The Escalade EXT has undergone substantial changes for 2007. Now built on General Motors' all-new full-size truck platform, the EXT features a stronger fully-boxed frame, a more powerful 6.2-liter engine mated to a smooth 6-speed automatic transmission, upgraded interior materials and styling, and head curtain side air bags with rollover protection for all rows of seats.
The Escalade EXT is a 5-passenger luxury sport utility truck (SUT) patterned along the same lines as the Chevrolet Avalanche-the progenitor of this unusual design-the HUMMER H2 SUT, and the former GMC Envoy XUV. What sets these trucks apart from other vehicles is the blend of SUV and pickup truck characteristics made possible by an industry-exclusive collapsible Midgate located between the rear seat and cargo box. Lowering the Midgate extends the truck bed from 5 feet to 8 feet. A lockable tonneau cover can be put in place to protect items in the 101-cubic-foot cargo bed. The versatility afforded by this unique SUT design is unmatched.
Within the Escalade family, the EXT is identical to the standard Cadillac Escalade from the front doors forward, and is as long as the extended-length Cadillac Escalade ESV. All three versions feature a newly toned exterior with improved aerodynamics to help improve fuel economy and reduce wind noise. The Escalade EXT offers the same standard luxury equipment as other 2007 Escalades-features like leather seats, power front seats, automatic climate control, OnStar, and more. Options include air-conditioned seats, a heated steering wheel, a touch-screen navigation system, and a bevy of sophisticated audio systems.
On the mechanical side, the EXT is now powered by a new, all-aluminum, 6.2-liter V-8 with variable valve timing. It produces 403 hp and 417 lb.-ft. of torque-both substantial increases over the former 6.0-liter engine. Another upgrade is the new 6-speed automatic transmission with tow/haul and manual shift capabilities. Maximum towing capacity is 7,600 pounds. To improve braking performance, larger 4-wheel disc brakes and a new ABS system have been installed to work in tandem with StabiliTrak to sense and avert potential rollovers. Cadillac backs the Escalade EXT with a 4-year/50,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty and a new 5-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty.
The Cadillac Escalade EXT competes in the Large Premium Pickup segment, which consists of just two models. Buyers in this segment look for quality, comfort, and exterior styling, according to the J.D. Power and Associates 2006 Avoider StudySM and the Escaped Shopper Study.SM
The top sellers in the segment during calendar year 2006, according to the J.D. Power and Associates Sales Report,SM were the Lincoln Mark LT (12,753 units sold) and the Cadillac Escalade EXT (7,019). The Cadillac Escalade EXT's 7,019 sales in 2006 represent a decrease of 9.6 percent compared to the previous year.