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(from General Motors
Press Release) Cadillac announced the introduction of the
2008 Escalade Platinum, a special edition of the segment-leading
large luxury SUV that takes Cadillacs 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
The new Platinum edition elevates and extends Escalades 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 Cadillacs
overall product renaissance.
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 worlds first SUV to be equipped with
Cadillacs advanced Magnetic Ride Control (MRC) technology.
Magnetic Ride Control, originally developed for performance vehicles
such as the STS sedan, XLR Roadster and Chevrolets legendary
Corvette, is the worlds 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
Segment-first, innovative LED
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 Cadillacs application of advanced lighting technology and
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
Escalade is world renown for making a distinctive design
statement, Taylor said, With the introduction of the worlds first
large luxury SUV hybrid as well as the new Platinum edition,
Cadillac Escalade is now bringing some of the worlds most
sophisticated automotive technologies into the luxury SUV category.
Dramatic exterior, elegant
Escalade Platinum also
elevates the already-dramatic design of Escalade. The exterior
features a unique front fascia and grille patterned after Cadillacs
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 Cadillacs 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.
Platinum models are
powered by the Escalades 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 industrys 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 industrys 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.