Cadillac Product Line Highlights for 2008


In recent years, Cadillac has engineered an historic renaissance with a completely transformed product lineup powering enhanced consumer image and global growth. Entering the 2008 model year, Cadillac pushes its progress even further, with the dramatic new CTS luxury sport sedan leading the brand into a new and more ambitious era.

The Cadillac product lineup continues to extend its performance, design and technology credentials in 2008. The STS performance sedan undergoes major enhancements for 2008, including a new standard V6 engine and advanced safety innovations. The exclusive Platinum Series, offering distinctively elegant luxury features, extends to the DTS and STS sedans, as well as to the XLR luxury roadster. Mid-way through the 2008 calendar year, a new and much-anticipated Escalade Hybrid will debut, using the innovative “two-mode” gas-electric hybrid system to provide significant fuel efficiency to the image and sales leader among luxury SUVs.

Launching in late summer 2007, the all-new CTS is characterized with dramatic design and serious performance, and a renewed emphasis on handcrafted details and advanced technology.

Inspired by Cadillac’s landmark Sixteen concept car, the design of the CTS is immediately recognizable. The large, chrome dual-textured grille is significantly more vertical in shape, and is both aggressive and intricate. A two-inch increase in track width, along with an evolution of CTS’ trademark edginess provides a new, more aggressive stance and proportion to the car. Details such as new side air extractors and bright accents are a modern homage to Cadillac’s grand heritage. Side extractors and bright accents are among the new details paying homage to Cadillac’s grand heritage. The new look of the CTS brings a flair and personality that is unique to the normally reserved luxury sedan category.

The CTS is offered with a new 3.6L Direct Injection engine, which is more powerful, efficient and clean. This gasoline direct injection technology, similar to what is used on the latest fuel-saving diesels, delivers fuel more precisely to increase the efficiency of combustion. With the CTS’ 3.6L V-6, this means more power, with 304 horsepower (223 kW), no loss of fuel efficiency and a 25-percent reduction in cold-start hydrocarbon emissions.

Six-speed manual and automatic transmissions are offered with the ’08 CTS. And, for the first time, all-wheel drive is added as an optional enhancement. The CTS has a wider track and new suspension that extends both performance and luxury attributes. The new CTS is the second-generation of the car to be developed at Germany’s famed Nürburgring circuit, as well as extensive testing on tracks, city streets, and rural roads across Europe, China and North America

Inside, the ’08 CTS exemplifies Cadillac’s focus on handcrafted details, including cut-and-sewn interior trim, authentic wood accents and a sharply tailored appearance. Dramatic interior lighting supplied by LEDs dresses the cabin distinctively at night.

CTS is also a technology leader, incorporating a host of convenient and thoughtful features, including a USB port that enables iPods and similar devices to receive battery charging while integrating seamlessly with the audio system. Other helpful technologies include adaptive forward lighting that swivels in concert with steering, a navigation system with touch-screen and voice control, a heated windshield washer fluid, rear ultrasonic park assist, EasyKey system and Smart Remote Start.

Here’s a look at what is new with the other products in Cadillac’s 2008 portfolio:


New for 2008, the DTS Platinum features an even higher level of luxury for Cadillac’s most discerning customers. First introduced on the Escalade SUV, Cadillac’s Platinum Series is a limited-edition collection of vehicles that express the full extent of the brand’s luxury attributes. For the 2008 DTS, this includes a new handcrafted interior and additional elegant touches.

The 2008 DTS also features two new available safety-enhancing technologies that improve driver awareness. Lane Departure Warning is designed to help drivers avoid a collision caused by an inadvertent lane change, and Side Blind Zone Alert system aids driver awareness of objects that otherwise might escape their vision. Both systems provide audible and visual warnings, based on input from electronic sensors.

The DTS is equipped with the technologically advanced Northstar 4.6L V-8 engine and mated to the Hydra-Matic 4T80 four-speed automatic transmission – a proven combination that assures powerful, sophisticated performance. The Northstar 4.6L V-8 engine is available in two configurations: one rated at 292-horsepower (218 kW) and the other at 275-horsepower (205 kW).


A new 302-horsepower (225 kW) 3.6L Direct Injection V-6 engine with improved power, fuel economy and reduced emissions is the standard engine for 08. Additionally Cadillac’s luxury performance sedan also features enhanced signature styling cues and adds leading-edge performance and safety-enhancing technologies.

