With its rear box, the all-wheel-drive EXT is technically a pickup truck, one that features an innovative fold-down midgate that effectively creates a full-size bed. But, aside from that design element, the EXT is much like the rest of the 2007 Cadillac Escalade lineup, with the same fresh face accented by vertically-stacked bright headlight housings and an expansive chrome grille inspired by the Cadillac Sixteen concept car. There are clean new body lines with tighter gaps, front fender vents, and integrated running boards. The new Escalades get an interior distinct from the lesser Chevy and GMC versions, with an attractive dash layout and generous use of leather. Added luxury comes in the form of an optional heated steering wheel, a touch-screen navigation system, a rear DVD entertainment system, a surround sound system by Bose, and 18- or 22-inch chrome alloy wheels.
All of that should be right at home next to the dented F-250 at the construction site, don’t ya think? Right. Better stick to the country club with this pick-‘em-up.
What it is
So, under the skin there’s the backbone of a Chevy, but the Caddy does offer a significant boost in luxury and style, not to mention 403 horsepower from its 6.2-liter V8 engine, which, by the way, is exclusive to the Cadillac (the GMC Yukon XL Denali has a 6.2-liter motor, but it’s only good for 380 horses). Another feature found on the Escalade line, including the EXT pickup, is an all-wheel-drive system; Chevy and GMC versions are available with either rear- or four-wheel-drive.
Why it matters
How much it is
There’s no official word on pricing, but given the General’s current focus on value, it’s safe to bet that any changes on the sticker of the 2007 Cadillac Escalade EXT will be minimal. Models should start going on sale during the summer of 2006.
How quick it is
What it looks like
Inside is a completely redesigned dash, now featuring smooth shapes, with a distinct emphasis put on fit and finish.
What we think
Lest they think they’ve been forgotten, Cadillac offers a powerful and redesigned luxury pickup truck to spotless general contractors and well-to-do, weekend Home Depot warriors everywhere. Hallelujah.
Horsepower: 403 at 5,700 rpm
Torque: 417 lb.-ft. at 4,400 rpm
Transmission: Six-speed automatic
Length: 222 inches
Width: 79.1 inches
Wheelbase: 130 inches
Height: 74.5 inches
Legroom (front/second row): 41.3/39.1 inches
Headroom (front/second row): 41.1/38.1 inches
Max. Seating Capacity: 5
Max. Cargo Volume: 101 cubic feet (with midgate folded)
Max. Towing Capacity, lbs.: 7,600
Ground Clearance: 9.2 inches
Photos courtesy of General Motors