Cadillac Introduces First-Ever CT5

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 Cruise1, 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 experience2 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 Seatand Cadillac’s latest generation available Rear Camera Mirror with zoom and tilt adjustment.
  • Standard driver assistance technologies include Forward Collision Alert3, Low Speed Forward Automatic Emergency Braking3 and Front Pedestrian Braking3.
  • Available driver assistance technologies including Advanced3 Adaptive Cruise Control, Enhanced Forward Automatic Emergency Braking3, Automatic Parking Assist with Braking3, HD Surround Vision with Recorder3, Rear Pedestrian Detection and Alert3, Reverse Automatic Braking3and 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 centre 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.

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 experience2, 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.

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.

Cadillac Live set to transform luxury shopping

One part personal shopper, one part live interactive digital showroom, Cadillac Live offers buyers the ability to conveniently shop Cadillac anywhere. The luxury auto brand has transformed a 10,000-square foot Toronto film studio into an online showroom.

Cadillac Live lets customers have one-on-one conversations with trained Live Agents across any mobile or desktop device. A first of its kind in North America, the tool provides shoppers with real human answers to their unique car-buying questions, along with access to dynamic views of the vehicles so they can explore every detail – all while speaking to a knowledgeable, friendly product expert via one-way video.

 “Today’s luxury consumers are increasingly time-starved and more discerning than ever,” said Hoss Hassani, managing director of Cadillac Canada. “What if someone offered an experience that combines convenience and accessibility with a high level of personalization? That’s exactly what Cadillac Live is.”

Recent data from Google shows that twice as many car buyers start their research online versus at a physical dealership.[i] Additionally, in the retail sector, 55% of online shoppers will abandon a purchase if they can’t quickly find an answer to a question, and 74% of people are likely to switch brands if they find the purchasing process too difficult.[ii]

From the cadillac.ca homepage, shoppers can choose to begin a new session with a Live Agent, view a pre-recorded session, or book a Live session at a later time or date. The tool also offers virtual tours of the Cadillac Live showroom.

Once the experience is complete, the shopper has the option to connect with a local Cadillac dealership, so they can book a test drive and take the next steps in their path to purchase.

THE CADILLAC LIVE EXPERIENCE

The Cadillac Live showroom is accessed online and features 10 vehicles from Cadillac’s 2019 lineup on display. Every Live Agent is equipped with an iPhone X, Osmo Mobile gimbal and Bluetooth headset, providing two-way audio and one-way live video. Associates are also equipped with an app interface that allows them to showcase any colour, wheel, and accessory option that piques a customer’s interest.   

Shoppers can book their appointments for Cadillac Live at www.cadillac.ca, or they can speak to a Live Agent during the initial hours of operation, Sunday through Thursday from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. EST.

ADDITIONAL ONLINE CONTENT

To respond to shoppers who may visit the showroom outside of operating hours, Cadillac Live contains product-focused content built around the showroom and its Live Agents.

During off-hours, customers can book a Cadillac Live session at a later time or date. Users are able to watch detailed overviews of their desired vehicles from the first-person perspective of a Live Agent, with hotspot overlays and voiceover to communicate key style, technology and performance features, and real-world consumer benefits.

Those waiting for their scheduled appointment are able to explore the lounge in 3D using Matterport technology, or view a series of pre-recorded sessions in the Cadillac Live space.

About Cadillac in Canada

Cadillac has been a leading luxury auto brand since 1902. Today, Cadillac is growing globally, driven by an expanding product portfolio featuring dramatic design and technology. More information on Cadillac appears at www.cadillac.ca. Cadillac’s media website with information, images and video can be found at media.cadillac.ca.

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[i] Source: Source: https://www.thinkwithgoogle.com/marketing-resources/auto-digital-retail-trends/

[ii] Source: eTail Canada 2019 Director’s Report (pg. 9

2020 Cadillac XT6 Makes Global Debut All-new three-row crossover makes every seat the best seat in the house and offers comprehensive standard and available safety technologies

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 in the US, 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.  Standard is an automatic heated steering wheel and as part of the Comfort and Air Quality Package is Cadillac’s in-vehicle air ionizer; automatic heated/ventilated front seats and heated second-row rear outboard seats,

Additional available features include semi-aniline premium leather-appointed seating; 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..
  • HD Surround Vision Camera1.