For 2008, the Cadillac STS is available in V-6 and V-8 rear-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive models. For the ultimate marriage of luxury and performance, the STS-V is loaded with performance features, including a 469-horsepower (350 kW) Supercharged Northstar V-8 engine. The STS-V is the most powerful Cadillac ever offered. In addition, Cadillac’s signature Platinum designation comes to STS for ‘08, injecting an additional level of distinctive luxury nuances such as a Glacier Gold exterior finish; bright chrome inserts on the exterior door handles and exclusive Platinum badging.

GM’s Lane Departure Warning System is available on the 2008 STS. Controlled by a camera located in the rearview mirror that reads the lines in the road, the system will alert drivers when they have strayed into another lane. Drivers receive both an audible and visual alert cue. Another new optional feature, GM’s Side Blind Zone Alert System, extends and enhances driver awareness and vision.


The ’08 XLR roadster adds a dash of exclusivity to its unique combination of performance, advanced technology and dramatic design, with a limited-edition model produced during a short build period (December 2007 through February 2008). The 2008 Alpine White Limited Edition XLR features a chrome grille and 18-inch chrome wheels. The Alpine White XLR follows 2007’s Passion Red XLR, which quickly sold out.

Cadillac also will continue its highly exclusive XLR Platinum series, injecting even more luxury into the brand’s portfolio with luxury touches that include a handcrafted leather interior. Also for 2008, the Cadillac XLR adds a heated steering wheel and an improved version of Cadillac’s acclaimed Magnetic Ride Control system. XLR’s shock damping system is revised for 2008, extending the car’s already impressive blend of agility and ride quality. Other advanced technologies include Adaptive Forward Lighting that enables the headlamps to swivel in concert with vehicle steering; a head-up display; StabiliTrak; heated and cooled seats; Keyless Access with push-button start; and DVD navigation and entertainment.

The XLR represents the top of the Cadillac range with two basic models: the XLR with a 320-horsepower (239 kW) 4.6L Northstar V-8 VVT; and the XLR-V high-performance variant – the quickest and most agile Cadillac ever offered – with a 443-horsepower (330 kW) 4.4L Northstar V-8 supercharged engine.


Cadillac Escalade enters 2008 with the widest array of models in the segment, including three body styles – Escalade, and the extended length Escalade ESV and EXT luxury sport-utility truck. Later in the 2008 calendar year, the Escalade family greets two important new members – an exclusive ultra-luxury Escalade Platinum edition and the Escalade Hybrid (details on both of these models will be released later in the year).

Escalade is the image and sales leader among large luxury SUVs, a position earned by its heritage for bold and dramatic design, power and luxury.

Completely redesigned for 2007, the ’08 Escalade features integrated powertrain, chassis, safety and interior systems that deliver the most powerful, efficient luxury SUVs in the segment. Power is derived from a 6.2L all-aluminum V-8 engine with variable valve timing technology delivering 403 horsepower (301 kW)* and 417 lb.-ft. of torque (565 Nm).* The Escalade and Escalade ESV are available in AWD and 2WD configurations (2WD is new to Escalade ESV for ’08), while the Escalade EXT sport-utility truck features standard, full-time AWD.

The “regular” Escalade features 3 standard rows of seating, including the industry-exclusive power fold-and-tumble second row that simplifies access and comfort for passengers or cargo. The extended ESV model features maximum passenger and cargo space, adding 21 inches (53 cm) of length to the body. The EXT is characterized by the pickup-style rear cargo area, featuring the exclusive and innovative Midgate system that enables ultimate flexibility for passengers or cargo and some 45.5 cubic feet (1,289 liters) of covered, lockable storage.


Cadillac’s acclaimed crossover, the SRX, offers a compelling blend of luxury, convenience and excellent driving dynamics. A near 50-50 weight distribution, low center of gravity, outstanding powertrain combinations and the StabiliTrak stability control system help SRX deliver a fine balance between spirited driving performance and refined ride quality.

The cabin, completely redesigned in 2007, features elegantly handcrafted construction, thoughtful features and premium materials. In ’08 the SRX crossover adds more luxury and convenience to its acclaimed blend of driving performance, spacious versatility and passenger comfort, including Adaptive Remote Start system. This convenient feature starts the engine and can adjust cabin temperature to personal preferences, engage the defrosters, and activate the available heated or vented seats from up to 200 feet away.

The SRX features two engine combinations: the 4.6L Northstar V-8 VVT (variable valve timing) or the 3.6L V-6 VVT. Both are available in rear-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive configurations. The V-8 engine is sophisticated and technically advanced and generates 320 horsepower (239 kW) at 6,400 rpm and 315 lb.-ft. of torque (427 Nm) at 4,400 rpm. It is backed by a six-speed automatic.

