Sunday, June 30, 2019

Cadillac Kills Their Best Sedan - ATS Sedan Cancelled for 2019


As of the 2019 model year, Cadillac will stop selling the ATS in sedan form.  This marks 6 years of the sedan that easily out-BMW-ed BMW in a package that other makes have abandoned in a race to make their sports sedans softer and larger. The 2019 model year will still give us the ATS and ATS-V Coupe. Soon, Cadillac will be replacing the ATS and the CTS with the new CT5 sedan and will flesh out the model line with a smaller sedan that may be based on one of GM's front-drive platforms. Personally, this appears to be a big mistake for the future of the brand's credibility and may show that GM's bean-counter culture is back in command and enthusiasts of the Cadillac brand will suffer as a result.  However, as new crossovers make it into the lineup, the sales and financial figures will look good enough. At least until another management shift when GM tries again to recapture Cadillac's lost mojo (but doesn't have the will to complete). Source: The Car Connection

* This article was originally published here

Saturday, June 29, 2019

Cadillac Moving HQ Back to Detroit

It isn't surprising after the ouster of Johan de Nysschen as head of Cadillac that his controversial decision to move Cadillac headquarters to New York City would be reversed. Per a report in the Wall Street Journal, Cadillac will move their HQ back to Detroit. Reasoning given include getting sales, marketing, design, and engineering together on the cusp of the unveiling of new models like the CT4 sedan and new crossovers that Cadillac definitely needs. It remains to be seen if de Nysschen's departure and the shift in direction will benefit the brand.

* This article was originally published here

Friday, June 28, 2019

Cadillac to Debut XT6 at 2019 Detroit Auto Show


Automotive News has confirmed that Cadillac will debut their new 3-row crossover, the XT6, at the Detroit Auto Show in January. Based on the same platform GM uses for the Chevrolet Traverse and Buick Enclave (and in shortened form) for the XT5 - the XT6 will slot between the XT5 and the larger, body-on-frame, Escalade.  Interestingly, the XT6 seems to sport a very similar interior to the XT5 which has been on the market for some time. Exterior styling draws heavily from the Escala concept with slim, horizontal headlights. This should serve as a good addition to the lineup for Cadillac which has been long starved as the crossovers the market is demanding.  With this, it will bring Cadillac up to 3 crossovers and the Escalade to help keep buyers in the brand as they walk away from sedans and coupes in ever larger numbers.

* This article was originally published here

Thursday, June 27, 2019

Cadillac Unveils Upcoming Full-EV

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As part of GM's new all-electric platform, Cadillac will get the honor of the first model on the platform.  

As yet unnamed and with no specifications yet given, Cadillac will sell the first model on a platform that GM is promoting as their move into an all-electric future (BEV3).

This new platform from GM is expected to support front, rear, and all-wheel drive iterations.  

The battery architecture will be expandable in order to reach a target of 300-mile range for each model offered.

Previous reporting is that the first of the BEV3-based vehicles (now known to be this Cadillac) will be in 2021 (though it isn't known if that is a model year or on-sale year). 

It appears from these renderings that the model will be aimed at Tesla's Model-X and other luxury electrics such as the Jaguar I-PACE.

* This article was originally published here

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Cadillac Unveils XT6 3-row Crossover


What a difference a few months makes.  

For quite some time, Cadillac sales were limited by only having a single crossover, the XT5.  Recently they added the XT4 baby-brother to draw customers that might have considered smaller and sportier crossovers. But, this left growing families without a Cadillac to consider, if they aren't interested in the flamboyant, body-on-frame Escalade.

Cadillac now has brought to bear the XT6, debuting the 2020 model at this year's Detroit Auto Show.

Based heavily on the XT5 platform, the XT6 has the same wheelbase as its 2-row cousin (112.5 inches), but with a longer body with a more squared-off roofline (9.3 inches added) and a 3rd row of seats.  

Also of note, the XT6 borrows styling from the Cadillac Escala concept with its short and wide headlights, vertical white front marker lights, as well as the horizontal and vertical tail light treatment.

Fun features coming with the XT6 include an enhanced rotary controller for the Cadillac infotainment system as well as a USB port at every seating location.

The XT6 is powered by Cadillac's 3.6l V-6 with power routed through a 9-speed automatic transmission.  The 310hp V-6 also has GM's Active Fuel Management technology, allowing it to run as a V-4 when maximum power is not needed.

Expect the 2020 XT6 to hit dealer showrooms later this year.

Read below for the full press release from Cadillac.


Cadillac expands its popular crossover and SUV lineup with today’s global debut of the 2020 XT6. Created to make the most of passengers’ time on the road, this all-new three-row crossover centers on a luxurious, adaptable and connected cabin, complemented with responsive handling and a comprehensive suite of standard and available safety technologies. “The first-ever Cadillac XT6 delivers a compelling blend of spaciousness, safety and convenience features for customers who thrive on doing it all,” said Steve Carlisle, Cadillac president. “It joins the all-new XT4, which has soared to the top spot in its segment, our global best-selling XT5 and the iconic Escalade to accelerate the brand’s global growth, with a spirit that is uniquely Cadillac.” Every inch of the XT6 has been carefully considered and developed to offer a refined, comfortable place to connect and enjoy the ride. “Every seat is the best seat in the house,” said Carlisle. “From luxurious appointments, comfort and convenience to premium sound and technology features, every passenger gets an optimized experience.” Vehicle highlights:

  • XT6 offers a comprehensive suite of standard and available driver assistance and safety technologies1, along with generous cargo capacity4.

  • The latest Cadillac user experience, with intuitive controls including a rotary controller with new jog functionality.

  • Premium Luxury and Sport models offer customers more customized looks with unique exterior and interior distinction.

  • Nimble, responsive driving experience, powered by a 3.6L V-6 engine and nine-speed automatic transmission, offering up to four selectable driving modes.

“The new Cadillac XT6 models provide two expressions of the signature Cadillac experience, allowing more personalized appearance and driving character,” said John Plonka, chief engineer. “Premium Luxury models provide an elevated level of refinement, while Sport models offer a performance-oriented feel.” Refined Luxury, Comfort and Convenience XT6 advances Cadillac’s contemporary interior aesthetic, with elegant, wide surface lines and simple interfaces. It’s an expression that focuses attention on the quality and authenticity of materials and impeccable craftsmanship. Distinctive trim and interior colors delineate the Premium Luxury and Sport models. Premium Luxury models are trimmed with exotic wood decor, while the Sport features performance-inspired carbon fiber trim. Available comfort features help ensure all passengers have a luxurious experience in every seating row, including Cadillac’s first Bose® Performance Series sound system with 14 custom-tuned speakers delivering immersive, powerful audio throughout XT6’s cabin. Additional available features include semi-aniline premium leather-appointed seating; Cadillac’s in-vehicle air ionizer; automatic heated/ventilated front seats and heated second-row rear outboard seats, and a standard automatic heated steering wheel. Additionally, XT6’s available convenience features help keep drivers and passengers connected, confident and in control, including:

  • Adaptive Cruise Control – Advanced1.

