By Nat Shirley
Monday, Jul 8th, 2013 @ 5:13 pm
 
General Motors has confirmed to Leftlane that it plans to end production of the Cadillac Escalade EXT luxury pickup after the 2013 model year.
Like its defunct Chevrolet Avalanche sibling, the EXT is distinguished by a versatile midgate system that replaces the traditional wall between the interior and the pickup bed. Folding down the midgate and the second-row seats expands the tonneau-covered cargo area from five to eight feet, while removing the tonneau and rear window makes room for extra-tall items.

Despite its practicality, the EXT has long been the weakest-selling member of Cadillac's Escalade lineup. Through June, just 1,159 EXTs found new homes, while 5,677 examples of the standard Escalade and 3,827 extended-wheelbase Escalade ESV models were sold during the same period.

Though the Avalanche was sent off with a special Black Diamond variant, the EXT won't get a commemorative model before it leaves dealer showrooms forever at the end of the summer.

The EXT isn't the only Escalade that won't return for another model year - GM previously announced that the Escalade Hybrid, along with the Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid and GMC Yukon Hybrid, will also get the axe.

Aside from a new Midnight Plum Metallic exterior color, the standard Escalade and Escalade ESV will carry over unchanged for 2014. A redesigned version of Cadillac's full-size SUV is expected to debut next spring as a 2015 model.