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Cadillac XT5 Spied

XT5Over at Jalopnik’s Oppo blog, user saw930 has posted pics of the SRX’s next generation (expected to be badged XT5) during a photo shoot in NYC’s Soho neighborhood. 

Showing an SUV take on Cadillac’s latest design language that we’ve seen on the new CTS and CT6.

This appears to be quite an improvement to one of Cadillac’s best sellers.

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Cadillac CT6 Plug-in Hybrid Version Unveiled

IMG_3485-0.JPGAs expected, Cadillac is slowly releasing ever greater detail about their new flagship CT6 sedan.

This time, we have the long-rumored plug-in hybrid variant.  Combining the best of GM’s electric vehicle technology with a 18.4kWh lithium ion battery constructed of cells similar to those in the recently updated ELR and 2nd generation Chevrolet Volt, dual electric motors, and what Cadillac is calling an “Electric Variable Transmission”.  The electric powertrain combines with Cadillac’s 2.0l turbo 4-cylinder to deliver 335hp and 432 lb*ft of torque.

Cadillac is surprisingly calling this their ‘first plug-in electric hybrid’ – surprising until you realize that GM insists on referring to the Volt and ELR as ‘extended range electric vehicles’.  This is a distinction that may confuse the average consumer but center on how power makes it from the gas engine to the drive wheels.  CT6 will use the EVT transmission to blend power from the turbo engine along with electric propulsion from the twin electric motors.  In the ELR, the wheels are driven almost exclusively by the electric motors with the gas engine driving a generator to provide power when the battery runs flat.

Similar to the ELR, though is the CT6’s regeneration on demand system, where paddles behind the steering wheel allow the driver to increase how aggressively the vehicle’s control systems turn motion back into electricity (through running the electric motors as generators).  The CT6 also apes the ELR with normal, sport, and hold modes.  Hold allows the driver to reserve battery charge to use later in the drive – running exclusively on gas power until taken out of hold mode.  Normal and sport are the expected modes that control suspension and steering settings alone.

All of this technology is promised to bring with it some impressive numbers.  Cadillac is claiming that the MPGe (a number from the EPA that attempts to equate electric assisted vehicles with gas powered vehicle efficiency) of the CT6 will be over double the mileage numbers of any other powertrain offered, almost certainly the 2.0l turbo without the electric assist.

See the full press release below:

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Let’s Talk CT6

CT6On March 31st, 2015, in the evening before the opening of the New York Auto Show press days, Cadillac unveiled its long awaited flagship.

In many ways it turned out to be what we expected…in others, not as much.

As expected, the new flagship is direct competition with the German big sedans.  However, that’s far from the end of the story.

Based on GM’s new Omega rear-drive platform, the CT6 is significantly larger than its smaller siblings.  It is within fractions of the size of the short wheelbase Mercedes S-Class and BMW 7-Series.  However, in keeping with Cadillac’s recent track record of being more dynamically focused than the competition, the CT6 ends up lighter than the mid-sized competitors (yes, that means the big Caddy is lighter than an E-Class or 5-Series).

CT6 InteriorWe knew Cadillac was going to build a technology demonstrator in the CT6 – but surprises came in the form of standard AWD (with the 6-cylinder powertrains), a touch-pad enhancement to CUE to allow handwriting recognition input, all-wheel steering that gives the big car a turning radius that beats the new CTS, and the powertrain surprise wasn’t the expected plug-in hybrid but a base engine in the form of a turbo 4.  Yes, the Cadillac flagship has nary a V-8 to be found with the top engine (for now) being a 3.0l turbo V-6 with 400hp.

Staking a unique position (geez, what’s happened to you BMW?) the CT6 is a driver’s car with its emphasis being squarely on driving dynamics. Continue Reading →

CT6 Revealed

IMG_3485.JPGSized like a 7-Series short-wheelbase (can a long wheelbase CT7 be far behind?), but lighter than a 5-Series. 

The CT6 looks to be the drivers’ big sedan, fighting the impression many have that Cadillac builds big, heavy ‘land yachts’.

More details soon.

Cadillac CT6 to Debut 34-Speaker Bose Panaray Audio as Top Option

In order to compete with big boys at the top of the luxury sedan market, Cadillac recognizes that luxury also includes high-end audio.

Today, Bose announced the CT6 would feature the first automotive application of their Panaray audio line.

Base CT6 models will have an 8 speaker Bose system, mid range stereos will come with 10.

The full-boat Panaray will come with no fewer than 34 speakers.

Panaray uses this large speaker count to direct exactly the sound needed in exactly the direction desired. A motorized bank of 3 1″ speakers rise from the center dash, a pair of 2″ speakers reside in the center rear. As shown in the picture above, you can see speakers in headrests, and scattered all over the flagship’s cabin.

It promises to be both an expensive and impressive audio experience.

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Cadillac Announces New V-6s for the CT6

As we get closer to the official unveiling of the flagship CT6 sedan, Cadillac keeps releasing technical details about what will make the car worthy of its status as a S-Class/7-Series/A8 competitor.

Now we know that the V-6 models of the CT6 will now simply bring to bear the existing 3.6l V-6 or twin-turbo engine found in the ATS-V and CTS vSport.  It will bring a brand new 3.0 twin-turbo and normal aspirated 3.6.

Cadillac is pitching these as part of a brand new V-6 architecture that bring the level of sophistication not only unseen in modern Cadillacs but also superior to the competition’s V-6 power trains.

Specifically these engines are significantly quieter than Audi’s 3.0 turbo and Infiniti’s VQ-series V-6 engines.

The 3.0 TT will pack 400hp and 400 lb*ft of torque – out powering similar engines from BMW and Audi.  The 3.6 will replace the similar sized engine Cadillac has been using in many of their sedans and coupes and will supply 335hp and 284 lb*ft of torque.  Both engines bring cylinder deactivation in order to maximize fuel economy (the 3.0 being the first combination of the technology with turbocharging).

Expect these engines to debut in the CT6 but to find homes in other Cadillac models in the coming months.

The CT6 will debut at the New York Auto Show in a little over a week.

Read the extensive press release from Cadillac below:

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Cadillac CT6 Structural Innovations

Cadillac will unveil the new CT6 at the New York Auto Show on March 31. 

Until then, Cadillac is giving out details about the technology being brought to bear to make the new flagship. 

Today we have some details about the mixed material construction that has Cadillac extending the techniques that made the ATS and new CTS some of the lightest sedans in their respective classes. 

Specifically the CT6 is made up of a large percentage of aluminum and high-strength steel that saved 198 lbs in the body alone. 

Expect more details soon. 

Press release below. 

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