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2011 Cadillac Escalade Platinum Review

Cadillac announced the introduction in the 2011 Escalade Platinum, a special version of the luxury SUV market leader that takes up large Cadillac dramatic design, elegance and technology to its full expression.

Making its debut alongside the upcoming Escalade Hybrid, Cadillac announced the Platinum Edition will be available in the spring of 2011, the most luxurious model line-up Escalade. It rounds out a series of Cadillac Platinum models, like the XLR Roadster, DTS luxury sedan and STS performance sedan. Each model features a new elegant cabin Platinum leather craftsmanship, advanced technology and unique design solutions in all areas.
 


"The student new Platinum Edition extends Escalade's position as a large SUV of choice among luxury consumers," said Jim Taylor, Cadillac general manager. "The growing Platinum series highlights the hand details and technical sophistication of Cadillac's overall renaissance of the product."

The advanced

Offered Escalade and the extended length Escalade ESV, the Platinum Edition includes a mix of technical innovations and aesthetic enhancements. Escalade Platinum is the first SUV will be equipped with Cadillac's advanced Magnetic Ride Control (MRC) technology.

Magnetic Ride Control, which was originally developed for performance vehicles such as the STS sedan, XLR Roadster and Chevrolet Corvette legend, is the global system of the suspension to react faster and gives the Escalade Platinum more precise control body movement. This is a real-time damping - "reading" of the road in one second intervals activists - that replaces conventional mechanical-valve shocks with electronically controlled shocks filled with synthetic fluid containing minute iron particles . In the presence of magnetic charge, the iron particles align to provide damping resistance almost instantly.
 


First segment, innovative LED headlamps

Escalade Platinum will be the first SUV - and one of the first vehicles of any kind - to offer Light Emitting Diode (LED) headlamps. Previously used in concept cars and exotic sports cars, LED headlamps mark another step in Cadillac's application of advanced lighting technology and design.

LED headlamps emit a light pattern by far more accurate, while emulating the characteristics of natural daylight much more closely than traditional auto lighting. LEDs are environmentally friendly, using much less energy and last 20 times longer than traditional halogen bulbs. LED headlamps will be an improvement added to the Escalade Platinum in the summer of 2011, shortly after the start of production of the Platinum model itself in the spring of 2011.
 


"Escalade is world renown for making a distinctive design statement," Taylor said: "With the introduction of the world's first large luxury SUV hybrid as well as a new Cadillac Escalade Platinum Edition is now bringing some of the world's most advanced automotive luxury class technologies SUV. "

Outdoor Theater, elegant interior

Escalade Platinum also increases design already dramatic Escalade. Outside has a front fascia unique grille Cadillac modeled sports sedan acclaimed and hot sale CTS. Platinum includes Unique wheels 22 inch door exclusively insignia external Platinum.

The cabin is the latest example of Cadillac 21 th century, the return to the details of luxury handmade. The instrument panel, center storage console and door trim are wrapped and stitched by hand. They have decorative stitching French offers an elegant look and feel appropriate. Materials include rich leather on the dashboard, with unique wood inlays and aluminum trim.
 


Aniline leather is unique to the Escalade Platinum and is used to cut the first and second row seats. In contrast, color of the beads used in French couture for a feature, the appearance of luxury and have seatbacks embroidered Cadillac wreath and crest insignias. The leather seats are comfortable and convenient, with the power of industry-exclusive time-machine functions and second-row seats for easier access to the third row of seats.
 


 
Other standard interior features include Platinum-specific door sills and floor mats, heated steering wheel and cup holders heated and cooled and a power liftgate that opens and closes with the touch of a button.

In addition, the DVD entertainment system adds screens integrated into each front seat headrest, in addition to the existing roof mounted screen. Each digital picture at the top has its own driver and input controls. The headrest units can be used independently or together. This system enables passengers in different seats to watch and listen to different entertainment choices, leaving the driver maximum control. Escalade Platinum models include the famous Bose 5.1 Digital Surround system, and eight-inch touch screen DVD navigation and DVD controls, CD, MP3 and XM satellite radio entertainment.
 


Abundance of food

Platinum models are powered by the Escalade 6.2L V-8 rated at 403 horsepower exclusive (301 kW) and 417 lb.-ft. of torque (565 Nm). This is an all-aluminum engine uses the V ariable valve timing (VVT) to optimize camshaft to improve low-end torque and power at high rpm. The introduction of variable valve timing through the unique, dual cam phaser is equal to the first application of VVT on the industry of mass production V-8 OHV.
 


A Hydra-Matic 6L80 six-speed automatic transmission is paired with the 6.2L engine. One of the most advanced automation industry, the 6L80 features clutch clutch switch and a wide, 6.04:1 overall ratio - including two overdrive gears - that helps deliver an excellent balance between performance and fuel economy.

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