  • Night Vision.

  • NFC phone pairing and wireless charging for compatible phones3.

  • HD Surround Vision Camera1.

  • Illuminated Cadillac Crest hands-free liftgate.

  • Keyless Open and Adaptive Remote Start.


A standard power-folding third-row seat and remote fold-down feature for the second-row seat enhance versatility, while a tip/pitch-and-slide feature on the second-row seat allows easy access to the third row. Safety and Driver Assistance Features XT6 offers a comprehensive suite of driver assistance and safety technologies1 that can help drivers be more aware of their environment. They include sophisticated radar-, camera- and other sensor-based technologies. Further, the vehicle structure is designed to help keep occupants safe, with premium body materials and features such as boxed, splayed front rails and a state-of-the-art restraint system, including seven standard airbags11.




HD Rear Vision Camera with Remote Wash Forward Collision Alert Following Distance Indicator Automatic Emergency Braking Front Pedestrian Braking Front and Rear Park Assist Lane Change Alert with Side Blind Zone Alert Rear Cross Traffic Alert Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning Safety Alert Seat Speed limiter

Rear Camera Mirror with Remote Wash Enhanced Automatic Emergency Braking Adaptive Cruise Control - Advanced Automatic Parking Assist with Braking Rear Pedestrian Alert HD Surround Vision Surround Vision Recorder Head-up Display Reverse Automatic Braking Night Vision Hitch Guidance (with Hitch View)

Thoughtful, Seamless Connectivity Thoughtful technology integration is central to the XT6’s mission of offering a seamless and intuitive in-vehicle experience. It elevates connectivity to a new threshold for Cadillac, with some of the brand’s most advanced features. The latest Cadillac user experience5 provides more ways to interface with the system, including one-touch phone pairing via Near Field Communication and a new rotary controller with intuitive jog functionality.  And when it comes to plugging in, all models come with six USB ports2 (two for each row of seats). Additional available driver support and connectivity technologies include:

  • Personalization — user profiles stored in the Cloud6 allow customers to access their custom profile in other properly equipped GM vehicles.

  • Updated navigation7 functionality with natural address entry.

  • Capable of supporting SiriusXM 360L.

  • 4G LTE Wi-Fi® hotspot (includes 3GB or three months of data, whichever comes first)8.

  • Apple CarPlay9 and Android Auto10 for compatible smartphones.

  • Next-generation, 15-watt wireless charging3.

  • Teen Driver.


The XT6’s rotary controller with new jog function is a first for Cadillac and is designed to complement hard buttons and steering wheel controls, making it even easier to navigate the UX on the HD 8-inch-diagonal color touchscreen display. It builds on the technology introduced on the XT4, adding the jog function to allow the user to tilt the knob — similar to a joystick — to easily navigate between the items on the touchscreen display.

Design Distinction The foundation for the XT6’s expressive design is its strong proportions, with distinct personas for the Premium Luxury and Sport models. “The XT6 is unmistakably Cadillac,” said Andrew Smith, executive director of global Cadillac design. “It reinterprets our design language in a unique way, with the Premium Luxury and Sport models adding more sophisticated or aggressive character depending on preference.” Bright Galvano exterior accents distinguish the Premium Luxury model, while the XT6 Sport is defined by darker accents and more aggressive, performance-inspired details, including available 21-inch wheels. Both models feature advanced lighting technology, including vertically emphasized LED signatures. Two headlamp variants are offered: a standard bi-function LED projector design or an available, performance LED headlamp system with a three-element projector array.



Bright Galvano finish on the grille, side window moldings and roof rails. Unique front and rear fascias with red taillight lenses. Through-fascia exhaust outlets. Specific 20-inch wheels.

Black grille with a specific, V-Series-inspired pattern; black window moldings and roof rails. Unique front and rear fascias with tinted neutral-density (clear) taillight lenses. Through-fascia exhaust outlets. 20-inch wheels are standard, with 21-inch wheels available.

Driving Dynamics and Propulsion The XT6’s driving experience offers a rewarding balance of responsiveness and refinement, with a feeling of solidity that enhances driver confidence. Those qualities are uniquely distilled between the Premium Luxury and Sport models, with a greater emphasis on road isolation in the Premium Luxury and a greater feeling of agility dialed into the Sport’s chassis tuning. Customer-selectable drive modes allow the XT6 to adapt even better to driver preferences and changing road conditions. The modes are uniquely calibrated to support the characteristics of the Premium Luxury or Sport models. AWD is available on Premium Luxury and standard on XT6 Sport. The Sport model features a Sport Control active twin-clutch AWD design that helps enhance the driving experience with active yaw control. Sport models also feature Continuous Damping Control active handling and a faster steering ratio that is tuned to support a more enthusiast-level driving feel, with increased feedback and greater overall responsiveness. The XT6’s sophisticated driving dynamics are powered by a 3.6L DOHC V-6 engine estimated at 310 horsepower (231 kW) backed by a nine-speed automatic transmission featuring next-generation Electronic Precision Shift. To enhance fuel efficiency, Active Fuel Management technology enables V-4 operation when V-6 power is not required.

* This article was originally published here

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Rumors of CT6's Demise are Overblown


Recently, GM announced the shuttering of several plants, including the Hamtramck plant that builds the Cadillac CT6.  

At the time, the CT6 was confirmed by spokespeople at GM as leaving the North American market.  This confused things a bit since the new Blackwing twin-turbo V-8 is slated to debut in the new CT6-V.  The CT6 was also stated to continue production in China for that market.

So, Automotive News went to the source and spoke with Cadillac head Steve Carlisle and GM President Mark Reuss for confirmation.  Both stated that a move of production from Hamtramck to an unnamed GM plant is possible.  Also, importing CT6 from the Chinese plant (not ideal with the current import tariff situation between the US and China) is possible.

It is also significant to note that current inventories of the CT6 that will exist when the Hamtramck plant shuts down later this year will allow Cadillac to keep cars on lots for months to follow. So, don't worry about needing to go pick up that big Cadillac sedan you've been eyeing in a hurry...though an uptick in sales would certainly help GM prioritize getting that production moved.

Sources: GMAuthority and Automotive News (subscription required).

* This article was originally published here

Monday, June 24, 2019

We're back...again...hopefully for good this time.

It’s been a really long road to get tCE back up and running. This time we decided to sever ties with our former hosting company after they shut off the site yet again. Feel free to ask if you want to know a provider that did not impress me over the last couple years and shouldn’t earn your business if you plan to start a web site.

In the mean-time, the migration to our new hosting is requiring that I re-build a lot of the parts of the site. Our reviews are up, if in need of some editing/re-formatting. Some image galleries are up, but it will take some time to import all the photos into a new layout.

Additionally, the years and years of news will need re-formatting, but we do have the last couple years’ worth of posts formatted and ready to go.

