The 2018 Cadillac XTS: The New Face of Luxury

The 2018 Cadillac XTS

The Cadillac XTS was once the clear link between Cadillac’s recent past and its new direction. That’s a polite way of saying it was a bit outdated. Has time passed the long sedan by entirely? Not so fast. Cadillac has reimagined the big sedan for 2018, and the results are impressive.

The 2018 Cadillac XTS

Cadillac has completely reinvented the XTS and brought its design language squarely into the twenty-first century. Slouching shoulders and the ancestral bench seat are relics of the past. It is at once refined and muscular. With its angles and vertically stacked headlights, there is no chance that the 2018 XTS will be confused for graceful or polite. Instead, you might call it athletic or muscular. At the very least, it is undeniably modern.

Standard Luxury

In recent years, one of the most compelling reasons to buy a Cadillac has been the wealth of standard features. And that’s no different with the 2018 Cadillac XTS. The 2018 Cadillac XTS gets a standard 3.6L V6 delivers 304 horsepower and 264 lb.-ft. of torque. On the technology side, you get standard wireless charging and rear vision camera. Plus, you get an eight-speaker Bose audio system along with the next-generation CUE system, so managing smartphone media and apps easy.

  • 19” Pearl Nickel Premium Wheels
  • Brembo Front Brakes
  • Adaptive Remote Start

And comfort is a priority, too. The XTS is a Cadillac, after all.

Of course, things get really interesting when you upgrade to one of the premium trims available on the 2018 Cadillac XTS.

XTS Power

If you want even more power than the naturally-aspirated V6 allows, Cadillac also offers a twin-turbocharged 3.6L V6 that cranks out 410 horsepower and 369 lb.-ft of torque. Intelligent all-wheel drive with Haldex technology is available from Luxury models upward. It constantly changes the amount of torque delivered to each wheel in order to deliver maximum grip at all times. Other available performance features include:

  • Magnetic Ride Control
  • Intellibeam Headlamps
  • Reconfigurable Gauge Cluster

Smart

The 2018 Cadillac XTS is the most intelligent XTS ever. With the Driver Awareness Package, standard on higher trims, you get incredible features like pedestrian detection and following distance indicator. Other features include:

  • Low Speed Automatic Braking
  • Lane Change Alert
  • Side Blind Zone Alert

The Driver Assist Package is available on Premium Luxury and standard on Platinum models, and includes:

  • Adaptive Cruise Control
  • Forward/Reverse Automatic Braking,

XTS Platinum V-Sport

For 2018, Cadillac is also bringing the XTS into the V-Series family. The 2018 Platinum V-Sport boasts a 3.6L Twin Turbo engine with 410 horsepower and 369 lb.-ft. of torque. Inside, there’s a reconfigurable gauge cluster. To stand out on the road, Cadillac also includes standard 20” aluminum exclusive V-sport wheels with Sterling Silver premium paint and an exclusive V-Sport grille.

 

The 2018 Cadillac XT5

The 2018 Cadillac XT5

2018 Cadillac XT5

The 2018 Cadillac XT5 is certain to be one of Cadillac’s best-selling vehicles. The demand for capable and stylish crossovers (which the XT5 undoubtedly is) continues to grow. That also means the small SUV market is a crowded field. So, how does this one stand out? Obviously, it’s beautifully styled and remarkably comfortably. I don’t need to elaborate – it’s a Cadillac. But what even diehard Cadillac fans will find surprising is the offering an astounding amount of features that come standard in every XT5.

Refined

An eight-speaker Bose audio system is now standard. It includes Bose Active Noise Cancellation that emits negative waves to nullify the sound of the wind, road, and engine. Even on the highway, your music is clear and sharp without dialling up the volume to harmful levels. And you can even upgrade to the Bose Centerpoint audio system with 14 speakers for a concert-like music experience.

But that’s not the only impressive tech that Cadillac has included. A wireless charging pad eliminates the hassle of wires usually associated with smartphone charging. You just set your device on the pad, and it will charge as you drive. Plus, with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, you can control your music and apps with natural voice commands. And with 4G LTE WiFi, you can stay connected on the go with multiple devices. Oh, and all of these features are standard on the base model XT5.

Power, too

At the risk of offending some buyers, I will say that most choose the XT5 for its style, flexibility, and elevated comfort. In other words, they do not buy the XT5 for its performance. Nevertheless, the 2018 XT5 is a genuine thrill to drive. While an increasing number of manufacturers are starving their crossovers with turbocharged 4-cylinders, it’s nice to see Cadillac offering a standard 3.6L V6 engine. It’s good for 310 horsepower and pairs exceptionally well with the smooth eight-speed automatic transmission.

