NEW FOR 2012:
The Escalade is available as the regular-wheelbase Escalade and Escalade Hybrid, and as the long-wheelbase Escalade ESV. The Escalade EXT pickup truck is covered in a separate entry.
The Escalade and Escalade ESV use a 6.2-litre V8 with six-speed automatic transmission. The Hybrid uses a 6.0-litre V8 with hybrid system, mated to a four-speed, two-mode automatic transmission. The Hybrid can run on its gasoline engine, on battery power alone, or on a combination of the two. It recharges its battery through regenerative braking and cannot be plugged into a wall socket. All Escalade models are all-wheel drive and have three rows of seats.
Features on the Escalade and Escalade ESV 1SA include 18-inch alloy wheels, tri-zone automatic climate control, automatic xenon headlamps, keyless entry, remote starter, power liftgate, OnStar, theft alarm, rear parking assist, automatic rear levelling system, weight-distributing hitch platform with 7-pin connector, assist steps, privacy glass, power-folding heated mirrors with auto-dimming driver’s side, tip-down in reverse, puddle lamps and integrated turn signals, rearview camera, roof rails with crossbars, variable intermittent wipers, rear washer/wiper, CD/DVD/MP3 stereo with Bose premium sound system, iPod interface, Bluetooth connectivity, satellite radio, rear seat headphone jacks, front and rear consoles, cruise control, floor mats, driver information centre, tire pressure monitoring system, power-adjustable pedals, power tilt wood and leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls, auto up/down windows, 12-way heated and ventilated leather seats, heated second-row reclining bucket seats, and 50/50 split-folding removable third-row bench seat.
The Escalade 1SC adds 22-inch chrome-clad wheels, power-retractable side steps, power sunroof, second-row power fold-and-tumble seats, dual DVD head restraints, heated and cooled cupholders, leather-wrapped heated steering wheel, LED headlamps, IntelliBeam headlight control, rear entertainment system and side blind zone alert.
The Hybrid 1SB builds on the Escalade 1SA and adds 22-inch chrome-clad wheels, Magnetic Ride Control, and 60/40 split-folding second-row bench with heated outboard seats.
The Hybrid 1SD adds power-retractable side steps, dual DVD head restraints, power sunroof, heated and cooled cupholders, LED headlamps, IntelliBeam headlight control, rear entertainment system and side blind zone alert.