The 2018 GMC Terrain

“Terrain helped define the premium compact SUV segment and the all-new 2018 model elevates it with a stronger roster of standard and available features,” said Duncan Aldred, vice president of Global GMC. “GMC’s proven SUV experience makes it a more compelling choice than ever, with a strong blend of design, functionality and engineering excellence.”

Meet the 2018 GMC Terrain.

The 2018 GMC Terrain

The most obvious result of the upgrade is the aesthetic improvements. Overall, the Terrain is sleeker and smoother. The rectangular grille of the previous generation has been supplanted by a rounder, more refined front end. In the SLE and SLT trims, the grille features three sharp, horizontal slats. GMC has made the C pillars semi-transparent, giving the appearance of a floating roof. Also, the headlamps, with LED signatures, appear in a sharp curve.

Performance

GMC has made several turbocharged engines available, including a 1.6L diesel, and 1.5L and 2.0L gasoline variants. The base 1.5L will deliver 170 horsepower. The 2.0L, standard on the Terrain Denali, has 252 horsepower. Both of the gasoline engines will be paired with new nine-speed automatic transmissions for better acceleration and fuel economy. For entertainment, GMC has made OnStar 4G LTE WiFi and Android Auto and Apple CarPlay standard. But those aren’t the most exciting pieces of tech inside the Terrain.

Electronic Precision Shift

The 2018 GMC Terrain will also introduce Electronic Precision Shift (EPS). In contrast to its somewhat obtuse name, EPS is an elegant candidate to replace the shift lever. Some people are reluctant to part with their beloved shift levers. They may enjoy the firm response like that of a space shuttle’s throttle, or the fact that most shift knobs are terrible and sit next to your stereo’s volume knob.

Either way, EPS should be received as a nice compromise. Drive and Reverse settings are flipped like switches, while Park and Neutral are pressed like buttons. The EPS panel is just below the entertainment and climate controls. In a highly competitive vehicle segment, every advantage is important. And eliminating the shift lever frees up cargo space in between the front seats adding extra practicality to the Terrain.

Trims

The 2018 terrain will be available in several of GMC’s traditional trims.

  • SLE (Starting MSRP $30,195)
  • SLT  (Starting MSRP $37,695)
  • Denali AWD (Starting MSRP $41,695)

As you expect, when you upgrade to Denali, you get the best in comfort and style. The chrome web pattern replaces the base-model grille. GMC has covered body-coloured sideview mirrors with chrome. Seats are high quality leather with Denali stitching. The Terrain Denali also gets a standard suite of safety technology to help you master the road.

  • Side Blind Zone Alert with Lane Change Alert
  • Rear Cross Traffic Alert
  • Rear Park Assist
  • Safety Alert Seat

Obviously, the 2018 GMC Terrain is shaping up to be one of the most exciting crossovers of 2017. GMC has stated it will be available for purchase at the end of the summer.

Cadillac Super Cruise

Have you heard of adaptive cruise control? Well, Cadillac has already made it outdated.

Cadillac Super Cruise will be introduced in 2017.

What is Adaptive Cruise Control?

Adaptive cruise control reduces your cruising speed when there is a vehicle in front of you. Once the road is clear, the CT6 returns to cruising speed.

What is Super Cruise?

Super Cruise is a semi-autonomous (drivers will be prompted to retake control of the vehicle when approaching turns) system with “full-speed range adaptive cruise control and lane centering, using cameras and other sensors to automatically steer and brake.” Basically, you set a speed on the highway and your CT6 will keep you in the center of your lane, a safe distance from surrounding vehicles. Like most adaptive cruise systems, Super Cruise will use cameras, GPS, and radar technology as a foundation. But the system is much more sophisticated than that.

LiDAR

According to Cadillac, “Data from on-board cameras, GPS and radar sensors is a key component [but Super Cruise] adds to this formula using advanced laser technology in development for future autonomous vehicles: a LiDAR-scanned map database.” LiDAR (light detection and ranging) is a surveying tool that measures distance to a target by illuminating it with a pulsed laser light and measuring the reflected light. The confluence of all these tools results in one of the most accurate and responsive autonomous systems the industry has seen. And the innovation doesn’t stop there.

Super Snooze

Barry Walkup, Super Cruise chief engineer says, “When we were developing Super Cruise™ we knew it was important to keep the driver engaged during operation. That’s why we’ve added a driver attention function, to insist on driver supervision”. What does that mean? Well, Cadillac have installed a small camera with infrared sensors at the top of the steering column. It tracks your head position to determine if you’re focused on the road, distracted, or asleep. It can also take cool driving “selfies.” No, I’m just kidding – probably.

If sensors determine you’re not paying attention, the system will provide you with visual, audible, and tactile (through the responsive seatback) alerts. If you still fail to respond, your CT6 pulls to the side of the road and comes to a complete stop. It can even automatically contact emergency services through OnStar integration.

Why the CT6?

The CT6 is a natural candidate to receive Cadillac’s Super Cruise. The sleek sedan already has the brand’s most impressive array of technology. Nightvision, is a pedestrian detection system that uses infrared technology to alert the driver to unseen hazards. The CT6 also offers available automatic parking, front pedestrian braking, auto vehicle hold, and wireless device charging. For entertainment, Cadillac gave the 2017 an available 34-speaker (some of which are mounted inside the headrests) Bose Panaray sound system. You can also equip the rear seats with 10” HD screens with Blu-ray.