The 3.6L V-6 VVT makes 255 horsepower (190 kW) at 6,500 rpm and 254 lb.-ft. of torque (344 Nm) at 2,800 rpm and is paired with a five-speed automatic. The transmission features Driver Shift Control (with clutchless manual shifting), electronically controlled engine braking and downgrade detection with brake assist.

Cadillac Product Line Highlights for 2007


Few automotive brands have achieved what Cadillac has in recent years – a complete product renaissance and extreme makeover of dramatic proportions. The first phase established Cadillac’s new design and serious performance. Now, this historic renaissance moves into a second, even more ambitious era focusing on more elegant product executions.

The 2007 model year marks an important milestone in Cadillac’s march back to prominence among the world’s finest luxury brands. The completely redesigned family of Escalade SUVs aims to extend Cadillac’s leadership in that luxury category. The SRX crossover boasts a more luxurious new interior, in addition to its award-winning performance. And, the landmark V-Series cars (XLR-V, STS-V and CTS-V) continue to explore the potential of the division’s performance, luxury and exclusivity.

This new phase of the division’s renaissance aims to continue Cadillac’s noteworthy progress in dramatic designs and enhanced performance. “Phase two” also adds a renewed emphasis on more elegantly detailed products. This will be achieved with a blend of advanced technology with hand-craftsmanship that harkens back to Cadillac’s origins as a custom luxury coach builder. The new interiors of the SRX crossover, as well as the STS-V and XLR-V, feature interior components cut, sewn and wrapped by hand, bringing extreme accuracy and attention to detail.

The Supercharged Northstar V-8 engine powering the STS-V and XLR-V is hand-assembled to exacting standards at GM’s Performance Build Center in Wixom , Mich. Each engine is built from start to finish by a single expert craftsman. The new Escalade features a completely distinct and luxurious new interior, with touches such as sleek, blue-tinted instrument gauge needles and high technology features such as power release second-row seats and a rearview camera system.

Here is a summary of Cadillac’s new product initiatives for 2007.

Escalade: The all-new 2007 Cadillac Escalade, the next generation of the iconic luxury SUV, establishes a new level of power, style and elegance and introduces the next step in Cadillac’s ongoing renaissance.

Based on General Motors’ all-new full-size SUV platform, the ’07 Escalade features new powertrain, chassis, safety and interior systems. These integrated systems deliver the most powerful, efficient luxury SUV in the segment, led by a new 6.2L all-aluminum V-8 engine with variable valve timing technology delivering 403 horsepower (301 kW)* and 417 lb.-ft. of torque (565 Nm).*

Escalade has a sleeker, cleaner and more athletic form with improved aerodynamics, while appearing smaller in stature than its predecessor. It is instantly identifiable and incorporates styling cues from Cadillac’s landmark Sixteen concept vehicle, including a more detailed signature grille, front fender vent ports and layers of chrome accents.

An all-new interior is a cornerstone of the new Escalade and sets a new standard for refinement. The warm and inviting interior is complemented with premium materials and a distinct layout not shared with any other GM full-size SUV .

Cadillac Escalade is available now in dealer showrooms.

Escalade EXT: The all-new 2007 Cadillac Escalade EXT brings unmatched versatility to the completely redesigned Escalade family of luxury SUVs. Its unique Sport Utility Truck (SUT) body style gives it a part-SUV, part-pickup profile, blending functionality with luxury.

With the industry-exclusive Midgate panel, owners can easily convert the EXT from a five-passenger SUV into a two-passenger pickup with 9 feet of protected and secured storage. The Midgate, located behind the rear seat, can be folded into the cabin, enabling the cargo area to expand from 5 feet to 8 feet, for a total of 101 cu. ft. in secured volume. A lockable standard tonneau cover protects items in the cargo bed, or can be removed entirely for added space.

Escalade EXT is identical to the standard-length Escalade from the front doors forward, and is as long as the extended-length ESV model. The EXT shares all the comprehensive upgrades of the new Escalade. It has a sleek, clean and athletic form with improved aerodynamics. It is instantly identifiable and incorporates styling cues from Cadillac’s landmark Sixteen concept vehicle, including a more detailed signature grille, front fender vent ports and layers of chrome accents.

The Escalade EXT with all-wheel drive is in dealerships in summer 2006 .

