Cadillac Escalade Could Move to Lambda Crossover Platform

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You have seen GM’s full size crossovers in Saturn, Buick, GMC, and most recently, Chevrolet clothing, but always wondered what it would look like as a Cadillac. Well, if the rumors are true, you may soon get your wish: GM is reportedly moving the next Cadillac Escalade to the Lambda platform.

Beyond the obvious improvements in fuel economy and ride customers are increasingly seeking, a Lambda platform would offer many advantages to Cadillac over the GMT-900 platform the Escalade currently uses. The crossovers feature better packaging options, particularly in terms of third row seating, and would allow for an edgier, more upscale appearance both inside and out. The Lambda-based Escalade would likely come with a V-8 engine to differentiate it from the rest of the crossover lineup.

One potential complication would be deciding what to do with the Escalade EXT. GM could build a unibody version based on the rear-wheel-drive Zeta platform, but at the expense of customers who use the current truck for towing.

Source: Motor Trend

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