Overview

The Escalade moves to the new GMT900 platform for the 2007 model year. Its introduction was accelerated as sales began slipping. The regular Escalade will be joined by a stretched ESV version as well as a new EXT pickup truck. The 2007 Escalade was the official vehicle of Super Bowl XL, with MVP Hines Ward being awarded one of the first Escalades produced.

The Escalade uses an all-aluminum 6.2 L Vortec V8. The pushrod engine boasts variable valve timing, a first in a mass-produced non-overhead cam engine. The system adjusts both intake and exhaust timing between two settings. This engine produces 403 hp (301 kW) and 417 ftЈlbf (565 NЈm). A new six-speed 6L80 Hydra-Matic automatic transmission will be used. The new body boasts a 0.363 drag coefficient, though the large frontal area will hurt aerodynamics.

One major new feature absent from the production vehicle is American Axle's "I-Ride" rear independent suspension module. Instead, a conventional five-link suspension is used.

Production of the redesigned Escalade began at Arlington Assembly in January 2006. It will be priced from US$57,280, though the rear wheel drive version at this price will not be produced until August. The more expensive all wheel drive version will be produced first, followed by the long wheelbase ESV and EXT pickup (the latter sourced from the Silao, Mexico, plant) in June.

A special Platinum ESV model will follow in 2007. GM's Active Fuel Management will come in 2008.

The Escalade can accelerate to 60 mph (97 km/h) in 6.8 seconds. Fuel economy is rated at 14 mpg (16.8 L/100 km) in the city and 19 mpg (12.4 L/100 km) on the highway.

Engines:
+ 2007-present Ч 6.2 L Vortec 6200 V8, 400 hp (298 kW)

Base Pricing:
+ 2007 2WD Escalade Ч $54,725
+ 2007 Escalade EXT Ч $54,210
+ 2007 4WD Escalade Ч $57,280
+ 2007 Escalade ESV Ч $59,680

    See also:

    XLR-V
    A performance-packed V edition of the XLR, fitted with a supercharged 4.4-liter V-8 that develops 443 hp at 6,400 rpm and 414 pounds-feet of torque at 3,600 rpm, goes on sale for 2006. A new six-s ...

    Keyless Locking
    If the vehicle has the keyless access system, this feature allows you to select whether the doors automatically lock during normal vehicle exit. When the ignition is turned off and all doors ...

    Parking Brake
    Set the parking brake by holding the regular brake pedal down, then pushing down the parking brake pedal. If the ignition is on, the brake system warning light will come on. See Brake System Wa ...