Cadillac Escalade Platinum Edition Revealed

Cadillac Escalade Hybrid (L) and Platinum (R)
Cadillac Escalade Hybrid (L) and Platinum (R)

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Especially for the wealthy who think that the Cadillac Escalade is not luxurious enough Cadillac has released the Cadillac Escalade Platinum Edition. Last friday we brought you news of the Escalade Hybrid which was revealed simultaneously with the Platinum edition.

The Escalade Platinum joins the Cadillac XLR Roadster and DTS. “The new Platinum edition elevates and extends Escalade’s position as the large SUV of choice among luxury consumers,” said Jim Taylor, Cadillac general manager.

The Escalade Platinum features handcrafted aniline leather interior, unique design details and a few new technological gadgets. For one it will feature LED (Light Emitting Diode) headlights, Magnetic Ride Control (MRC) suspension (a real-time damping system also found on the XLR Roadster and Corvette), a front and rear fascia styled after the Cadillac CTS, unique 22-inch wheels and the mandatory badges inside and out.

The 403 hp (301 kW with 565 Nm of torque) 6.2 liter V8 engine is fitted with variable valve timing (VVT) technology to improve low and high-rpm horsepower output and is connected to the Hydra-Matic 6L80 six-speed automatic transmission.

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Published Nov 12th, 2007 2:24pm By Frank de Leeuw van Weenen
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Cadillac announced the introduction of the 2008 Escalade Platinum, a special edition of the segment-leading large luxury SUV that takes Cadillac’s dramatic design, elegance and technology to its fullest expression.

Making its world premiere alongside the upcoming Escalade Hybrid, Cadillac announced the Platinum edition will come to market in the spring of 2008 as the most luxurious model in the Escalade lineup. It rounds out a full series of Cadillac Platinum models, including the XLR Roadster, DTS luxury sedan and STS performance sedan. Each model in the Platinum lineup is characterized by elegant cabins featuring handcrafted leather, advanced technology and unique design details throughout.

“The new Platinum edition elevates and extends Escalade’s position as the large SUV of choice among luxury consumers,” said Jim Taylor, Cadillac general manager. “The growing Platinum series highlights the handcrafted details and technical sophistication of Cadillac’s overall product renaissance.”

Advanced technologies

Offered on Escalade and the extended-length Escalade ESV, the Platinum edition includes a blend of technical innovations and aesthetic enhancements. Escalade Platinum will be the world’s first SUV to be equipped with Cadillac’s advanced Magnetic Ride Control (MRC) technology.

Magnetic Ride Control, originally developed for performance vehicles such as the STS sedan, XLR Roadster and Chevrolet’s legendary Corvette, is the world’s fastest reacting suspension system and gives the Escalade Platinum more precise body motion control. It is a real-time damping system – “reading” the road in 1-milisecond intervals – that replaces conventional mechanical-valve shocks with electronically controlled shocks filled with a synthetic fluid containing minute iron particles. Under the presence of magnetic charge, the iron particles align to provide damping resistance almost instantly.

Segment-first, innovative LED headlamps

Escalade Platinum will be the first SUV – and one of the first vehicles of any kind – to offer Light Emitting Diode (LED) headlamps. Used previously only on concept vehicles or exotic sports cars, LED headlamps mark another step in Cadillac’s application of advanced lighting technology and design.

LED headlamps emit a greatly more precise light pattern, while emulating the characteristics of natural daylight much more closely than traditional auto lighting. LEDs are environmentally friendly, using much less power and lasting more than 20 times longer than traditional halogen bulbs. LED headlamps will be an enhancement added to the Escalade Platinum in the summer of 2008, shortly after the start of production of the Platinum model itself in the spring of 2008.

“Escalade is world renown for making a distinctive design statement,” Taylor said, “With the introduction of the world’s first large luxury SUV hybrid as well as the new Platinum edition, Cadillac Escalade is now bringing some of the world’s most sophisticated automotive technologies into the luxury SUV category.”

Dramatic exterior, elegant interior

Escalade Platinum also elevates the already-dramatic design of Escalade. The exterior features a unique front fascia and grille patterned after Cadillac’s acclaimed and hot-selling CTS sport sedan. The Platinum includes unique 22-inch wheels and wears exclusive Platinum exterior badges.