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 technologies1that 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.

HIGHLIGHTED XT6 DRIVER ASSISTANCE & SAFETY TECHNOLOGIES1
STANDARDAVAILABLE
HD Rear Vision Camera with Remote WashForward Collision AlertFollowing Distance IndicatorLow Speed Forward Automatic BrakingFront Pedestrian BrakingFront and Rear Park AssistLane Change Alert with Side Blind Zone AlertRear Cross Traffic AlertLane Keep Assist with Lane Departure WarningSafety Alert Seat Rear Camera Mirror with Remote WashForward and Reverse Automatic BrakingAdaptive Cruise Control – AdvancedAutomatic Parking Assist with BrakingRear Pedestrian AlertHD Surround VisionSurround Vision RecorderHead-up DisplayNight VisionHitch 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 one months of data, whichever comes first)8.
  • Apple CarPlay9 and Android Auto10 for compatible smartphones.
  • Next-generation, 15-watt wireless charging3.
  • Teen Driver.
FEATURE FOCUS: ROTARY CONTROLLER WITH NEW JOG FUNCTION
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.

XT6 PREMIUM LUXURY DESIGN FEATURESXT6 SPORT DESIGN FEATURES
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 standard on Premium Luxury and 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.

Coming Soon

The 2020 XT6 makes its public debut at the North American International Auto Show Jan. 14-27 in Detroit. It will be manufactured in Spring Hill, Tennessee, and available for ordering this spring. Pricing and additional information will be announced closer to the start of production. 

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1Safety or driver assistance features are no substitute for the driver’s responsibility to operate the vehicle in a safe manner. The driver should remain attentive to traffic, surroundings and road conditions at all times. Visibility, weather and road conditions may affect feature performance. Read the vehicle’s owner’s manual for more important safety limitations and information.  
2Not compatible with all devices.
3The system wirelessly charges one PMA- or Qi-compatible mobile device. Some phones have built-in wireless charging technology and others require a special adaptor/back cover. To check for phone or other device compatibility, see my.cadillac.com/learn or consult your carrier.
4Cargo and load capacity limited by weight and distribution.
5Cadillac Infotainment System functionality varies by model. Full functionality requires compatible Bluetooth and smartphone, and USB connectivity for some devices.
6Requires active service plan. Services are subject to user terms and limitations and vary by vehicle models. Visit onstar.com for details. Availability subject to change.
7Map coverage available in the U.S., Puerto Rico and Canada.
8Service varies with conditions and location. Requires active service plan and data plan. Visit onstar.com for details and limitations.
9Vehicle user interface is a product of Apple and its terms and privacy statements apply. Requires compatible iPhone and data plan rates apply. Apple CarPlay is a trademark of Apple Inc. Siri, iPhone and iTunes are trademarks for Apple Inc, registered in the U.S. and other countries.
10Vehicle user interface is a product of Google and its terms and privacy statements apply. Requires the Android Auto app on Google Play and an Android compatible smartphone running Android™ 5.0 Lollipop or higher. Data plan rates apply. Android Auto is a trademark of Google LLC.
11Always use seat belts and child restraints. Children are safer when properly secured in a rear seat in the appropriate child restraint. See your vehicle Owner’s Manual for more information.

2020 CADILLAC XT6 SPECIFICATIONS (NORTH AMERICA)

FUEL TANK CAPACITY

22 gal. / 83 liters (AWD)

ENGINE

Type:3.6L V-6 DOHC VVT with Direct Injection
Bore & Stroke(in / mm):3.74 x 3.37 / 95 x 85.8
Block Material:Cast aluminum w/ cast-in-place iron bore liners
Cylinder Head Material:Cast aluminum
Valvetrain:Dual-overhead camshafts, four valves per cylinder, continuous variable valve timing
Fuel Delivery:Direct, high-pressure fuel injection with electronic throttle control
Horsepower
(hp / kW @ rpm):
310 / 229 @ 6600 (est.)
Torque
(lb.-ft. / Nm @ rpm):
271 / 373 @ 5000 (est.)

