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Cadillac has revealed the first of GM’s big SUV hybrids, the Cadillac Escalade Hybrid. The new hybrid goes on sale in the summer of 2008.


Cadillac says in a press release that the Escalade Hybrid is the first large SUV to get gas-electric technology. And it’s not just off-the-shelf hybrid tech here: the Escalade also is the first application (along with the Dodge Durango) of the new two-mode hybrid system engineered jointly with GM, Daimler, Chrysler and BMW. GM estimates that the new hybrid version of the big SUV will deliver 50 percent better fuel economy in city driving.


In the flesh, the Escalade Hybrid is based on the standard-wheelbase Escalade, not the longer-wheelbase ESV model nor the truck-bedded EXT version. The Hybrid comes in either rear- or four-wheel drive, and can tow up to 6000 pounds. A touch-screen navigation system is included, and has a display showing information on the hybrid system’s action.


The hybrid system itself can operate in battery-only mode at low speeds, but when power needs increase, the vehicle’s 6.0-liter V-8 is also called into action. The V-8 has cylinder-deactivation technology. Regenerative braking recharges the 300-volt battery during braking and coasting. Hybrids also get a new exhaust system, electrically driven air conditioning and power steering, and a quieter fan.


Stay tuned for more Escalade Hybrid pictures and info as TheCarConnection.com reports from the Los Angeles auto show next week.


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