Older content might be around if you poke hard enough - but bear with us while formatting is cleaned up in the coming weeks.

In the meantime, stand by for a dump of the last few months of Cadillac news as well since we have to catch up on all of that too.

Thanks for your patience, understanding, and for coming back to us here at the

-Scott K (editor)

* This article was originally published here

Sunday, June 23, 2019

2020 Cadillac CT5 Details

Cadillac has been having a terrible time lately with sedan sales (a challenge not unique in the industry as customers gravitate towards crossovers and SUVs). As a result, ATS, CTS, XTS, and CT6 sales have often been lower than the XT5…combined.

This has led Cadillac to the car they unveiled at the New York Auto Show in April, the CT5. Obviously the CT5 slots below the CT6 in the lineup…but it’s role will be to replace more than just the CTS that is dropping from the lineup at about the same time. This new sedan (which we will post a comparison of to other Cadillac models in the lineup to help clarify where it slots in) is based on GM’s Alpha platform which underpins the ATS and the CTS (in Alpha-plus form). This makes the CT5 a rear-drive sedan (thank goodness) at its core. All-wheel drive is available on all trims.

Styling is heavily influenced by the Cadillac Escala concept which means this carries the slim horizontal lighting front and rear, but this car also brings to production the Escala’s fastback roofline. Time will tell if this design appeals to Cadillac shoppers.

Cadillac CT5 Platinum trim

Cadillac CT5 Platinum trim

Powertrains feature a 10-speed automatic transmission (gears 8-10 are all overdrive). Base engine is a 2.0l turbo 4-cylinder. Upmarket trims pack a twin-turbo 3.0l V-6.

Inside, the CT5 packs Cadillac’s latest infotainment system and a 10” screen. Cadillac has abandoned the CUE branding, but only by spelling it out fully by calling it the “Cadillac User Experience”. Safety systems include the first implementation of the Super Cruise self-driving technology outside the CT6. This system has high-resolution maps of 130000 miles of divided/limited-access highways.

Additional safety gear includes safety alert seat as well as the following standard and optional technologies:

Forward Collision Alert
Low Speed Forward
Automatic Emergency Braking
Front Pedestrian Braking

Advanced Adaptive Cruise Control
Enhanced Forward Automatic Emergency Braking
Automatic Parking Assist with Braking
HD Surround Vision with Recorder
Rear Pedestrian Detection and Alert
Reverse Automatic Braking

Cadillac CT5 Sport

Cadillac CT5 Sport

From a sporty driving point of view, the appropriately named “Sport” trim bring with it Brembo brakes, but seems to largely be an appearance package, at least at this early stage and looking at the information released as part of the cars unveiling.

Read the press release below:

Cadillac recasts the concept of American Luxury with the global debut of the unrivaled 2020 CT5 sedan.

This all-new compact sedan advances the brand’s award-winning legacy with a distinctive fusion of design, performance and comfort, supported by Cadillac’s latest technologies — including Super Cruise, the world’s first true hands-free driver assistance feature for limited-access freeways.

“The first-ever Cadillac CT5 showcases Cadillac’s unique expertise in crafting American luxury sedans,” said Steve Carlisle, Cadillac president. “Its details elevate every drive and reward the senses.”

An all-new fastback design underscores the CT5’s refined ride, complemented with a driver-centric interior that blends high technology and high-touch elements. Luxury and Sport models allow customers to tailor the car to their style preferences with unique design and trim.

“Cadillac is dedicated to building the world’s most exhilarating luxury sedans,” said Carlisle. “Every element of the CT5 is focused on delivering an unrivaled experience, from the 10-speed transmission to Cadillac’s Super Cruise technology. The expansion of Super Cruise to CT5 reinforces our commitment to bringing the most innovative technologies to our customers.”

Cadillac CT5’s Super Cruise technology will be available in calendar year 2020 on select models.

CT5 highlights:

  • At launch, the model range will include Luxury, Premium Luxury and Sport, with a Platinum package available on Premium Luxury and Sport models.

  • A 2.0L Twin-Scroll Turbo engine is standard and Cadillac’s 3.0L Twin-Turbo V-6 is available on Premium Luxury and Sport models. Unique sound calibrations are tuned with the engines and each is paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission.

  • The driving dynamics build on Cadillac’s award-winning RWD architecture and include standard Driver Mode Control. AWD is available.

  • The latest Cadillac user experience with a large 10-inch-diagonal screen, as well as intuitive controls, including a rotary controller.

  • A host of comfort and convenience features such as standard Adaptive Remote Start, cabin air purification ionizer and available front-seat lumbar massage.

  • Driver awareness technologies include standard Safety Alert Seat and Cadillac’s latest generation available Rear Camera Mirror with zoom and tilt adjustment.

  • Standard driver assistance technologies include Forward Collision Alert, Low Speed Forward Automatic Emergency Braking3 and Front Pedestrian Braking.

  • Available driver assistance technologies including Advanced Adaptive Cruise Control, Enhanced Forward Automatic Emergency Braking, Automatic Parking Assist with Braking, HD Surround Vision with Recorder, Rear Pedestrian Detection and Alert, Reverse Automatic Braking and more.

A New Design Profile

With a fastback profile inspired by the Escala concept, the first-ever CT5 charts a new direction for Cadillac sedan design that leverages the natural proportional advantage of the vehicle’s rear-drive platform to communicate power, presence and performance.

“From every angle, the CT5 exudes athleticism, sophistication and confidence,” said Andrew Smith, executive director of global Cadillac design. “Cadillac’s signature hard-edge cues have evolved to a more sculptural and fluid expression of the brand’s design language.”

A long, 116-inch wheelbase (2,947 mm) and lengthened side glass accentuate the car’s long, low proportion and sweeping fastback profile. Body sculpturing, including taut character lines, contributes to the car’s strong stance and speaks to Cadillac’s legacy of craftsmanship and technology.

An all-LED exterior lighting strategy features signature vertical lights at all four corners of the vehicle.

Bright exterior accents and unique grilles and fascias distinguish the CT5 Luxury and Premium Luxury models, while the Sport model is differentiated by darker accents and performance-inspired details, including unique grilles, fascias, rocker extensions, spoiler and standard 19-inch wheels4.

High-Tech and High-Touch Interior

CT5’s interior features elegant, wide surface lines and simple interfaces, focusing on quality, attention to detail, authenticity of materials and impeccable craftsmanship.

Everything from the instrument panel to the center display is focused on the driver and essential touch points, emphasizing control. That includes a prominent, 1080dp high-definition full-color 10-inch-diagonal touchscreen mounted high within the instrument panel for visibility.

The Premium Luxury and Sport models are available with a Platinum Package featuring an exclusive Sedona/Jet Black motif with Opus semi-aniline leather seating surfaces in Sedona Sauvage. These surfaces are distinguished with a custom, layered fading perforation pattern, fine contrasting seat piping and decorative chevron accents. Both front, heated, ventilated and lumbar massage seats feature additional bolstering and 18-way adjustability. The package complements the seats with upgraded leather-trimmed armrests and center console, unique carbon fiber decorative trim and a thicker-rimmed steering wheel with authentic magnesium paddle shifters and alloy pedals.

