Cadillac Escalade

Cadillac Escalade

  The Cadillac Escalade has created a nice little niche for itself on American soil with citizens enjoying the grand SUV with every gulping gallon of gas. Offered in both a standard size and a 20" longer version in the ESV, the Escalade towers over much of the competition with its enormous front grille and equally large 6.2 L V8 engine that delivers 403hp. Cadillac made an attempt to improve fuel efficiency by adding cylinder deactivation, but the best bang for the fuel buck is paying a bit more for the new Platinum Hybrid. The Platinum Hybrid is powered by GM's patented two-mode hybrid system and a 6.0L V8 engine producing 332hp and 367lb-ft of torque. This combination offers a 25% bump in fuel economy. Both engines are mated to a six-speed automatic, continuously variable transmission.

As a sign of more-gas frugal times, even the Escalade , an SUV known for is uncompromising size and power may go on a diet. The next generation large SUV from Cadillac may move to the Lambda platform.

GM currently uses the platform to build the Chevrolet Traverse , Saturn Outlook , GMC Acadia and Buick Enclave , so a Cadillac on the same platform would make economical sense. The platform should be able to handle a larger car because GM had considered, but cancelled, a V-8-powered Enclave Super. Cadillac could use a V-8, in this case a small block, since the Northstar replacement that was supposed to power the Enclave Super also has been canceled.

GM also announced the company is considering a unibody pickup as hinted by the GMC Denali XT concept , to replace the EXT and Chevy Avalanche .

Source: Motor Trend

In a changing automotive climate, Cadillac enters the 2009 with the a much-needed hybrid, which is also the first in the large luxury SUV class. 2009 also introduces a new ultra-luxury Platinum Edition with even more segment-first technologies.

Cadillac Escalade

The Escalade lineup features integrated powertrain, chassis, safety and interior systems that deliver the most powerful, efficient luxury SUVs in the segment, led by a 6.2L all-aluminum V-8 engine with variable valve timing technology delivering 403 hp and 417 lb.-ft. of torque. The 6.2L engine has been revised to run using renewable E85 ethanol, making it a flex-fuel vehicle for the first time.

Cadillac Escalade

The Platinum edition includes a blend of technical innovations and aesthetic enhancements. The exterior features a unique front fascia and grille patterned after the CTS sport sedan. The Platinum includes unique 22-inch wheels and wears exclusive Platinum exterior badges.

Cadillac today announced pricing for the 2009 Escalade Hybrid which will go on sale this month. Pricing begin at $71,685 - $3,600 over a comparably equipped Escalade.

Powered by GM’s 2-Mode Hybrid system, which can run in an electric-only mode a low speeds. The Escalade Hybrid will deliver more than a reported 50 percent improvement in fuel economy in city driving. The Escalade Hybrid is available in 2WD and 4WD configurations. It delivers up to 6,000 pounds (2,721 kg) of usable towing capacity on 2WD models and 5,700 pounds (2,585 kg) on 4WD models. All of Escalade’s standard comfort and convenience features are included. This includes an eight-inch, touch-screen navigation system that displays performance readouts of the 2-Mode Hybrid system on the screen.

Press release after the jump.

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Looks like this day revealed another partnership between two companies: Becker Automotive Design, known for their exclusive unique custom limousine, and STRUT unveiled today a special edition of the Cadillac Escalade ESV which will be sold to the exclusive clientele of Becker. The vehicle features the latest technology like an impressive Apple iPod ready audio-video system featuring satellite HDTV, DVD, and digital surround sound and other high-end components, all controlled by a Crestron touch screen. At the exterior, as you expected STRUT fitted its custom grille and side vents created from the finest stainless steel available.

GM announced today that all models of the 2009 Cadillac Escalade will be able to run on either ordinary gasoline or E85 ethanol, or any combination of the two. And customers will have the fueling choice at no additional cost.

The Escalade, Escalade EXT and Escalade ESV as well as the GMC Denali, join the previously announced 2009 Chevrolet HHR, Buick Lucerne and Hummer H2 and H2 SUT as additions to GM’s industry-leading flex-fuel lineup .

“The success of E85 as an alternative fuel depends on having the fuel readily available and having a range of cars and trucks that can use it,” said GM Vice President of Environment, Energy and Safety Policy Beth Lowery . “We will offer more than 15 flex-fuel capable models for 2009 compared with 11 this year.”

The latest E85 product announcements coincided with the opening of a dozen new E85 fueling stations in the Greater Atlanta area this week.

Cadillac announced the world premiere of the Escalade Hybrid, the world’s first fuel-saving hybrid applied to a large luxury SUV. Powered by an innovative, fuel-saving 2-Mode Hybrid system, Escalade Hybrid will deliver more than a 50-percent improvement in fuel economy in city driving – all while delivering the same distinctive style, segment-leading features and full-size capability that have made the Escalade an icon.

The Cadillac Escalade Sport concept showcases even more of the dramatic presence and power that has made Escalade the sales and image leader among large luxury SUVs. The Escalade Sport showcases a small-block V-8 that produces approximately 550 horsepower and is backed by a heavy-duty 6L80 six-speed transmission.

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Cadillac engineers have been sighted testing what appears to be a production-ready Cadillac Escalade in Nevada. From the outside, the only features differentiating it from the ordinary Escalade are subtle hybrid badges. Inside, there is a stylized “Hybrid” on the tachometer. Reportedly, the hybrid Escalade will have two electric motors in addition to the V-8. Expected to be introduce this fall, the hybrid Escalade is expected to get 25 percent better fuel economy than the standard (...)
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