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The Cadillac Escalade

February 1, 2011

The Cadillac Escalade is one of the most luxurious and modern full-sized sport utility vehicles on the market. Cadillac has provided drivers with a high-quality SUV. The Escalade is manufactured by the luxury brand of General Motors. The Escalade was originally released in 1999. The original model was is a direct result of The Lincoln Navigator.

In 2007, The Escalade renewed its image with the new GMT900 model. The 07’ Escalade was the official SUV of Super Bowl XL. The model retailed at $61,425. The creation of this model increased sales for the company considerably.

The model seats five comfortably and offers 20 miles per gallon. Prior to the success of this model; the original Escalade was complimented with a model known as the EXT, sport utility truck. Additionally, in 2008, a hybrid version of this luxury SUV was released. The price range for both vehicles is retailed at $61,425 to $87,725.

Cadillac also has a Flex-Fuel adaptation that joined the Cadillac lineup around this time as well. Cadillac has provided a reliable SUV that has reinvented its image over the years, to satisfy the needs of many Cadillac drivers.

The 2010 Escalade is an excellent vehicle. The specs include:

• 6.2-liter Vortec V8 engine
• Electronic Traction Control
• Bose 5.1 surround sound system
• Ultrasonic Rear Parking Assist
• Weighs over 6,000 pounds
• 22″ seven-spoke aluminum wheels
• 6-speed Hydra-Matic automatic transmission
• 403 horsepower and 417 pound-per-feet of torque

The vehicle is priced from $65,000.

The Escalade EXT was released in early 2002. It incorporated a compact bed that extended into the truck’s cabin area. The EXT model uses four full-size doors and provides seating for up to five comfortably. The EXT model was only available with a 6.0 Liter V8 engine. The EXT model was made popular from a brief appearance in The Matrix Reloaded. The appearance in the film increased sales for Cadillac as well.

The Hybrid edition of the Escalade was introduced in 2008. This model made its first appearance at the Florida Auto Show in Miami. In late August of 2008, Cadillac reported that 25% of Escalade sales were hybrids.

The Escalade Hybrid is well renowned for taking 8.2 seconds to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph.This is fast for a vehicle of this size. The SUV incorporates a 6-liter V8 high-power engine. It uses 330 of horsepower at 5,200 rpm and 360 pound-feet at 4,200 rpm.

Lastly, the current Cadillac Escalade is the most luxurious and the most modern edition. The changes for the Escalade have come and gone. However, the quality of the vehicle is consistent. The current model has witnessed many modifications since 2007. Although the upgrades have mostly consisted of new standards and optional features; they have helped to provide a quality vehicle.

The Escalade is popular because it is recognized as the vehicle that transformed the image of Cadillac. The image transformed from the conventional and matured vehicle; into a young and flashy SUV. The Cadillac Escalade is recognized as one of the best-selling luxury SUV’s of all time.