The 2018 CT6: Cadillac’s Flagship Sedan?

Cadillac CT6 V-Sport

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.

Power

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.

Innovation

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.

Super Cruise

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…

The 2019 Sierra: GMC’s Four Best Features

2019 Sierra Best Features

According to Duncan Aldred, vice president of Global GMC, “The heritage of the GMC brand is rooted in full-size trucks, of which the Sierra is our cornerstone. The next generation Sierra caters to these unique customers who demand a premium, innovative truck that supports their professional and personal passions.” If you had to underline one word from Aldred’s statement, it should be innovation.

GMC has loaded the 2019 Sierra, which we discussed in an earlier post, with a ton of exciting new features. The new innovations meaningfully distance the Sierra from the Chevy Silverado (a problem in the past), but also from the rest of the full-sized pickup segment. There’s a lot to like about the next-generation of professional-grade pickup, I’ve picked out some of the best new features, and detailed them below.

MultiPro Tailgate

The MultiPro Tailgate is the most advanced tailgate in human history. It has six unique functions and a G.I. Joe Kung Fu Grip. I’m sorry. It’s hard not to be a little cynical about the new 2019 Sierra’s MultiPro tailgate. But, once you get past the skepticism, you’ll notice some impressive utility.

For example, the upper part of the tailgate can be independently lowered to reveal a standing workstation, a great convenience to those who have ever done detailed tasks or paperwork on a jobsite. The MultiPro tailgate also features a convenient cargo access position and extended load stops at two different heights. There’s even a sturdy, full-width step which can also serve as a seat. Some will dismiss the MultiPro Tailgate as a gimmick, but others will see how it can simplify the use of their truck.

CarbonPro Box

GMC will also be leading the industry by introducing the first carbon fibre box. General Motors has not been diplomatic in its criticism of Ford for using an aluminum alloy in the F-150’s bed. GM reasons that a pickup box is subjected to routine abuse and should be made of tough material. The 2019 Sierra features high-strength steel by default, but CarbonPro is an option on higher trims. It’s the strongest material in any pickup box and it’s also the most resistant to corrosion. Plus, it’s light.

Segment-First Multicolour HUD

A Head-Up Display (HUD) is a transparent display that shows information without requiring the viewer to look away from their usual sightlines. HUD are common in video games, airplanes, and “smart glasses”. In the automotive world, a HUD is information projected onto the base of the windshield. Some vehicles, like the Pontiac Grand Prix, had primitive HUD in the late eighties. But those units hardly compare to the Multicolour Head-Up Display in the new 2019 Sierra.

The 3×7-inch display is crisp and bright. It displays info like remaining fuel and current speed, but you can customise it to suit your needs. And, importantly, it’s not obtrusive or distracting and won’t impair your view of anything on the road.

Segment-First Rear Camera Mirror

On the theme of keeping your head up, the 2019 Sierra also gets the Rear Camera mirror. It performs as a regular rearview mirror, but also as a feed for the reverse camera when backing up. It was previously reserved for the Cadillac lineup where using the infotainment screen to display the backup camera feed is far too gauche. In all seriousness, the Rear Camera Mirror allows you to see what’s behind your truck without lowering your head so that you can still see what’s in front of you. It’s not an essential feature, but it’s a nifty add-on.

 

The 2019 Sierra: A Pickup Worthy of It’s Own Badge

The 2019 Sierra

GMC’s 2019 Sierra has finally been revealed. It boasts a first carbon fibre box, pro trailering tools, standard 22” wheels, and much more. Let’s take a closer look at the professional-grade pickup!

The 2019 Sierra

Whenever we’re talking about the Chevrolet Silverado or the GMC Sierra, one question always comes up. Why does GM sell the same truck under two names? Quite often, the models have been distinguished by little more than a badge and grille. If GM simply unified the two brands, they could boast much stronger sales. But, for the 2019 model year, with full redesigns, GM has promised that the two trucks will be markedly different.

