Ordinarily this would seem like the perfect opportunity to make thinly-veiled disparaging remarks about the excessive, wasteful nature of the hip-hop industry, but we’re above that. Well not really, but we’ve got Young Jeezy’s “My Hood” on heavy rotation this morning and since these streets love Jeezy (and he loves us back) we’re opting to pick on suburban soccer moms instead. Plus, regardless of whom we pledge our hopelessly Caucasian allegiance to, the Cadillac Escalade Platinum Hybrid is more of a white bread ride than anything else…but we digress, yet again.
As you may have guessed, the only notable difference between the 2009 Cadillac Escalade Platinum Hybrid and 2009 Cadillac Escalade Hybrid is platinum, and lots of it. Beneath the hood, both the Escalade Platinum Hybrid and Escalade Hybrid utilize a 2-Mode hybrid system consisting of a Gen IV 6.0L Vortec V8 VVT, LIVC with Active Fuel Management mated to an electronically variable transmission. Between both the electric and gasoline power sources combined, the Platinum and Platinum Hybrid both put out 332-horsepower and 367 lb-ft of torque. Fuel consumption is estimated at 20 mpg city/21 mpg highway, which by itself isn’t outwardly impressive, but when compared to the standard Cadillac Escalade it works out to be about a 50% improvement.
Like we mentioned before, the primary differences between the two Hybrid editions are aesthetic, the most ostentatious of which are featured on the vehicle’s exterior. Up front, the Escalade Hybrid Platinum receives a custom-made chrome grill, and blinding set of LED’s, and, of course, a shiny new pair of 22″ rims. Inside, the Hybrid Platinum expounds on the already-loaded premium accessory package by adding French-seamed Aniline leather to the seats, dash, center console and door trim, complemented by upgraded wood inlays.
So to summarize, for a cool $84,835 (roughly 15 grand more than the Escalade Hybrid), you can buy your Stepford Wife a mammoth status symbol that she probably lacks the skill to drive, park, and/or otherwise operate correctly.