TRANSMISSION & AXLE

Type:Nine-speed automatic with Electronic Precision Shift
Gear Ratios (:1): 
     First4.69
     Second3.31
     Third3.01
     Fourth2.44
     Fifth1.92
     Sixth1.44
     Seventh1.00
     Eighth0.75
     Nine0.62
     Reverse2.96
Final Drive Ratio:3.49

CHASSIS & SUSPENSION

Front Suspension:MacPherson strut with direct-acting stabilizer bar; Continuous Damping Control with Sport mode
Rear Suspension:Five-link independent; coil springs with stabilizer bar; Continuous Damping Control with Sport mode
Steering Type:Electric variable-effort power steering with Active Return Assist
Turning Circle
(ft. / m):
39.1 / 11.9 (20-in. wheels)39 / 11.88 (21-in. wheels)
Brake Type:Four-wheel-disc with ABS; Duralife brake rotors and low-drag brake calipers
Brake Rotor Size (in / mm):Front: 12.6 x 1.9 / 321 x 30
Rear: 12.4 x 0.9 / 315 x 23
Wheel Size:20-in. aluminum (std.)21-in. aluminum (avail. on Sport)
Tire Size:P235/55R20 all-seasonP265/45R21 all-season

EXTERIOR DIMENSIONS

Wheelbase
(in. / mm):
112.7 / 2863
Overall Length
(in. / mm):
198.8 / 5050
Overall Width
(in. / mm):
77.3 / 1964
Overall Height
(in. / mm):
68.9 / 1750 (w/o luggage rack)70.2 / 1784 (incl. luggage rack)
Track (in. mm):66.4 / 1686 (front)66.2 / 1682 (rear)
Ground Clearance (in. / mm):6.65 / 169

INTERIOR DIMENSIONS

Headroom(in / mm):Front: 39.8 / 1010 (with sunroof)2nd row: 39.1 / 993 (with sunroof)3rd row: 37.2 / 945 (with sunroof)
Legroom(in. / mm):Front: 41.2 / 10462nd row: 39.1 / 9943rd row: 29.5 / 750
Shoulder Room    (in. / mm):Front: 58.3 / 14822nd row: 57.4 / 14593rd row: 53.5 / 1360
Hip Room              (in. / mm):Front: 56.1 / 14242nd row: 55.7 / 14163rd row: 39.5 / 1003

WEIGHTS, CAPACITIES & CARGO VOLUME

Curb Weight(lb. / kg):Premium Luxury AWD: 4644 / 2106Sport AWD: 4690 / 2127
Cargo Volume (cu. ft. / L)^:78.7 /  2228 (behind first row)43.1 / 1220 (behind second row)12.6 / 356 (behind third row)
Trailering Capacity (lb. / kg)±:4000 / 1814

^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.

Talking Cars and Relaxing Autonomy with Cadillac Canada Boss Hoss Hassani

Source: wheels.ca

Cadillac is undergoing a bit of a resurgence. Sure, you’ve been hearing that for a while, but with two new SUVs in the last year, a new vehicle on the way twice a year for the next three years, and the announcement that they’ll be leading GM’s electric charge, this time they sound serious. So we sat down with Cadillac Canada boss Hoss Hassani at the Detroit Auto Show to talk 1990s cartoons, bustle-back Sevilles, where he came into the brand, and the Future of Cadillac.

Wheels.ca For every enthusiast, there’s a point where you come into the brand. Where it’s introduced to you and really makes that first impression. For you, with Cadillac, what was that first impression?

Hoss: I came into Cadillac with a Fleetwood Brougham. My dad was a car nut. Like he was driving cars when he was like six, eight years old back in Iran. But my aunt, my dad’s sister, when she moved to Canada, she just had a thing about her. She was like Ava Gabor or something. She had this grey Cadillac Fleetwood Brougham. With the velour seats or velvet seats. I felt like I was a tiny little kid, I must have been just six years old myself, and I would always get the front seat of this car. Even though I had two older brothers. And just the switches on this thing, the power windows, and the bigness of it.