And, at least ostensibly, GMC has delivered. The new Sierra is bigger, taller, and lighter. On the inside, that translates to best-in-class headroom and legroom. On the outside, it translates to a pretty impressive profile. The front-end is clean and imposing, aided by the sharp C headlights, elevated hood, and tall grille. It looks much

Power

The Sierra will feature a choice of three powertrains. The first is a 3.0L Duramax turbodiesel inline-six. It’s good to see GM addressing customer support for diesel pickups, despite the consumer concern that have followed the illegal emissions cheating from Volkswagen, Jeep, and RAM. Additionally, there will be two V8s, a 5.3-litre and a 6.2-litre variety – just like in the previous generation. However, both will be more efficient thanks to the inclusion of Dynamic Fuel Management which replaces Active Fuel Management.

Dynamic Fuel Management

In the simplest terms, a small number of cylinders generate a small amount of power more efficiently than many cylinders. So, in low performance demand situations, GM’s Active Fuel Management shuts down half of the engine’s cylinders (a predesignated block) to save fuel. The technology had not been dramatically altered since 2004, so the advent of Dynamic Fuel Management is exciting news.

Dynamic Fuel Management is capable of shutting down any of seven cylinders at any given time as a live response to the demands. That sounds complicated, but it just means that your V8 can be reduced to single-cylinder function when you’re driving very slowly. While Active Fuel Management improved fuel economy by 5.5%-7.5%, Dynamic Fuel Management pushes those numbers to as high as 15%.

High Strength, Low Weight

But the flashier fuel-saving measure, is the construction. Ford has gone all-in on aluminum – and met significant resistance for it (largely from GM). Instead of following the lead, GM is using what it calls a “mixed materials approach.” GMC will make the Sierra’s swing panels (hood, liftgate, doors) out of aluminum. Fixed panels on the body will continue to use steel. Most impressively, GMC is introducing an optional carbon fibre pickup box. It’s the first in industry history and it’s 62 lbs lighter than the steel one it replaces.

The 2019 Sierra distances itself even further from the Silverado with a ton of incredible technology like the MultiPro Tailgate. But we’ll cover the best innovations in a separate post.

 

 

The 2019 Cadillac XT4

2019 XT4

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 SUVs

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.

The 2018 Yukon: GMC’s True Heavyweight Contender

The 2018 Yukon in its natural habitat.

The 2018 Yukon

The GMC Yukon is celebrating 25 years on the road at the top of the GMC food chain. The professional-grade full-sized SUV brings rugged performance, seating for up to seven, and some undeniably good looks. Plus, with the Denali badge, the 2018 Yukon becomes an uncompromising luxury vehicle with a genuine chance of unsettling the Cadillac Escalade’s preeminence.

What’s New for 2018?

GMC has refined rather than remade the 2018 Yukon. Perhaps the greatest highlight is the new transmission, a smooth 10-speed automatic exclusively paired with the 6.2L EcoTec3 V8. Tire-pressure monitoring system has been improved with an alert that will tell you when you need to fill up the tires. It’s only available with the 6.2L V8 engine reserved for the Denali and Denali XL models. On the outside, there’s a new Satin Steel metallic paint colour and chrome grille. On the inside, GMC has added new wood trim options for Denali models.

Finally, GMC has introduced a Denali-exclusive Ultimate Package which bundles the following:

  • Power sunroof
  • Automatic running boards
  • Adaptive cruise control w/ collision warning; exterior paint accents
  • 22” Wheels
  • And more

You can check out a more detailed breakdown of the 2018 GMC Yukon Denali right here. But for now, let’s take a look at what customers can expect as standard equipment.

Professional-Grade Standard

The Yukon SLE is the base model in the family and comes with an MSRP of $56,175. That might be tough to swallow, but that price is competitive with other full-sized luxury SUVs. Plus, even the base model comes with a good balance of “premium” features including Rainsense automatic wipers, 18” aluminum wheels, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. Performance is pretty solid, too.

The standard engine in the 2018 Yukon is a 5.3L EcoTec3 V8 delivering 355 horsepower and 383 lb/ft of torque. GMC pairs that engine with a 6-speed automatic transmission which delivers power capably (though not as capably as the Denali’s 10-speed). 4WD, of course, is available on every trim level. In any configuration, the Yukon is solid. It can tow and haul without breaking a sweat and is pretty enjoyable to drive. But performance and driving dynamics are not the Yukon’s greatest assets.

