Better known as a world-famous luxury SUV icon, the Cadillac Escalade nameplate was also briefly attached to another body style between 2002 and 2006. Dubbed the Cadillac Escalade EXT, the “sport utility truck” combined the four-door luxury and street panache of the Escalade SUV with a composite pickup truck bed and expanded utility, making for quite a unique offering. Now, we’re rendering this modern Cadillac Escalade pickup that could make for a killer successor to the Escalade EXT.
Granted, this isn’t the first time we’ve rendered a Cadillac Escalade pickup model based on the latest fifth-generation SUV. In fact, we did exactly that as early as 2021, while more recently, we rendered a hypothetical Cadillac Escalade EXT-V that gave the original formula a healthy injection of performance. Now, we’re back at it, but unlike those other two renderings, we’re taking a more rugged approach.
Highlights for this latest Cadillac Escalade pickup rendering include knobby Goodyear Wrangler Duratrac Mud Terrain tires wrapped around multi-spoke wheels, finished in black. The front end also shows off Cadillac’s signature vertical lighting accents, as well as a fascia that’s instantly recognizable as belonging to the Escalade.
The front end even incorporates an aggressive front splitter, because despite the off-road flavor, it’s unlikely something like this would ever see anything other than smooth asphalt. Nevertheless, we’d make the splitter removable for extra clearance, just in case.
Speaking of clearance, a high-clearance rear bumper would find a home in back, while the onboard air suspension would provide adjustable ride height. Our rendering shows the suspension in its lowest position. Don’t forget the rock sliders in the profile.
Unfortunately, a new Cadillac Escalade EXT model isn’t in the cards, as indicated by GM Authority sources. Not only that, but GM recently abandoned its trademark filing for the Escalade EXT name, as GM Authority was the first to report.
That all said, we certainly wouldn’t mind seeing something like this Cadillac Escalade pickup get the green light.