2011 Cadillac Escalade Hybrid Interior, Exterior Styling
The front end of the Escalade hybrid is the signature Cadillac egg crate chrome grille. The grille is surrounded by vertical headlamps that give the Escalade Cadillac personality. The bumper and front trim are integrated so the Escalade Hybrid looks more like a oversized car rather than a truck.
The contoured side-view styling catches the eye with abundant chrome on the exterior mirrors, door handles, side molding, non-functional ventilation ports above the front wheels, and the full length roof rails. The trendy, but optional 22-inch chrome wheels, visually plant the vehicle in the now by filling the Escalade’s wheel wells. They make the standard 18 inch wheels look puny when they are side-by-side, but the 18 inch wheels are the most popular choice.
The easy to grasp pull-type door handles come in handy in cold climates when wearing gloves is an every day chore. Pull-type door handles are less likely to break fingernail than stylish aerodynamic kind. The rear end features a modern interpretation of Cadillac's classic slim, vertical taillights, which are reminiscent of the dramatic tailfins of the 60s and 70s Cadillacs, but the dominant feature of the 2011 Escalade's rear is the Cadillac badge set within a chunky block of chrome trim.
The hatch or glass only liftgate opens and closes by pushbutton, and the Class III tow hitch is covered by a removable trim panel. The Escalade is based on a truck chassis so cargo load floor is 32.3 inches off the ground, which means groceries must be lifted a higher but the extra effort is worth it.
The Cadillac Escalade Hybrid cabin is luxurious as well as roomy. The mix of soft, padded materials, chrome details and convincing faux wood and genuine aluminum accents are combined with soft leather seats and that combination creates a plush interior cabin. The Escalade Hybrid has eight passenger seating; there are two front bucket seats, the second-row three passenger bench seat, and a three-passenger third row bench.
The instrument panel has bright LED-backlit gauges with white markings and blue pointers on a black background. Between the speedometer and tachometer is the information display that cycles through several menus using buttons on the steering wheel. Outward visibility over the open dash and in the rear is excellent because there’s decent wiper coverage and no center-seat headrests.
The stalk controls for the wipers and turn signals and the buttons and knobs on the climate control and the radio are positioned for easy control and access. The Escalade Hybrid has a 10-speaker, six CD and audio DVD. Boise designed the audio system which has a 5.1 surround sound and an eight channel amplifier and subwoofer. XM Satellite radio is also standard. A rear-seat entertainment system utilizing a flip-down eight-inch screen that folds down from overhead is also available.