Getting minor changes for 2009, the Cadillac Escalade EXT now has E85 compatibility for the V8 engine, a side blind-spot alert system, satellite radio, Bluetooth connectivity, a power tilting steering wheel, adaptive dampers for models equipped with 22-inch wheels and an upgraded navigation system with real-time traffic information. A unique blend of pickup truck and luxury SUV, as shown in Cadillac Escalade EXT photos and 360 views, the versatile design permits conversion of the five-passenger interior to a two-passenger pickup with over eight feet of protected and secured storage space. Powered by a 4.2L V8 engine producing 403 hp and 417 lb-ft of torque, paired to a six-speed automatic transmission with a tow/haul mode, the Escalade EXT features standard all-wheel drive and comes with a lockable tonneau cover that can easily be removed and stored when not in use. EPA fuel economy estimates are 12 mpg city/19 mpg hwy and 14 mpg in combined driving. Escalade EXT safety features include antilock disc brakes, stability control with rollover protection, a passenger-sensing system, rear parking assist, OnStar and a full complement of airbags.
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