Cadillac Escalade Hybrid History
Full-size luxury SUVs have never been known for their fuel economy, so Cadillac set out to alter that perception in 2008 when the luxury Detroit automaker unveiled a hybrid variant of its flagship SUV – the Escalade. The Cadillac Escalade Hybrid was among the first of its kind and delivered the power consumers expected with an added boost in fuel economy.
The Cadillac Escalade Hybrid was first unveiled at the 2008 South Florida International Auto Show held in Miami, and went on sale later that year for the 2009 model year. By August of its first year of sales, 20 percent of all Escalades sold were Hybrid models.
The Escalade Hybrid was powered by a 6.0-liter V8 with Active Fuel management, which allowed it to return 23 mpg highway, while pumping out 332 horsepower and 367 lb-ft of torque.
Despite marrying luxury, family-hauling size, performance, and relatively exceptional fuel economy, the Cadillac Escalade Hybrid was discontinued after the 2013 model year.
Cadillac Escalade Hybrid Fun Fact
After the historic Super Bowl XLII, which saw the New York Giants defeat the New England Patriots, preventing the completion of what would have been only the second perfect season ever, Eli Manning was awarded the first-ever production Cadillac Escalade Hybrid for his MVP performance.