2007 Cadillac Escalade

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The second generation of the Cadillac Escalade luxury SUV goes on sale from the beginning of 2007, offering a new level of refinement, style, performance and an instantly recognizable shape. The new Escalade features a 301 kW (409 hp), 6.2 litre aluminium V-8 with VVT (variable valve timing), an efficient six-speed automatic transmission, a feature-packed more spacious interior and distinctive Cadillac exterior styling.

Based on GM’s all-new full-size SUV architecture, the new Escalade features new powertrain, chassis, safety and interior systems. All-new sheet metal gives sleeker, cleaner styling and improved aerodynamics, yet it remains instantly identifiable as an Escalade.

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At the front, the signature Cadillac egg-crate grille is flanked by tri-element HID headlamps and is matched by equally distinctive rear end styling, highlighted by chrome accents. Larger 18-inch wheels are standard.

A new 6.2 litre, V-8 engine with all-aluminium construction and variable valve timing technology, delivers 301 kW (409 hp) and 565 Nm of torque through a six-speed automatic transmission. Handling and active safety is enhanced by the standard Road Sensing Suspension, which uses electronically controlled shock absorbers to make nearly instantaneous damping adjustments. The system “reads” the road to anticipate the best damping rates.

Cadillac Escalade

The Cadillac Escalade is regarded as an aspirational nameplate in the American automotive industry. The launch of the original Escalade in 1999 marked the start of Cadillac’s product renaissance in the USA and it has continued to attract younger, more diverse customers to the Cadillac portfolio. For example, thirty-five percent of Escalade buyers in the USA are women.

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“The new Escalade represents the next phase of Cadillac’s product renaissance – a renaissance that was launched by the previous-generation Escalade,” says Jim Taylor, Cadillac general manager. “Sin Sin ce its inception, Escalade has been an icon – the vehicle customers aspire to own. The new model raises the bar with exceptional exterior style, interior refinement, increased performance and enhanced ride and handling smoothness.”

Cadillac Escalade

The new Escalade is available in two trim levels: Elegance and Sport Luxury. The extensive standard equipment on Elegance models includes a power-assisted rear tailgate, rear parking assist with rear-view LED display, plus comfort-adding items such as a tri-zone climate control, an audio system with DVD and six-CD changer, 10-speaker Bose 5.1 Discrete Surround Sound System, leather covered seats (heated on first and second row) and power-adjusted front seats with two-position driver seat memory.

Sport Luxury models have additional standard features such as a sunroof, heated and cooled front-row seats and a heated steering wheel. A roof-mounted rear DVD entertainment console with an eight-inch wide screen and power release “fold and tumble” second-row seats are also standard on Sport Luxury models.

In addition to the active safety provided by traction control, StabiliTrak and the standard Road Sensing Suspension, the new Escalade features a 360-degree perimeter safety system of occupant protection and crash avoidance technologies. It is designed to be among the industry’s safest and most secure vehicles.

Cadillac Escalade

New features include roof-mounted head curtain side air bags with rollover protection for all seating rows and front-seat safety belt pretensioners that are linked to the vehicle’s sensing system to provide segment-exclusive deployment in rear-end crashes. All these features are integrated into a stronger vehicle structure that is also designed for improved compatibility with other vehicles.

The new Cadillac Escalade is built at GM’s award-winning facility at Arlington, Texas, USA.


 Design

The new Escalade embodies Cadillac’s leadership role in bold design with dramatic presence and striking detail. It marks the start of the next phase of Cadillac’s ongoing renaissance with a distinctive design that is more precise and refined, with sleeker, cleaner styling and improved aerodynamics. It is an enhanced yet instantly recognizable form that cannot be mistaken for anything but Escalade.

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The new Escalade design is influenced by the Cadillac Sixteen concept vehicle, including a more finely detailed signature grille with chrome accents, prominent front fender vent ports and layers of chrome accents. Details in elements such as wraparound fascias, styled mirrors and integrated running boards enhance Escalade’s flowing design and bolster the feeling of refinement.

“One look and there’s no doubt it’s an Escalade,” says Jim Taylor, Cadillac general manager. “The new Escalade introduces the future of Cadillac design, which matches leading edge forms and styling with superior craftsmanship and attention to detail.”

