seconds, while the quarter mile is completed in 12.74 seconds at 110 mph.
Impressive numbers for a full-size SUV, no doubt about it. However, if we take that formula and apply it to a sport utility truck EXT body, we get something that can haul five passengers, haul cargo – and haul ass, as well.