Intuitive Technology and Connectivity

CT5 delivers thoughtful technology integration by offering an intuitive in-vehicle experience with a heightened sense of control. This is provided in everything from vehicle controls that conform to the driver’s driving style to the latest, more personal Cadillac user experience, which provides more intuitive ways to interface with the system, including phone pairing via Near Field Communication and a new rotary controller.

CT5 also features standard Adaptive Remote Start and an available hands-free power-release decklid to further customers’ convenience and comfort. Adaptive Remote Start automatically activates features such as the available adaptive heated/ventilated front seats, heated steering wheel and other climate systems, depending on the temperature. The hands-free decklid uses a motion sensor with Cadillac crest target projection that allows customers to activate the trunk release with their foot, supporting easy access.

Cadillac demonstrates its commitment to technology by bringing the Super Cruise driver assistance feature to the CT5. Cadillac’s Super Cruise driver assistance feature enables customers to drive hands-free on more than 130,000 miles of limited-access freeways in the U.S. and Canada, using LiDAR map data, high-precision GPS, a state-of-the-art driver attention system and a network of camera and radar sensors. The driver attention system helps keep drivers engaged by detecting and signaling when drivers need to pay more attention to the road.

Turbocharged Performance

CT5 is powered by a 2.0L Twin-Scroll Turbo engine and 10-speed automatic transmission with Electronic Precision Shift. This standard propulsion combination offers responsive off-the-line performance with excellent low-end torque. The twin-scroll turbocharger and a unique three-step sliding camshaft help the engine optimize performance across the rpm band for a greater feeling of on-demand power at all speeds.

Cadillac’s powerful 3.0L Twin Turbo V-6 is available on Premium Luxury and Sport models, rated at an estimated 335 hp (250 kw) and 400 lb-ft of torque (542 Nm)5. Low-inertia turbochargers and a manifold-integrated liquid-to-air intercooling system help the engine produce exceptional power with virtually no lag and sustain it across most of the rpm band. Like the 2.0L Turbo, it is paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission with Electronic Precision Shift.

Both engines employ technologies such as direct injection, camshaft phasing, Active Fuel Management (cylinder deactivation) and automatic stop/start to balance performance, refinement and efficiency. Sound tuning via mechanical and electronic sources contributes to CT5’s optimized effect on the senses, with engine sounds tuned to augment the driving experience in a refined manner, while helping to minimize unwanted noise in the cabin.

Evolved Driving Dynamics

Building on the strengths of the superb RWD architecture that underpins Cadillac’s award-winning rear-wheel-drive sedans, the first-ever CT5 is designed to deliver an exhilarating driving experience while maintaining the brand’s signature blend of performance, comfort and refinement.

Evolutionary enhancements of the front and rear suspensions, including Cadillac’s signature double-pivot MacPherson-type front suspension, are designed to improve road isolation and driver feedback. At the rear, a five-link independent suspension contributes to the car’s excellent feeling of control.

Additional chassis and driving dynamics features:

  • Standard Bosch premium electric, rack-mounted power steering system.

  • Capable, confident and precise eBoost brakes.

  • Brembo front brakes are standard on the Sport model.

  • Standard ZF MVS passive dampers.

  • All-wheel drive is available on all models.

Standard customer-selectable drive modes allow CT5 to adapt even better to driver preferences and changing road conditions. The modes — Tour, Sport, Snow/Ice and new My Mode — can alter the calibrations for transmission shifting, steering and brake feel, front/rear torque split (with the available AWD system) and vehicle sound character to customize the driving experience.

CT5 can handle a variety of road conditions no matter the climate, thanks to all-wheel drive available on every model along with a diverse range of tire choices, including 19-inch all-season run-flat tires and 18-inch Michelin self-seal tires. All tire options allow drivers to continue driving during most punctures that would sideline conventional tires, for immediate replacement/repair.

Coming Soon

The 2020 CT5 makes its public debut at the New York International Auto Show April 19-28 and will be available for ordering this fall. It will be manufactured at GM’s Lansing Grand River facility, which previously received a $211 million investment to build the next-generation Cadillac sedans. Pricing and additional information will be announced closer to the start of production.



17.4 gal. / 66 liters (RWD and AWD)


Type: 2.0L Twin-Scroll Turbocharged I-4 DOHC with Active Fuel Management, direct injection and auto. Stop/start

Bore & Stroke (in. / mm): 3.26 x 3.63 / 83 x 92.3

Block Material: Cast aluminum

Cylinder Head Material: Cast aluminum

Valvetrain: Dual overhead camshafts, four valves per cylinder with tripower system

Fuel Delivery: Direct injection with electronic throttle control

Compression Ratio: 10:1

(hp / kW @ rpm): 237 / 177 @ 5000 (GM est..)

(lb.-ft. / Nm): 258 / 350 @ 1500-4000 (GM est.) SAE numbers n/a


Type: 3.0L Turbocharged V-6 DOHC with Active Fuel Management, direct injection and auto. Stop/start

Bore & Stroke (in. / mm): 3.39 x 3.38 / 86 x 85.8

Block Material: Cast aluminum

Cylinder Head Material: Cast aluminum

Valvetrain: Dual overhead camshafts, four valves per cylinder

Fuel Delivery: Direct injection with electronic throttle control

Compression Ratio: 9.8:1

Horsepower (hp / kW @ rpm): 335 / 250 @ 5600 (GM est.)

Torque (lb.-ft. / Nm): 400 / 542 @ 2400-4400 (GM est.) SAE numbers n/a


Type: Ten-speed automatic with Electronic Precision Shift (with 2.0L Turbo and 3.0L Twin Turbo)

Gear Ratios (:1):

      First 4.70
Second 2.99
Third 2.15
Fourth 1.80
Fifth 1.52
Sixth 1.28
Seventh 1.00
Eighth 0.85
Nine 0.69
Tenth 0.64

Reverse. 4.87

Final Drive Ratio:

2.85 (2.0L)
2.85 (3.0L)


Front Suspension: MacPherson-type with dual lower ball joints, twin-tube struts and direct-acting stabilizer bar

Rear Suspension: Five-link independent; coil springs with stabilizer bar

Steering Type: Electric, rack-mounted variable-effort premium power steering

Turning Circle (ft. / m):

39 / 11.9 (RWD)
40.7 / 12.4 (AWD)

Brake Type: Four-wheel-disc with ABS; Duralife brake rotors and low-drag brake calipers

Brake Rotor Size (in / mm):

Front: Front 12.6x1.1 / 321x28, Rear: 12.4x.0.9 / 315x23
Front: 13.6x1.2 / 345x30, Rear: 12.4x.0.9 / 315x23

Wheel Size:

18-in. aluminum (Luxury and Premium Luxury)
19-in. aluminum (Sport and avail. on Premium Luxury)

