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Cadillac's Ultimate Utility Vehicle

Expect to see Cadillac enter the $40K+ Sport Utility Pickup Truck segment in mid-2001 with this Lincoln Blackwood fighter.

Cadillac's Sport Utility Pickup will be built on the GMT804 platform - the same platform as the new Chevrolet Avalanche which made its debut this past January in Detroit. A unibody design integrates the cabin and bed together for a more rigid vehicle. It is not yet known if Cadillac will also use the Midgate for possible access directly to the bed.

The truck will sport the same edgy design as seen on Cadillac's Evoq sports car concept from the 1999 North American International Auto Show. That same styling will set it apart from its more conservative GM siblings the Sierra and Silverado pickups.

Power will probably come from the new Vortec 8100 8.1L V8 engine generating 340 horsepower and 455ft-lb of torque.

With the Chevrolet SSR production bound and elements of the GMC Terradyne destined for future work trucks, GM will have the entire pickup truck spectrum covered with the addition of this Cadillac.