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All the major sheetmetal and body components are new, and feature crisp, taut lines. A steeper windshield angle of 57 degrees flows more gracefully into the roofline. This also improves aerodynamic performance to a segment-best 0.363 coefficient of drag, which helps improve fuel economy and reduce wind noise. The more aerodynamic profile helps improve fuel economy and reduce wind noise, as do narrowed gaps between panels and tighter, flusher mounting of the exterior components, such as the grille, headlamps and trim.

The bold Escalade front-end design features a Sixteen-inspired egg crate grille with detailed chrome elements and a prominent wreath-and-crest insignia. The grille is flanked by tri-element headlamps.

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The lamps further the vertical-design theme established by the previous-generation models, but are more prominent and feature three distinct elements. The headlamps’ interior parabolas are highly reflective and contribute to the jewelled look when viewed through the crystal-clear lenses. The Cadillac logo is etched into the high beam bulb shield.

The front fenders with new vent port design cues were inspired by the Sixteen concept vehicle. The vents, located at the top-rear corner of the fenders, deliver a detailed appearance, with three sections set off by a chrome top bar and chrome surround trim. The vents add visual distinction to the Escalade and are set to become new signature hallmarks, like the vertical headlamps and prominent wreath-and-crest grille emblem.

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Moulded fascias cover the bumper beams, eliminating the conventional SUV look of a bumper separated from other body components. This seamless design enables improved tolerances between components, such as the fascia and fenders. Hood-to-fender gaps also are reduced, as are the gaps surrounding the headlamps and grille components. While contributing to the Escalade’s more refined appearance, the tighter tolerances also enhance aerodynamics and reduce wind noise.

The Escalade’s distinct exterior form includes new doors, not shared with any other GM full-size SUV, a single-piece window surround and seven layers of chrome accents. Numerous standard and available features complement Escalade’s new design, including new-design flat-blade windshield wipers and styled wiper arms (RainSense automatic windshield wipers and heated windshield washer fluid are standard) and a larger available sunroof.

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The Escalade’s vertical lighting theme is carried to the rear of the vehicle, with two arrays of elegant LED-lit taillamps. The lamps feature indirect optics allowing numerous sources of illumination per unit to provide a broader, more even lighting display. A LED-lit centre high-mount stop light (CHMSL), chrome accents and an integrated trailer hitch cover complete the design.

Interior

All-new interior styling is a cornerstone of the new Escalade, with premium materials and a distinctive layout. The cabin is more spacious, with an instrument panel that is lower and moved forward in the vehicle to give a more sedan-like environment, also improving outward visibility. This warm and inviting interior comes in rich and warm colors including Cocoa-on-Cashmere and Ebony-on-Ebony interior color schemes.

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The upscale styling is complemented by premium materials such as nuance leather seats, brushed aluminum, wood and cast skin trim, that are soft to the touch and have low-gloss finishes. Escalade’s instrument panel, upper door trim, centre console and armrests are covered in a soft foam-backed cast skin covering that is durable and rich looking, providing a luxurious, high-quality feel.

Escalade’s instrumentation features gauges with white needles and blue light inlays with continuously lit, white-LED backlighting. They are complemented by the use of new, soft and low-gloss materials for the instrument panel and other trim pieces. Flush-mounted controls and radios, with almost imperceptible gaps, convey precision and integration.

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A new, European-style low-profile front-row seat design, with firmer foam cushioning and more pronounced bolsters, further enhances comfort. Door pillar-mounted first- and second-row three-point safety belts facilitate the slimmer designs (centre seats in the second and third rows also have a three-point safety belt) and ease entry/exit.

Escalade has standard heated first- and second-row seats, and offers optional cooled front seats that feature perforated leather, designed to allow airflow around the occupants. The heated and cooled seats and heated steering wheel are standard on the Sport Luxury.

Greater fore/aft front seat travel provides 1,049 mm of legroom for front-seat passengers. Second-row seat legroom and knee room, and third-row seat headroom are also increased over the previous model. The second- and third-row seats also have more shoulder room –
a feat accomplished while also offering standard roof-mounted head curtain side air bag system.

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The industry-exclusive power-release fold-and-tumble second-row seat allows easy access to the third-row seat. With the push of an overhead console button or a rear-door pillar button, the seat unlatches, sending it into its folded and tumbled position. This greatly eases access to the third seating row, while also easing the burden of parent holding a child – there is no need to fumble with both hands to release and fold the seat forward.

The third-row seats also have more headroom than previous models and offer improved outward visibility. For added convenience, a power-assisted rear liftgate opens and closes with the touch of a button.

