FITTED WITH A POWERFUL 6.2L V-8 ENGINE – RATED AT AN SAE-CERTIFIED 420 HORSEPOWER AND 623 NM OF TORQUE –THE 2016 ESCALADE IS SURPRISINGLY EFFICIENT FOR A LARGE SUV
The 2016 Cadillac Escalade, the industry’s most iconic luxury SUV, promises improved efficiency without compromising performance.
The Escalade’s performance is highlighted by the powerful and efficient 6.2L V-8 engine, rated at an SAE-certified 420 horsepower and 623 Nm of torque.
In parallel, Cadillac’s Magnetic Ride Control, the world’s fastest-reacting suspension system, is standard, delivering precisely controlled driving performance.
The 6.2L features state-of-the-art technologies, including direct injection, Active Fuel Management – also known as cylinder deactivation – continuously variable valve timing and an advanced combustion system, designed to make the most of power, torque and efficiency across the rpm band. Precisely controlled combustion enables Escalade to run with a high compression ratio, which delivers great power and efficiency.
The engine is matched with the Hydra-Matic 8L90 eight-speed automatic transmission with TapShift control.
The GM-developed 8L90 is roughly the same size and weight as the 6L80 six-speed automatic, with a 7.0 overall gear ratio spread that provides a numerically higher first gear ratio, helping drivers start off more confidently with a heavy load or when trailering. The 8L90 also enables a numerically low 3.23 axle ratio, which reduces engine rpm on the highway – an attribute that contributes to fuel economy and quietness.
The Escalade channels its performance to a sophisticated chassis and suspension system, engineered for a great feeling of solidity and a smooth, quiet ride. A fully boxed frame – composed of more than 75 percent high-strength steel – is the foundation for its ride quality.
The model’s tires are also designed to enhance efficiency, ride quality, handling and stopping performance.
From a design perspective, inlaid doors fit into the body side openings to provide a quiet interior and smooth aerodynamics – an attribute that helps Escalade slip through the air on the highway with minimal drag and greater efficiency.
A lightweight aluminum hood and aluminum liftgate panels also contribute to efficiency.
The 2016 Cadillac Escalade is among the most fuel-efficient in its class with a certified 15 l/100km in city driving and 11 l/100km in highway conditions.