Tire Size:

245/45 R18 (All-Season Self-Sealant)
245/45 R18 (All-Season Run-Flat)245/40R19 (All-Season Run-Flat)


Wheelbase (in. / mm): 116 / 2947

Overall Length (in. / mm): 193.8 / 4924

Overall Width (in. / mm): 74.1/ 1883 (w/ mirrors)

Overall Height (in. / mm): 57.2 / 1452

Track (in. mm):

62.8 / 1594 (front)
63.9 / 1624 (rear)


Headroom (in / mm):

Front: 39 / 990
Rear: 36.6 / 930

Legroom (in. / mm):

Front: 42.4 / 1078
Rear: 37.9 / 963

Shoulder Room (in. / mm):

Front: 56.7 / 1440
Rear: 55.7 / 1416

Hip Room (in. / mm):

Front: 53.7 / 1365
Rear: 53.7 / 1365


Curb Weight (lb. / kg):

3660 / 1660 (Luxury RWD)

Cargo Volume (cu. ft. / L):

11.9 / 337

Cargo and load capacity limited by weight and distribution. ±Before you buy a vehicle or use it for trailering, carefully review the Trailering section of the Owner’s Manual.


Cadillac user experience with Personalization
Cadillac user experience with Personalization and embedded Navigation
10-inch-diagonal 1080dp color touchscreen
Dual-microphone, cloud-based natural voice recognition
Dual-display driver information center
8-inch-diagonal driver information center display (replaces dual-display cluster)
Latest-generation, 15-watt wireless charging4
Center console rotary controller
Three USB ports, SD card reader and 2 auxiliary power outlets
Teen Driver
“Phone shrine”
Two years of OnStar Safety & Security coverage1 and limited Cadillac connected services trial1, plus 3 months or 3GB of 4G LTE data (whichever comes first)6.
Apple CarPlay7 and Android Auto8 for compatible smartphones

* This article was originally published here

Saturday, June 22, 2019

Where Does the Cadillac CT5 Fit?

The CT5 Premium Luxury showcases Cadillac’s unique expertise i

The new CT5, just unveiled at the New York Auto Show in April, is the latest sedan from Cadillac. However, Cadillac has not done a great job of telling us if it is meant to replace the ATS, the CTS, or the XTS in the lineup.

It is good to remember that Cadillac’s sales of sedans have been slipping for some time. It made little sense to work on replacements for each of Cadillac’s sedans, so a decision has been made to cut down the lineup from 4 sedans. Rumors have been floating for at least a couple years that there would be a car brought out to replace the CTS and one other model…but also possibly that a new small sedan would come to market to compete against the CLA from Mercedes, the 2-Series from BMW, and the A3 from Audi. Other rumors had the new CT5/Alpha sedan intended to replace both the ATS and CTS in one model.

If we take a look at dimensions of the new model, and compare against all the prior sedans, we can make a good case for how the new sedan fits in and help determine what rumor might be true.

CT5 vs ATS, CTS, XTS, and CT6 sedans

CT5 vs ATS, CTS, XTS, and CT6 sedans

We can see here that the new CT5 is certainly smaller than the CT6, which seems reasonable. But, the CT5 matches front legroom across the entire line of prior sedans, but is slightly closer to CTS and XTS for front headroom. Front shoulder room also slightly tighter than the XTS while matching the CTS. Out back is where things diverge more strongly. Rear leg room falls short of the XTS while soundly beating both the ATS and CTS. Rear headroom is a match for the ATS sedan, but falls short of the CTS or the XTS. Shoulder room falls between the CTS and the XTS. Cargo room falls way short of the XTS and lands between ATS and CTS.

It isn’t definitive, but the CT5 seems to be more a split between XTS and CTS than it is a split between ATS and CTS. The longer wheelbase and strong step up in rear seat legroom suggest that the two sedans Cadillac is replacing with CT5 is the CTS and XTS. This leaves us thinking there is a small sedan on the way later (CT3 perhaps) that will go after the CLA/2-series/A3 competition and might come in at a nice entry-level price point to get new/young buyers to try out the brand…especially if Cadillac makes a good case for performance and technology mix.

If work on such a small sedan is ongoing, we would expect to see spy shots of that car undergoing testing in the coming months. We think a small sedan, especially if based on the Alpha platform like the ATS, could be a really interesting offering.

The CT5 replacing the CTS and XTS means that Cadillac will finally be moving away from the front-drive based XTS/DTS/DeVille family while still offering a car that those buyers could see themselves in (as long as they didn’t -really- need that 20 cubic foot trunk) without Cadillac needing to build yet another car that doesn’t really match the rest of the line.

Unfortunately, we will have to wait and see how this all goes.

* This article was originally published here

Friday, June 21, 2019

A Post Mortem with Johan de Nysschen


A lot has been said about the tenure of Johan de Nysschen at Cadillac.

Recently, he sat down with Automobile Magazine’s Jamie Kitman to discuss some of what happened over his years in charge of the brand. A few things are unexpected in the they show some things that people blamed him exclusively for were just him implementing decisions that had been made by GM’s corporate heads before he took the job at Cadillac.

For instance - the move of the Cadillac headquarters to NYC? Not his idea. Though he at least saw some benefit in getting the decision-making for the brand out of the GM corporate headquarters in Detroit.

He also feels like he was hitting all the goals he had set for the brand and that his ouster was unexpected, at least by him. This does seem to fit the impression I have that GM’s top management has no idea how to run Cadillac nor the patience to let a plan fully come together - something that has been pretty obvious with all the management shakeups at the brand since they decided to seriously invest in the brand and go hunting the luxury market leaders back in the early 2000’s with the first rear-drive Cadillac sedans.

Additionally, he talks a bit about how GM used to decide where technology would debut across their brands and the work done while he was there to make Cadillac the default for new technologies like electrification. This should show up in the coming years as new/expensive technologies will debut on Cadillacs and cascade down to other brands as the ability to produce those technologies more cheaply allows for them to appear on less expensive models.

Source: Automobile Magazine - Johan de Nysschen: The Cadillac of Interviews

* This article was originally published here

Thursday, June 20, 2019

XT5 Sport Edition

The 2019 Cadillac XT5 Sport package is infused with darkened ext

If you haven’t noticed, Cadillac has been splitting the trims offered on their cars and SUVs by offering both a luxurious trim and a sporty trim. These packages are emphasized by less chrome on the sporty models to help appeal to two different types of luxury buyers.

XT4 was the first model to offer a sport trim, though we are now seeing the same treatment on the XT6, CT5, CT6, and Escalade.

At this year’s Chicago Auto Show, Cadillac unveiled a sport trim on the existing XT5 crossover to help bring it in line with the rest of their crossovers. Highlights include blacked-out grill, clear-lens taillights, aluminum interior trim, and grey 20” wheels.

Read the full press release below:

Cadillac introduced the 2019 XT5 Sport package today at the Chicago Auto Show — a new look infused with darkened exterior styling elements that complement Cadillac’s signature front, cornering and LED lighting, adding a personalized flair to Cadillac’s global best-selling crossover.

