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2009 CADILLAC ESCALADE SUV - Overview

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2009 CADILLAC ESCALADE SUV

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Overview

What Changed for 2009:

  • New Escalade Hybrid is world's first large luxury SUV hybrid
  • GM's patented 2-mode hybrid system & 6.0-liter V-8 engine with cylinder deactivation
  • Regular Escalade available in 2WD/AWD and Platinum Edition
  • E85 capability for 6.2-liter V-8 engine
  • XM satellite radio with NavTraffic real-time traffic updates
  • New power-tilting steering wheel, front row express-up power windows
  • Optional side blind-zone alert system
  • New LED headlamps on Platinum Edition
  • New interior color combination: Light Cashmere/Cocoa
Overview
GM says the Cadillac Escalade is the top large luxury SUV due to its image and sales. The company hopes to extend this leadership position in 2009 with the addition to the lineup of the Escalade Hybrid, powered by the combination of the 6.0-liter V-8 engine with cylinder-deactivation technology and the patented GM 2-mode hybrid system. The Hybrid can tow up to 5800 pounds in two-wheel drive (2WD) and 5600 pounds in all-wheel drive (AWD). The standard Escalade, available in base and Platinum Edition models, with 6.2-liter V-8 engine, is able to run on E85 ethanol. New for 2009 are an optional side blind-zone alert system, XM satellite radio with NavTraffic, power-tilting steering wheel, and other features.

Model Lineup
For 2009, the Cadillac Escalade is available in 2WD and AWD in base and Platinum Edition trim, and in the new Escalade Hybrid. (The Escalade is also available in the extended-wheelbase Escalade ESV in 2WD/AWD and in AWD only in the Escalade EXT that blends pickup truck functionality with a luxury SUV.) Standard equipment on the base Escalade includes a new power-tilting steering wheel; 4-wheel disc brakes with anti-lock braking system (ABS); electronic stability control with rollover technology; front row express-up power windows; new Light Cashmere/Cocoa interior color; rear-seat audio jacks; first-row express open/close, sliding and tilting glass sunroof; step running boards; and leather seats.

Platinum Edition Escalade models add Aniline leather trim to the first- and second-row seats; Platinum-specific interior details and exterior badging; LED headlamps; heated steering wheel; heated and cooled cupholders; power liftgate with button-touch open/close; and a DVD entertainment system with screens integrated into the front-seat headrests, in addition to the screen mounted in the roof.

The Escalade Hybrid has almost all of the standard model's equipment, including an 8-inch touch-screen navigation system that shows the 2-mode hybrid readouts. The Escalade Hybrid is available with Ebony or Cashmere interior colors, and features Nuance leather-covered seats; leather covering on the door trim and center console; power-assisted rear liftgate; and a distinctive instrument panel with white needles in the gauges and blue light inlays with continuously lit, white LED backlighting.

Some of the available options on the Escalade include GM's Magnetic Ride Control (standard on Platinum Edition); side blind-zone alert system; 22-inch wheels; rearview camera; and power-retractable running boards.

Powertrain
The standard engine in the 2009 Cadillac Escalade is a 6.2-liter, all-aluminum V-8 powerplant with variable valve timing (VVT) that is rated at 403 hp at 5700 rpm and 417 lb.-ft. of torque at 4300 rpm and is exclusive to the Escalade. It is also E85-ethanol capable. The engine is paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission specifically matched to the engine, featuring clutch-to-clutch shifting and wide overall ratio (6.04:1) with two overdrive gears to balance performance and fuel economy, Cadillac says. EPA-estimated fuel economy on the 2WD Escalade is 12 mpg city/19 mpg highway (gasoline) and 10 mpg city/14 mpg highway (E85). In the AWD Escalade, the numbers are 12 mpg city/19 mpg highway (gasoline) and 9 mpg city/14 mpg highway (E85).

The 2009 Cadillac Escalade Hybrid, with its Vortec 6.0-liter engine and cylinder-deactivation technology, delivers 332 hp at 5100 rpm and 367 lb.-ft. of torque at 4100 rpm. The engine's higher gasoline fuel economy is achieved with the Auto Stop mode when the vehicle reaches 0 mph, which allows the SUV to move only under electric power (an energy-saver and emissions-reducer in heavy stop-and-go traffic). The engine is paired with the patented advanced GM 2-mode hybrid technology that consists of an advanced electrically variable transmission, or EVT, and 300-volt nickel-metal hydride Energy Storage System (ESS). Regenerative braking captures energy that would otherwise be lost and converts it to electrical energy stored in the ESS for future use to propel the Escalade. Electrically driven, 42-volt variable-assist power steering also provides up to a 0.5-mpg fuel economy savings while reducing vibration, maker says. EPA fuel-economy estimates for the 2009 Escalade Hybrid are 20 mpg city/21 mpg highway in 2WD. Estimates are not yet available for the AWD model.

Safety
Cadillac designed the Escalade with numerous safety systems and crash avoidance technologies. In the 2009 Escalade, these include advanced air bag systems: dual-stage frontal air bags for driver and front passenger; head curtain side air bags with rollover protection for all seating rows; and a front safety belt pre-tensioner activation system that operates in 360-degree motion-a feature that Cadillac says is an industry first. Electronic stability and traction control; 4-channel ABS; tire-pressure monitor; automatic crash notification through OnStar's safety and security services; available side blind-zone alert system to detect objects in the driver's "blind zone"; and the Platinum Edition's LED headlamps for greater lighting are other safety features of the 2009 Cadillac Escalade.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the 2009 Cadillac Escalade receives a perfect 5-star rating in frontal- and side-impact tests. In the agency's rollover testing, Escalade gets a 3-star rating for both 2WD and AWD models.

Technology
OnStar-equipped Cadillac Escalades have Generation 7 technology and OnStar's Turn-by-Turn Navigation. GM says this is OnStar's first fully integrated and factory-installed GPS navigation system. With Turn-by-Turn, customers can talk live with an adviser and receive step-by-step directions to their destination through their OnStar system, triggered by its GPS. This allows drivers to keep their eyes on the road and hands on the wheel rather than searching for directions. The 2009 Cadillac Escalade features an optional 8-inch touch-screen navigation system, and a DVD system with an 8-inch flip-down screen. According to GM, the Escalade has a segment-first Bose 5.1 digital surround sound system integrated into the model line's family of radios that can play CD and DVD audio/video, XM satellite radio and MP3s. XM NavTraffic provides drivers with real-time traffic updates.

Available Trims for the 2009 CADILLAC ESCALADE SUV

  Transmission MSRP Engine City/Hwy MPG
Base 6 speed automatic $62,205 403-hp / 6.2L 8-cyl 12/19
Platinum Edition 6 speed automatic $81,335 403-hp / 6.2L 8-cyl 12/19

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