Smart & Confident

The 2018 XT5 will offer an available Rear Camera Mirror. Unlike typical rearview mirrors, the Rear Camera Mirror does not simply reflect an image of a vehicle’s rear window. Instead, it uses a camera on the rear of your XT5 to display a live HD image of the road behind you. Why? Because this increases your field of view by roughly 300%. Obstacles like passengers’ heads, headrests, and vehicle pillars are removed from the equation entirely. The result is a much safer and more useful rearview mirror.

If that’s not good enough, you can also add Surround Vision. Surround Vision uses cameras on each side of the vehicle to build an overhead, 360-degree view of your surrounding. It becomes active automatically when you’re driving at low speeds or in reverse. It’s particularly useful for navigating parking lots. While the XT5 is naturally quite agile, it has blind spots like any vehicle, so the extra awareness can’t hurt.

The X(T5) Factor

While Cadillac offers tons of these remarkable available features, it’s frankly going to be difficult to convince buyers not to stick with the standard trim. The base model of the 2018 Cadillac XT5 comes with so many features that other automakers charge extra for (you can even add All-Wheel Drive to the base model). Here is just some of the XT5’s standard equipment.

  • 3.6L V6 direct-injection 310-hp engine and 271 lb.-ft. Torque
  • 8-speed automatic transmission
  • 18″ blade silver painted aluminum wheels
  • Bose® 8-speaker premium audio system
  • OnStar® 4G LTE and built-in Wi-Fi
  • Wireless Charging
  • Rear Vision Camera & Rear Park Assist
  • Rear power liftgate with memory height
  • Keyless Access, Passive Entry and Push-Button Start
  • Handcrafted cut-and-sewn interior
  • Okapi deco wood trim

The 2018 XT5 is now available at Capital Cadillac. Stop by and test drive one today.

 

The Cadillac ATS-V & CTS-V: The Fastest Names In Luxury

Cadillac ATS-V

Any car shopper from the past few years that hasn’t driven a Cadillac is doing themselves a disservice. Like in decades past, the experience remains smooth and infinitely comfortable. However, there’s also a growing movement toward elite racing dynamics and athletic driving performance. Specifically, the Cadillac ATS and CTS have become thrilling sedans with stiff suspensions, tight handling, and well-tuned engines. These vehicles are the beneficiaries of the Cadillac V-Series, Cadillac’s top-of-the-line, race-ready vehicles.

2017 Cadillac ATS-V (MSRP $68,395)

Cadillac says the 2017 ATS-V has “roots in the performance racing circuit”. But that’s an understatement. Among the sensible, anything on four wheels that can travel from 0-97 km/h in 3.8 seconds is a racecar. And that’s before mentioning it’s 304 km/h top speed. To get up to that pace quickly, the ATS-V also features Launch Control, a system that reaches optimal RPM and traction conditions before you release the brake to ensure optimal acceleration off the line.

  • 3.6L Twin-Turbo Engine with 464-horsepower.
  • Carbon Fibre Hood
  • ZF Steering System
  • Brembo Brakes
  • Magnetic Ride Control
  • Electronic Limited Slip Differential
  • Performance Traction Management System

Of course, the ATS-V is still a Cadillac. And that means owners get a high standard of interior comfort. Features like Bose Premium Audio and Active Noise Cancellation and leather seats with sueded microfiber inserts are standard.

CTS-V (MSRP $93,110)

The Cadillac CTS-V is even an even greater track monster than its younger brother. Somehow, Cadillac has found space underneath the hood for a supercharged 6.2L V8 Engine with 640 horsepower and 630 lb.-ft. of torque. That’s good enough a top speed of 322 km/hr that I hope you never reach. And Despite all that force, Cadillac has taken great steps to ensure that you’re comfortable. 20-way adjustable performance semi-aniline seats with microfibre inserts are standard. They also feature heating and ventilation to ensure comfort in all conditions.

Other standard features include:

  • Front and rear Brembo brakes
  • Bose 13-Speaker Premium Audio
  • Wireless Charging Pad
  • Carbon Fiber Hood
  • 8-Speed Automatic Transmission with Magnesium Shifters

It’s Smart, Too

The 2017 Cadillac CTS-V comes with some of the latest safety technology including Forward Collision Alert, Following Distance Indicator, Side Blind Zone Alert and Lane Change Alert, and Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning. Given the CTS-V’s power, the included safety tools are almost necessary. But when you can launch from 0-96 km/h in 3.7s, it might be nice if it came with a parachute.

