4dr SUV 4WD (6.0L 8cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT-4A)
Options on test vehicle
Part-time four-wheel drive
Atkinson-cycle V8 with start/stop and V4 modes
5,967cc (364 cu-in)
Pushrod, 2 valves per cylinder with variable valve timing
Compression ration (x:1)
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)
332 @ 5,100
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)
367 @ 4,100
Two-mode continuously variable automatic with 4 distinct gears
Transmission and axle ratios (x:1)
I = 3.69, II = 1.70, III = 1.00, IV = 0.73, R= 1.70, FD = 3.08
Launches are slow because the electric motor gets it rolling before the gasoline engine revs begin to climb and contribute to acceleration. Mid-track "upshifts" seem slurred as the two-mode CVT feels like it switches from EVT1 to EVT2. Traction on/off, brake-torque and manual shifting have no apparent effect on acceleration. Best run was "slap-n-go."
There isn't much feel or finesse in this pedal. The third stop went inexplicably longer than the previous two (by almost 30 feet!), then the brake pedal went all the way to the floor, the dashboard warning lights lit and the brake boost went away until I keyed the truck full-off and back on. Rebooting seemed to return everything to normal.
No surprises here. The stability control is never all the way off and that's a good thing. Both skid pad and slalom tests are monitored and limited by electronics. The Escalade feels tall, reluctant and ponderous. Steering is light and vague.