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Checking Out The New 2019 Cadillac XT4

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The decision of Cadillac to hire Johan de Nysschen has finally come to fruition in terms of the crossover market. This 2018, we’ll finally get to see the launch of the 2019 Cadillac XT4, which will give the BMW X3, the Audi Q5, and the Mercedes-Benz GLC a run for their money.

Making its public debut at the 2018 New York Auto Show, the XT4 is Cadillac’s smallest crossover to date. It rides on a new platform and uses a small displacement engine. Is it surprising that Cadillac wants a chunk off the crossover market? It’s a huge market, and one being slowly monopolized by luxury brand such as BMW.

Exterior

The overall styling cues of the XT4 comes from the larger XT5. Although it has a more subdued appearance, it is still elegant and sophisticated. Plus, it has a nice sporty look that would go well with the millennial market. Similar to the XT5, the XT4 has a swept-back headlamps with vertical daytime running lights, a big trapezoidal grille, and a sturdy bumper. From the CT6 sedan, it got the side intakes that are placed higher than the fascia and the LED strips that are shorter than the XT5.

Overall, the XT4 feels sportier and more aggressive, which is much needed if it’s to compete with the BMW X3 and the Mercedes-Benz GLC. There are eight colors that you can choose from— Atlantic Metallic, Autumn Metallic, Crystal White Tricoat, Twilight Blue Metallic, Shadow Metallic, Red Horizon Tintcoat, Stellar Black Metallic, and Radiant Silver Metallic.

Interior

Inside, the cabin has some familiar features, but there’s enough styling elements also to make it stand out. First, it has a unique dashboard design. The center piece holds the new eight-inch infotainment display with several controls underneath. There’s a three-spoke steering wheel design wrapped in leather and has big grip handles for a sportier feel.

Other notable features include the sporty seats with a massage option and ambient lighting. On the tech side, you can enjoy the infotainment system with a smartphone-like operation and intuitive interface.

Drivetrain

Here’s the 411 on the new Cadillac XT4. It will run on a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with Active Fuel Management or cylinder deactivation for the best fuel economy. It can produce 237 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque.

The XT4 will have a starting price of $35,790, including the destination charge, but excluding tax, title, license, dealer fee, and optional equipment.

4 Important Things To Know About The 2019 Cadillac CT6 V-Sport

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The Cadillac CT6 was specifically designed to go against the likes of the Mercedes-Benz S-Class, the BMW 7 Series, and the Audi A8, but that was back in 2015. Fast-forward today, the 2019 Cadillac CT6 V-Sport will be offering a more powerful variant of the vehicle, thanks to its brand-new V-8 engine.

The V-Sport gets all the new and cool features, including some that are borrowed from the Escala, though the main highlight remains to be the V-8 engine it got under the hood.

1. Exterior

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The concept design of the 2019 Cadillac CT6 V-Sport is based on the Escala, so needless to say, the new Cadillac looks completely different from the mid-cycle upgrade. In the front, there’s a new grille that’s almost similar to the Escala, thanks to the upper chrome trim. There’s also a sportier mesh with a honeycomb-like design that replaced the regular CT6 grille with horizontal slats.

Other things to take notice of in the new Cadillac’s overall look are the new headlamps and taillights, the black window trim, the decklid spoiler, a revised bumper, and the sportier side skirts.

2. Interior

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Cadillac released two photos of the interior of the 2019 Cadillac CT6 V-Sport, and we must say we’re pretty impressed. What we can gleam is that it will have upholstered leather seating and carbon fiber trim on the dashboard. We’re expecting there’ll be the V-Sport badge on the floor mats and the door sills, but we’re still not sure about that.

The V-Sport is using an upgraded infotainment system with smartphone-like features and a more intuitive interface. There’s also a new rotary controller, new rear camera mirror, a 10-inch display screen, and hands-free super cruise.

