Cadillac Escalade 2008 | Part Four

Optimised Protection with Active & Passive safety technologies

The Escalade features state-of-the-art ‘passive’ and ‘active’ safety technologies to provide optimised protection for occupants in the widest possible variety of driving scenarios and hazardous situations.

As well as class-leading passive safety in both its structure and equipment, the Cadillac Escalade leads the way in dynamic or ‘active’ safety too.  It is equipped with a standard traction control system (TCS).  It combines both engine torque reduction and brake application on individual wheels to eliminate wheelspin at all driving speeds for maximum driver control regardless of conditions.

Fully integrated chassis control is augmented by Cadillac’s ESP-style StabiliTrak system.  This full-time, fully-automatic system detects deviations from the driver’s intended course and applies the brake to one or more wheels to eliminate excessive understeer and oversteer, particularly during sudden evasive manoeuvres and when driving on wet, snow-covered or icy roads.

As a first line of ‘passive’ defence, the Escalade’s chassis frame and body panels make extensive use of ultra-high strength steel.  Each Escalade has a total of six airbags fitted as standard, including dual-stage driver and front passenger airbags, front seat-mounted side airbags and two full-length side curtain airbags with rollover protection.  All are controlled by a central Sensing Diagnostic Module (SDM) which automatically detects an impact, gauges its severity and determines the most appropriate airbags to deploy.

Other standard safety features on Escalade include Ultrasonic Rear Parking Assist, seatbelt pretensioners, the LATCH system (for easy installation of child seats at both outboard positions of the second row), child security door and window locks, anti-theft protection and battery rundown protection.

Escalade is designed to be among the industry’s safest and most secure vehicles and features an industry-first – a 360-degree front seat belt pre-tensioner activation system that provides segment-exclusive deployment in rear impacts.

Published 28 April 2008 Melanie Carter

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