Attention to detail is evident throughout the vehicle. There is no visible hardware to greet occupants when the doors are opened and no exposed fasteners or hardware on the pillars, seats or seat tracks. The seats have “close-outs” that surround the seat bottoms and seat tracks, creating a more finished appearance. Fasteners and hardware are also covered when the seats are folded.

Escalade’s refinement also is evidenced in the operation of items such as glove box and centre console lid doors, which are spring-damped. The centre console’s cupholders are hidden, providing a cleaner interior appearance until they’re needed.

Cargo room is increased by 118.9 litres behind the second-row seats (1,707.7 litres total) and 65.1 litres behind the third row (478.6 litres total). The third-row seats fold flat and are easily tumbled forward or removed for maximum cargo area. The maximum cargo volume is 3,084 litres with the second row tumbled forward and the third row removed.

A Bose 5.1 Discrete Surround Sound System is integrated into the new family of radios that play DVD audio, DVD video, CD audio, CD videos and MP3s.

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The new Escalade is also designed to be among the industry’s safest and most secure vehicles. In addition to active safety features including traction control, StabiliTrak, Road Sensing Suspension and rear parking assist with rear-view LED display, the new Escalade also leads with an array new passive occupant protection features.

These include head curtain side air bags with rollover protection for all seating rows and a front safety belt pretensioner activation system. Sensors located at the front and rear of the vehicle, as well as the side doors, provide increased and more immediate crash detection. Rear pretensioner sensors can trigger the front seat pretensioners during a rear-end collision, helping to prevent whiplash injuries.



Engine and Transmission

The new Escalade builds on its reputation with a combination of performance, responsiveness and comfort. Ample power is provided by a new 6.2 litre V-8 exclusive to the new model. Featuring all-aluminium construction of the cylinder heads and engine block to reduce mass, it is rated at 301 kW (409 hp) and 565 Nm of torque.

The Escalade’s new engine represents the next step in technology, performance and efficiency of an iconic design. The new Gen IV V-8 engine represents the fourth generation of the classic “small-block” that originally went into production in 1955. It in turn has its roots in the first “valve-in-head” V-8 developed by Cadillac in 1949 and established the blueprint for decades of modern V-8 and V-6 power units.

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The use of a new aluminium block and cylinder heads offers reduced mass, giving improved vehicle weight distribution and fuel economy. The block is virtually identical to iron versions of the small-block family, incorporating cross-bolted main bearing caps and a structural oil pan. It also features crankcase “windows”, vents that help improve bay-to-bay breathing, to reduce pumping losses and support the high horsepower output.

Gen IV Vortec engines are designed to provide improved fuel economy and reduced emissions, compared to previous-generation small-block V-8s. Compared to similar engines of a decade ago, the Gen IV Vortec engine family is approximately 90 percent cleaner. Cast iron exhaust manifolds matched with dual close-coupled catalytic converters help reduce cold-start emissions, the largest source of vehicle emissions

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The V-8 engine uses variable valve timing (VVT) to optimize camshaft timing, improving low-rpm torque and high-rpm horsepower. The introduction of variable valve timing through the unique, dual-equal cam phaser which adjusts the camshaft timing at the same rate for both the intake and exhaust valves, is the industry’s first application of VVT on a mass-produced V-8 overhead-valve engine.

Transmissions

Matched to the 6.2 litre engine is the new Hydra-Matic 6L80 six-speed automatic transmission, featuring clutch-to-clutch shifting. Its six forward gears have smaller “steps” between them, compared to a conventional four-speed automatic, which bolsters performance, efficiency and the feeling of smoothness, while the top two overdrive gears help deliver an excellent balance of performance and fuel economy.

The shorter steps between the gears also help the transmission quickly find the best gear for the vehicle speed and road conditions, with less back-and-forth hunting on grades and helpful when towing. Driver Shift Control (tap up/tap down) capability allows the driver to manually select upshifts and downshifts with a button on the column shift.

Further technical sophistication is provided by clutch-to-clutch operation that makes gear shifts feel more immediate and precise. Clutch-to-clutch operation is achieved with three planetary gears, two stationary clutches and three rotating clutches.

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Only the first-to-second upshift is a freewheeling action, where the second gear clutch engages while the first gear one-way clutch spins freely. This allows a greater degree of smoothness at lower vehicle speeds. This simple, less complex design also enables the six-speed transmission to be packaged in a size not much larger than a four-speed automatic.

