GM Working On Next-Gen Cadillac Escalade, Other Full-Size SUVs

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The Cadillac Escalade has been one of the most popular and profitable models for General Motors and accordingly Detroit execs have no plans to cancel the model any time soon, despite fears that the big Caddy, along with most other full-size SUV models, was possibly getting the axe.

Originally earmarked for arrival in 2011, GM’s next-generation of full-size SUVs were up for review last year following a spike in fuel prices and the automaker’s own bankruptcy concerns. In response, GM decided to freeze development of models like the new Cadillac Escalade and Chevrolet Suburban but now they appear to be back on the design table and headed for showrooms in about three years.

The information comes from GM's global vehicle line executive for full-size trucks, Rick Spina, who revealed to Automotive News that the models will continue to be built on a rear-wheel drive truck platform rather than moving to the Lambda large crossover platform. The current Cadillac Escalade (pictured) is based on GM’s GMT800 platform, sharing its underpinnings with vehicles such as the Chevrolet Tahoe and GMC Yukon.

Any new generation of the Escalade is expected to feature an EXT version as well.

Spina also revealed that each GM’s other brands with a full-size SUV--Chevrolet and GMC--will get a next-generation version as well.


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Comments (7)
  1. I think celebrities, pro sports players and rappers will be very mad at GM about If Cadillac Escalade will next generation crossover like GMC Acadia platform. why they want kept next generation traditional SUV future for best design model is beautiful than crossover is very ugly. if rival Lincoln Navigator will could discontinue near future. if celebrities will buy pickup crew cab is luxury like replace to traditional SUV.

  2. It is the Escalade that saved Cadillac along with the CTS. GM would be foolish to axe the Escalade. It has a loyal following among the rich and famous. The Escalade quickly over-shadowed the Navigator. Hopefully GM will continue the Escalade/Tahoe/Surburban/Yukon on the traditional truck-based platform. If they are worried about sales with fluctuating gas prices they could limit production instead of cutting the models altogther. Acadia & Traverse fills the gap between Terrain/Equinox & Yukon/Tahoe.

  3. I like this vehicle... and men

  4. Better then the rumors it would go on the Lambda platform like the Chevy Traverse and Buick Enclave.

  5. By keeping the Escalade as a truck-based Ute, the Lambda is available for other Cadillac duty: As the platform for the XTS. The Epsilon is unsuitably small for duty as Cadillac's flagship sedan. But a wide-track Cadillac would be a perfect fit among the S-Classes, 7's and XJ's.

  6. I am not a rapper, celeb or sports figure but I am a Escalade loyalist. Having had 2 different ones since 2004 I find them to be extremely dependable, spacious and stylish. I constantly have 5+ people as passengers whether its family or business related and they now see why I stopped buying foreign. Not to mention better torque, power and ride feel than the Navigator & QX56.

  7. What in Hades is GM trying to do, sell more Infiniti QX56's?

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