During the past year, the Escalade ESV and its luxurious offspring, the Escalade ESV Platinum Edition, have strongly positioned Cadillac in the large luxury SUV market. Combining power, size and strength with trademark Cadillac styling and technology, the full-size Escalade ESV complements its siblings, the Escalade and Escalade EXT.
The vehicle is 22 inches (55.9 cm) longer than Escalade, with more than 20 extra inches (50.8 cm) of interior length, translating into more premium seating and cargo-carrying capability.
Powertrain and features
The Escalade ESV's Vortec 6000 6.0L V-8 engine cranks out 345 horsepower ( 257 kw) at 5200 rpm and 380 lb.-ft. of torque (515 Nm) at 4000 rpm. That's more than enough power to handle steep grades or a heavy two-horse trailer.
In addition to AWD and StabiliTrak with Road Sensing Suspension (RSS), the vehicle offers Ultrasonic Rear Parking Assist, XM Satellite Radio (continental U.S. only), a premium Bose sound system and a Bvlgari-designed analog clock, as well as a number of other standard luxury amenities . Plus, it has an available rear-seat DVD system and a DVD-based navigation system.
The vehicle's tailored seats are exceptionally soft and supportive, with Nuance leather seating surfaces on the first and second row and leather-appointed surfaces on the third row . Standard front bucket seats have 14-way power cushion adjusters for the driver and passenger, power adjustable side bolsters and power lumbar, power seatback recliners and independent heated seatbacks and cushions (three settings).
The second row also offers standard reclining bucket seats with heated cushions, and a second-row bench seat with heated outboard cushions is optional. The second-row seats can be flipped and folded for stowing cargo. The third-row bench seat can be flipped , folded or removed for maximum cargo flexibility, yet still offers spacious seating even for adults. In addition, the second- and third-row seatbacks can be folded to create a flat load surface.
Escalade ESV exterior style
Like all Escalades, the ESV's aggressive front end is the vehicle's most distinctive exterior feature, distinguished by a large Cadillac wreath and crest and Cadillac's signature grille. High intensity discharge (HID) headlamps with chrome bezels have a jewel-like appearance, and are integrated with rectangular parking lamps and turn signals. The vehicle's front fascia incorporates recessed tow hooks and rectangular fog lamps.
Full-time all-wheel drive
The Escalade ESV features standard full-time all-wheel drive. It automatically and continuously transfers power to the wheels in a smooth, imperceptible manner and maintains a fixed front-to-rear torque split to give the best balance of handling characteristics under all operating conditions. Working seamlessly in conjunction with GM's advanced traction and stability control systems, the Escalade ESV uses the latest technology to optimize control and ride characteristics under any road or load conditions.
Cadillac Escalade ESV Platinum Edition
Cadillac has created the ultimate full-size luxury SUV with the Escalade ESV Platinum Edition, featuring a lavishly appointed interior, along with power, technology and an elevated level of sophistication.
The Platinum Edition has numerous premium interior features and materials. The interior features an ebony and shale dash, shale leather seating surfaces and pleated door panel bolsters. Burled walnut accents appear on the steering wheel, console, door pulls, window switch bezels and dashboard trim. Bright chrome trim highlights the steering wheel, speaker covers and gauge cluster. HVAC outlets have rubber thumbwheels and chrome-accented controls.
The Platinum Edition has heated and cooled seats in the first and second rows and a center console with heated and cooled cupholders for the driver and passenger (with exclusive beverage containers). Stainless steel sill plates display the Cadillac script in the first and second rows, and embroidered floormats serve as finishing touches.
It also offers multiple forms of in-vehicle entertainment, including a Bose premium sound system with a six-CD changer and nine speakers, XM Satellite Radio (continental U.S. only) and a dual screen rear-seat entertainment system. This system has two 7-inch viewing screens; one for the second row and one for the third. The system also comes with four wireless headphones. Also standard is the DVD-based navigation system.
The boldly styled exterior receives tasteful enhancements, including the large luxury utility segment's first factory-installed 20-inch chrome wheels, a slightly lowered stance (20 mm front / 23 mm rear), a chrome grille and Platinum lettering on the liftgate.
The Platinum model comes in four exterior colors: White Diamond, Black Raven, Quicksilver, Red E and Rip Tide Blue.
XM Satellite Radio and OnStar
XM Satellite Radio provides more than 120 coast-to-coast, digital-quality channels of original commercial-free music and premier news, sports and talk as well as advanced traffic and weather information for select major metropolitan areas nationwide. Consumers can subscribe to the basic service for $12.99 a month. In addition, GM customers with GMAC financing can choose to include the XM subscription in their car payments.
All 2006 Cadillac owners will receive 12 months of complimentary access to Cadillac Virtual Advisor by OnStar. Cadillac Virtual Advisor service begins at activation of OnStar Hands-Free Calling. Cadillac Virtual Advisor provides three-day weather forecasts and traffic reports within pre-selected ranges of 5, 10 or 15 miles of the vehicle's location in most major markets. Cadillac Virtual Advisor also monitors traffic for up to three personalized routes and reports information on up to 10 selected stocks on the DJI and NASDAQ markets - all at the touch of a single button.
OnStar-equipped ESV models will feature OnStar dual-mode (analog-digital) equipment. OnStar's digital equipment also includes enhanced hands-free voice recognition capabilities including more intuitive continuous digit dialing and improved voice recognition accuracy. OnStar is the leading provider of in-vehicle safety, security and information services in the United States and Canada . Using the GPS satellite network and wireless technology, OnStar features core safety services and OnStar Hands-Free Calling that allows drivers to make and receive voice-activated phone calls using an externally mounted antenna for greater reception.
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