Like when my mom would borrow it to drop me off to school I just felt like such a boss getting out of that thing. I have a very vivid memory of that. You mentioned the Seville (an elementary school teacher with a 1980-1985 Seville was my own Cadillac imprint) though. Because a young lady friend of our family who I had a crush on, her mom drove that same (bustle-back) Seville, and that same reaction. This is such an unusual shape for a car, right? Even hatchbacks weren’t big back then. So those are my two most vivid experiences with Cadillac. That (Brougham) would have been in 1980, they were still big.

Wheels.ca: It used to be that between GM brands, bigger meant better. Cadillac bigger than Buick, and so on. What about today, where the Cadillacs aren’t bigger?

Hoss: If you look at them in absolute terms, they’re small. If you look at them in relative terms, it’s actually been a Cadillac strategy for some time now, really since the first CTS came out with Led Zeppelin and all the rest, where in the segments we’re competing in we are generally at the upper end of the segment in terms of size. The CTS at the time, when you looked at the (BMW) 3 series and the (Mercedes)C-Class and so forth, the CTS was closer in size to the 5 Series and the E-Class than it was to the vehicles it was competing against. And similarly, the XT4 is among the larger of the small SUVs. The XT5 is among the smaller of the compact SUVs that are five passengers. That said, the XT6 is coming in much more in the sweet spot.

It’s not coming in at the large end of the segment. Which frankly, for me as a Toronto native and Toronto dweller and a city dweller, I don’t necessarily think bigger is always better. I kind of like the smart size and frankly if you want big we’ve got the Escalade ESV to satiate your needs. So I think the XT6  is really well positioned and packaged in terms of size.

Our president in Canada and managing director Travis Hester used to be the executive chief of all the chief engineers. And a lot of the Cadillacs that are coming out now and in the near future, he’s been very involved in their engineering. So he’s telling us the story of how much work went into the third-row space accommodations to make it comfortable for an adult. so I want to really get myself back there.

Wheels.ca: Do buyers really use those third rows, or are they more about having the capability?

Hoss: I think the answer is yes and no. You’ve got a lot of single people buying three-row crossovers throughout the segment. At the same time you get a lot of young families that are using them. It just so happens coming to Toronto our former head of sales for Cadillac has three young boys and our current head of marketing for Cadillac has four children. So we were driving down and he’s got four car seats in his car in the second and third row. In the other, (he) has three car seats across two rows. There is definitely a large group of people in Toronto, in Montreal, and Vancouver. In Canada. Who need that third row. Not just for kids. But frankly speaking, my own use cases, I get family visiting a lot of times from outside. But they come in like packs. So for me, if I’m not driving an Escalade, you know, I feel bad about what they may be squeezing into. For the first time this XT6 with the headroom and the deeper footwell and the angle of the back seat, it doesn’t feel like a jump seat on a plane. Or, you know, extended cab medium-size pickup truck rear seat. It feels like a comfortable seat.

Wheels.ca: Will this upcoming onslaught of vehicles be new segments or refreshes?

Hoss: Both. Specifically, what we’ve been saying (is that) at the beginning of 2017, Cadillac had coverage of about 60% of the segments by volume. By the end of this year we will be covering 90% of the segments. So that’s a huge increase in just 18 to 24 months. So inasmuch as there are refreshes and so forth, a lot of that is new entries. The XT6 is the second largest segment,  the XT4 is a little bit smaller. But combined, that’s about 100,000 units in those two segments in Canada. So that’s a significant increase in coverage for a brand that previously had two SUVs and now is on its way to four. So the short answer is both.

Wheels.ca: How many of those will get the new Blackwing V8?

Hoss: Stay tuned

Wheels.ca: Only a few people are naming engines these days. Where does the inspiration come from to do that?

Hoss: A lot of that just comes from the passion that goes into designing. And performance engines specifically. It’s more likely to happen on a notable engine than a 1.8L turbo engine, as an example.

