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What if… Cadillac created a luxury 6x6 pickup based on the Escalade?

But what are pickup trucks? 6×6 and why would anyone want to buy one? Well, at first, I also thought they were useless and silly. An exercise in opulence, but completely impractical. But looking at the mechanics behind this crazy pickup truck movement kind of opened my eyes a bit.

Instead of having two wheels on a single axle, or even four wheels on a single axle (like a Dually), this 6x6 pickup has two rear axles, with two wheels per axle. What this does is it distributes the load over three axles instead of two, which can help you if you're going off-road – and I don't mean “up to the cab” off-road, but more like “left to the Shire”. and then straight to Mordor” off-road.

Now, let's say you want a 6x6 pickup, but prefer to have something built directly by a manufacturer rather than an aftermarket company. You can start by looking at the Mercedes G63 6×6, because it pretty much paved the way for everyone else.

If you don't mind an aftermarket product, your horizons will widen to the Hennessey VelociRaptor 6x6 or the Hennessey Goliath 6x6. The former is based on a Ford F-150, while the latter is a modified Chevrolet Silverado. Both offer north of 600 hp, so they're also fast, in a straight line. Then there's the Hennessey Mammoth 6×6 based on Ram TRX, with its 1,012 hp.

Of course, there are several other options, such as Carlex Design's Exy 6x6 (based on a Mercedes X-Class), Bruiser Conversions' 6x6 Wrangler, Project Kahn's Flying Huntsman 6x6 (based on a Land Rover Defender 110) or the ProSpeed Toyota Hilux HILOAD. All amazing and extremely capable machines for when the going gets tough.

Those who don't really need a 6x6 setup, or perhaps can't afford such a pickup, can still be perfectly happy with a Dually pickup, which technically also has six wheels in total minus the extra axle. Examples here include the Ford F-350, Chevy Silverado 3500, or the Ram 3500. Hey, if the latter is good enough for John Dutton, you can be sure it will be good enough for you.

As for where the Cadillac Escalade fits into all of this, well, GM still hasn't shied away from playing around with the Escalade's nameplate. Remember EXT? It was a sport utility truck based on the second generation Escalade and people really liked it, especially celebrities and athletes. It was more a matter of status than anything else.

The EXT was kept in production (later based on the third-generation Escalade) until 2013, before the plug was pulled.

So if you have a car manufacturer that is more than willing to build a pickup truck variant of your luxury SUV, would it really be a big effort (pun intended) for them to add an extra rear axle to the current generation Escalade, while also installing a truck bed? Rhetorical, but also hypothetical.

If you're having trouble imagining such a vehicle, we've got you covered with yet another exclusive render, and as you can see, an Escalade EXT-V 6x6 would look absolutely monstrous - not in a bad way, but in a very easy – to monetize the path type.

In terms of performance, the ideal would be to have the same supercharged 6.2-liter V8 unit found in the Escalade-V, offering a total power output of 682 hp and 653 lb-ft (885 Nm) of torque. The Escalade-V only needs 4.4 seconds to accelerate from zero to 60 mph, so if a 6×6 EXT-V variant could still do it in under 5 seconds, that would be a tremendous achievement.

Either way, professional athletes and hip hop artists would be everywhere.

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