Cadillac Escalade Hybrid Breaks Cover

cadillac escalade hybrid breaks cover

Or, more accurately, TTAC breaks GM's embargo on the new Cadillac Escalade Hybrid. Anyway, let's start with the basics: why? To quote the passively constructed press release, "Two of the biggest trends in the automotive world in recent years have been related to the unique function and fashion of luxury SUVs, and the fuel saving function and fashion of hybrids. These two trends were seemingly in opposition, until now." The fashion of hybrids? Somebody catch that cat and shove it back in the bag! [NB: no animals were harmed in the making of this metaphor.] GM claims Caddy's box-fresh gas – electric SUV achieves a "50-percent improvement in fuel economy in city driving." That would bump-up an urban burbling Slade from 12mpg city to 18mpg. OK, so, how much does it cost? They ain't sayin'. But we now know the hybrid Chevrolet Tahoe demands at least a $13k premium. And even a cursory glance at the tech spec indicates all that gas saving will cost a small fortune. Deep breath. The hybrid Caddy features a 6.0-liter V-8 Gen IV gasoline engine with Active Fuel Management (AFM) and late-intake valve closing (LIVC) technology, a 300-volt nickel-metal hydride Energy Storage System (ESS), an advanced electrically variable transmission (EVT) with stop – start technology, a regenerative braking system, a new exhaust system and resonator, an electrically driven, 300-volt air conditioning compressor, and an electrically driven 42-volt variable-assist power steering system. Perhaps just as importantly, "It is available in two colors, Ebony and Cashmere. Standard features include a distinctive instrument panel; gauges with white needles and blue light inlays with continuously lit, white-LED backlighting; Nuance leather-covered seats; leather-covered door trim and center console; and a power-assisted rear liftgate that opens and closes with the touch of a button." Can you believe they forgot to mention the big ass "hybrid" stencil on the side? Details guy, details!

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  • Ryan Knuckles Ryan Knuckles on Nov 08, 2007

    zenith: Agreed. I doubt I will ever own a full sized SUV, and I know I won't own one that isn't on a truck-based platform. For it to be an SUV, for me, it must have a capital U.

  • Labrat Labrat on Nov 10, 2007

    How many pimp environmentalists are there really? I guess I'm mentally conflicted regarding the notion of a full sized hybrid SUV. On one hand, I think that fuel saving technology is best applied to the thirstiest vehicles, as it saves the most fuel in those applications, as opposed to hybridizing an already fuel efficient Civic. On the other hand, why not just buy a lighter vehicle with a smaller engine, and eliminate the complexities and expense of the hybrid system? My Acadia is several hundred pounds lighter than the Slade hybrid, has the same or maybe more room inside, and the overall gas milage with the 3.6 liter six will probably be the same. It also tows 4500 lb, not much less than the Slade. I guess it doesn't have street cred, though. There I go thinking logical again.

  • Ajla I'm probably not going to buy an EV performance car. I just don't think the power delivery and silence are going to do it for me.Most likely is that I'll have an EV/PHEV "premium" vehicle, (which is where I think EV attributes make the most sense) and then have a "classic" ICE car for Sunday trips to Culver's.
  • Dukeisduke The US Postal Service uses some of these, complete with a custom grille that replaces the three-pointed star with a white-painted USPS eagle logo.I've never seen very many of these. About 50/50 split between the commercial versions and passenger versions.
  • Dukeisduke It's interesting that the Olds has a column shifted three-speed, while the nicer Buick still had to make do with a floor shift.
  • Dukeisduke A '51 Chevy Styleline De Luxe 4-door next to it, in the same color (Fathom Green) as the one my grandfather owned. It has a couple of accessories visible - bumper guards, like on my grandfather's, and the rear fender moldings above the taillights, which his didn't have.
  • Scott Do any car companies research demographics?going after a shrinking car buying market isn’t a recipe for success.hazrd a guess that most people in their prime car buying years don’t know anything about broncos or give a sht about a heritage model. Going to die on the vine. Bad strategy and failure for future growth