A new, 32-bit electro-hydraulic control module optimises transmission performance according to a variety of vehicle inputs. It also enables features including tow/haul mode, auto grade braking and tap-shift manual range selection. For enhanced reliability, the controller is located entirely within the transmission, which shields the controller from outside elements.


Chassis, Ride and Handling

The new Escalade features a Body-on-Frame structure with comprehensive use of high-strength steel. The new, fully boxed chassis frame offers a 49-percent increase in torsional stiffness and a 35-percent improvement in beaming frequency for enhanced handling response and ride smoothness.

The frame supports wider front and rear tracks – 81 mm wider in front and 26 mm wider in the rear – to enhance stability and driving confidence through a more secure road feel and a lower centre of gravity. In addition, all front and rear suspension attachment points are stiffened for improved suspension performance and reduced road input into the vehicle.

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The front suspension consists of an all-new coil-over-shock design that delivers linear, solid and unwavering ride and handling characteristics on all road surfaces. Also new is a rack-and-pinion steering system that provides precise and responsive control and superior on-centre feel.

A refined five-link rear suspension complements the front suspension for optimum road isolation and vehicle handling. A major innovation is the standard Road Sensing System, which uses electronically controlled shock absorbers to “read” the road and anticipate the optimum damping rates for handling and ride comfort.

Upgraded four-wheel disc brakes and a standard, all-new Bosch 8.0 next-generation four-channel ABS system help ensure braking performance. Larger vented front and rear brake rotors, 50-percent stiffer dual-piston calipers, longer-life brake pads and the new system’s design result in enhanced pedal feel, reduced brake noise, predictable, linear brake response and shorter braking distances.

The ABS system works with the standard StabiliTrak stability control system’s new rollover mitigation technology. This software algorithm technology uses sensors to proactively predict vehicle “tip-up” and apply appropriate brake forces to precisely control the speed of each wheel and manage torque across the front and rear axles.

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When the vehicle is on a slippery surface, the traction system increases torque to the rear wheel that has the most traction. The vehicle brake system provides the torque-biasing to enhance traction, and engine management is used, as required, to assist in controlling traction and yaw stability.

The stronger and stiffer, fully-boxed frame also contributes to enhanced crash energy management. The hydroformed frame has three distinct sections, or “bays,” with specific strength and support characteristics. These bays allowed engineers to maximize each section without compromising other areas.

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The front frame section has been designed to optimize crush progression, resulting in improved energy absorption efficiency. The improved crush performance, enabled by hydroformed frame rails and efficient chassis component packaging, is also designed to enable improved vehicle-to-vehicle compatibility, in the event of a frontal impact with a smaller vehicle.

Escalade comes with 18-inch standard wheels and tires; optional 18-inch chrome wheels are available. All wheels have a distinctive, Cadillac-specific seven-spoke design.


 Equipment

As befits an aspirational icon of luxury SUVs, the new Cadillac Escalade is more spacious, refined, quiet and detailed. It is also even better equipped, elevating its already enviable position at the top of the luxury SUV segment with a comprehensive portfolio of equipment and luxury items as standard.

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The new Escalade is available in two trim levels: Elegance and Sport Luxury. The extensive standard equipment on Elegance models includes a power-assisted rear tailgate, rear parking assist with rear-view LED display, plus comfort-adding items such as a tri-zone climate control, an audio system with DVD and six-CD changer, 10-speaker Bose 5.1 Discrete Surround Sound System, leather covered seats (heated on first and second row) and power-adjusted front seats with two-position driver seat memory.

Cadillac Escalade

Sport Luxury models have additional standard features such as a sunroof, heated and cooled front-row seats and a heated steering wheel. A roof-mounted rear DVD entertainment console with an eight-inch wide screen and power release “fold and tumble” second-row seats are also standard on Sport Luxury models.

An enhanced array of audio, infotainment and safety options include an available eight-inch touch screen navigation system, as well as a DVD system with large eight-inch flip-down screen. A Bose 5.1 Discrete Surround Sound system is integrated into the new family of radios that play DVD audio, DVD video, CD audio, CD videos and MP3s.

The new Escalade comes as standard with Nuance leather-covered seating for all seating rows. It also has standard heated first- and second-row seats, and offers available cooled front seats that feature perforated leather designed to enable airflow. The heated/cooled seats and heated steering wheel are standard on the Sport Luxury.

The standard leather-wrapped steering wheel features a prominent wreath and crest insignia. Eleven steering wheel-mounted controls contribute to hands-on-the-wheel, eyes-on-the-road driving safety.