Cadillac V-Performance Academy

The Cadillac V-Performance Academy is a school for Cadillac ATS-V and CTS-V owners. The academy is held at Spring Mountain Motor Resort and Country Club. Located a short drive west of the Las Vegas strip, Spring Mountain is an oasis for enthusiasts to buy, service, and drive their racecars. During the V-Performance Academy, the track belongs to Cadillacs, as owners learn advanced driving skills from the professionals. The program is intended to help owners get the most out of their vehicle, but also to expand their driving skillset in order to remain safe and confident on the road.

Enrollment in the Cadillac V-Performance Academy is included in the purchase of new 2017 and 2018 V-Series vehicles. Cadillac provides airfare, two-nights’ accommodations, food – and, of course, training. They lend you the same V-Series model that you purchased. All you need to provide is a lead foot and an open mind (and maybe some sunscreen).

Rebalancing the Cadillac Sedan Lineup

Rebalancing the Cadillac Sedan lineup

As you may not know, the sedan is an endangered species. Take a look on the average Canadian road (that’s any road with more definite potholes than lane markings). You’ll probably see more trucks and SUVs than cars. At the very least, fewer sedans, coupes, and hatchbacks are leaving new dealerships. The increasing fuel economy of larger, more rugged vehicles has made them attractive to many Canadians. Consequently, many automakers are adjusting their lineups to include more crossovers and SUVs – and fewer cars. The Cadillac sedan lineup is conspicuously packed. And right now the XT5 is its only crossover.

Cadillac Sedan Traffic Jam

For 2017, the Cadillac sedan lineup includes the cars ATS, XTS, CTS, and CT6. They also offer performance models, the ATS-V and CTS-V. Offering four commercial sedans these days is difficult, even for an automaker that has created some iconic models. And Cadillac knows it: “We have to rebalance our sedan portfolio,” says Johan de Nysschen, company president. As it turns out, “rebalance” is a pretty tame verb. In reality, CTS and ATS, two RWD sedans; as well as the FWD XTS will be discontinued. In their place, Cadillac will introduce the CT5. The new sedan will move into the price bracket vacated by the ATS. So, that would leave Cadillac with a affordable (luxury) RWD sedan and the ultra-premium CT6. That should give consumers a clearer understanding of vehicle’s niche and prevent them from stepping on each other’s toes.

However, that may not be the only change Cadillac has in the works. Some are also reporting that Cadillac has new small car currently in the works, as well as a flagship that isn’t a four-door sedan. The small car would, conceivably compete against the likes of the BMW-2 Series coupe. Intuitively, that would make some sense, as a small coupe wouldn’t be conflated with Cadillac’s XTS or proposed CT5. Plus, a smaller car with one of Cadillac’s turbocharged engines could be extremely fun to drive.

Cadillac Crossover

On the other side of things, don’t be surprised to see Cadillac’s SUV portfolio expand. No, it won’t release a pickup truck like Mercedes-Benz’s hideous X-Class. But the XT5 is Cadillac’s strongest selling vehicle, and the jump from it to the Escalade (regarding both size and price) is pretty substantial. Therefore, it would make sense for Cadillac to build an intermediate SUV between the two: “I would say we have clearly room to add new entries between the XT5 and where Escalade begins,” said de Nysschen.

By the end of next year, Cadillac will have introduced their newest SUV, the XT4. But it won’t slot in between the XT5 and Escalade. Instead, the XT4 will be smaller than the XT5 – as the number suggests. While it won’t be micro-SUV small, de Nysschen expressed an interesting in exploiting that market as well.

2018 & Beyond

It will be interesting to see what Cadillac’s lineup looks like in five years as they shed their sedans and integrate electric and hybrid powertrains. Hopefully they can also integrate a little stability and consistency. The constantly changing model names is just a bit baffling for consumers. Of course, we’ll have to hold on to see what Cadillac ultimately decides to do to their portfolio. But, the company already has a lineup of excellent vehicles. Now, it’s just a matter of refining their products to fit the market demand. And, if we somehow see the realization of the Cadillac Escala concept, I don’t think anyone would complain.