Again, you know, talking to Travis Hester… and hearing him talk about the engineering that went into that Blackwing engine. You can understand why at the end of that process they’d want to christen it with a name and create an identity around it.

Because it was a labour of love, passion project, huge investment in that powertrain. Formidable engine. It’s like you know what, this thing needs more than just a technical descriptor. I think by all accounts we came up with a pretty kick-ass name for it too. It feels like that should be a superhero or something. Batman’s nemesis Blackwing.

Wheels.ca: Are you familiar with Darkwing Duck?

Hoss: I am. That’s not a bad reference. Probably not someone who’s going to make his way into our advertising. Although I say that and Batman was a spokesman for OnStar for a very short period of time. I don’t know what Alfred was thinking when he was being replaced by OnStar. He seemed very enthusiastic.

Wheels.ca: If you could have any vehicle built for the company. A blue-sky “this is the vehicle I want to start making for Cadillac” what would it be?

Hoss: I’ll answer two ways. One is, you know if you look at our concepts that we’ve introduced over the last few years, I’d love for one of those to be my company car. Most recently the Escala, but I was particularly fond of the Elmiraj as well. The Elmiraj, the proportions just had an effect on me.

Since I was a kid, concept cars have always been the thing I’d looked the most forward to. So I would pick any one of our last three or four concept cars in Cadillac. I cried a little when the Escalade EXT went out of production. Because the Avalanche was one of my favourite vehicles. It’s a tough one for me. I’ve got so many different, sort of, needs in my week.

I happen to be in a job that affords me the option of getting a sedan when I need it or an SUV when I need it and I don’t think I would ever be able to have just one car. I think if General Motors fired me under the worst of circumstances, I would for sure buy a General Motors product. I don’t know that I could pick just one. I’d need a truck and a car, I think.

Wheels.ca: Which of the current fleet are you picking most often?

Hoss: CT6 and the Escalade. But I have an XT4 on order. I’ll tell you one feature I wish would come back, and I’ve dropped this a few times, is front bench seats. I feel like front bench seats, people walked away. It got some stigma that it was for old folks and I just wish we would bring back the front bench seat.

I don’t have enough clout to make that happen.

With drive by wire throttles and transmissions and all the rest, it’s not like packaging of it can’t be accommodating. It’s just people want these giant screens, and I suppose in a frontal collision if you wack your head on a giant 50-inch iPad it’s probably going to hurt.

Wheels.ca: It looks like autonomous vehicles might be taking us back to the bench seat anyway. Maybe even beds?

Hoss: Autonomous is going to completely change the form of the interior of the vehicle. More than any other design trend in the past. You’re talking about a fundamental change in the usage of a vehicle. And that’s going to have a huge effect of the design of interiors.

Wheels.ca: Have you been driven in an autonomous prototype yet?

Hoss: The CT6I had been driving for about eight months had Super Cruise. And my commute is an hour each way. 99% of that commute is on the 401. So most of that time I’m driving Super Cruise. And I’ve got to tell you it has a complete transformation on your physiology. This is not just about the experience of being in the car. When you for drive an hour to work, and are commuting in Toronto traffic, that has an effect on you.

Even a person who is immune from road rage, it has a physiological effect on you. And when you take all of those micro decisions that you make when you’re driving a vehicle out and you just have to focus on the road ahead as you do in Super Cruise. I’m telling you the feeling that you have when you arrive at your destination is so much more energized and uplifted. And similar to the use case of driving four hours to Detroit for the auto show. I would need to take a minute, check in at the hotel, rest a bit. Now, I can go straight into a meeting with no problem. When you’ve benefited from that rest. So I’m a big fan of the experience that I’ve had so far with semi-autonomous. And I’m ready for the autonomous future.

We shot a video of some people doing the same thing (experiencing it for the first time). And everybody goes through the same sort of physicality when they’re driving Supercruise for the first time. Which is at first they’ll put their hands a couple inches off of the steering wheel. And you know, they flinch every time a tractor-trailer goes by. Then their hands will get tired so they’ll put the hands cupped under the steering wheel. Still a couple of inches away. Then they get tired, then they’re just like, screw it. So after like 10 minutes they’re just crossed arms. That first 10 minutes, there’s a lot going on in the person’s mind. Unlearning a lot of behaviours. But then after 10 minutes they just lock in and they’re like this is great. Everyone goes through that same physicality. It’s hilarious.

