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Remember When There Was a Cadillac Escalade Pickup?

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author photo by Doug DeMuro January 2017

Although you probably know the Cadillac Escalade as a full-size SUV with bold, showy, rather gaudy styling, that wasn't always the case. At one point, it was also a full-size pickup truck with bold, showy, rather gaudy styling.

Above is an image of the Cadillac Escalade EXT, which was the quickly forgotten pickup-truck version of the highly popular Cadillac Escalade. It was offered, surprisingly enough, in two generations: one that was sold from 2002 to 2006 and one that went from 2007 to 2013. This thing was on the road for more than a decade, and I bet you don't remember the last time you saw one.

Based on the Chevy Avalanche part-SUV/part-pickup, the Escalade EXT debuted right at a time when half-truck/half-SUVs were becoming intensely popular. There was, for example, the Ford Explorer Sport Trac, the Avalanche and the Lincoln Blackwood, which was probably the Escalade EXT's closest competitor -- although Lincoln's truck didn't have anywhere near the flamboyant gravitas of the Escalade.

It also didn't have anywhere near as much power. While standard 2002-2006 Escalade models offered a base-level 285-horsepower V8, the Escalade EXT skipped that and instead used a 345-hp 6.0-liter V8. When the Escalade was redesigned in 2007, every version got a 400-hp V8 -- and that meant you could buy a giant Cadillac pickup truck that did 0 to 60 miles per hour in 7 seconds. You have to admit, there's some theoretical appeal to that.

With the demise of the Avalanche came the demise of the Escalade EXT -- although, naturally, you can find them for sale on Autotrader. There are currently around 130 examples of the less desirable 2002-2006 Escalade EXT on Autotrader, at an average asking price of $12,700, while there are 400 examples of the later 2007-2013 model with an average asking price of $29,000.

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Remember When There Was a Cadillac Escalade Pickup? - Autotrader