The All Wheel Drive Escalade’s drive system offers a 38/62 torque split front to rear. This vicious coupling system is completely automatic and always on, so there are no buttons or levers. Synthetic axle fluid helps reduce axle temperatures, and low 3.73:1 final drive gearing is standard. Escalades are also equipped with sophisticated electronic suspension aides working through the brakes and quick and acting (45 times per second) rotary valves in the shock absorbers. Gathered under the Stabilitrak and Road Sensing Suspension names, these electro marvels include traction control, ABS braking, yaw, roll, pitch, heaven and side slip management programs, along with brakes intervention, all in the name of providing a superior ride, more stable towing and extreme maneuverability. The rear suspension is also self leveling. Towing is another Escalade strong suit. Rated at 13,000 lb. (2 wheel drive) and 14,000 lb. (All wheel drive) GCWR, Escalade can tow 7700and 8500 lb. respectively. Corresponding hitch and wiring equipment is provided, along with a transmission fluid temperature gauge and ultrasonic backing alarm.
Of course, it’s the luxury interior that sells most Escalades. OnStar emergency and concierge service are on board, as are leather seating, powerful, independent adjustable front and rear climate control, an 11 speaker Bose Acoustimass audio system with a single point loading 6 Disc CD changer, a center console with aluminium and Zebrano wood trim, a driver information center, 60/40 split second row seating, and light weight 50/50 split folding third row seating. Interior room is expensive, and the only difficulty we can foresee is how Cadillac will top this in upcoming Years.