The XT5 Sport package joins the XT4, which has soared to the top spot in its segment, the recently introduced XT6 and the iconic Escalade to accelerate the brand’s global growth.

“The new XT5 Sport package harmonizes styling cues from Cadillac’s new Sport models, first launched on XT4 and all-new XT6,” said Steve Carlisle, Cadillac president. “It gives our best-selling XT5 a dark, aggressive appearance and expands customer choices within our successful crossover portfolio.”

The new limited-edition Sport package is offered on the XT5’s Luxury and Premium Luxury trims. Its distinguishing elements include:

  • A gloss black grille with Galvano surround.

  • LED headlamps, signature lighting and cornering lamps.

  • Neutral-density (clear) taillamp lenses.

  • Side-assist steps.

  • 20-inch aluminum wheels with Technical Gray finish.

  • Sport pedals.

  • Two interior color choices: Cirrus/Jet Black with Diamond Cut aluminum trim or Jet Black with Diamond Cut aluminum trim.

The XT5 Sport package is furnished with all of the Luxury and Premium Luxury trims’ respective content, including Adaptive Remote Start, a Bose® eight-speaker audio system, leather-appointed heated front seats (heated and ventilated on Premium Luxury), automatic heated steering wheel and a programmable memory height power liftgate.

The XT5 also features the Cadillac user experience system1 with an 8-inch-diagonal color touchscreen and available embedded navigation2 (standard on Premium Luxury). Connectivity features also include Apple CarPlay3 and Android Auto4capability, Cadillac Connected Apps and an available 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot (includes 3GB/three-month data trial, whichever comes first)5.

A 310-hp (231 kW) 3.6-liter V-6 engine drives the XT5 and features cylinder deactivation and stop/start technologies. It is paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission.

The 2019 Cadillac XT5 Sport Edition package is $2,995 on the Luxury trim and $1,995 on the Premium Luxury trim. The Luxury trim’s starting MSRP in the U.S. is $49,490 (including destination) and it will be available for ordering in spring.

* This article was originally published here

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

2020 Cadillac XT6 Starting Prices Announced


Cadillac’s new 3-row crossover SUV, the XT6 will be showing up in showrooms this summer. However, we didn’t know yet what it would cost. That changes now.

For a front-drive Premium Luxury model, the SUV will carry a $53,690 price tag (including destination).

Decide you want the sport trim, which brings all-wheel drive, and you’ll be starting at $58,090. Sport is also differentiated with gloss black exterior accents in place of the Luxury trim’s “Bright Galvano” trim.

All trims come with a significant number of safety and security features, such as forward collision alert, emergency braking, blind spot monitoring, Cadillac’s Safety Alert Seat, and front and rear parking assist.

Other features include Cadillac’s new over-the-air software updates (allowing improvements to interior electronics to be applied without a visit to the dealer). Additionally, an XT6 owner will get 10 years of Cadillac’s Connected Access.

The XT6 appears to offer many features that luxury buyers are looking for in a package and price that buyers will appreciate. We’ll be watching to see how well this works in Cadillac’s push to increase sales later this year.

Read the full press release below:

Cadillac’s first-ever XT6 will offer one of the segment’s strongest rosters of standard features and safety and driver assistance technologies, with a starting price of $53,690 (including destination charge)1, for the Premium Luxury FWD model.

The lineup also includes the XT6 Sport, with standard Sport Control AWD, which starts at $58,090 (including destination charge).1

“The XT6 is designed to make every seat the best seat in the house, with every inch carefully considered to offer refinement, comfort, connectivity and safety,” said Steve Carlisle, Cadillac president. “With its host of standard features and two expressions of the signature Cadillac experience, XT6 will offer customers a high level of content with choices for style and driving character.”  

Bright Galvano exterior accents distinguish the Premium Luxury model, while the XT6 Sport is defined by gloss black accents and more aggressive, performance-inspired details. Both models feature advanced lighting technology, including vertically emphasized LED signatures.

The XT6’s rewarding balance of responsiveness and driving refinement is uniquely reflected in each of the models. A greater emphasis on road isolation is placed on the Premium Luxury, while a greater feeling of agility is dialed into the Sport’s chassis tuning.

Standard features for both XT6 Premium Luxury and Sport models include:


  • Seven standard airbags: Dual-stage frontal airbags for the driver and front passenger; seat-mounted side-impact airbags for the driver and front passenger; knee airbag for the driver; and roof rail-mounted head-curtain airbags for outboard positions of all three seating rows

  • HD Rear Vision Camera with Remote Wash

  • Forward Collision Alert

  • Following Distance Indicator

  • Automatic Emergency Braking

  • Front Pedestrian Braking

  • Front and Rear Park Assist

  • Lane Change Alert with Side Blind Zone Alert

  • Rear Cross Traffic Alert

  • Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning

  • Safety Alert Seat

  • Rear Seat Reminder

  • Teen Driver


  • Choose from exotic wood finishes like Black Olive Ash or Carbon Fiber trim with ombré finish

  • Bi-functional LED headlamps with IntelliBeam, LED daytime running lamps and LED taillamps

  • 20-inch wheels

  • Heated, leather-wrapped steering wheel with power tilt/telescope function

  • UltraView power sunroof with power sunshade

  • Seven-passenger seating (six-passenger with second-row captain’s chairs available)

  • Power-folding third-row seat and remote fold-down feature for the second-row seat


  • Rotary controller with Cadillac-first jog function

  • Over-the-air vehicle software updates

  • NFC phone pairing

  • Wireless charging for compatible phones4

  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility

  • Six USB ports (two Type A and four Type C), one SD card slot and two 12-volt power outlets

  • 4G LTE Wi-Fi® hotspot (includes 3GB or three months of data, whichever comes first)

  • Cadillac Connected Access, with 10 years of standard connectivity which enables services such as vehicle diagnostics, dealer maintenance notification, Cadillac Smart Driver, Marketplace and more

An available Enhanced Visibility and Technology Package builds on the standard safety and driver assistance features and other technologies, adding: an 8-inch-diagonal color gauge cluster display, color Head-Up Display, Rear Camera Mirror, Rear Camera Mirror Washer, HD Surround Vision, Surround Vision Recorder, Rear Pedestrian Alert and Automatic Parking Assist with Braking.

Additionally, the available Driver Assist Package adds Adaptive Cruise Control – Advanced, Automatic Seat Belt Tightening and Enhanced Automatic Emergency Braking. Night Vision11 is also available.

All models in North America are powered by a 3.6L V6 rated at 310 horsepower and featuring direct injection, Active Fuel Management and Stop/Start technologies. It is matched with a nine-speed automatic transmission controlled via Cadillac’s Electronic Precision Shift, which uses electronic controls in place of a conventional mechanical linkage.