Check out These Amazing Features in a Cadillac XT4

You don’t have to be an expert on cars to understand that Cadillac vehicles are among the most popular and luxurious on the market. These cars are synonymous with quality, comfort and dependability. If you want to get in the driver’s seat of a 2019 Cadillac XT4, you’re in store for an amazing car, filled with some of the top features you would want.

Gorgeous Design and Exterior

 

The Cadillac is among the most recognizable vehicles you can find. The XT4 will exceed your expectations on look alone. It comes with a rear spoiler as well as privacy glass and a rear defogger. It also has an intermittent rear wiper and variable intermittent front wipers. You’ll love the rear liftgate door, not to mention the painted 18-inch alloy wheels and the all-season tires.

 

Seating

 

You couldn’t imagine not feeling at ease inside a Cadillac, and the XT4 is no exception. From the moment you sit in one in the lot of Old Mill Cadillac, you’ll enjoy the eight-way power driver seat and the bucket front seats. The passenger seat has six-way power adjustment, and both seats are covered in leatherette material. The bucket front seats offer plenty of legroom and headroom for a long trip. The rear seats have a split-folding seatback and a folding center armrest.

 

Convenient Features

 

You love using the XT4’s cruise control, especially on road trips. The electric power steering will make it easier to turn and change lanes. Plus, there’s plenty of storage, thanks to the front door pockets and the front seatback storage. This vehicle also has a rearview camera, which will give you more confidence as you back out of tight, crowded spaces such as parking stalls.

 

There’s never been a better reason to shop for a car. Come and test-drive this fine Cadillac today and fall in love with the perfect vehicle

How the New 2018 Cadillac CT6 Combines Space and Fun

If you’re considering a new luxury car, there are plenty of items that could be on your wish list. For a luxury price, you should be able to find the right mix of features to satisfy your expectations in a ride that you can enjoy for years to come. It may be overwhelming deciding where to start, but if you value a powerful engine and lots of space, the 2018 Cadillac CT6 could be a great option for you to consider. There are some other options in the class of large luxury cars, but the CT6 has a lot to offer. Here are some of the features that make this car stand out among other luxury cars.

 

If you travel often or have a long commute, the large, comfortable cabin and powerful engine choice could launch this car up a few spaces on your wish list. The seats are adjustable with heat and massage functions so drivers and passengers can ride comfortably. The touch screen helps drivers access a navigation system and cameras that assist in a more safety-conscious driving experience. The standard CT6 comes with plenty of extra features, like Apple CarPlay, that are only accessible in more expensive models of other luxury cars, adding to the value you get for the price.

 

With all of that room for all of those extra passengers, safety might weigh heavily on your mind. The Cadillac CT6 comes with a myriad of features to help put you at ease and safely navigate the road, like blind spot monitors, brake assist and plenty of airbags. It also has good fuel economy and a variety of other customizable features. The 2018 Cadillac CT6 could be the roomy, fun to drive luxury car for you. To take a test drive or to check out the many incredible features, visit Old Mill Cadillac, where we’ll be able to answer your questions and get you the ride you deserve.

Performance a Hallmark of the 2018 Cadillac CTS

There are many factors to consider when preparing to purchase a 2018 Cadillac CTS or any model from Old Mill Cadillac. From the vehicle’s mechanics to its special features or road worthiness, there’s a lot to think about when searching for the Cadillac that best suits you and your lifestyle. Performance is one of the most important aspects that designers, engineers and mechanics collaborate on.

 

Design

 

The CTS has received accolades as one of the best in its class of luxury mid-size cars. According to Cadillac, its interior, exterior, and shape and weight were all designed with premium performance in mind. In fact, engineers were able to evenly balance the car’s front-to-rear weight distribution, resulting in superior control and handling. Design features such as signature headlamps and an inlaid hood contribute to its lean profile and overall performance.