As the culmination of Cadillac’s research and innovation, the CT6 is obviously a natural flagship for Super Cruise. The new feature will be available on 2018 CT6 models arriving this fall.

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Buick Enclave Avenir

The 2018 Buick Enclave Avenir

 

After launching an Avenir concept vehicle, Buick pivoted and announced that Avenir would be the new name of their luxury sub-brand. It wasn’t clear at the time what that would entail, but now Buick have released details about the Avenir brand’s first vehicle.

Avenir

The Buick Avenir concept car debuted in 2015 as a sleek sedan with Jaguar-esque contours and a low profile. Many were disappointed that Buick didn’t approve production. Nevertheless,  the Avenir inspired Buick’s gradual reinvention. Now, Buick have decided to cement the Avenir’s importance to their company by lending its name to their luxury offerings. The first vehicle to launch under the Avenir label will be the 2018 Enclave.

2018 Enclave

Arguably, the Enclave is the most stylish Buick in recent memory. It is, therefore a worthy candidate for Avenir badging. Further, Buick reports that 90% of Enclave purchases involved the vehicle in its top two trim levels. Duncan Aldred, vice president of Global Buick and GMC, says, “It’s a beacon for the modern, attainable luxury Buick stands for and is a natural place to launch Avenir.” It doesn’t hurt that the Enclave is one of Buick’s most popular vehicles.

The Avenir concept wasn’t completely abandoned. One feature that survived was the new grille. The 3-dimensional mesh front with chrome wings sets the tone for an overwhelmingly elegant SUV. Add 20-inch, six-spoke wheels with a pearl nickel finish. Meanwhile, the interior is an Avenir signature, featuring Chestnut and Ebony with contrast stitching and embroidered headrests. The steering wheel with wood accents, sill plates, and even floor mats have all been framed in the Avenir design philosophy. All of these pieces look even better in the light afforded by the standard dual sunroof.

Additional Enclave Avenir features include:

  • Heated and ventilated front seats
  • Heated second-row seats
  • Navigation, wireless charging, & 8” cluster display
  • 360-degree surround vision camera system for easier parking
  • Rear camera mirror

That last feature might be of particular interest. The Enclave Avenir will be the first Buick to receive a rear camera mirror. Also, the system will expand the rear field of vision by an estimated 300 percent. When added to the rest of the available safety technology, the Enclave Avenir really shines. Common features like lane keeping and blind spot monitoring are, of course available, but you can also get advanced features like full-speed Forward Automatic Braking.

The luxury market is hotly contested one, and it could be difficult for Buick to make headway. But, if the company sticks to providing standard first-class features at fair prices, and if the rest of the 2018 lineup follows from the Enclave, Buick stands a chance.

The 2017 Cadillac XT5

Meet the 2017 Cadillac XT5

What’s the first priority of a luxury crossover? Well, if you consider the 2017 Cadillac XT5, everything.

Experience First

Driver and passenger experience is the first priority of the 2017 Cadillac XT5. Even the XT5’s base model delivers first-class comfort, technology, and style. It includes Rear Vision Camera and Rear Park Assist. The interior is crafted and stitched by hand, featuring premium materials like Okapi wood accents. The standard audio system is built and optimised by Bose for immersive sound quality in every seating position. Connectivity is also a major strength for the XT5. Wireless device charging, OnStar 4G LTE WiFi, Bluetooth and voice recognition are all standard. Other standard and available premium comfort features include:

  • UltraView Sunroof covering both rows of seating
  • Bose audio system is upgradable to 14 speakers
  • Semi-aniline full leather seats

But the XT5 will also be as comfortable on the road as you are in the seats.

Performance First

Performance is also the 2017 Cadillac XT5’s first priority. The 2017’s new engine is a 3.6L V6 with direct-injection, 310 horsepower, and 271 lb.-ft. torque. It’s paired with an automatic eight-speed transmission to improve efficiency and keep the engine at peak acceleration. Add All-Wheel Drive and 20”, polished aluminum wheels; and real time suspension damping, and your XT5 is ready to conquer any terrain from rough pavement to ice. You can also monitor all of your performance and diagnostics with Cadillac’s available head-up display. Finally, the elegant HUD can display crucial information like current speed and remaining fuel. As impressive as the new display is, it can’t take the honour of being the XT5’s most exciting innovation.

Safety First

Finally, safety is the XT5’s first priority. The Luxury trim level includes Front and Rear Park Assist, Side Blind Zone Alert, and Rear Cross Traffic Alert. This technology gives you improved peace-of-mind when driving and decreases the likelihood of collision. But you can still upgrade to the comprehensive suite of safety technology which delivers an almost supernatural level of road awareness. The Driver Awareness Package includes the following:

  • Safety Alert Seat
  • Forward Collision Alert
  • Following Distance Indicator
  • Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning
  • Front Pedestrian Detection
  • Front Automatic Braking Performance Suspension
  • Surround Vision

If you need improved road vision, you can add High-Intensity Discharge headlamps with Adaptive Forward Light. Not only will your headlamps project brighter and further, but they’ll also turn corners with you, lighting up the road ahead. The 2017 Cadillac XT5 also has an available Rear Camera Mirror that streams live HD video of what’s behind you without any obstructions. Needless to say, the XT5 is among the safest SUVs in existence.

With a remarkable array of standard features, the 2017 Cadillac XT5 delivers the luxury you expect from Cadillac while offering the crossover flexibility that’s become increasingly popular with Canadian drivers. To experience for yourself, book a test drive today.