An additional control switch activates the heated steering wheel feature (when equipped). An overhead console conveniently locates switch controls for the optional sunroof, power liftgate and second-row remote seat release feature and the universal garage door opener. The centre stack provides all-new audio and HVAC controls, including one-touch button control of rear-occupant temperature settings.

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An industry-exclusive power-release fold-and-tumble second-row seat allows easy access to the third-row seat. With the push of an overhead console button or a rear-door pillar button, the seat unlatches, sending it into its folded and tumbled position. This greatly eases access to the third seating row, while also easing the burden of parent holding a child – there is no need to fumble with both hands to release and fold the seat forward.

The power fold-and-tumble feature operates with the press of a button from the first-row overhead console or door pillar. The button activates a release mechanism on the seat latch, allowing the seat to fold forward into the tumbled position. (The seat must be returned to the original seating position by hand). For added convenience, the power-assisted rear liftgate also opens and closes with the touch of a button.

Other refinements included as standard include a rain-sensing windshield wiper system that automatically activates the wipers when precipitation is detected. An infrared sensor located on the windshield (behind the inside rear-view mirror) is used to detect raindrops. If rain or other precipitation is detected, the system signals the wipers to operate and adjusts wiper speed based on the intensity of the precipitation. For optimum all-weather performance, heated windshield washer fluid is a standard feature too.

The new standard Ultrasonic Rear Parking Assist system provides audible warnings of stationary objects behind the vehicle. The system operates when the vehicle is in Reverse, using four sensors located at the rear of the vehicle. The new system is also available in conjunction with a new, optional rear-view camera system, the first offered in the Escalade.

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The new Escalade will be available in two trim levels: Elegance and Sport Luxury. The extensive standard equipment on Elegance models includes comfort-adding items such as a tri-zone climate control, an audio system with DVD and 6-CD changer, 10-speaker Bose 5.1 Discrete Surround Sound System, leather covered seats (heated on first and second row) and power adjusted front seats with 2-position driver seat memory. Levels of passive and active safety are enhanced by features such as traction control, Stabilitrak and rear parking assist with rearview LED display. Enhanced driving control and ride smoothness is offered with the standard Road Sensing Suspension, using electronically controlled shock absorbers to make nearly instantaneous damping adjustments. The system “reads” the road and anticipates the best damping rates.
Sport Luxury models have additional standard features such as a sunroof, heated and cooled first row seats and a heated steering wheel. A roof mounted rear DVD entertainment console with an 8-inch wide screen and power release “fold an tumble” 2nd row seats are also standard on Sport Luxury models.


Technology

Cadillac’s heritage of technological innovation expands with the new Escalade. From safety features such as new standard roof-mounted head curtain side air bags to StabiliTrak stability control with new rollover mitigation, Escalade delivers technologies with a purpose, to ensure exceptional levels of safety, convenience and luxury.

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Cadillac has a long heritage of safety innovation. Previous-generation Escalade models were the first in the industry to offer a passenger sensing system to suppress deployment of the front passenger air bag if a child or person of smaller stature is detected. The Cadillac Escalade Cadillac Escalade was also the first to offer dual-stage air bags, standard four-wheel antilock brakes and a standard electronic stability control system.

In the new Escalade, “comprehensive safety” encompasses crash avoidance, occupant protection and post-crash care. The safety portfolio features three linked avenues of protection: vehicle structure and dynamics; occupant safety features and driver control.

Dynamic safety is enhanced by a stronger frame and body structure, design and driver control dynamics such as wider front and rear tracks, more responsive suspension and rack-and-pinion steering. Road Sensing Suspension, which uses electronically controlled shock absorbers to make nearly instantaneous damping adjustments and StabiliTrak electronic stability control with rollover mitigation are standard on all models to further aid dynamic safety.

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In terms of passive safety, the new Cadillac is also designed to be a leader from its most fundamental parts. In addition to the selective use of high-strength steels for the body-on-frame structure, the front rails of the frame are designed with enhanced vehicle-to-vehicle compatibility with smaller or lower vehicles during a crash.

Compatibility brackets located on the forward position of the lower front frame rails are designed to buckle in a frontal or offset collision, reducing the motion of the frame into the smaller vehicle. The location of these brackets meets all car structure heights.

