DETROIT -- The redesigned 2007 Cadillac Escalade SUV combines styling cues lifted from the Sixteen concept vehicle with a more powerful engine and six-speed automatic transmission.
The new Escalade, which rides on General Motors' GMT900 body-on-frame truck platform, goes on sale in the spring. Redesigned versions of the Escalade ESV extended-length SUV and Escalade EXT truck will be launched later next year. GM said the redesigned Escalade will be exported.
At launch, the new Escalade will be available with only an all-wheel-drive drivetrain. The previous generation Escalade was offered in awd and rear-wheel-drive configurations.
Under the hood of the 2007 Escalade is an all-aluminum, 6.2-liter V-8 rated at 403 hp. The engine is equipped with variable valve timing and mated to a six-speed automatic transmission.
The previous Escalade was equipped with a 6.0-liter V-8 that used an iron block and aluminum heads. That engine was rated at 345 hp and was mated to a four-speed automatic.
A full suite of safety technology is standard on the new Cadillac. It includes stability control, antilock brakes, traction control, side curtain airbags and pretensioners for the front seat belts. Sensors to trigger the pretensioners are located on the front, rear and sides of the Escalade.
Styling cues lifted from the Cadillac Sixteen concept car include the grille design and ports in the front quarter panels. Other convenience items include power folding second-row seats, power fold-out running boards and power liftgate. The options list will include 22-inch wheels, which would replace the standard 18-inch wheels.
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