Tuesday, September 25, 2007

2008 Cadillac Escalade Review

Try to circle the block once without spying a Cadillac Escalade. The 2008 Cadillac Escalade will be there to represent the neighborhood in full regalia. Expect a hybrid to bulge onto the scene in late 2007, sporting new two-mode hybrid technology. For now, the 2008 Cadillac Escalade makes the grade with a 6.2-liter V-8 which bulldozes with 403 hp, and rides with a six-speed automatic. Look for Escalade to phase into production Escalades with the ability to reduce the number of firing cylinders to reduce gas consumption.

Escalade optional features translate into an assisted hatchgate and retractable Nerf Bars, 52.8cm rims, satellite nav, and a rear-facing spy-cam. The only place with more bling would be the command deck of the Enterprise. The interior of the Escalade is spacious, luxurious, and high-tech, with AM/FM stereo, DVD screens in the front headrests, and dual-zone climate control.

The effort by GM to maximize 2008 Escalade safety is commendable with its implementation of skid correction technology, front passenger and driver airbags, and side curtain air bags. Escalade also has ample space afforded to crumple zones in the event that it collides with something its own size.

When the 2008 Cadillac Escalade Hybrid finally arrives, it promises to claim a 25 percent increase in fuel economy. It will accomplish this with the implementation of GM's two-mode hybrid technology, which will use two electric motors contained in the transmission for assisting in slow, city traffic, and for the highway. Even though hybrid technology was originally engineered for compact cars, its use at the other extreme of the spectrum makes sense as well.

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