We cannot stop talking about the XT4, Cadillac’s exciting new luxury SUV. It’s the newest addition to their current lineup and Capital Cadillac was honoured to attend the first showing of it last month (August). We sent Sales Manager, Dillan Kuntz and our Cadillac Manager, Kevin Gatschene to Calgary, AB for a first-hand experience. Dillan explains just how amazing it was:
The legendary XT4 is about to grace us with its presence in dealerships across North America in Fall 2019. Its arrival has been greatly anticipated because it’s a new vehicle of its kind. It’s the first-ever luxury, compact SUV entering Cadillac’s lineup. This big step in Cadillac’s evolution is an exciting one, as it was designed with a new generation in mind: Millennials. Here is everything you need to know about the notorious XT4.
If you’re in the market for a new vehicle, payment options are probably on your mind. It comes down to three options: an all-cash purchase, leasing, or financing. Depending on your financial situation and the reason for getting a new vehicle, one option may be more appropriate for you than the others. We’re here to break down these options for you so you can make an educated decision on your next vehicle purchase.
In recent years, Cadillac has become known for delivering aggressively-styled sedans with true sporting performance. Even the base model engines provide robust performance. But the real star of the lineup has been the V-Series track-oriented models. And, of course, the Escalade remains a fixture of the lineup, as well as of the luxury SUV market generally. The lineup has been a little imbalanced, favouring cars. But that will soon change as Cadillac trims its sedans and adds some SUVs, starting with the new XT4.
Don’t Call It a Flagship
The 2018 CT6 sits at the top of Cadillac’s sedan lineup. At 17 feet, it’s a veritable land yacht, fit to compete with the BMW 7 Series and the Mercedes S-Class for a fraction of the price. Its seats are made of premium hand-stitched materials and feature 15 massage functions. The 2018 CT6 also offers some of the best technology in the automotive industry. But is it worthy of being Cadillac’s flagship? Let’s find out.
The Cadillac CT6 gives drivers a choice of three powertrains. The first is a 2.0L turbo with 265 horsepower and 295 lb/ft of torque and the second is a 3.6L V6 with 335 horsepower and 284 lb/ft of torque. Both are capable and efficient. But if you’re going to splash for a full-sized luxury sedan, you should really get the right engine to match.
The “right engine,” of course, is the meaty 3.0L twin turbo with 404 horsepower and 400 lb/ft of torque. Paired with the eight-speed automatic transmission, acceleration is smooth and assured, invariably giving you total confidence when powering down the highway. However, while its powertrain is sublime, it’s not the CT6’s greatest feat of engineering.
The 2018 Cadillac CT6 features so many great innovations that it’s tedious to go through them all. For example, you may not have heard about Night Vision which uses thermal cameras to help you see in the dark. You get a completely new perspective in your surroundings that even the best headlights can’t provide.
Then, there’s Active Rear Steering. At speed, your rear wheels turn the same direction as the front wheels in order to provide the agile handling of a small car. At low speed, the wheels can turn opposite directions to help maneuver into tight parking spots. The degree to which the rear wheels turn is also affected by the driving mode.
And you can’t forget about the about the 34-speaker Bose Panaray sound system. Quite simply, it’s one of the most engrossing and refined audio systems in the automotive industry. It even uses speakers mounted inside the front headrests. Paired with Bose’s Active Noise Cancellation, you get a pristinely quiet cabin. But none of these are the CT6’s best feature.
The piece de resistance is SuperCruise, the best commercially available autonomous driving system. It allows you to take your hands off the wheel while your CT6. It maintains speed and distance from other cars and keeps you in your lane. It also tracks your face to make sure you’re paying attention. SuperCruise only works on mapped highways (per its map, Cadillac has even mapped most of the Ring Road in Regina) and it uses sensors to ensure that you remain focused on the road.
Whereas companies like Tesla allow owners to test unfinished systems, Cadillac is taking a more conservative approach: “While it is technically possible for the technology to drive hands-free on other kinds of streets and roads, we feel strongly that this targeted approach is the best to build consumer and regulatory confidence” -Barry Walkup, chief engineer. If that’s the safest approach to implementing autonomous driving, I’m on board – so to speak.