 

Dare Greatly: 150 Daring Moment’s in Canadian History

Dare Greatly 150

In honour of Canada’s 150th birthday, as part of the Dare Greatly campaign, Cadillac is counting down the 150 most daring moments in Canadian history.

Canada 150

The series is part of Cadillac’s Dare Greatly campaign, which privileges innovation, risk-taking, and independence. So, here are some of the biggest “moments from Canada’s history that paved the way for the future.”

#2

In 1867, Henry Seth Taylor of Stanstead Quebec builds Canada’s first automobile. His steam buggy was a popular exhibition at the 1867 Stanstead Fair.

#4

In 1875, the first official indoor hockey game is played in Montreal. The traditional lacrosse ball was replaced with a wooden puck to prevent injuries to the spectators.

#13

In 1912, one of the first electric cars appears at an auto show in Toronto. With a reported top speed of 25 km/h and the ability to recharge its battery by attaching to a power line, the invention came long before its time.

#21

On December 23, 1900 Canadian inventor Reginald Fessenden became the first person to send electromagnetic audio signals. Although waves had been transmitted previously, Fessenden’s feat is perhaps more significant to the history of radio.

#26

Canada entrenches its sovereignty by fighting in the First World War. Canadian soldiers also earn the respect of their allies for their bravery and importance to many key victories including Vimy Ridge.

#28

In 1916, women win the right to vote in Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba. The precedent provokes the 1919 ruling guaranteeing women nationally the right to vote.

#47

In 1931, Canada gains its complete independence from Great Britain with the enactment of the Statute of Westminster.

#57

On D-Day, June 6, 1944, Canadians land on Juno Beach in Normandy, playing a huge role in one of the most successful, pivotal, and dangerous operations in the Second World War.

#74

In 1965 Canada’s iconic Maple Leaf flag is born, further separating the nation from the Commonwealth.

#78

In 1968, Medicare becomes a Canada-wide policy, giving universal health care to millions.

#146

In 2015-2016 Canada helps resettle more than 39,000 Syrian refugees forced from their homes by war.

 

You can check out the full list over at daregreatly.ca You can also learn more about Cadillac’s search for the 151st daring Canadian moment.

The 2017 Cadillac CT6

Obviously, Cadillac can’t hope to emulate the bravery and innovation inherent in some of those achievements. But there’s nothing wrong with setting a high bar. Clearly, Cadillac wants to cement itself among the best in the auto industry. And, in building vehicles with care and creativity, the brand seems to be doing exactly that.  

Take the 2017 Cadillac CT6 for example. The lithe sedan features perhaps the most sophisticated package of performance, safety, and entertainment technology on the market. There’s an available Bose Panaray sound system with 34 speakers, some of which are cased inside the front headrests. Perhaps more practical are features like the Rear Camera Mirror that streams live HD footage from the rear of the vehicle to expand the field of view to 300% of a traditional rear view mirror. Other standout available features include:

  • NightVision with thermal imaging technology
  • Active Rear Steering
  • Front Pedestrian Detection
  • Rear Cross Traffic Alert  
  • Lane Keep Assist and Lane Departure Warning
  • Forward Collision Alert
  • Rear seats with recline, massage, heat, and cooling

2017 Cadillac Escalade: The King of SUVs at Capital Cadillac

The 2017 Cadillac Escalade touts itself as the King of SUVs. Is it worthy of the mantle?

The 2017 Cadillac Escalade.

The 2017 Cadillac Escalade

The standard engine is a 6.2L VVT V8 engine with 420 horsepower and 460 lb.-ft. f torque. In fact, that’s the only engine available in the Escalade and it’s more than adequate for any task you might throw at it. To help you control all of that power, there are some important standard features. Surround Vision is a four-camera system that combines to create a bird’s eye view of your Escalade and its surroundings. Seeing your vehicle top down makes it easy to maneuver in tight parking lots. Additionally, Automatic Park Assist is standard, too. Your Escalade can locate parking spots big enough to accommodate it, and steer you in automatically.

Fit for a King?

As you might expect, the Cadillac Escalade is also packed with tons of comfort, convenience, and entertainment features. OnStar 4G LTE WIFi, Wireless Charging, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and Heated, leather steering wheel are all standard. 16-speaker, Bose Centerpoint Surround Sound audio is also standard. The setup delivers breathtaking sound quality and volume for every passenger in the Escalade’s expansive cabin. There’s also Bose Active Noise Cancellation which emits negative sound waves to counteract any distracting engine or road noise. As a result, you can certain you’ll only hear what you want to hear, even when driving at speed.