3. Drivetrain

As mentioned above, the 2019 Cadillac CT6 V-Sport will be packed with the all-new V-8 engine that produces 550 horsepower and a whopping 627 pound-feet of torque. It will come with an AWD as standard or you can opt for a 10-speed automatic transmission. There’s also the Brembo braking system and performance-optimized track mode.

4. Prices

Cadillac has yet to announce the price for the 2019 Cadillac CT6 V-Sport, but it’s safe to assume that it will be the most expensive car in the lineup. The price tag could go as high as $100,000 before options.

Toyota Tops Consumer Reports in Terms of Reliability

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For the fifth consecutive year, Toyota emerged on top in terms of reliability. This was based on a survey conducted by Consumer Reports.

According to Fox News, Toyota took the top place among the 27 automotive brands surveyed by Consumer Reports. The brand was followed by Lexus, which also happened to be Toyota’s luxury vehicle division. The two exchanged places from their rankings in 2016. Another Asian brand, Kia, appeared in the top three spot of the study.

US brand Cadillac was listed as the worst among the 27 brands researched. Then, GMC and Ram were in the 26th and 25th places, respectively.

The source noted that the meticulous approach of Toyota in introducing new technology in its vehicles mostly contributed to its reliability. The Japanese brand has been known to implement new tech gradually and steadily in its new models. This was in contrast to the other brands featured in the survey, which garnered low scores because of complaints in their infotainment systems and new transmissions.

The report singled out the Toyota Camry sedan as an example. The latest model of the car possesses an eight-speed transmission gearbox. The system was first tested in the Highlander SUV.

Kia was two spots up from last year. Again, this was because of their decision not to rush things up when it comes to putting new tech in their vehicles. Most of the technology in their new models today first came out in their sister brand, Hyundai. The Kia Niro hybrid had the highest point in reliability among the other units in the brand’s lineup. Unfortunately for Hyundai, they dived three spots down to number 10 this year.

The biggest climber in this year’s survey was Chrysler. The brand was up by 10 positions compared to last year, thanks mainly to the positive remarks in its Pacifica minivan. Acura plunged the deepest by seven spots because of its new models’ transmission issues.

Cadillac CT6 With Super Cruise Sells For $71,300

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Looking for an autonomous driving car? The top-end Cadillac CT6 that has been fitted with the Super Cruise autonomous driving system will sell for about $71,300, the same price tag that the Tesla Model S with similar technology is gunning for.

Beginning this fall, the Super Cruise autonomous driving system will charge $5,000 for anyone who wants to opt for it in the Cadillac CT6 Premium Luxury trim, Uwe Ellinghaus, Cadillar’s chief marketing officer, said. The price tag will be an add-on to the CT6’s $66,290, shipping included.

Those with $85,290, including shipping, to spare can have the package on the top-end CT6 Platinum model. The Super Cruise will be standard on that trim model, which had a $500 increase from the 2017 model year but the same with the 2018 pricing.

The Super Cruise is part of the mid-model-year addition that Cadillac dubbed as “2018i.” Originally, it was expected to charge $2,500 for two models, but Cadillac has since changed the pricing options. Ellinghaus said that it’s pertinent for Cadillac to make Super Cruise standard on the top-level CT6 because it’s still a new technology. Basically, this is a “trial” for Cadillac owners who may still not know they want what the system has to offer.

He added that the Super Cruise is the kind of system you “will never want to give it up” after trying it. Ellinghaus likened it with the head-up displays.

To make it more accessible to customers, Cadillac is topping its more than 900 dealers to have the Super Cruise-equipped CT6 models in their showrooms.

The Super Cruise includes Driver’s Awareness and Convenience and Enhanced Vision and Comfort packages. Aside from controlling the steering, braking, and acceleration in certain situations, as well as allowing the drivers to take their hands off the steering wheel and feet off the pedals while driving, the system added a safety measure to monitor facial cues and pupils. The system will be able to sense when the driver is either sleeping or not paying attention. It can then send alerts through audio warnings and a light bar on the steering wheel.