All-wheel drive is available on Premium Luxury and a performance-oriented Sport Control AWD system is standard on XT6 Sport. The Sport model also features standard Continuous Damping Control (CDC) Active Sport Chassis suspension to deliver greater control and agility.

* This article was originally published here

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

CT4 - A 2nd Generation ATS by Any Other Name

Yesterday, Cadillac released what can only be termed the V-Sport variants of the CT5 and the CT4.

CT5 is a known quantity, but this is the very first showing of the CT4 sedan. Previously, we used measurements to determine that the CT5 is more a split between the CTS and XTS in size vs the expected split between the CTS and ATS that many expected.

CT4 almost exactly matches the ATS in many dimensions

CT4 almost exactly matches the ATS in many dimensions

Now, putting the CT4 in the same table, shows that the CT4 is packing the exact same wheelbase as the ATS, and is within 10ths of an inch on all interior dimensions.

That and the fact the CT4 is also based on the same Alpha platform as the prior ATS, CTS, and CT5 shows that the CT4 is essentially a second generation ATS in all but badge.

That means that the CT4-V is still at V-Sport equivalent as it is packing only an automatic transmission and is 144hp short of the prior ‘true’ V-Series.

Rumors are that there will be true V-Series models, perhaps with manual transmissions, coming of at least the CT4 and hopefully the CT5 (though we doubt the CT5 will get a manual at any point).

* This article was originally published here

Monday, June 17, 2019

Cadillac Unveils CT5 and CT4 'V-Sport' Models - Tries to Call Them V-Series

Cadillac Unveils CT5 and CT4 'V-Sport' Models - Tries to Call Them V-Series

On May 30, Cadillac finally unveiled the V version of the, not yet on sale, CT5. They also took this opportunity to debut the next sedan in the line-up, the CT5’s baby brother, the CT4.

Now, Cadillac will say that these are V-Series. Don’t buy that hype.

CT4-V (blue) and CT5-V (orange)

CT4-V (blue) and CT5-V (orange)

These V’s are straight down the middle the ‘V-Sport’ versions of both cars. The CT4, essentially an ATS replacement, is packing over 140hp less than the ATS-V it replaces. The CT5 is packing is down 285hp from the CTS-V it replaces. Both are packing turbo engines, (a 2.7L inline-4 and 3.0L V-6 respectively). They are also automatic (10-speed) only and available in both rear and all-wheel drive.

Additionally, Cadillac rebranded the CT6 V-Sport as the CT6 V-Series - showing in no uncertain terms that Cadillac is changing what V-Series means in their line-up…a step up from the Sport trim while not packing the track-ready credentials that have been the hallmark of the V-Series since the very first model (the 2004 CTS-V).

Now, as V-Sports, these are solid entries. But we can’t wait to see the CT4-V that brings the missing power to bear and comes with a manual (a true ATS-V replacement). The CT5 should also get a true V-Series trim in the future, probably packing the Blackwing V-8 and well over 500hp - though we’d prefer to see something well over 600 since that is what we enjoyed in the last CTS-V. Chances are that both of the ‘real’ V-Series trims will be rear-drive only…unless Cadillac decides the all-wheel drive BMW M5 is worth matching feature for feature.

But, the communication from Cadillac could have been significantly clearer than what they chose to put forward this time.

Read on for the press release:

Driven by Cadillac’s latest turbocharging technology and building on more than 15 years of performance credentials, the first-ever 2020 CT4-V and CT5-V were unveiled today, expanding choices for the brand’s V-Series performance sub-brand.

Following the 2019 CT6-V, they grow the V-Series family with even more levels of performance, while preserving the lineage established by the original V-Series lineup introduced in 2004.   

“The new V-Series sedan lineup defines modern sophistication by combining luxury appointments with thoughtful technology and athletic refinement for the discerning enthusiast,” said Brandon Vivian, Cadillac executive chief engineer. “We are inviting even more customers into the V-Series family by adding a new level of elevated performance between our Sport models and the ultimate, high-performance track capability that the V-Series has grown to represent.”

The first-ever CT4 and recently introduced CT5 represent Cadillac’s realigned sedan portfolio, characterized by new proportions, innovative technologies and more appearance and performance choices. Each is built on Cadillac’s award-winning rear-wheel-drive Alpha architecture, with the V-Series models developed to deliver the ultimate blend of performance, presence and road-going refinement.

Both share the latest standard V-Series performance technologies, including Magnetic Ride Control 4.0, which is tuned specifically for V models to enhance comfort without sacrificing performance-oriented responsiveness, and drive modes that include new V-Mode personalization. Each model is available in RWD or AWD and features a 10-speed automatic transmission, Brembo front brakes with eBoost electronic assist and a limited-slip rear differential on CT4-V and electronic limited-slip differential on CT5-V.

Cadillac’s exclusive Super Cruise1, the first true hands-free driver assistance feature for the freeway, is available on more than 130,000 miles of limited-access freeways in the U.S. and Canada. It will be available on both new V-Series models.  

“The new lineup expands the V-Series ethos, drawing more customers into the Cadillac Performance family, and the newest Vs are focused on elevated athleticism and luxurious refinement for customers wanting a dynamic daily drive,” said Mark Reuss, GM president. “And this is only the beginning of the V family. Cadillac’s passion for performance shines on a racetrack. Stay tuned.”

Vehicle highlights
CT5-V — The first-ever CT5-V builds on the precision-focused details of the all-new luxury sedan introduced earlier this year to offer elevated road performance and an engaging driving experience.  

  • Powered by Cadillac’s high-output 3.0L Twin Turbo V-6 engine, which uses low-inertia turbochargers to enhance power production across the rpm band. It is rated at a Cadillac-estimated 355 horsepower (265 kW), pending SAE certification.

  • 10-speed automatic transmission.

  • Electronic limited-slip rear differential.

  • Standard RWD and available AWD.

  • V-Series performance chassis with Magnetic Ride Control 4.0.

  • Performance Traction Management.

  • Vehicle Control Mode with customizable V-Mode.

  • Brembo front braking system.

  • 19-inch wheels and summer-only performance tires2 (all-season tires available with AWD).

  • Dark exterior accents and V-Series mesh grilles; unique rear diffuser and quad exhaust tips.

  • Super Cruise1 available.

  • Unique performance persona instrument cluster and V-Mode steering wheel control.

CT4-V — Developed for a new generation of sedan customers, the first-ever CT4 blends nimble handling and Cadillac’s signature technology. The CT4-V takes these traits further, infusing the brand’s racing DNA for a dynamic, responsive and exhilarating driving experience.   

  • Powered by Cadillac’s high-output 2.7L Turbo engine featuring a unique three-step sliding camshaft that helps optimize performance at all speeds. It is rated at a Cadillac-estimated 320 horsepower (239 kW), pending SAE certification.

  • 10-speed automatic.

  • Limited-slip rear differential.

  • V-Series performance chassis with Magnetic Ride Control 4.0 (on RWD) or ZF MVS passive dampers (on AWD).

  • Vehicle Control Mode with customizable V-Mode.