The area in which the SLE really excels is entertainment. An 8” infotainment screen is standard. And with standard OnStar 4G LTE WiFi, you can stay connected with music, messaging, and navigation. SLE buyers also get a Bose 9-speaker sound system paired with the audio brand’s exceptional Active Noise Cancellation. The combination delivers crisp and encompassing sound that surprises in a vehicle so large.

 

The Cadillac CT5

Will the Cadillac CT5 follow the excellent Escala concept?

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.

Cadillac ATS

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.

Cadillac CT5

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.

GM’s Self-Driving Taxis: Cruise AV

Cruise self-driving vehicles

General Motors and Cruise AV are currently in the pole position to dominate the self-driving vehicle market, with a plan to deploy a fleet of 2,600 autonomous taxis in 2019. But they need some help from the government. Taking steering wheels and pedals out of vehicles contravenes some national safety regulations. So, Cruise needs to petition the American government to grant it an exemption.

Cruise AV: Self-Driving Taxis

The Cruise AV is a heavily modified version of Chevrolet’s Bolt EV. It boasts 383 km of range. However, the sophisticated computers and sensors in the Cruise AV are guaranteed to draw a significant amount of power form the 60 kWh, lithium-ion battery. So, you can expect its range to be shorter. Of course, that’s not a problem for a fleet that will be operating within the city. Plus, Cruise won’t have to waste money paying drivers to go fuel up. They will, however, need to invest in a fast charging network wherever they deploy their robot taxis.

Cruise teamed up with GM in 2016. In a few short years, they have developed working self-driving prototypes that look ready to revolutionise the driving landscape. But the prototypes (consciously) flout a number (specifically, 16) of NHTSA safety regulations. Reportedly, the NHTSA has approximately 16 regulations that GM would be unable to meet without having drivers, pedals, and steering wheels. For example, the NHTSA requires that all passenger vehicles have airbags located in the steering wheel. Obviously, that’s pretty tough for GM to achieve without a steering wheel. Of course, it can just install the same type of airbags that go on the passenger side.

Ironically, the chief counsel of GM’s mobility division, Paul Hemmersbaugh, is the former chief counsel for NHTSA. The regulations he helped build now stand in his way: “We’re seeking to maintain the same, equal safety but to achieve the safety objectives of some standards in a different way. We can’t achieve them without a human driver or without a steering wheel.

The Tech

So, how can Cruise AV guarantee total safety while replacing the human driver? With tons of sensors: “Each car alone has 10 cameras that take pictures at 10 frames per second. The car sees more of its environment at once than a human driver can, and therefore can respond more quickly and safely.” Cruise trains the software and sensors by driving on real and test roads. But they can also simulate “horrific traffic accidents” without cost or danger. That way, each self-driving Cruise vehicle will have been exposed to many more driving scenarios than the average person.

The Future

It’s unclear when the Cruise AV will make its way north of the border, but within a year of the American debut seems reasonably conservative. However, fruits of GM’s investment are already visible in the current GMC lineup. On the 2018 Yukon, for example, GMC offers available features like Forward Collision Alert, Lane Keep Assist, and Adaptive Cruise Control among other advanced safety features. With all of its sensors and cameras, it can basically drive itself on the highway. So, the idea of driverless taxis being a year away isn’t actually that surprising or aggressive.

Would you take a ride in a modified Chevy Bolt with no pedals or steering wheel? Let us know what you think in the comments below.

Cadillac Technology

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

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

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 features

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.

Cadillac Escalade

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.

Denali: The Peak of Professional Grade

Denali: The Peak of Professional Grade

Since 1999, the very best GMC vehicles have worn the name Denali. Named after the highest mountain in North America, Denali vehicles are the peak of luxury and performance. They’ve always included the most powerful engines and the finest interior materials. And for 2018, GMC’s best vehicles will also include the most sophisticated entertainment and safety technology.

Denali Luxury

Of course, luxury remains a top priority of every vehicle in the Denali lineup. GMC has carefully crafted the interior of each to ensure comfort and class. First-class materials like Java Burl poplar wood, aluminum, and fine leather set the tone. And the exterior reflects that tone. The signature, chrome Denali grille, LED signature lighting, and stunning wheel options ensure that your Denali truck or SUV is unmistakable on the road. But a Denali is about much more than just luxury.