Cadillac Escala Concept Car Unveiled

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Cadillac revealed a new concept car at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in California on Thursday. The luxury car division of General Motors unveiled the Escala.

According to the company’s official media site, the Cadillac Escala concept car is a rear-wheel drive four-door sedan. The auto appears to be an evolution of the brand’s Ciel convertible concept launched in 2011 and its Elmiraj coupe concept that debuted in 2013.

Based on the statement of Johan de Nysschen, the president of Global Cadillac, the Escala embodies the next design language of the luxury car brand. It also possesses the technology that future Cadillac models will carry. Moreover, the vehicle signifies the brand’s comeback to the top of the premium car market.

The company explained that Escala is a Spanish word for “scale.” They chose to name the luxury sedan concept as that because it is considered to be the larger, more elite and expressive companion to the 2016 Cadillac CT6.

The Cadillac Escala measures 210.5 inches in length. It is approximately six inches longer than the CT6 model. On the other hand, its width is at 76.7 inches while its height and wheelbase are 57.3 inches and 127.1 inches, respectively.

The Escala is fitted with a 4.2-liter twin turbo V8 engine that Cadillac has been developing. So far, there’s no word yet regarding the output of the power unit but the company revealed that it has an Active Fuel Management technology. The feature allows better fuel-saving for the four-cylinder operation of the car. Again, the unit is expected to be carried over to the upcoming models of the luxury automaker.

Among the other noteworthy features of the Escala include Cadillac’s signature vertical headlamps. The lighting is equipped with organic light emitting diode (OLED) for better illumination. The grille design takes a three-dimensional precision pattern as well. To top it all off, the automaker fits the car with 22-inch wheels with two-layer spoke designs.

Other technological treats that the Escala has in store for customers is its better connectivity functions, including voice and gesture controls.

The surfaces inside the Escala are covered in hand-tailored fabric. The materials and styling are made possible by the partners of the brand in the fashion industry.

Bicentennial Edition Cadillac Eldorado Relives ’76 Convertible Spirit

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In the 1970s, threats of air pollution and government safety regulations almost put an end to the convertibles. By 1975, only GM Motors was the lone producer of full-size convertibles, but it didn’t last long as the next year saw the departure of its sole surviving US convertible—the Eldorado.

This year marks the bicentennial anniversary of the 1976 Cadillac Eldorado, and GM wouldn’t let this year pass without something to commemorate it. According to a report, the final 200 units of the 1976 Eldorado convertibles were Bicentennial Edition cars. They are identical to the convertibles of the past, except for the California-emissions equipment choking the 500-cubic-inch V-8.

The Bicentennial Edition comes in triple white—Cotillion White exterior, a white top, and white leather interior with contrast red details such as the seat piping, dash, seatbelts and carpet. Red and blue pinstriping are on the hood, as well as red pinstriping on the sides.

Instead of the standard black, the wheel covers have white centers, giving the car an uber retro vibe. The car is packed with everything you can expect of a regular Eldo; options also remain the same. But for the Bicentennial Editions, you’ll find a gold dash plaque: “This 1976 Fleetwood Eldorado is one of the last 200 identical U.S. production convertibles.”

With GM keeping the last unit for itself, this means there are 199 Bicentennial Editions of the Eldorado out there. Most of these are assuredly in the hands of collectors, ready to show them to the world once convertibles became truly extinct.

Of course, that’s unlikely to happen anytime soon. You can walk into any dealership now and get yourself some modern top-down convertible, though that cannot diminish the charm and wonder of owning a ’76 Eldorado with its long hood and utter disregard for space utilization.

The Bicentennial Edition will most certainly not come cheap. It might two to three times the price of a standard Eldo.

2017 Cadillac CTS Gets Minor Visual Updates

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Because Cadillac’s core sedans—the compact ATS and the midsize CTS—were struggling to make sales against its competitors, the automaker has decided that its 2017 CTS will receive minor trim-level upgrades and mild visual refresh.

