The 2009 Cadillac Escalade Hybrid (no, we’re not kidding)

Let’s just hope they replace those cheesy green taillights with some standard red ones. Will this become the favorite “green” vehicle of Hollywood celebs (who aren’t lucky enough to get a Tesla)?

“Like the Tahoe and Yukon gas-electrics, the Escalade hybrid will be a two-mode hybrid that supplements GM’s venerable 6.0-liter V-8 with power from two electric motors. At low speeds, the vehicle can run on batteries only, the engine only, or a combination of both. At higher speeds, another operating mode engages the electric motors and the cylinder deactivation system for more efficient operation. GM claims that harmful emissions will drop significantly, and fuel economy will be boosted by some 25 percent compared with utes equipped with the 5.3-liter V-8. The fuel-economy disparity with the standard Escalade, which comes with the gluttonous 403-hp, 6.2-liter V-8, should be even more significant.”

Unlike most hybrids, I doubt there will be any problems with hearing one of these coming – if the four 12″ subs that the owner surely mounted in the trunk don’t give you advanced warning, the sun’s reflection off those 22″ spinners they undoubtedly threw on should let you know this beast is coming for ya.

Here’s our question though: Is it possible to roll in one of these and still be “riding dirty”? (it’s not like they’re thaaaat clean)


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