PHOTO CAPTION: 2009 Cadillac Escalade Hybrid

Review of 2009 Cadillac Escalade Hybrid

All of that luxury does come with a price: roughly $70,000, writes Scott Burgess.

Published: 23-Jan-2009

Whenever I leave Detroit, I take special note of the vehicles people drive. It's my informal survey of the current automotive market. I've sat outside of LAX and observed all the vehicles dropping off loved ones -- not a GM, Ford or Chrysler in the bunch.

Same goes in Miami and New York City. Foreign cars rule.

So imagine my surprise when I pulled behind a 2009 Cadillac Escalade hybrid while driving around Los Angeles. It was big and black and intimidating from the seat of a midsize sedan. As I drove through a few neighborhoods, I saw another Escalade hybrid parked in the driveway of a million dollar home (in L.A., that could be just about anyone's house).


It is the first vehicle from GM that combines an ethanol-capable engine with the two-mode hybrid system.

The hybrid-powered GMC Denali XT was produced at GM Holden's design centre at Port Melbourne.

The completed open wheel car which runs on the electric system and backed up by the Yamaha motorcycle engine.


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