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2008 Cadillac Escalade news, pictures, and information
CADILLAC ESCALADE EXTENDS LUXURY SUV LEADERSHIPHaving earned a position as the image and sales leader among large luxury SÚVs, Cadillac Escalade enters 2008 lòòking to extend its considerable momentum. With three body styles – Escalade, and the extended length Escalade ESV and EXT luxury sport-utility truck – Cadillac offers the widest array of models in the §egmènt. This broad lineup will expand even further when the Escalade Platinum edition and the Escalade Hybrid join the family later in 2008.
Completely redesigned for 2007, the '08 Escalades feature integrated powertrain, chassis, safety and interior systems that deliver the most powerful, efficient luxury SÚVs in the §egmènt, led by a 6.2L all-aluminum V-8 engine wîth variable valve timing technology delivering 403 horsepower (301 kW)* and 417 lb.-ft. of torque (565 Nm).* The Escalade and Escalade ESV are available in AWD and 2WD configurations (2WD is new to Escalade ESV for '08), while the Escalade EXT sport-utility truck features standard, full-time AWD.
Escalade sports a sleek, clean and athletic form wîth improved aerodynamics. It is instantly identifiable as a Cadillac and incorporates styling cues from Cadillac's landmark Sixteen concept vehicle, including a detailed signature grille, front fender vent ports and layers of chrome accents.
It was Escalade that first introduced the exclusive Platinum series to Cadillac as a limited-edition model expressing the full extent of the brand's luxury attributes. Details on the 2008 Escalade Platinum will be announced later in 2007.
Luxury and advanced technology also converge in the Escalade Hybrid, to be introduced in the 2008 calendar year. The Escalade Hybrid will feature GM's two-mode hybrid propulsion system combining gas and electric engines for significant fuel economy improvements, while maintaining the traditional capabilities of a full-size SÚV.
While conventional full hybrid systems offer only one electric mode that is used during low-speed driving, GM is teaming up wîth DaimlerChrysler and BMW Group to co-develop the patented two-mode hybrid system. The technology is based on GM's highly successful hybrid system in use on hundreds of GM transit buses across North America .
The first mode of the system is for low speed and light loads. In this mode, the hybrid system can operate wîth electric power only, engine power only and any combination of engine and electric power. When the first mode operates as electric only, fuel consumption is reduced in heavy stop-and-go traffic by shutting off the engine for extended periods of time and moving exclusively under electric power at low speeds.
The second mode is primarily used at highway speeds. In addition to electric assist, the second mode integrates sophisticated electronic controls, such as Active Fuel Management, cam phasing and late-intake valve closure, to allow even more efficient engine operation wîth electric motors less than half the size of a traditional 'one-mode' hybrid system. Full eight-cylinder engine power is provided when conditions demand it, such as passing, towing or climbing a steep grade.
Additional details about the Cadillac Escalade Hybrid will be announced later in 2007.
Design: unmistakably Cadillac
Details in elements such as wraparound fascias, styled mirrors and integrated running boards enhance Escalade's flowing design, enabling a look that is both aggressive and elegant. The sleek, toned look includes a windshield angle of 57 degrees, which flows gracefully into the roofline. This also improves aerodynamic performance to a §egmènt-best 0.363 coefficient of drag, which helps improve fuel economy and reduce wind noise.
The warm and inviting interior features a premium and distinct layout not shared by other GM full-size SÚVs. The cabin, which comes in two colors, Ebony and Cashmere, also is spacious, wîth an instrument panel that is lower and moved forward in the vehicle.
The vehicle features a unique instrument panel; instrumentation gauges wîth white needles and blue light inlays wîth continuously lit, white-LED backlighting; Nuance leather-covered seats; leather-covered door trim and center console; fabric-covered interior pillars; and an available heated §teering wheel. A power-assisted rear liftgate that opens and closes wîth the touch of a button also is standard.
Escalade delivers convenience wîth an -exclusive power fold-and-tumble second-row seat feature that eases access to the third-row seat, and a power-assisted rear liftgate that opens and closes wîth the touch of a button.
Escalade also includes an available eight-inch touch-screen navigation system, as well as a DVD system wîth a large, eight-inch flip-down screen. A §egmènt-first Bose 5.1 Digital Surround Sound system is integrated into a family of radios that play DVD audio/video, CD audio/video, MP3s and XM Satellite Radio.
Power wîth a purpose
A 6.2L V-8 rated at 403 horsepower (301 kW)* and 417 lb.-ft. of torque (565 Nm)* is exclusive to the Escalade family. This all-aluminum engine uses v ariable valve timing (VVT) to optimize camshaft timing to improve low-rpm torque and high-rpm horsepower. The introduction of variable valve timing through the unique, dual-equal cam phaser is the 's first application of VVT on a mass-produced V-8 overhead-valve engine.
A Hydra-Matic 6L80 six-speed automatic transmission is matched wîth the 6.2L engine. One of the 's most advanced automatics, the 6L80 features clutch-to-clutch shifting and has a wide, 6.04:1 overall ratio – including two overdrive gears – that helps deliver an excellent balance of performance and fuel economy.
A strong frame and chassis support the Escalade's robust powertrain and enable exceptional responsiveness and ride and handling smoothness. Large, four-wheel disc brakes and a Bosch ABS system help ensure braking performance. ABS works wîth the StabiliTrak stability control system's rollover mitigation technology. This software algorithm technology uses sensors to proactively predict vehicle 'tip-up' and apply appropriate brake force to help prevent such events.
Safe and sound
Escalade is designed to be among the 's safest and most secure vehicles, wîth numerous safety systems and crash-avoidance technologies. Occupant protection features include head curtain side air bags wîth rollover protection for all seating rows and an -first 360-degree front safety belt pretensioner activation system.
In keeping wîth Cadillac's reputation for advanced technology, OnStar-equipped Escalade models feature Generation 7 technology and OnStar's Turn-by-Turn Navigation, the first factory-installed, fully integrated GPS navigation system from OnStar. Turn-by-Turn allows consumers to talk to a live advisor, who in turn sends complete step-by-step directions to customers' vehicles through their OnStar system. These audio directions automatically play through the vehicle's stereo as needed, triggered by the OnStar system's GPS capabilities. This enables drivers to be led to their destination while keeping their hands on the wheel and eyes on the road.
The 2008 Cadillac Escalade ESV is the largest member of the Escalade family, offering maximum passenger accommodations and cargo capacity. Combining power, size and strength wîth trademark Cadillac styling and technology, the full-size Escalade ESV has strongly positioned Cadillac in the large luxury SÚV market.
The vehicle is 21 inches (53.4 cm) longer than Escalade, translating into more premium seating and cargo-carrying capability. It features all the same elements and features as the standard Escalade, but adds an additional DVD system and set of headphones wîth large, eight-inch flip-down screen for third-row passengers.
|Engine : 6.2 L., 8-cylinder|
Power: 403 hp
The EXT model is a unique Sport Útility Truck (SÚT) body style, giving it a part-SÚV, part-pickup profile. With the -exclusive Midgate panel, owners can easily convert the EXT from a five-passenger SÚV into a two-passenger pickup wîth 8 feet of protected and secured storage. The Midgate, located behind the rear seat, can be folded into the cabin, enabling the cargo area to expand from 5 feet to 8 feet, for a total of 101 cubic feet in secured volume. A lockable, standard tonneau cover protects items in the cargo bed, or can be removed entirely for added space.
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