Escalade ESV: The 2007 Cadillac Escalade ESV, also all-new, is the largest member of the family, offering maximum passenger accommodations and cargo capacity. Combining power, size and strength with trademark Cadillac styling and technology, the full-size Escalade ESV complements the Escalade and Escalade EXT.

Like its siblings, the ESV features new powertrain, chassis, safety and interior systems.

Escalade ESV is identical to the standard Escalade from the front doors forward. It, too, is instantly identifiable and incorporates styling cues from Cadillac’s landmark Sixteen concept vehicle, including a more detailed signature grille, front fender vent ports and layers of chrome accents.

The Escalade ESV with all-wheel drive is available in spring 2006.

STS-V: The supercharged 2007 Cadillac STS-V is General Motors’ most intense expression of Cadillac power and performance yet. It has the sophistication of its STS sibling, yet elevates the performance and luxury attributes of the brand’s growing V-Series lineup. The STS-V debuted in late 2005, representing an historic combination of performance technology and hand-crafted elegance.

The 469-horsepower STS-V is the most powerful Cadillac ever. It is capable of exceptional performance for an automobile of its size. Each 4.4-liter Supercharged Northstar V-8 engine is hand-assembled to exacting standards at GM’s Performance Build Center in Wixom , Mich. , and is built from start to finish by a single expert craftsman.

The 2007 STS-V also marks the initial phase of Cadillac’s cut-and-sew approach to interiors, with extensive use of leather-wrapped interior surfaces created by craftsmen who cut, wrap and sew leather components individually.

XLR-V: The 2007 Cadillac XLR-V is a landmark car in Cadillac’s long history. XLR-V elevates the performance and luxury attributes of the brand’s growing V-Series lineup to the fullest extent.

XLR-V is the quickest, most agile and most exclusive Cadillac ever offered. Launched in early 2006, the supercharged XLR-V also adopts Cadillac’s cut-and-sew philosophy.

The 443-horsepower supercharged Northstar V-8 engine powering the XLR-V is hand assembled to exacting standards at GM’s Performance Build Center in Wixom , Mich. Like with STS-V, each engine is built from start to finish by a single expert craftsman.

SRX: The award-wining SRX luxury crossover enters the 2007 model year with a redesigned interior. The all-new cockpit is more luxurious and spacious, featuring a new instrument panel, hand-wrapped upper trim, console, center stack, door trim, wood trim, analog clock and steering wheel.

The instrument panel and door trim use Cadillac’s new cut-and-sew interior process. The vehicle’s new cockpit is hand-built, in the same painstaking fashion Cadillac applies to the limited-production STS-V and XLR-V models, bringing elite craftsmanship into the heart of the luxury marketplace.

New for 2007 is the 6L50 Hydra-Matic six speed transmission that provides increased performance and fuel efficiency. First introduced on Cadillac’s acclaimed STS-V and XLR-V Series in 2006, the new transmission is now standard for rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive V-8 models.

DTS: The redesigned and renamed DTS debuted last year, continuing the legacy of the DeVille, its former iteration, which commanded nearly 50 percent of sales in its segment for nearly two decades.

For 2007, Cadillac refines DTS by adding more standard equipment and revising its interior and exterior color palettes.

For 2007, chrome wheels – with new center caps now featuring the wreath & crest rendered in color – are standard on all models. Popular options such as XM Satellite Radio, cargo mat and rear sunshades – previously available on top-of-the-line packages – are now expanded to become included on more of DTS’s several packages.

In addition, the DTS receives a distinct Cadillac keyfob that will begin appearing across many Cadillac models in 2007, with a more refined appearance in a more compact package. The DVD navigation system adds maps for Korea and Taiwan , and Arabic replaces Italian on the driver information center. The analog clock on the instrument panel has also been revised for better readability.

XLR: The Cadillac XLR retractable hardtop convertible is a striking presence, and in 2007, two new special-edition XLR models – XLR Platinum and Passion Red – add exclusivity and elegance to Cadillac’s landmark roadster. Platinum, first used on a special Escalade model, is Cadillac’s designator for special-edition vehicles that inject even more luxury to the brand’s portfolio.

Cadillac also will debut a Passion Red Special Edition XLR model for 2007, featuring a chrome grille, 18-inch chrome wheels and numbered sill plate. Cadillac will manufacture 200 units of this 2007-only special model. The Passion Red XLR follows 2006’s Star Black special edition that was quickly sold out.