Along with the frame, the upper body structure is designed to manage the energy of a crash, including improved side-impact and rollover performance. Strategic placement of high-strength steel throughout the frame and body structure provides additional support and helps maintain passenger compartment integrity during a crash. The strength of the frame and body structure, extensive mathematical modelling and internal crash tests contribute to Cadillac’s expectation that the new Escalade will be among the segment’s top performers in frontal barrier and frontal offset crash tests.

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Dual-stage driver and outboard front passenger air bags are standard on all Escalades, which also protect children and smaller-stature front seat passengers with the Cadillac passenger sensing system. Roof-mounted head curtain side air bags are standard on all models. These air bags inflate to restrain outboard passengers in all seating rows and are equipped with special tethers that hold the bags in place for several seconds for increased rollover protection and passenger containment.

The new Escalade is equipped with the segment’s most comprehensive system of crash impact sensors, which work together to provide 360 degrees of sensing tied to the central Sensing Diagnostic Module (SDM). This provides faster, more immediate data that is used to activate the vehicle’s numerous air bag safety features.

The air bag system’s sensors also determine the severity of a crash, indicating whether the primary stage of inflation or the primary and secondary stages are required for maximum protection. The sensors are located at the front of the vehicle, on the radiator support beam.

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In the event of a side-impact collision, the head curtain side air bags act like a protective curtain, unfolding from the roof rail between the A- and D-pillars in three-seating-row vehicles and A- to C-pillars in two-row configurations. The first- and second-row positions are restrained by a larger side air bag and the third row has a dedicated air bag. Each side air bag has its own dedicated inflator for optimized fill rates into each curtain.

The roof-mounted head curtain side air bag system incorporates one of the segment’s first rollover indication sensors, which is located in the vehicle’s centre tunnel. The sensor monitors the vehicle’s angle variance from level. If the angle indicates an impending rollover, the side air bags will deploy to provide an extra measure of occupant protection and containment. In this instance, the side air bags stay inflated longer than during a side-impact collision; because rollover incidents may last longer and the inflated air bags help keep occupants inside the vehicle.

Occupant protection from secondary impacts are also a feature of the roof-mounted head curtain side air bags. Based on the severity of the event, the bags’ “curtains” are deployed whenever the second stage inflation of the frontal air bags is triggered. GM’s safety engineers reasoned that a collision severe enough to trigger both stages of frontal air bag inflation is likely to cause a secondary collision. In this instance, the air bags deploy and remain inflated for several seconds following the initial collision, ready for a possible second impact.

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Front safety belt pretensioners are standard on all models. In the event of a crash, they take up slack in the safety belt webbing to help secure the passenger in the seat and prevent “submarining” during the crash. They also helps to hold the passenger in position, so deceleration is at the same, slower rate of the vehicle and not a more abrupt stop. The pretensioners also activate in a rear-end crash – an industry first for the new Cadillac Escalade.

In addition to dynamics and safety, the use of the latest technology has also enabled significant improvements in refinement for the new Escalade. “Aerodynamic enablers” allow more efficient aerodynamic performance and helps enhance driving quietness.

A lower, wider and more integrated front air dam wraps toward the leading edge of the tyres. Along with tighter tolerances, new fascia designs, trim, headlamp and grille mountings to reduce or eliminate gaps they eliminate air leak paths that can create drag.

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The use of more streamlined exterior components has also reduced drag and noise. The rear-view mirrors, running boards and roof rack are aerodynamically tuned, as is the high-mounted stop lamp (also known as the CHMSL), located in a housing that extends nearly the entire width of the roof – Escalade’s unique LED-lit CHMSL is the most aerodynamic among all of GM’s full-size SUVs.

Numerous body sealing features are also designed to reduce wind noise – including new-design door-to-body seals. The primary door seal has a sculpted shape with multiple internal chambers in the material that condense to provide a tighter fit when the door is closed. An auxiliary door seal, which runs from the lower A-pillar to the top of the doorframe and around the second-row door opening, has a combination of soft and stiff rubber material to prevent movement during driving. This helps maintain a constant seal, virtually eliminating the sound of wind noise as the vehicle speed increases.


3 comments:

Seems to me that the american manufacturers outdone them selves this time. Great car. I also would like to test drive it

Have you read a little about this car? besides the 400 hp engine, you also find bose sound system and other enjoyable gadgets.. seems to me to be by a far a greater car.

I’ve heared a lot of people saying that this version of the Escalade is more practical and authonomic than the previous one. I for one would enjoy makeing a test drive

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