Top Speed’s test fleet recently received a 2009 Cadillac Escalade Hybrid from General Motors. This oversized people mover seems more like another way to make a statement about being excessive while still thinking about the environment. The Cadillac is as luxurious as anything from the General is at the moment, with its 332 HP 6.0 Liter V8 and electric motor spinning a set of 22 inch chrome wheels, it will be nice to experience the lifestyle first hand.
The interior of our Escalade is comfortable and luxurious, adequate for $70,000 worth of extravagance and technology. From the driver’s seat you can enjoy an 8 inch navigation screen with everything from back up camera to nice little animation about what the Hybrid two-mode system is doing. The rear seat passengers should appreciate the flip down Panasonic DVD screen and Bose 5.1 surround sound system. The combination of wood on the center stack, steering wheel and armrest is nicely contrasted by the brushed aluminum piece in front of the passenger.
Exterior after the jump.
The Exterior of our Escalade Hybrid was upgraded with retractable running boards, that hen stowed away make for a nice looking rocker panel. They say that Quicksilver is the Cadillac classic color, but I just can’t imagine and Escalade in any other color besides black or white. Unlike the Tahoe Hybrid, the Caddy keeps the same front end as the rest of the line up. One of the downsides of the Escalades finish are the logos, they distinguish the vehicle as a Hybrid from any angle. They are a bit much, General Motors is pushing taste with the computer chip looking H emblems on the C-Pillars, but the gaudy fender vents are too much, although I do like them on the glass.
The Cadillac Escalade Hybrid is as luxurious as mass produced American vehicles get these days, this particular model combines all that with a high tech battery propulsion and energy regeneration system that is supposed to make a difference at the pump. Overall the Cadillac should be a fun car to be seen driving around town in. It will be interesting to see just how much gas GM’s 2 Mode Hybrid system will actually save us.