Clearly, the 2018 Cadillac CT6 is an objectively great car. And for now it’s fit to rule an excellent sedan lineup – at least until Cadillac brings the Escala concept car to life in 2021…
Gasoline engines continue to become more efficient as fuel prices remain stable. Consequently, buyers can get bigger vehicles with more interior space for less money. That’s why Cadillac, like nearly every major automaker, is in the midst of shifting its attention toward crossovers and SUVs. In one sense, this is a shame because Cadillac has a stable of excellent driver’s cars. But if they can synthesize those great driving dynamics with the luxurious comfort of the Escalade, the forthcoming XT4 will be a massive success.
Cadillac’s utility lineup has been in drastic need of reinforcements. The imperious Escalade continues to be the full-sized SUV against which others are measured. At the other end is the XT5 crossover, Cadillac’s biggest seller. These are both objectively excellent and commercially successful vehicles. They’re easily identifiable on the road, drive well, and pack a compelling suite of luxury features. The problem is that they’re Cadillac’s only SUVs. That’s why Cadillac is preparing to bolster its utility lineup, starting with the XT4.
The Cadillac XT4
As the name suggests, the XT4 is smaller than XT5, making it a sub-compact crossover. Admittedly, building an attractive sub-compact SUV is difficult, a fact to which BMW and Audi must readily attest. Planting a body on a smaller platform, but making it taller can lead to some awkward proportions. However, what we’ve seen from spy shots of the XT4, shows that success is possible.
The XT4’s lower stance actually helps Cadillac incorporate some of the great stylings from its sedans. It has a squarish architecture and an athletic stance much like the ATS. But the front end is actually more reminiscent of the Cadillac Escalade. The result promises to be one of the best looking CUVs we’ve seen yet. Of course, we’ll have to wait until Cadillac pulls the camouflage off to be sure. The whole picture is, of course, accented by some relatively giant wheels.
Under the Hood
Presumably, the engines will be turbocharged four cylinders. That’s the industry’s en vogue powerplant thanks to its compact size, low weight, and relative power. And it just makes sense for the XT4. The ATS sedan has a powerful 2.0L Turbo with 272 horsepower and 295 lb/ft of torque. It would be a good candidate for the XT4 and should promise confident power. The low stance should allow Cadillac to impart it with some compelling driving dynamics like its sedans. The thrill of driving is sometimes lost in taller SUVs with less “planted” weight.
On the Inside
Rightly or wrongly, buyers judge premium crossovers primarily on their interior quality. But, based on the standard set by the rest of Cadillac’s lineup, that shouldn’t be a problem. By now we’re used to genuine leather, aluminum, hand-stitched details, and the latest technology like wireless charging. And it’s fair to expect most of the elements in the XT4. What we know for sure has been gleaned from a recent spy photo. You’ll notice a fairly spacious cabin with a characteristically sturdy steering wheel and a large touchscreen complemented by minimalistic piano key buttons. We’ll have to reserve judgment until we’re afforded a more complete view.
When can expect to see the XT4 without its camouflage? Cadillac will be unveiling the 2019 XT4 at the New York Auto Show in March. Rumours indicate that Cadillac will be offering virtual reality walkarounds, so that prospective buyers can experience the XT4 in person.
Car sales are slowing every year in North America. The sedan has been unceremoniously supplanted mostly by small SUVs. The low cost of fuel has made the extra cargo space, ride height, and versatility very attractive for Canadian buyers. In fact, Cadillac sells more XT5 crossovers than all of its sedans combined. As a result, Cadillac, like all automakers, can’t afford to have a broad and robust sedan portfolio. This is particular shame for Cadillac, a brand that has begun consistently delivering comfortable, powerful sedans, with unique styling. Perhaps the greatest current exemplar is the Cadillac ATS. And with the Cadillac CT5 on the horizon, the future looks safe, too.
Further, the entry price point for Cadillac is affordable relative to other luxury sport sedans. While other brands have begun favouring gentler suspensions and numb handling, Cadillac is doubling down on its unique driving dynamics. That means aggressive powertrains, and sporty driving dynamics. You’re never arrested by potholes or uneven pavement, but you can still feel the road. Perhaps the greatest example right now is the 2017 Cadillac ATS.
