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Author Topic: Motor Trend: Next Escalade to go Lambda  (Read 5836 times, 11 Replies)
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« on: September 17, 2008, 03:51:12 PM »

MotorTrend reports that GM insiders are saying that the next-generation Cadillac Escalade will jump from its current GMT900 truck platform to the Lambda crossover architecture that underpins the GMC Acadia, Saturn Outlook, Buick Enclave, and Chevy Traverse. MT points to the Buick Enclave Super that didn't happen as evidence that an Escalambda would be able to handle an eight-cylinder engine, which would be a step up from the rest of El Generalissimo's increasingly-crowded crossover lineup. Edgier, CTS-like styling would likely be a given, too.

Frankly, this is a good idea. The packaging afforded by the Lambda platform is vastly superior to what the GMT900 trucks offer. Remember that in the latter, the 3rd row is bolted to the cargo floor, it doesn't fold flat, and it's generally uncomfortable. The Lambda solves that instantly, and is better suited for what's positioned as a luxury vehicle anyway. Ride quality would be much better, and if GM Design were to deliver an interior on par with what's now found in the CTS, a Lambda-based Escalade would probably represent a quantum leap forward in terms of styling and refinement over the current vehicle.

As for the Avalanche-based Escalade EXT, MT says that GM's mulling over the idea of moving to a unibody pickup, a la the Zeta-based GMC Denali XT concept, to replace both of those vehicles. Again, not a bad idea, especially for Cadillac. The downside is that owners of the current vehicles who use them to tow will likely need to look elsewhere to fill that need. Still, if Cadillac's gig is to sell legit luxury vehicles, moving to more car-like platforms makes all kinds of sense. It's going to be really interesting to see if any of this stuff actually pans out.

Source: http://www.motortrend.com/future/future_vehicles/112_0811_next_generation_cadillac_escalade/index.html
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« Reply #1 on: September 17, 2008, 04:26:42 PM »

What? GM grew a brain? What's next, a plug-in hybrid?

Nah, they toyed with that in the 60s; http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/General_Motors_XP-883
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« Reply #2 on: September 17, 2008, 06:00:54 PM »

Hopefully, in 2 years,  there will be consumers with jobs that can afford such a luxury vehicle which GM can make money.  Right now, GM and FORD will be asking the FRB for 25B each to meet fuel economy mandated guidelines soon after we get over the Wall Street Crash.
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« Reply #3 on: June 10, 2010, 03:59:45 PM »

http://blogs.insideline.com/straightline/2010/06/is-this-the-next-cadillac-escalade.html
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« Reply #4 on: June 10, 2010, 04:08:34 PM »

They may as well just put "GMC" on the grill if this is the plan.
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« Reply #5 on: June 10, 2010, 08:54:30 PM »

That's just a photoshop to get everyone heated in this discussion.  I'm actually thinking it more of a spoof on the idea, because it's so obvious it's an Acadia which has been photoshopped.  This is NOT what it will look like. 
 
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« Reply #6 on: June 10, 2010, 09:06:40 PM »

I think someone's jealous they didn't use an Enclave body style hilarious
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« Reply #7 on: June 10, 2010, 09:09:50 PM »

I think someone's jealous they didn't use an Enclave body style hilarious
Nah... just need to realize the Cadillac will not share any sheet metal with the other Lambdas.  I would be pretty sure in this assumption.
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« Reply #8 on: June 11, 2010, 08:15:00 AM »

Nah... just need to realize the Cadillac will not share any sheet metal with the other Lambdas.  I would be pretty sure in this assumption.
I agree it would make no sense.  They tried that with the Cimmaron/Cavalier and it was a huge bust.
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« Reply #9 on: June 11, 2010, 09:52:53 AM »

I agree it would make no sense.  They tried that with the Cimmaron/Cavalier and it was a huge bust.

Oh wow, I forgot about that badge engineering nightmare!   Oh No
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« Reply #10 on: June 11, 2010, 10:09:27 AM »

Oh wow, I forgot about that badge engineering nightmare!   Oh No
How about the 8 - 6 - 4 classic.
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« Reply #11 on: June 11, 2010, 10:11:03 AM »

How about the 8 - 6 - 4 classic.

Hey, that was a technological marvel!   Grin
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