The array of standard features in the 2017 Cadillac Escalade is pretty impressive – and it should be with a starting MSRP of $85,010. But Cadillac also offers three trim levels above the base model. First is the Escalade luxury, then Premium and Platinum.

Escalade Luxury (MSRP: $91,475)

Notable features include:

  • 22” wheels with chrome inserts
  • Driver Awareness Package with Forward Collision Alert, Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning, Safety Alert Seat, Side Blind Zone Alert, and Rear Cross Traffic Alert
  • Rear Camera Mirror
  • Full Colour HUD

Escalade Premium (MSRP: $96,390)

Notable features include:

  • Adaptive Cruise Control and full-speed Front and Rear Automatic Braking
  • Front LED cornering lamps
  • Third-row 9” entertainment screens
  • Selectable Four-Wheel Drive

Escalade Platinum (MSRP: $107,305)

Notable features include:

  • Premium semi-aniline and Mulan leather seating
  • Sueded-microfibre headliner
  • 18-way, power seats
  • Unique chrome grille
  • 22” premium painted wheels with chrome inserts

Arguably, in 2017, the Escalade is better than ever. Predictably, Cadillac’s full-sized SUV is confident on the road and remarkably comfortable on the inside. The King of SUVs is sleek, stately, and unmistakable on Canadian highways.

Capital GMC Buick Cadillac is Denaliville

Denali is North America’s highest peak. Since 1999, Denali has also been the name of the GMC’s premium trim level. In other words, it is the pinnacle of professional grade. And now, Capital GMC Buick Cadillac is the home of Denaliville, bringing you closer to the peak.

Denali

The Denali trim is available on the Terrain, Acadia, Yukon, Canyon, and Sierra (and Sierra HD). In each vehicle, you get the best in performance, comfort, and technology. All Denali vehicles include an OnStar 4G LTE WiFi Hotspot. Each model also gets a custom, chrome Denali grille, flanked by LED signature lighting. Inside, you’ll find premium leather, French-stitched details, and aluminum accents. Your comfort will be compounded by the pristine silence of the Denali cabin.

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.

Check out more information on Cadillac in Regina or current inventory.

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.

The CTS Talks

But not like K.I.T.T. from Knight Rider. Vehicle-to-Vehicle (V2V) communication is now a standard feature in the Cadillac CTS.

V2V communication will be available on the new CTS.

What is V2V?

V2V is wireless communication between vehicles on the road. Dedicated, Short-Range Communication (DSRC) and GPS. DSRC is something like the near field communication used in modern smartphones. Basically, cars with V2V technology can inform one another of their respective positioning as well as obstacles, road conditions, et cetera. Despite the lazy “2” in the acronym, V2V can theoretically connect many more vehicles simultaneously. The implication is that we’ll soon see roads populated by vehicles that can “see” one another through darkness, fog, buildings, and around corners.

The V2V hardware in the CTS can processes 1,000 inputs per second. And, it has a communicative range of 300 metres. Further, the technology doesn’t rely on cell coverage, so don’t expect any “outages.” Currently, V2V is far from standards. Many automakers don’t even offer vehicle-to-vehicle communication as an available feature. So, the fact that Cadillac is making the feature standard in the CTS right now is pretty impressive.

How Soon Is Now?

Cadillac isn’t even waiting until the next model year. V2V will be available in 2017 CTS interim models currently being produced. Seemingly, it’s all part of Cadillac’s efforts to lead the industry through technology, design, and innovation. Per Richard Brekus, Cadillac global director of Product Strategy, the move is on par with some of the brands other “firsts:” “From the introduction of airbags, to the debut of OnStar, Cadillac continues its heritage of pioneering safety and connectivity advances.”

What Else?

But it’s not like the CTS needed any modernization. Ultrasonic Rear Park Assist and Rear Vision Camera with dynamic guidelines are already standard features. These tools can be complemented with a suite of available safety technology. Surround Vision’s four cameras give the driver a bird’s-eye view of their vehicle. Forward Collision Alert uses camera technology to warn of forward vehicles approaching too quickly. Its warnings are visual, audible, and tactile, through the Safety Alert Seat. Other safety technology available in the CTS includes:

  • Lane Change Alert
  • Lane Keep Assist
  • Rear Cross-Traffic Alert
  • Side Blind Zone Alert 

To see the first-class standard features in the CTS for yourself, visit Capital Cadillac today. Or, browse our inventory now.