Technology

Colour Head-Up Display: A Head-Up Display or HUD is a display projected onto the windshield of your vehicle. You can customise what information you want to see on the HUD and it appears above the dashboard in vivid colour. You can see speedometer, RPM, transmission position, external temperature, and current audio input. Obviously, having a HUD allows you to view important driving information without taking your eyes off of the road.

Wireless Charging: The days of fumbling with wires and finding the right adapter in your vehicle are gone. Denali vehicles come with standard Wireless Charging mats. Just place your compatible smartphone in the dock and you’ll be ready ready to go when you arrive at your destination.

Low Speed Forward Automatic Braking: Cameras and sensors at the front of your vehicle scan the road for potential obstacles. In the event of an imminent collision with an obstacle, the system can engage the brakes automatically to limit the severity of a collision without any input from the driver. When driving at very low speeds, your GMC vehicle can even prevent a collision entirely.

Bose Audio: Bose has a track record of creating some of the best audio systems for high fidelity sound reproduction. In every Denali vehicle you’ll find authentic Bose speakers positioned perfectly for studio quality sound. Behind the scenes, GMC has also included Bose’s highly regarded Active Noise Cancellation. The system emits negative waves that cancel the sound of the wind and road. And, with standard OnStar 4G LTE WiFi, connecting to your favourite songs and audiobooks is easier than ever.

To learn more about the Denali lineup, stop by today and speak to one of our experts. Or, hit the link below and explore for yourself.

GM Marketplace: Buy Coffee From Your Center Console

GM Marketplace

GM Marketplace

Millions of GM vehicles in the United States just received a wireless update to their infotainment software. This achievement is impressive in itself. It’s only possible because GM included OnStar 4G LTE WiFi in nearly all of its 2017 vehicles. But the purpose of the update was to add the GM Marketplace application. Per GM, Marketplace “allows drivers to browse deals and place orders through an in-dash touchscreen with several major brands such as Starbucks Corp., TGI Friday’s, Priceline.com and Dunkin’ Donuts Inc.” In other words, drivers will be able to do things like order coffee and pay for gas before they arrive, making errands significantly more convenient.

GM decided to partner with businesses that makes sense for users. In North America, coffee is part of 80% of commutes (I made that figure up), so partnering with Starbucks makes sense. And allowing people to complete small errands without exiting their vehicle makes sense in a world obsessed with convenience… and commuting: “The average American spends 46 minutes per day on the road driving. Leveraging connectivity and our unique data capabilities, we have an opportunity to make every trip more productive and give our customers time back,” said Santiago Chamorro, vice president for Global Connected Customer Experience, GM.

The ability to order Tim Horton’s in your car would shorten the 7:50 drive-through line, and thrust GM into the rarefied Canadian air previously reserved for Alexander Graham Bell and Wayne Gretzky. Well, that’s if we can ignore the overwhelming safety concerns.

Distracted Driving

Ostensibly, adding more reasons for drivers to stare at a screen instead of the road concerns safety advocates. Each year, the “infotainment” screens in cars get bigger. In a Tesla, drivers control all functions ancillary to driving on a center-mounted touchscreen. It has no knobs or buttons. Without any tactile differentiation, you can’t just reach for a familiar control. While that technology becomes normalised, the average driver insists that it’s no problem and that he is capable of multitasking.

However, I’ve met the average driver. Let me assure you, he’s incapable of changing the radio station while remaining in the center of his lane. Consequently, asking him to order a soy milk latte with an espresso shot would be like asking a straight-jacketed Houdini to file your taxes as he drowns in a glass box. Although, in that analogy, the only person in danger is Houdini, instead of the countless drivers and pedestrians around him.

Self-Driving

Within ten years, ordering coffee may be one of the least complicated tasks you can do in your car. That’s because self-driving vehicles are about to take over the roads. GM has partnered with Cruise Automation to make sure that their autonomous vehicles are among the first. Their current prototypes have already demonstrated complete autonomy in closed environments. Before long, they’ll be heading out on the open road. Then, their former drivers will be free to do whatever they like during their morning commute.

GM Marketplace is not yet available in Canada. So, you’ll still have to sit in the drive-through and yell your order over the rearward diesel rumble like a caveman. But you can content yourself with WiFi, wireless charging, Bose Audio, automatic high beams, automatic braking, automatic parking, and Surround Vision for the time being.