The cabin is the latest example of Cadillac’s 21 st-century return to handcrafted luxury details. The instrument panel, center storage console and door trim are wrapped and stitched by hand. They feature decorative French seams that convey an elegantly tailored look and feel. Materials include rich leather on the instrument panel, with unique wood inlays and aluminum trim.

Aniline leather is unique to the Escalade Platinum and is used to trim the first- and second-row seats. Contrasting-color stitching is used on the French seams for a distinctive, luxurious appearance and the seatbacks feature embroidered Cadillac wreath and crest insignias. The leather-covered seats are comfortable and convenient, with the industry-exclusive power fold-and-tumble second-row seat feature that eases access to the third-row seat.

Additional standard interior features include Platinum-specific door sills and floor mats, a heated steering wheel and heated and cooled cup holders and a power liftgate that opens and closes with the touch of a button.

Also, the DVD entertainment system adds screens integrated into each front seat headrest, in addition to the existing roof mounted screen. Each front-row headrest screen has its own driver and input controls. The headrest units can be operated independently or in tandem. This system enables passengers in different seats to watch or listen to different entertainment choices, while leaving ultimate control with the driver. Escalade Platinum models will include the acclaimed Bose 5.1 Digital Surround system, as well as the eight-inch touch screen for DVD-based navigation and control of the DVD, CD, MP3 and XM Satellite radio entertainment.

Plentiful power

Platinum models are powered by the Escalade’s exclusive 6.2L V-8 rated at 403 horsepower (301 kW)* and 417 lb.-ft. of torque (565 Nm).* It is an all-aluminum engine that uses variable valve timing (VVT) to optimize camshaft timing to improve low-rpm torque and high-rpm horsepower. The introduction of variable valve timing through the unique, dual-equal cam phaser is the industry’s first application of VVT on a mass-produced V-8 overhead-valve engine.

A Hydra-Matic 6L80 six-speed automatic transmission is matched with the 6.2L engine. One of the industry’s most advanced automatics, the 6L80 features clutch-to-clutch shifting and has a wide, 6.04:1 overall ratio – including two overdrive gears – that helps deliver an excellent balance of performance and fuel economy.

*SAE certified.

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Comments (10)

King_road King_road
In my point of view, i think its a great car ( coast and shape. If anyone want to compare it with Mercedes or BMW X5, the price of this car is very cheep.
Feb 6th, 2008 6:36pm
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King_road King_road
In my point of view, i think its a great car ( coast and shape. If anyone want to compare it with Mercedes or BMW X5, the price of this car is very cheep.
Feb 6th, 2008 6:34pm
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thomasmwanza thomasmwanza
like your cars because they spacious
Jan 6th, 2008 12:02am
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benz_man benz_man
haha Palladium. Escalade is WAY too conspicuous. GL550 if it were my $70K for 7/8 seats & towing.
Nov 20th, 2007 12:47pm
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rydamee rydamee
oh woe are we americans. the big three continues to self destruct. guaranteed resale value in 4 years will be 18-23k. soccer moms rejoice. this truck will be heavily obtainable on the used market, start the countdown.
Nov 19th, 2007 2:35am
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Yannizle Yannizle
The really have to work on the design of the interior.
Nov 14th, 2007 1:19pm
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radmeister radmeister
They could build a palladium edition it still wouldnt bring up sales or slow down depreciation. I would take a Mb G55 or Cayenne Turbo over this in a second, even a X5 4.8is wouldnt be bad :).
Nov 13th, 2007 7:56am
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I must say that the Escalade's not one of the greatest cars ever and this platinum edition's probably taking the car too far. I just don't think its price (the previous generation platinum was over 70K) is worth what the Escalade has to offer. This generation of Escalades have been a huge improvement over the previous one, but there is so much more potential for improvement, as the new CTS shows (althought it isn't flawless yet).
Nov 13th, 2007 4:17am
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even though i live in america and am a fan of american cars, i don't care to much for this particular model. too much, too flashy (who need 22's?), to much hype. i prefer the MB SUV, or the BMW X5. over this, and all that power of the big v8 goes to waste, because the escalade is such a heavy vehicle. the X5 is my favorite SUV. if i had to buy one thats the one i would get.
Nov 12th, 2007 11:57pm
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BlueMagic BlueMagic
eww!! So ugly!! Doesn't sell outside of USA. Mercedes-Benz SUV sells well worldwide
Nov 12th, 2007 9:33pm
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