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The Escalade debuted in 1999, but its fuel economy and carbon footprint turned off many eco-friendly buyers. Armed with this knowledge, Cadillac released the Escalade Hybrid for the 2009 model year, giving it a leg up on the competition. Though this model has never been especially popular, it certainly fits the bill for a small percentage of SUV buyers.
The 2013 model year is a carryover for the entire Escalade lineup, meaning the Hybrid model carries all of the same features as the 2012 model. The 2013 Escalade Hybrid comes in a pair of trim levels: Base and Platinum. The Base includes plenty of premium features like leather upholstery, a Bose surround-sound system and Bluetooth connectivity. The Platinum trim level adds to the already-loaded Base with an Aniline leather interior, LED headlights and an upgraded DVD entertainment system for the kids in the rear.
In Base trim, the Escalade Hybrid is pretty well-equipped. Standard features include: 22-inch chromed wheels; headlights that automatically switch from low- to high-beam; a power liftgate; Adaptive Remote Start to pre-heat or cool the cabin; a 10-speaker Bose 5.1 surround-sound system; leather seating; and a navigation system.
The Platinum EXT features: 22-inch wheels; LED headlights; power retractable assist steps; Aniline full-leather seating; heated and cooled cup holders; a DVD entertainment system with two seven-inch headrest-mounted screens; and olive ash and burled walnut trim.
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