The XLR also upgrades to a six-speed automatic, features Generation 7 OnStar technology for 2007 (for more information, see the OnStar overview in the corporate book) and adds a redesigned key fob unique to Cadillac.

STS: The STS luxury performance sedan delivers sophisticated luxury and rear-wheel/all-wheel drive capability in a contemporary package.

New for 2007 is the 6L50 Hydra-Matic six speed transmission that provides increased performance and fuel efficiency. The transmission, first introduced on Cadillac’s acclaimed STS-V and XLR-V in 2006, is standard on AWD and RWD V-8-equipped models. The new transmission features a generous 6.04:1 overall ratio that delivers strong launch acceleration yet provides “tall” overdrive ratios that decrease engine rpm to enhance fuel economy and reduce noise levels while cruising at highway speeds. Estimates by GM engineers have shown nearly 7 percent improvement in 0-to-60 mph times and up to a 5 percent improvement in fuel efficiency.

CTS: The 2007 CTS extends the impressive record of success for Cadillac’s popular and distinctive luxury sport sedan. Built on GM’s acclaimed and Cadillac exclusive luxury rear-wheel drive structure, CTS set the groundwork for the award-winning SRX and standout STS. As a result of its design and performance, CTS has become a long-term sales success for Cadillac, with annual sales increasing through the car’s first four model years in the marketplace, an industry rarity.

For 2007, the CTS adds OnStar’s Connections and Directions to its NavTraffic service. Connections and Directions features access to driving directions, vehicle diagnostics, remote door unlock, stolen vehicle location assistance, concierge services and much more.

CTS-V: The 400-horsepower (298 kW) CTS-V is the founding member of Cadillac’s V-Series, a club of exclusive vehicles that represent the full expression of Cadillac performance and luxury.

Designed to compete with the world’s absolute best high-performance sedans, CTS-V is the production counterpart to Cadillac’s CTS-V race car that is the defending champion in the SPEED World Challenge GT series.

Based on Cadillac’s performance-oriented rear-drive luxury architecture, CTS-V is a highly refined high-performance luxury sedan. The CTS-V features a 6.0L V-8 engine with a six-speed manual transmission and performance-tuned suspension, as well as numerous exterior and interior design touches.

Cadillac Product Line Highlights for 2006


Few automotive brands have achieved what Cadillac has in recent years – a complete product renaissance and extreme makeover of dramatic proportions. All along, t he first and most important objective has been to develop compelling, high-quality vehicles with bold design, breakthrough technology and world-class performance.

In doing so, Cadillac has carefully preserved the qualities relevant to luxury consumers and translated them into products with the performance, features and benefits that appeal to 21 st-century buyers.

For the 2006 model year, Cadillac refines its lineup and debuts the all-new DTS, STS-V and XLR-V.

DTS. The latest Cadillac passenger car, the DTS front-wheel drive large luxury sedan features Cadillac-signature exterior styling, a luxurious interior and powerful, refined ride characteristics. It is equipped with the Northstar 4.6L V-8 engine in two configurations and mated to the Hydra-Matic 4T80-E four-speed automatic transmission. The DTS replaces the DeVille, a longtime symbol of Cadillac luxury.

The DTS offers a smooth, quiet, refined ride, plentiful comfort, convenience and safety offerings and helps reinforce Cadillac’s long-standing reputation for safe occupant environments in premium vehicles.

STS-V. The STS-V carries the craftsmanship and sophistication of its STS sibling, but at an entirely different level. Designed for everyday driving, the STS-V delivers supercharged, rear-drive performance with an elegant design statement that is unmistakably Cadillac.

Its 4.4L supercharged, dual overhead cam Northstar engine produces 469 horsepower (350 kw) at 6400 rpm and 430 lb.-ft. (583 Nm) of torque at 3600 rpm (power and torque figures estimated). Numerous interior and exterior design changes brand it as one of the V-Series performance models.

XLR-V. The 2006 Cadillac XLR-V ultra-luxury, high-performance roadster sets new standards in power, performance and personal amenities, combining distinctive, bold styling with contemporary luxury, ingenious technology and rear-wheel drive performance.

Powered by the Northstar V-8 SC (supercharged), the XLR-V produces 440 horsepower (328 kw) at 6400 rpm and 425 lb.-ft. (576 Nm) torque at 3600 rpm – and the engine’s power is underscored by its ability to deliver 90 percent of its peak torque between 2200 and 6000 rpm. The Northstar SC also features variable valve timing that enables outstanding top-end performance while maintaining the expected refinement and quality associated with a luxury marque.

