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 one of the more important vehicles in Cadillac’s portfolio and a major profit center for General Motors, the Escalade gets a complete redesign for the 2007 model year. Highlights of the new 2007 Cadillac Escalade include a stiffer frame, a more powerful V8 engine, higher-quality interior materials, and a more refined appearance inside and out.