The 2017 Cadillac ATS starts with a standard 2.0L Turbo engine with 272 horsepower and 295 lb/ft of torque. If that isn’t enough power for you, you can upgrade to the 3.6L V6 with 335 horsepower, Active Fuel Management, and Auto Stop/Start. Cadillac has paired each engine with a standard eight-speed automatic transmission that guarantees a smooth supply of power. But performance doesn’t stop with the powertrain. You also get Brembo brakes, a fully-independent sport suspension, ZF premium steering, 17” alloy wheels, and more.
Despite the excellence of the ATS, Cadillac is planning to consolidate it with the CTS sedan into the new CT5 (and perhaps the XTS). The name will bring the sedan in line with the nomenclature favoured by the stellar CT6 (which isn’t going anywhere in case you were worried) and the XT5 crossover. Although it will be disappointing to see these sedans go, it’s hard not to be excited with what we’ve seen of the CT5.
Spy photographs, showing the CT5 prototype completing road test, indicate that it will follow directly from the Cadillac Escala concept unveiled in 2016. It has the same malevolent, slit-like headlights, and dark mesh grille. Pushing the styling a little further in this direction will do greater justice to the remarkable driving dynamics in Cadillac’s sedans. It will also help convert more non-believers unfamiliar with the brand’s renaissance. Of course, we don’t expect the Cadillac CT5 to be available for customers until 2020. By then, Cadillac may have made a few other changes to its stable.
After the Cadillac CT5
Once Cadillac is left with the CT5 and CT6, they will add a third sedan, the CT4, to complete the lineup. As the name would suggest, the CT4 will be the smallest of the three and compete against the Audi A3 and BMW 2-Series. Not only will the lineup be trimmer, but it will be far easier to understand. For the average customer, it’s difficult to remember the difference between an XTS and XT5, for example. However, while it’s a good thing that the lineup will be easier to understand, it’s a shame Cadillac is letting go some of its great cars.
The ATS has really hit its stride. And the ATS-V and CTS-V are two are the best performance-oriented production cars available – hands down. But as long as Cadillac continues to deliver exceptional cars for drivers, customers should continue to be excited.
Cadillac Features and Technology
According to Johann de Nysschen, Cadillac’s Executive VP and President, Cadillac will continue to lead the entire GM portfolio: “Cadillac in the future will be the technology lead brand for General Motors. Technologies will debut in Cadillac first and then cascade down to the other brands.” That idea will be no surprise to Cadillac owners who have been receiving GM’s cutting-edge technology before anyone else. In fact, the brand has been raising the stakes in recent years under the banner of the new Dare Greatly campaign, and many of the Cadillac features and technology lead not only the GM lineup, but the auto industry in general. So, here’s a quick look at some of the most remarkable features you’ll find in the current Cadillac lineup.
Super Cruise is the world’s first hands-free driving system for the highway. When you engage Super Cruise, a green band on the steering wheel indicates you can take your hands off the wheel. From there, the system is in complete control. It will adjust your speed, brake accelerate and keep you in your lane. Plus, embedded cameras in the dashboard to ensure you remain focused on the road in case you need to retake control. It’s standard on the 2018 CT6 Platinum and optional on the CT6 Premium Luxury.
Front Pedestrian Braking
Another of the standout Cadillac features is Front Pedestrian Braking. The system uses cameras and sensors to identify pedestrians on the road ahead and alerts the driver to their presence. If a collision is imminent, your Cadillac will brake automatically to mitigate or even prevent the crash.
Bose Panaray sound system
The Bose Panaray Premium Audio System is simply one of the best automotive sound experiences. You get 34 strategically-placed speakers, including four UltraNearField speakers in the front seat headrests, powerful bass speakers beneath the floor, and a number of clustered, articulated arrays. The sound is clear and precise. Plus, Bose Active Noise Cancellation helps reduce the sound of the road and wind.