 

Engine and Handling

 

The CTS gives you a range of engine options. From the 268-horsepower 2.0L Turbo and the 335-horsepower 3.6L V6 to the 420-horsepower 3.6L Twin Turbo V6, there’s plenty of choice as far as power and performance goes.

 

The CTS also offers its drivers magnetic ride control, which reads the road up to 1,000 times per second. This high-technology computation automatically adjusts the car’s balance and control to complement the road surface and driving style. What’s more, the CTS offers drivers selectable modes, such as Sport, Tour and Snow/Ice.

 

Additional Features

 

From lightweight aluminum alloy front brakes to active grille shutters, the CTS offers many additional features that contribute to overall performance. The car’s headlamps even feature a technology that allows them to track with the rotation of the steering wheel to better light the road ahead.

 

If you’re interested in purchasing a 2018 Cadillac CTS or any other model from Old Mill Cadillac, overall performance is one of the most important aspects to consider. As you can see, it’s the hallmark of fine engineering, design and materials.

 

How Luxury Meets Function in the 2017 Cadillac XT5 Crossover

The car you drive can get you from one location to another, but it can also make a statement along the way. A good safety score and cargo capacity shouldn’t mean you have to forgo those extra elements of luxury. If you’re looking for a comfortable, stylish car that’s also fun to drive, the 2017 Cadillac XT5 Crossover could be the next car for you. Here are some other aspects for you to consider.

The XT5 can be great if you live around lots of curved roads and are looking for a car that handles well. This model also beats a lot of competitors for gas mileage, and the liftgate is hands-free for when you need to load cumbersome cargo. Back seat passengers have plenty of legroom in the finely accented interior. Leather, wood, and suede are just some of the high quality materials you can expect in the quiet interior of the 2017 Cadillac XT5 Crossover. The adjustable, heated seats are available in different colors so you can design your car according to your personal style.

 

USB ports are convenient for charging phones and other mobile devices in the back seats, and plenty of other displays can make driving this vehicle a sleek and user-friendly experience. Cameras and sensors can help you be aware of obstacles around you in the road that you otherwise wouldn’t be able to see, like if a rear passenger was blocking your view. Some might think the Bose sound system already provides a fantastic listening experience, but you can upgrade it if you like.

 

With all the many options available, you should be able to find a model of the 2017 Cadillac XT5 Crossover that suits your needs. With great safety ratings, a high-quality interior, and convenient technological features, the TX5 can be the stylish vehicle with all the room you’re looking for. Pay us a visit at Old Mill GM for even more helpful information about this luxurious SUV.

How Much Fun Can You Have Driving a Cadillac ATS?

Who would have thought that the latest small luxury sedan from Cadillac would be so much fun to drive? The 2018 Cadillac ATS Sedan is almost universally acclaimed by automobile magazines as a hoot to drive. We love that the angular styling sets it apart from the mass of luxury small sedans on the market. We love even more that this car, which looks so fast, has exhilarating performance to match. There is a lot of driving pleasure per dollar to be had in Cadillac’s ATS. At Old Mill Cadillac we are here to help you select your car and provide you the greatest satisfaction throughout your ownership experience.

 

Power

 

The Cadillac ATS has a big, powerful engine that can take you from 0 to 60 mph in 6 seconds. The intelligent transmission is engineered to provide the maximum smooth shifting performance possible. We love the rear wheel drive, manual transmission version which lets us shift whenever we choose.

 

Control

 

Imagine a computer system that checks the road up to 1,000 times each second and adjusts the suspension automatically for the road surface and your driving style. That is combined with a very light structure to give you one of the best rides you have had in a luxury car. We love the precision control we experience while driving this car.

 

Comfort

 

The ATS has been designed with you in mind. We think you will find the driver seat to be more comfortable that most. It is highly adjustable and bolstered for extra comfort when you are ready to truly have fun while driving.

 

Come to Old Mill Cadillac and have probably as a great a car-buying experience as is possible. Our goal is to have you completely satisfied and happy with your experience purchasing your 2018 Cadillac ATS Sedan. We want you to leave our dealership with a big smile on your face.