• Jun 26, 2007
The combination of high gas prices and a sales slowdown at Cadillac have caused the heads of GM's luxury division to consider adding a hybrid to the mix. During an interview with the Detroit News, John Howell, Caddy's head product honcho was quoted as saying that, "Pretty much every program I am looking at going forward has got a hybrid as part of it."

He remained mum on a timeframe for the addition of gas-electric hybrids into the Cadillac lineup, but for 2009, the blingtastic Escalade will be sporting a two-mode hybrid drivetrain, much like its GMT900 platform siblings, the Tahoe and Yukon. Such a system is expected to boost fuel economy by 25-percent over the standard gas-powered model.

[Source: Detroit News]



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      HotRodzNKustoms
      • 7 Years Ago
      yeah I hope they keep the big motor in the hybrid version because just since I want 25% better mileage doesn't mean I want to give up performance. The smaller motors do not belong in the Escalade no matter how much better mileage the 5.3 would get with the hybrid system than the 6.2.
      • 7 Years Ago
      • 7 Years Ago
      Yep another me too hybrid. Take some leadership..remember your a premier line...not just tarting up Tahoes.

      Get a really good diesel (s) to power several models. Not the klakety cummins boat anchors but the quiet, smooth european type like audi, BMW, mercedes use. I thinnk this is a much better technical solution. Much less complex than a two energy source / two motor hybrid. Likely it will have a much less total environmental foot print than nasty battery intensive hybrids
        • 7 Years Ago
        "Get a really good diesel (s) to power several models"

        Yet another overpowered diesel to solve the problem. GM has a diesel but because of the horsepower war, it's become another guzzler. Diesel instead of gas. I like diesel when it was simpler and made tough. Now the diesel is being modified to be quieter and to produce more power.
        • 7 Years Ago
        I work for a Cadillac dealer in NW Ohio, I can't speak for all of my customers but the ones I have talked to will not accept a diesel powertrain.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Why don't they just make a hybrid Gulfstream.
      • 7 Years Ago
      hey! spy photos of the escalade hybrid in autoblog green....
      • 7 Years Ago
      Toyota warns Toyota's hybrid models are not to be driven off-road, as hybrid components may be damaged.

      If the same holds true for the Cadillac, to hell with the body-on-frame.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Especialy since only about 5-10% of Caddy buyer are even remotely considering off road duty, most freak out with dust on the veh.
      • 7 Years Ago
      What next? A hybrid hummer? Bring on the diesels !!!