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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.
[Automotive News, sub req’d]