  • Brembo front braking system.

  • 18-inch wheels and summer-only performance tires2 (all-season tires available with AWD).

  • Near-perfect 50/50 weight distribution for an exceptional feeling of balance and control.

  • Dark exterior accents and V-Series mesh grilles; quad exhaust tips, unique rear spoiler design that helps reduce rear lift while increasing grip for the rear tires.

  • Super Cruise1 available.

  • Unique performance persona instrument cluster and V-Mode steering wheel control.

The CT4-V and CT5-V go on sale early in the 2020 calendar year, with production at GM’s Lansing Grand River facility in Michigan. Additional product information, as well as details on additional V-Series variants and CT4 Luxury, Premium Luxury and Sport models, will be announced at a later date.

* This article was originally published here

Sunday, June 16, 2019

I know V-Series and you, sir, are no V-Series…

I know V-Series and you, sir, are no V-Series…
CT4-V (Sport)

CT4-V (Sport)

We have a theory…

Without adequately communicating what is going on with model designations, Cadillac unveiled new “V-Series” trims of the CT5 and the, previously unannounced, CT4 sedans. These are what Cadillac would have previously called “V-Sport” due to their relatively minor upgrades above their respective sport trim. Additionally, the previously announced CT6 V-Sport has unceremoniously been re-labeled the CT6 V-Series.

Cadillac representatives mentioned to press at the unveiling that there would be further V models of the CT4 and CT5 revealed later.

The collective automotive press and Cadillac enthusiast community lost their minds about the new “V-Series” models being pale comparisons to the models they replaced.

Could this be the V4?

Could this be the V4?

On Saturday, Cadillac brought disguised models to the Detroit Grand Prix. These were significantly hotter than the pseudo-V models shown earlier in the week. Which, besides being a ham-fisted launch of a new vision for the V-Series, food for thought about what Cadillac is up to.

Let’s look at the competition for some indication of a direction Cadillac could take.

In BMW-land, the performance trims bring with them names that contain ‘M’. The top models are an M followed by a digit to represent the family of the model. So a 3-series is topped by the M3.

Additionally, a hot model that falls short of the top M# model gets an M Sport badge. This is the inspiration that Cadillac took when they began using V-Sport badging for hot models that were short of the beastly V-Series offerings.

In the land of Mercedes, performance models all are badged AMG instead of Mercedes…which is somewhat unusual. But the models all come with a letter designation for the model family and a two-digit number to denote how high a performance the model offers. For instance the C-class gets both an AMG C43 or AMG C63 performance trims. This deviates from the C300 naming for standard models.

Looking at this for inspiration, we think Cadillac may have decided to diverge from V-Series as a performance flagship name…possibly because it might be viewed as confusing. It is possible that V-Series truly replaces the V-Sport name (which is, itself, confusing for those of us that understood the old naming). But, to top the range, Cadillac may be deciding to simplify the naming significantly. Instead of a CT4-V, what if Cadillac decides to call that new sedan the V4. This would continue to emphasize V as a performance monicker while still telling the world which model the performance trim is based upon. It would also resonate with BMW buyers that expect a performance model to have a short, punchy name like M3 and M5.

This doesn’t get Cadillac off the hook for a ham-fisted way they’ve handled the launch/re-branding…but starts to make a tiny bit of sense.

Here are a few pictures of what we are thinking may be the V4 and V5 models from their time at the Detroit Grand Prix this weekend:


* This article was originally published here

Saturday, June 15, 2019

Super Cruise to add 70000 Miles of Available Roads

Super Cruise to add 70000 Miles of Available Roads
Existing Super Cruise roadways (green) and additional roads (blue)

Existing Super Cruise roadways (green) and additional roads (blue)

Cadillac began offering its Super Cruise self-driving system as an option on the 2018 CT6 sedan. The system is intended for use on roads which have been mapped using a high-definition LiDAR system (a laser-based equivalent to radar). Originally 130000 miles of roadways in North America were included. All of these are ‘controlled access’ highways (think interstates with on and off-ramps). As part of the system, Cadillac uses a camera to monitor the driver to make for a robust hand-off of control to and from the self-driving system - while without requiring the driving keep hands on the wheel at regular intervals.

Recent Super Cruise news has been the addition of Super Cruise availability on the new CT5 sedan. But, today we have found out that development has not been limited to just adding the hardware to the new model. Before the end of 2019, Cadillac will add an additional 70000 miles of available roadways to the system. Existing CT6 customers will merely need to schedule a visit to their dealer to get the software update - which also includes changes in system behavior that are responses to customer feedback (including causing the car to drift slightly wide of large trucks when passing - rather than staying centered in the lane and making owners nervous about being so close to a large vehicle).

Fortunately, CT5 buyers will be able to get updates to their system in the future via over-the-air updates - though we expect the updated driving behavior and expanded roadway network will be part of their initial Super Cruise version.

See the Cadillac demo video below and the press release at the bottom:

Cadillac is expanding the availability of Super Cruise™1 to an additional 70,000 miles of compatible, divided highways in the United States and Canada. This expansion will make the industry’s first true hands-free driver assistance feature available on more than 200,000 total miles of compatible highways by the fourth quarter of 2019.

To date, Super Cruise has been available on more than 130,000 miles of limited-access freeways. The expansion builds on Super Cruise’s unique combination of precision LiDAR map data, high-precision GPS, a state-of-the-art Driver Attention System and a network of camera and radar sensors. Some of the divided highways added will include limited intersections and traffic control devices. In the cases of railroad crossings, pedestrian crossings, stoplights or stop signs, Super Cruise will alert drivers to take back control of the vehicle.  As always, it remains important for drivers to stay engaged and vigilant at all times while Super Cruise is engaged.

To enable the expanded functionality, an enhancement to the Super Cruise system will be available to 2018 and 2019 model year Cadillac CT6 owners through their Cadillac dealer. Following the completion of the system enhancement, the new, additional map miles will be sent to customer vehicles over the air throughout the summer and fall.

In addition to the mileage expansion, the software update will also include performance improvements, enhancements to increase Super Cruise availability and enhancements to the Driver Attention System.

“We are constantly working to make Super Cruise the most beneficial system for our customers,” said Mario Maiorana, Super Cruise chief engineer. “Expanding our offering of compatible highways will allow people the ease and convenience of traveling hands-free more often.”

Last year, Cadillac made updates to its Super Cruise driver assistance feature based on customer feedback, including making Super Cruise activation easier for the driver and adding dynamic lane offset so that a CT6 with Super Cruise activated can adjust slightly over in its lane for driver comfort when passing large vehicles. Gauge cluster messages were also added, to inform drivers why Super Cruise may be not be available in certain instances.  

Customers have traveled 2.5 million miles using Super Cruise since its launch. Super Cruise is currently available on the 2018 and 2019 model year Cadillac CT6 and will be available on the 2020 model year CT6 later this year. Super Cruise will be available on Cadillac’s all-new CT5 sedan next year.

* This article was originally published here