That bastion of bling second only to the Hummer H2, the Cadillac Escalade, is being downsized, according to a new report from the folks who forecast trends in motors. The next Escalade would likely be yanked from the current body-on-frame GMT900 platform and developed instead on the Lambda crossover platform that underpins the Chevy Traverse, Buick Enclave, Saturn Outlook and GMC Acadia. A V8 engine is rumored to be required for any possible downsizing to happen, and Lambda is said to be able to accomodate such a mill; whether it will be the corporate 5.3-liter unit or something altogether different remains to be seen. Whither Escalade EXT? Apparently it could go to the Zeta platform or get dropped altogether. Jalopnik Snap Judgment: Those old enough to think "Cimmaron" anytime someone mentions a downsized Cadillac probably shouldn't be too concerned: The current Buick Enclave demonstrates that Lambda is well-suited for luxury duty, and GM's efforts at interior and exterior styling differentiation among its various brands show the company is taking each division's uniqueness seriously. With a V8 featuring Active Fuel Management and some readjustment of the 6-speed tranny's shift points, we'll bet a Lambda-based Escalade would see a significant jump in sales over the current truck version. [Automobile; Photo Credit: Premiumposts.com]
I like this idea, and I think they should make a new two-mode hybrid lambda. It should still be bigger than the new SRX, and if I'm not mistaken, due to the unibody design the Lambda has more interior space than the GMT900s. I suppose this means the ESV dies, but I don't see why you can't just chop the d-pillars off of a Lambda and add a midgate. Structural Rigidity kinks, maybe?
Hell, leave the Escalade line the way it is, and just make the Lambda version alongside it. A his and hers version, if you will...?