Night Vision uses thermal imaging technology to highlight animals and pedestrians at impressive distances in total darkness. Of course, you won’t find this technology on any other widely available passenger vehicle.
Rear Camera Mirror
Cadillac’s unique Rear Camera Mirror has made traditional rear view mirrors obsolete. A camera at the rear of your vehicle streams live HD video of the road behind your Cadillac to the spot where most vehicle have a rear view mirror.
Auto Vehicle Hold
Auto Vehicle Hold is another great feature available in most new Cadillacs. Once you come to stop you can remove your foot from the brake. Your vehicle won’t resume moving until you press the accelerator. You don’t need to suffer leg fatigue at long red lights or traffic jams.
As the brand’s flagship, the 2018 Escalade synthesizes most of these Cadillac features, and plenty more that we don’t have the space to discuss. Perhaps more impressively, it combines the cutting-edge technology with unmatched style and comfort. Standard 20” chrome-plated wheels, LED lightblade taillamps, and heated/cooled seats won’t save your life, but they do elevate the driving experience. And the simple value in that can’t be understated for a vehicle billed as the King of SUVs. And don’t worry, with a 420-hp, 6.2L V8, it drives like it deserves the crown.
If you have any questions about the availability of these features, or about the Cadillac lineup in general, please talk to one of our knowledgeable product experts.
Why Buy a Cadillac?
Before you decide where to buy a Cadillac, you need to decide to buy a Cadillac. Fortunately, that’s not a very difficult decision. Cadillac is a legendary name in North American auto. And, although there was a time when the brand relied too much on its history, that time has passed. Cadillac has inarguably rediscovered the fiercely innovative spirit that cemented it as North America’s foremost automaker.
Let’s take a small example from Cadillac’s interior construction. The soft materials in each vehicle are cut and sewn by hand. This is by no means the easiest way to do things. But it is the best way to ensure that every Cadillac is defined by impeccable craftsmanship and attention to detail. Because a true luxury experience is the sum of hundreds of parts working invisibly. When you drive a new Cadillac everything contributes to your enjoyment of the drive, and nothing interrupts your appreciation.
The current Cadillac lineup is full of the latest technology. Take the 2018 Cadillac CT6, for example. With hands-free parking, your CT6 will find you a parking spot on a busy roadway and guide you in. All you have to do is accelerate and brake. However, relative to the 2018 CT6’s available infrared Night Vision sensors, hands-free parking is pretty boring. Night Vision uses thermal technology which scans the road for pedestrians and large animals. Super Cruise, meanwhile, is one of the most advanced autonomous driving systems widely available for consumers. It allows drivers to take their hands off the wheel and enjoy the ride in select driving situations while the car drives itself.
The impressive level of innovation also extends to your comfort and convenience. The CT6 has an available Bose Panaray sound system with 34 speaker individual speakers located around the cabin. The result is the most immersive, concert-like sound experience in the automotive world. You’ll also find other systems like OnStar 4G LTE WiFi and wireless charging mats which are standard in every new Cadillac.
Why Shop at Capital Cadillac?
It starts with the lowest prices in Western Canada and an unmatched inventory. At any given time, we have approximately 100 new Cadillacs for you to choose from, ranging from the rugged ATS sport sedan and the refined XT5 crossover to the King of SUVs, the Cadillac Escalade. Occasionally, Capital Cadillac is even home to vehicles from Cadillac’s V-Series performance lineup.
No matter which vehicle you choose, you get the benefit of some of the lowest prices in Western Canada. And, as an owner, you get access to our award-winning Service Department.
The Cadillac of Service
At many dealerships, the moment you take delivery of a new vehicle is the same moment your excellent customer service vanishes. At Capital Cadillac, we understand that the sales process is just the beginning of your relationship with your vehicle – and your dealer. That’s why we aim to continue to deliver care, honesty, and first-class service throughout your ownership.
Speaking of service, when you shop with Capital, you get the benefit of Capital GMC Buick Cadillac’s award-winning Service Department. Our technicians have achieved Master, Grand Master, and Gold Grand Master certifications from GM Canada and know your vehicle like no one else. Even if your Cadillac only needs routine scheduled maintenance, it’s in the best hands possible.