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Click above for a high-res gallery of the 2009 Cadillac Escalade Hybrid

If you are in the market for American excess and feeling a bit green at the same time, Cadillac has your next vehicle. It's the 2009 Cadillac Escalade Hybrid, and it goes on sale this month with an MSRP of $71,685 (a mere $3,600 premium over a comparably-equipped Escalade, GM boasts). The "first-ever hybrid on a large luxury SUV" features GM's advanced Two-Mode Hybrid technology allowing it to run on just battery power during idling (do electric cars idle?) or low-speed driving conditions. Like the gas-only model, the Hybrid also incorporates Active Fuel Management meaning it can run on as few as four cylinders to save fuel. The 2009 Cadillac Escape Hybrid earns EPA fuel economy ratings of 20 city/21 highway (the non-hybrid Escalade is rated 12/19), so there is some gas to be saved here.

[Source: General Motors]

Cadillac Escalade Hybrid Launch Underway

DETROIT, Mich. – The launch of the world's first hybrid applied to a large luxury SUV, the 2009 Cadillac Escalade Hybrid, begins this month. Achieving a 50-percent improvement in fuel economy in city driving, Escalade Hybrid arrives at Cadillac dealerships in the United States with an MSRP of $71,685. That represents a premium of only $3,600 over a comparably-equipped Escalade.

"In a changing marketplace emphasizing fuel economy technology, Cadillac is proud to be the only luxury brand offering a hybrid in this segment," said Jim Taylor, Cadillac general manager.

Escalade Hybrid features GM's advanced Two-Mode Hybrid technology, enabling EPA fuel economy ratings of 20/21 miles per gallon (city/highway). The hybrid system can operate the vehicle entirely on battery-electric power during idling or low-speed driving situations. Escalade Hybrid also incorporates Active Fuel Management technology that enables the Vortec V-8 engine to operate on only four cylinders in certain driving conditions to save fuel. Escalade Hybrid is offered as a total package, including nearly all available luxury and technical features as standard. The two extra-cost options are four-wheel drive and power running boards.

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      • 6 Years Ago
      Guaranteed to not be the fastest selling vehicle in the bunch
      • 6 Years Ago
      Prius for me.
      Civic hybrid for wife.
      And I got enough $ for a present for my dad.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I just got a 2007 Escalade with 11,000 miles for 16000 at a auction. I can buy all the gas i want now.
      • 6 Years Ago
      This vehicle is proof (if there wasn't enough already) of the total cluelessness of GM. Anyone who would pay that money for this POS ought to be taken out and stoned with balls of his own sh1t in public.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Mr. Luts,

      You are a genius! What a revolutionary thinker you are. Surely you are a man of spectacular vision. This will save your company, I'll bet GM stock on it!

      ...Now what about that new Cobalt, Cruze, G3, or Beat?
      • 6 Years Ago
      (sigh)...Will someone please tell GM that the Pep Boys looking giant "HYBRID" lettering does not work. it didnt work on the silverado and certainly doesnt work on an escalade.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Why is it that the sadder the example of an hybrid vehicle, the louder they feel the need to proclaim it to the world?

        Maybe it's just GM's "poor taste" at work again.

        The whole purpose of this car, and the Tahoe Hybrid is so the Sean Hannity/Rush Limbaugh set can thumb their noses at the Global Warming set and say "See? I can still be an obnoxious pig and pretend to care about the environment".

        Maybe an Hummer Hybrid will put that behemoth out of the single-digits mpg too?
        • 6 Years Ago
        Hybrid badges are actually a dealer installed option for the Prius.
        • 6 Years Ago
        i will have to disagree, people who buy hybrids love to have badges and wear them with pride.the 2004 Prius dint have a hybrid badge on the front fenders until the 2005 model year.
      • 6 Years Ago
      For those green minded rappers who want to save some cash for extra Crystal to commemorate fallen homies.

      Million bucks says Kanye buys one of the first ones on the market.
      • 6 Years Ago
      $71k? Wow.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I had no clue Escalades cost so much, I always figured they were around $50K.
      • 6 Years Ago
      'The 2009 Cadillac Escape Hybrid '
      Say what?!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Hmmm... if I had $70k - $75k budget for transportation for my family what would I choose? An Escalade hybrid from GM, or a Lexus 400h ($42k) *AND* a BMW 128i ($31k)? I wonder.
      • 6 Years Ago
      If I was in the market for a 'slade I would for sure spend the extra 3600 for the hybrid version.

      Given $4 gas and driving 15K miles a year you would pay for the Hybrid system in 22 months in fuel pump savings.
      15,000 miles/20mpg = 750 gallons Vs. 15K miles/12mpg = 1250 gallons
      750 gallons = $3000 per year or $250 per month in fuel.
      1250 gallons = $5000 per year or $416 per month

      416-250 = 166. 166/3600 = 22 months.

      Not a bad payback time.

      Of course I would not buy a slade to begin with.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Ok just to be clear that none of the above make the Escalade any less stupid of an automobile. I just wanted to show that "if" I was in the market for a large ostentatious rapper mobile, that it makes little sense to not get the hybrid version.
        • 6 Years Ago
        All the savings you're talking about is all circumstantial. If all you do is stop and go city driving without hard acceleration you might get 20mpg. I have a RX400h and with a much smaller V6 and the MPG I get varies greatly when you are in a rush to the speed limit. So you really have to control yourself to get good MPG, but I guess you can say that with every vehicle.

        I guess if you were a rapper then you would be too busy cruising and showing off so your MPG wouldn't be too bad. Then again rappers would load it up with a 1000lb entertainment system and bullet proof windows so all that extra MPG out the window.
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