The XLR-V also features numerous performance, chassis and design enhancements.

CTS-V. The first V-Series vehicle, the CTS-V offers high-performance driving enthusiasts a serious, credible alternative to imports in the highly competitive, low-volume luxury performance segment.

For 2006, four-door, rear-wheel drive CTS-V receives a new engine, the overhead valve 6.0L V-8 LS2 engine (replacing the LS6). It produces the same 400 horsepower (298 kw) and 395 lb.-ft. (536 Nm) of torque, and achieves 0-60 mph in 4.6 seconds. It does the quarter mile in 13.10 seconds at 109 mph. In addition, the power sunroof will now be standard equipment.

STS. The all-new Cadillac STS luxury performance sedan delivers precision craftsmanship, outstanding performance and sophisticated luxury in a distinctly American package.

For 2006, the STS receives several enhancements. All-wheel drive becomes available on the V-6 models. Bose 5.1 Studio Surround Sound with Navigation is now standard on the V-8 1SE package. In addition, STS has three new exterior colors.

CTS. CTS is a modern interpretation of the strikingly beautiful cars that made Cadillac famous. For 2006, the CTS features a new 18-Inch Sport Performance Package and 18-Inch Sport Appearance Package with performance tires and polished nine-spoke wheels; new performance brakes; revised suspension tuning and more.

Also, for the first time, Driver Shift Control will be standard on all 2006 CTS models with automatic transmission. The shifter has been specifically designed for precise shifter feel and responsive inputs to commanded shifts.

XLR. The XLR’s dynamic design and advanced technology has brought a striking new presence to the automotive spectrum. A luxury roadster with performance car roots, XLR underscores its visual statement with a performance-oriented chassis and structure, and a 4.6L Northstar V-8 VVT (variable valve timing) rear-wheel drive engine. This combination makes it the lightest, most powerful vehicle in its class.

For 2006, an adaptive forward lighting system, a first-time application on a Cadillac, improves night driving vision. In addition, XM Satellite Radio with hidden antenna is now a standard feature on all 2006 XLR models. The center stack includes more wood detail in the areas surrounding the CD opening and HVAC. Gold Mist and Infrared exterior paint colors replace Satin Nickel and Crimson Pearl.

SRX. The Cadillac SRX delivers performance and flexibility to the medium luxury utility segment in a distinctive package. Its smooth, nimble handling and cargo-carrying ability combine to create a utility vehicle that drives like a sports sedan.

For 2006, SRX features several enhancements, including a standard power rear liftgate; best-in-class step-over for easier vehicle exiting and an enhanced optional interior package with wood on the center stack. Also new is a Cashmere interior scheme and new exterior colors including Stealth Grey, Radiant Bronze, Blackberry and Infrared. Restyled 17-inch and 18-inch wheels have an aggressive design with six exposed lugs and prominent wreath and crest center cap.

Escalade. The Escalade symbolizes Cadillac’s commitment to bold, breakthrough products. But perhaps more importantly, it has served as a beacon for new buyers into the division and a symbol of Cadillac’s revitalization.

Its bold design is instantly recognizable as a Cadillac, and its Vortec 6000 6.0L V-8 achieves 345 horsepower (257 kw) at 5200 rpm and 380 lb.-ft. of torque (515 Nm) at 4000 rpm. The Escalade is unchanged for 2006.

Escalade EXT . Like Escalade, the Escalade EXT sport utility truck has exposed the division to new generations and categories of buyers who might not have considered Cadillac in the past.

For 2006, two refinements improve the Escalade EXT. First, an optional power sliding tonneau cover opens and closes at a touch of a button. It covers the bed and replaces the three rigid manual tonneau covers. Also new is a sliding load floor, which holds about 1,000 pounds (453.6 kg) of cargo (late introduction).

The vehicle is powered by th e best-in-class Vortec 6000 6.0L V-8 that cranks out 345 horsepower (257 kw) at 5200 rpm and 380 lb.-ft. of torque (515 Nm) at 4000 rpm. The engine links to the Hydra-Matic 4L65-E heavy-duty electronically controlled four-speed automatic transmission with overdrive.

Escalade ESV. The Escalade ESV has 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 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 heavily weighted two-horse trailer.

Cadillac also has created the ultimate full-size luxury SUV with the Escalade ESV Platinum Edition, featuring a lavishly appointed interior, along with power, technology and a new level of sophistication.

Escalade ESV is unchanged for the 2006 model year.