“Mild” might be overstating it as the only visual change we noticed in the pictures is the addition of a horizontal chrome bar for the grille and the reshaped exhaust outlets at the rear.

In terms of trim-level structure, the more significant changes on the 2017 Cadillac CTS are the 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder. It doesn’t offer much luxury equipment, but the base CTS will only have a starting price of $46,990, which is $435 higher than before.

On the other hand, the CTS Luxury, which starts at $52,690, has the standard 2.0T engine. Buyers, though, are allowed to upgrade to the 3.6-liter V-6 for an extra $2,000. Inclusions in the Luxury package are essentials such as leather seats, a sunroof, heated and ventilated front seats, along with several active-safety features including blind-spot warning, lane-keep assist, and forward-collision warning.

Another step up is the CTS Premium Luxury, which will have a standard 3.6-liter engine with the following features: adaptive dampers, rain-sensing wipers and park assist. It has a starting price of $60,190.

All models will be paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission while an all-wheel drive option is available for an additional charge of $2,000.

If you want more performance from the CTS, check out the 420-horsepower CTS Vsport. It is a 10Best winner for the last three years. We’ll also see the return of the 640-horsepower CTS-V. The two, however, did not receive the same minor updates as the standard CTS models.

The Vsport has a two-model lineup—the standard’s starting price is at $61,990 while the Vsport Premium begins at $71,790. The 2017 CTS-V’s price remains unchanged at $85,990.

Check out the photos of the new Cadillac CTS in the gallery below:

The 2014 Cadillac SRX

While there is a whole lot of truck like monstrous SUVs dominating the niche of luxury crossovers, there are SUVs like Cadillac’s amazingly loved Escalade and the SRX. The 2014 Cadillac SRX is one beautifully designed crossover to behold. How can a SUV possibly sport contours and straight chiseled lines blended so perfectly that it almost looks like a sedan while being a perfect SUV on the side?  The 2014 Cadillac SRX manages to do that is a fine way. And along with the brilliantly designed exterior, which the SUV has held on to from the previous models, this year the SRX is set to sport a completely redesigned interior with newer and better features. The five passenger crossover is now upgraded with the newest safety technology and features a fully adaptive cruise control. While the beautiful lines and nimble designing on the outside is already comparable to a sedan, the interiors of the 2014 Cadillac SRX are also bold and unconventional for SUV.

Seems like everything about this utility vehicle is more car like! The 2014 Cadillac SRX doesn’t drive very sporty. The stylish SUV is powered by 3.6 liter V-6 grunt that is good for 308 ponies and produces about 265 pound feet of twist. The sprint time the vehicle takes in order to reach 60 mph from rest is 7.1 seconds which is on par with SUVs in this niche. The all wheel drive SRX comes out to be a tad bit slower yet it supersedes the 7.8 seconds sprint time of the Lexus RX350. However, the all wheel drive system on the SUV is optional. The 2014 Cadillac SRX also offers some amount of torque vectoring with the help of rear brakes. The SUV comes in front wheel drive as standard.

The interior is the big thing about the 2014 Cadillac SRX. There is more sophisticated and stylish dashboard that sports all new-fangled gauges. There is an all new 8-inch CUE infotainment system. Earlier, the screen in the SRX was semi-masked until it was needed but now the vehicle sports an all time visible LCD with a classier UI and design.

The new adaptive cruise control charges an extra sum of $2,400. But for all its worth, this is a must have if you settle to buy this SUV. The cruise control is capable of making the SUV stop or go in traffic. There are features like cross-traffic help and blind-spot assist. The safety features get more intensified with the additional lane assist system and safety alert seats. The bumper and the stylish grille of the SUC conceal radar arrays which are the basics of all the safety features in the 2014 Cadillac SRX.

This essentially Cadillac SUV faces a generous amount of competition with vehicles like the Lexus RX450h and Lexus RX350. Both the SUVs are a delight to drive. The current Cadillac SRX, in all its glory, is priced at around $40,000; however, the price is not yet fixed for the 2014 Cadillac SRX.

 

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