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Cadillac XT4 to Debut in 2018

2018 Cadillac XT4In reviewing Cadillac’s latest sales numbers, the press release contained some information that almost slipped notice.

In a quote from Cadillac chief Johan de Nysschen, he said that Cadillac:

…will continue to increase our momentum with the introduction of the XT4 crossover in 2018.

This appears to be the most concrete information, to date, of what crossover will be next to market for the brand.  Given it’s name, we will assume that it will slot in just below the current XT5 and will likely be positioned to go up against the BMW X3/Mercedes GLC/Audi Q3.  However, it could turn be a sportier version of the XT5 platform.  Such a segment would complete more closely with the BMW X4 or Mercedes GLC Coupe.

The XT4 is expected to share a platform with the recently refreshed GMC Terrain and Chevrolet Equinox.  Power should come from a similar 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder that sees duty in the base ATS sedan and coupe.

It is difficult to predict exactly how Cadillac’s naming scheme relates to a future model’s segment since we only have one crossover model to base predictions upon.  It would make sense to release a more mainstream product first…but we would have expected that to carry the XT3 badge.

If the model will bow in 2018, it is likely we will see a production debut in the next few months (as early as the Los Angeles auto show this month through the New York auto show in late March/early April).

Source: Cadillac and Spy Photo Courtesy TopSpeed.com

The Galleries Are Back!

It’s been quite some time since the image galleries at the Caddy Edge have been available.  Wallpaper quality images of Cadillacs were a popular part of tCE in the early years.  Unfortunately, the scripts used to provide galleries fell out of use and were vulnerable to hackers and the galleries had to come down.

That changes today.  A new menu near the top of the page allows you to access the galleries.  Many are exactly what was on the site before. 

Additionally, more galleries have been created to help fill in the gaps with the concept cars and production models that have been released since.

Notice any galleries we have missed?  Feel free to let us know.

Enjoy.

2018 Cadillac CTS-V Glacier Metallic Edition


Cadillac will be celebrating their 115th anniversary with a limited run (115 units) of a special edition V-Series model, the CTS-V Glacier Metallic Edition.  

The exclusive 2018 Cadillac CTS-V Glacier Metallic Edition celebrates Cadillac’s 115-year history. The smoky light gray edition of the super sedan will be a limited production of 115 vehicles.

Featuring its namesake paint color, the special edition will come with 19-inch wheels with a forged polished finish with Midnight Silver painted pockets.  Inside the model will feature the Carbon Fiber and Luxury packages.  These will bring carbon fiber hood vent, front splitter, rear spoiler, and rear diffuser in addition to luxury goodies like tri-zone climate control, heated rear outboard seating, power rear window sunshade and manual read side-window shades as well as the Cadillac Rear Camera mirror that debuted on the CT6 sedan.

From a performance angle, these CTS-Vs will also come with the RECARO performance seats, the performance data and video recorder, and red Brembo brake calipers.  Additionally, these V-Series models, like all new V-Series Cadillacs, will come with a 2-day V-Performance Academy trip (includes tuition and accommodations) at Spring Mountain\ – you know, to improve the most important part in any performance car…the driver.

The 115 cars will all be built during 2017 as 2018 model year..and started showing up at dealers in September.

If you feel like you really need one of these, and have the $103,885 to pick one up – give your local dealer a call.

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Cadillac Brings Integrated Experience to Apple Users

myCadillac mobile app for iOS integrates with Apple Watch allowing owners quick access to vehicle commands, including vehicle locate and walking directions to the vehicle.

Cadillac has added support for the Apple Watch to their myCadillac iOS application.  With the new watch integration, owners will be able to use services such as vehicle location (US and Mexico only), remote start, lock/unlock doors, activate/deactivate horn and lights, and walking directions to their vehicle all from their wrist.

myCadillac usage has grown 50% in 2017 alone, which makes the timing of adding additional features for Watch users additionally helpful.

Apple Watch access to these features allows owners to access these features without being required to take a phone out of a pocket or purse.  This should be more convenient, especially for owners of the more recent/faster watches (Series 2 and Series 3 specifically).

Apple Watch compatibility requires WatchOS version 3 or newer.

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Cadillac Demos Super Cruise Autonomous Driving

NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 25: Cadillac and Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul of New York kick off first-ever hands-free drive on freeways from coast to coast with Cadillac Super Cruise at Cadillac House, NYC. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images for Cadillac)

Cadillac staged a demonstration drive of their new Super Cruise autonomous driving technology in September.  This drive saw Cadillac representatives, along with a selection of automotive journalists piloting a fleet of CT6 sedans from New York City, New York to Los Angeles, California.  The fleet passed through 16 states in the cross-country drive, including stops in Cleveland, Ohio; Chicago, Illinois; Memphis, Tennessee; Dallas, Texas; Santa Fe, New Mexico; and Phoenix, Arizona.

Super Cruise is GM’s latest autonomous technology that supports limited access, divided highways.  Unlike similar systems from companies like Tesla, GM has taken a more conservative approach that allows them to not treat their customers like beta testers.  The system depends on an extensive on-board ‘map’ of the divided highways across the United States as well as a suite of LiDAR (think RADAR that uses lasers to provide a detailed 3D map of the roads that are Super Cruise approved – currently 130,000 miles).  Additionally, GM has included a driver attention system that will only allow the car to drive itself if the driver remains engaged in the process.  If a driver decides to stop paying attention to the road ahead, the system will alert the driver to return attention to the road – even during autonomous driving mode.  If the driver continues to not pay attention (either by choice or because they are unable to comply) – the CT6 will take action by moving to the shoulder and stopping.

This more conservative approach should provide most of the benefits of an autonomous system while avoiding safety issues that have been identified in some other systems that attempt to operate on all roads, do not have a sophisticated a driver attention requirement, or operate using only visible light camera systems.

The Super Cruise system will be available as an option on 2018 Cadillac CT6 sedans.  Success of this system will, no doubt, lead to offering this in other Cadillac and GM vehicles in the coming years.  Expansion into other road types and countries will likely follow as well.

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