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Overview

What Changed for 2009:

  • E85 capability for 6.2-liter V-8 engine
  • Side blind-zone alert system
  • XM satellite radio with NavTraffic real-time updates
  • Power tilting steering wheel
  • Front row express-up power windows
  • Rear-seat audio jacks standard on all models
  • Optional Magnetic Ride Control
  • Optional power-retractable running boards (with V-8 Ultra Luxury Collection)
Overview
The Cadillac Escalade ESV, the extended-wheelbase version of the Escalade, all-new in 2007, returns in 2009 with added standard features and a few new options. For the first time, the Cadillac Escalade ESV's 6.2-liter V-8 engine is capable of running on E85 ethanol, making it flex-fuel capable. With this change, Cadillac hopes to keep the popular full-size luxury SUV a key player in the market despite fluctuating gas prices.

The Escalade ESV features a 130-inch wheelbase (14 more inches than the regular Escalade) and an interior cabin that seats up to 8 people, with 46 cubic feet of storage space behind the third-row seat. Towing capacity is 7600 pounds for the 2WD model and 7800 pounds for the all-wheel-drive (AWD) model.

Model Lineup
The 2009 Cadillac Escalade ESV is available in 2-wheel drive (2WD) or AWD configurations and in base and Platinum Edition models. Standard features on all ESV models include 18-inch alloy wheels; Xenon headlamps; step running boards; power-adjustable heated front seats with 2-position driver memory setting; leather upholstery; tri-zone automatic climate control; power liftgate; front row express-up power windows; power-folding mirrors; remote start; and a 10-speaker, 5.1 Bose audio system with CD/DVD changer, XM satellite radio and XM NavTraffic. The V-8 Ultra Luxury Collection package comes in two versions, with 18-inch or 22-inch wheels; adaptive headlights; heated steering wheel; multi-level front-seat cooling; power-folding second-row seats; navigation system with rearview camera; sunroof; and a rear DVD entertainment system. The package with 22-inch wheels includes Magnetic Ride Control and side blind-zone alert systems. Stand-alone options include a rear DVD entertainment system and power sliding and tilt sunroof, while power-retractable running boards are available only with the V-8 Ultra Luxury Collection package.

The Platinum Edition Escalade ESV features a unique front fascia and grille that's patterned after the CTS sport sedan. The Escalade ESV Platinum rides on 22-inch wheels. Platinum badging, standard Magnetic Ride Control and new LED headlamps round out the exterior features. Inside, the Platinum Escalade ESV has Aniline leather seats in the first and second rows, and the second-row seat operates via power fold-and-tumble.

Powertrain
Power for the 2009 Cadillac Escalade ESV comes from a 6.2-liter, all-aluminum, Vortec V-8 engine, which delivers 403 hp at 5700 rpm and 417 lb.-ft. of torque at 4300 rpm. The engine employs variable valve timing (VVT) to boost power and torque through optimized camshaft timing, Cadillac says. For the first time, the Cadillac ESV is capable of running on E85 ethanol, making this a flex-fuel-capable vehicle. A heavy-duty 6-speed automatic transmission with two overdrive gears and tap up/tap down manual shift mode transfers the power to the wheels. GM's Magnetic Ride Control is an available option for 2009 (but standard on ESV Platinum). EPA fuel-economy estimates for the 2WD 2009 Cadillac Escalade ESV are 12 mpg city/19 mpg highway (gasoline), and 10 mpg city/14 mpg highway (E85). The AWD Escalade ESV gets the same 12 mpg city/19 mpg highway on gasoline, but 9 mpg city/14 mpg highway when using E85 fuel. Standard on every 2009 Cadillac is a 5-year/100,000-mile transferable powertrain limited warranty with no deductible, 24/7 roadside assistance, and courtesy transportation.

Safety
The list of standard safety features on the 2009 Cadillac Escalade ESV includes driver and front passenger dual-stage frontal air bags; automatic occupant-sensing system; roof-rail-mounted side curtain air bags with rollover sensor and coverage for all three seating rows; 4-wheel disc brakes with Bosch anti-lock disc braking system (ABS); stability control with rollover mitigation; all-speed traction control; rear parking assist; side blind-zone alert system; 3-point seat belts for all seating positions with pre-tensioners for driver and front passenger; child security rear door locks; and the Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren (LATCH) system.

The 2009 Cadillac Escalade ESV received perfect 5-star ratings for all occupants in the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) frontal- and side-impact crash tests. In NHTSA rollover testing, Escalade ESV 2WD and AWD models received a 3-star rating.

Technology
Like its sibling, the regular-wheelbase Cadillac Escalade, the Escalade ESV features OnStar Generation 7 technology and Turn-by-Turn navigation, OnStar's first factory-installed, fully-integrated GPS navigation system. Rear-seat audio jacks are standard on all models. An available 8-inch touch-screen navigation system, along with a DVD system with a large, flip-down 8-inch screen and Bose 5.1 digital surround sound system (a segment first, according to GM)-integrated with its family of radios that play CD and DVD audio/video, MP3s and XM satellite radio-round out the Escalade ESV's technology package.

Available Trims for the 2009 CADILLAC ESCALADE ESV SUV

  Transmission MSRP Engine City/Hwy MPG
Base 6 speed automatic $64,810 403-hp / 6.2L 8-cyl 12/19
Platinum Edition 6 speed automatic $83,890 403-hp / 6.2L 8-cyl 12/19

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