2009 Escalade Hybrid: Still Conspicuous, Less Consumption
With its new Escalade Hybrid, Cadillac is the second manufacturer to bring a hybrid luxury SUV to market. But unlike the first, the Lexus RX 400h, this one is more rugged and capable of towing and hauling heavier loads.
To allow better fuel economy, the Escalade Hybrid has a smaller and less powerful 6.0-liter V8 engine than the standard Escalade. It puts out 332 horsepower and 367 pound-feet of torque, versus 403 hp and 417 pound-feet of torque from the 6.2-liter V8 in the regular Escalade.
A battery-powered electric motor generates the equivalent of 30 hp in the new Escalade Hybrid and can power the vehicle by itself at low speeds. The new Escalade Hybrid uses the same gas-electric powertrain found in General Motors’ other full-size hybrids — the Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid and GMC Yukon Hybrid.
Cadillac expects the Escalade Hybrid to deliver 50 percent better fuel economy in city driving and between 20 and 25 percent better fuel efficiency on the highway. The current gas-powered Escalade returns 12 miles per gallon in the city, which means that the Escalade Hybrid could get around 18 mpg in city driving. That’s about as efficient as small to midsize luxury sedans with six-cylinder engines.
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