The long-overdue 2008 Cadillac Escalade Hybrid SUV will, probably, be officially presented to the local public sometime before the end of year 2007.
The green Escalade has a good chance to become the first hybrid-powered full-size luxury eight-seater on the North American market.
The Escalade’s hybrid powertrain designed at GM’s Allison division will be assembled at the Powertrain Baltimore Transmission plant in Maryland.
According to the corporate press release, the heavy-duty two-mode hybrid transmission will be similar to those used in the 2008 Chevrolet Tahoe and 2008 GMC Yukon truck-based SUV’s.
The ‘two-mode’ here means that at low speeds a car or a truck can run on pure electricity, as well as using the electric motor to provide an internal combustion engine with extra oomph during intensive acceleration.
The electric motor also relieves the gasoline or diesel engine from such mundane functions as providing electric power for the water pump, power steering, and even air conditioning systems.
According to the company, the the hybrid version of the “iconic” luxury truck will also sport such green features as regenerative braking and cylinder deactivation technology on the internal combustion engine that will help the 2008 Cadillac Escalade to achieve a whopping 25 percent gain in fuel economy.
In two words, it means that on a highway the 7500-pound luxury SUV powered by the same 6.2-liter gasoline engine will run around 25-30 miles on a gallon of unleaded gasoline depending on your average speed.
2008 Cadillac Escalade Hybrid SUV Specifications:
Price Range (estimated MSRP): $71685
Body Type: 5-door SUV
Layout: V8 front engine, 4WD
Base Engine: 332 hp @ 5100 rpm, 367 ft lb (497Nm) of torque @ 4100 rpm, 6.2L, 16-valve, V8
Transmission: two-mode hybrid transmission with four fixed gears
Exterior Dimensions (L/W/H/WB): 202.5 / 79.0 / 74.3 / 116.0 in
Ground clearance: 9.0 in
Track (frt/rr): 68.2 / 67.0 in
Approach Angle (degrees): 17
Breakover Angle (degrees): N/A
Departure Angle (degrees): 21.9
Curb Weight: 6016 lbs (2729 kg)
Coefficient of Drag (Cd): N/A
Seating Capacity: up to 8 (2/3/3)
Cargo Volume (folded 2nd row and no 3rd row / folded only 3rd row): 108.9 / 16.9 cu ft
Payload (max w/ occupants and cargo): 1484 lbs (673kg)
Towing Capacity (max): 5,700 lbs (2585 kg)
Fuel tank: 24.5 gal (92.7 l)
Direct Competitors (4×4 capable): Effectively none. There are still no luxury SUVs on the North American market that offer both premium-quality interior and a hybrid drive system.