The first generation Escalade EXT was launched in 2002 and shared the same underpinnings with the Chevrolet Avalanche.
The second generation came in 2007 and continued to share many common elements with the Avalanche, both of them being built on the new GMT900 platform. To remain in front of the pack, the vehicle has also received a series of cosmetic and technological adjustments.
The second generation Cadillac Escalade EXT is fitted with a stronger V8 engine which develops 403 hp and an upgraded rear suspension. The base price for the EXT is $54.210.
Overall, the new Cadillac Escalade EXT looks very similar with its predecessor, but if you take a closer look you’ll be able to spot that the entire body has been sharpened and the new lines are more refined giving the vehicle a lower drag coefficient (0.363).
Unlike the old EXT, the new model’s wheels arches are seamlessly integrated into the body giving the truck an air of solidity.
The headlights have received a new design as well, but they keep the same robust style as the old ones. The exterior changes continue with a sharper bumper and a more refined hood.
We especially like the aerodynamic door mirrors which come with tasty chromed inserts that cope great with the shiny grille.
As the previous generation, the 2007 Cadillac Escalade EXT is full-size crew cab pickup truck fitted with the innovative Midgate that allows the cargo bed to be opened up into the cabin. The load is protected from the elements by the tailgate and tonneau cover. With the Midgate opened the truck offers a maximum of 101 cubic feet of cargo capacity.
Standard features include 18-inch alloy wheels, an automatic suspension damping system and HID headlights. On the options list you’ll find 22-inch chrome wheels and a power sunroof.
The EXT cab offers space for up to five passengers and all of them are treated with a proper amount of head and leg room. The materials and plastics are a big improvement over the previous model and you’ll find finely stitched leather and accents of wood and metal.
Most of the materials are pleasant to touch, but some of those old cheap plastics still surface. The overall ergonomy is nothing short of excellent and every control is placed within easy reach. We also need to send a shout to the convenient center console that looks great and its fitted with a large touch screen and various controls.
Though, we’re not impressed by the new instrument panel as it’s a bit too simple for our tastes. At least it’s fairly easy to read and it’s fitted with large instruments. There is also an integrated trip computer which provides secondary information, such as average fuel mileage.
The dated steering wheel was replaced with a new one which looks fairly good and offers a confident grab. It also comes with a wide range of controls and it’s wrapped in leather.
You won’t have any complains about the seats either, as they are among the best you’ll find in this segment. There are also electric adjustments available to help you get cozy behind the wheel.
Perhaps it goes without saying that the all around visibility is part of the first class, as you seat pretty high from the ground and you are met by a panoramic windscreen which gives you a wide angle of visibility.
Standard equipment includes 14-way power/heated front seats, leather upholstery, wood trim, tri-zone automatic climate control, a 10-speaker Bose audio system with an in-dash CD/DVD changer, a remote start feature, heated rear seats and power-folding exterior mirrors. You’ll need to pay extra for cooling front seats, heated steering wheel, navigation system with a rearview camera and a rear DVD entertainment system.
Engines and performance
The Cadillac Escalade EXT is offered with standard all-wheel-drive configuration. Power comes from a new 6.2 liter V8 engine which develops a maximum output of 403 hp and 417 lb.ft of torque.
The pushrod engine features variable valve timing, a first in a mass-produced non-overhead cam engine. The system adjusts both intake and exhaust timing between two settings.
Power is sent to the four wheels by means of a new six-speed 6L80 Hydra-Matic automatic transmission which is at least as good as the old one delivering great performances and smooth shifts. The transmission also comes with both a tow/haul and a manual shift mode. Though, manual shifts are a bit awkward due to the dated column shifter. When properly equipped, the Cadillac Escalade EXT can tow up to 7600 pounds.
The 2007 Escalade EXT can accelerate to 60 mph in only 6.8 seconds and fuel economy is rated at 14 mpg in the city and 19 mpg on the highway.
Cadillac Escalade Engines Specifications
|6.2 liter V8||403 @ 5700||417 @ 4300|
Ride and handling
The Escalade EXT is fitted with short and long arm front suspension combined with a multi-link rear suspension, both with stabilizer bar.
The vehicle is built on an all-new frame and the revised suspension offers a comfortable and well balanced ride, so you don’t have to worry about severe bumps.
You’ll also like the handling which is pretty predictable, but don’t expect to an impressive agility as you’ll have to pay a tribute for the big proportions and the heavy weight.
Luckily the turning radius is relatively tight, being rated at 39 feet, while the steering is light and precise delivering a decent feedback.
The new Cadillac Escalade EXT features a clean styling, a luxurious cab and a versatile cargo capacity. The new V8 engine is fairly strong and delivers sporty performances regardless of what load is carried at the back.
The ride and handling are also part of the first class but due to its gargantuan proportions the EXT isn’t too agile around the city and the exterior mirrors aren’t able to cover all the rear blind spots.