NEW FOR 2010:

– 6.2-litre V8 adds Active Fuel Management technology
– 6.0-litre V8 now flex-fuel capable for E85
– Hybrid adds 3.08 axle ratio for enhanced fuel economy
– Standard locking steering column, USB connection in centre console, and side thorax airbags on front seats
– Previous Platinum Edition clock standard in all models
– Revised parking brake release
– Revised inner door design for enhanced side-impact protection
– Battery saver mode on conventional models shuts off power when battery gets low due to extended accessory use
– Exterior colours: Silver Lining added; Quick Silver and Blue Chip discontinued

For 2010, the various Cadillac Escalade models undergo several changes. The 6.2-litre V8 used in conventional models now includes Active Fuel Management, which shuts off half the cylinders when full power is not required, for improved fuel efficiency, while the 6.0-litre V8 used in the 2-Mode Hybrid can now accept E85 ethanol fuel. Other changes include standard front side airbags, a revised inner door design, a USB connection for music players, and a standard clock previously available only on the Platinum trim lines.

The Escalade is available as the Escalade and long-wheelbase Escalade ESV; the Escalade EXT pickup truck is covered separately. Both use a 6.2-litre V8 with six-speed automatic transmission. The 2-Mode Hybrid uses a 6.0-litre V8 with Active Fuel Management and a hybrid system, mated to a 2-Mode continuous electric ratio hybrid transmission. The 2-Mode Hybrid is able to operate on battery power alone, on the gasoline engine, or on a combination of the two, and recharges through regenerative braking. All models are all-wheel drive.

Features on the Escalade include 18-inch alloy wheels, tri-zone automatic climate control, privacy glass, power liftgate, LED taillights, fog lamps, heated mirrors with driver’s side auto-dimming, integrated turn signals, puddle lamps and power tilt-down, front recovery hooks, roof rack, running boards, rain-sensing wipers, rear washer/wiper, garage door opener, cruise control, driver information centre, tire pressure monitoring system, auto-dimming rearview mirror, power-adjustable pedals, power-tilt wood and leather-wrapped wheel with audio controls, power windows with front auto express up/down, ten-way heated leather seats, driver’s side memory, second-row heated leather bucket seats, removable third-row 50/50 split-folding leather bench seat, six-CD/DVD stereo, navigation system, XM satellite radio, rear seat audio controls and headphone jacks, road-sensing suspension with rear auto-levelling, power locks with keyless entry, automatic xenon headlamps, rear parking assist, anti-theft system, and OnStar with Turn by Turn Navigation plan.

The Escalade ESV is similarly equipped.

The 2-Mode Hybrid adds 22-inch chromed alloy wheels, power sunroof, heated and cooled seats, second-row heated leather 60/40 split-folding bench seat, electric power steering, Magnetic Ride Control suspension, and automatic high beam headlight control.

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