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 Well, Cadillac has already made it outdated.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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Capital Cadillac – Designing the Cadillac of Cadillacs

Capital Cadillac Once, Cadillac was the standard against which others were measured. Being the “Cadillac of x” was being the best in an industry. But, since then, their identity has lost some of its coherence. To a younger generation of drivers, Cadillac was estranged from its history of greatness. Recently, however, Cadillac has been redefining itself – while holding on to what earned them their success. By all measures, they’re gaining ground, and Capital Cadillac is showcasing that momentum.

A New Approach

According to Mahmoud Samara, Managing Director of Cadillac Canada, the “Dare Greatly” campaign is the enactment of their new ethos. In his words, “Everyone and anyone that touches the Cadillac brand has to walk, talk, act and live the daring attitude.” They’ve partnered with young artists, young fashion designers, young filmmakers, and more young creators. Did I mention that they’re all quite young?

One of the most daring aspects of Cadillac’s reinvention is the adjustment of its demographic. The bench seat has ridden toward the sunset in the DTS. Instead of offering reactive designs married to the past, Cadillac is reaching ahead of the curve. Seemingly, the modernisation of their lineup could risk alienating their faithful (older) customers. But one might instead argue that lifelong fans of Cadillac would identify more with the reclamation of Cadillac’s golden-age spirit than with the iteration of vehicles from the past. That “golden-age spirit” is one of aggressive innovation and risk-taking. Clearly, Cadillac must agree, because those two principles are the defining elements of their latest concept car, the Escala.

Cadillac Escala

According to official channels, Escala signifies “scale” in Spanish, but it might be apt take the alternate translation, “ladder.” After all, Cadillac has been trying hard to climb back to the top. As Johan de Nysschen, president of Global Cadillac, puts it, Escala signals “the brand’s return to the pinnacle of premium.” If that’s true, the pinnacle of premium certainly looks enticing.

In the sense that Cadillac actually intended for the name, Escala might be a scaled-down Escalade. Cadillac’s King of SUVs has been dominating the full-size luxury SUV category for years. In addition to sharing half of its name, the Escala shares its luxury sensibility. Cadillac has used their standard hand cut-and-sewn technique. The interior was inspired by their suiting partners. The front row interior is different from the back, emphasizing the distinct needs of drivers and passengers. Per Cadillac’s design team, this makes the Escala “a car you desperately want to drive, and also one in which you want to be driven.” Personally, I’d rather drive it.

Cadillac Escala

The Cadillac of Cadillacs

Although the Escala only exists in fantasy or the future (depending on your worldview), its DNA is visible in Cadillac’s CT6. Both vehicles feature aggressive versions of Cadillac’s iconic vertical lighting system – although the Escala’s is a few shades angrier. Sharp contours on the hoods of both vehicles drive the eye down toward signature crests. Finally, Cadillac has packed both sedans with an absurd amount of technology to facilitate each of the driver’s interactions.

The CT6’s available Rear Camera Mirror streams HD video of your surroundings. The available Night Vision system uses thermal technology – yes, thermal technology – to provide a rendering of upcoming obstacles, pedestrians, and wildlife. The entertainment dock offers touchpad input and available wireless device charging. I could go on, because it’s easy to get mired in a list of features, but that’s not really the point. The experience delivered by the sum of those features is all that matters.

Hand cut-and-sewn interiors.

Cadillac Experience

And that experience is one of excitement and comfort. The CT6 is big, but remarkably lithe. Any of its available engines will pull you to the corners and push you back in the seat. Suspension is stiff, but very responsive, making for an engaging drive. However, the CT6 is still a thoroughbred Cadillac, so you’ll still be comfortable. Both the front and back seats offer substantial legroom with leather detailing cut and sewn by hand. Remarkably, the available 20-way power-adjustable seats feature heat, ventilation, and massage functions. At once, the CT6 is the quintessential Cadillac, and something singular.

Capital Cadillac – The Future of Dare Greatly

The purpose of the Dare Greatly campaign is to orient Cadillac toward the future. It’s worthwhile, then, to consider the Escala as a target for the company’s innovation and design. However, we may be years from seeing the Escala’s one-piece interior trim and translucent headliner in a production car. For now, the CT6 is negotiating (with aplomb) the gap between future and present. When you drive the CT6, you get a sense of the company’s golden-age swagger. But, with Cadillac’s renewed dedication to industry leadership, you should be more excited about what’s ahead.

To explore the CT6, and the rest of the 2017 Cadillac Lineup, visit Capital Cadillac today.

2017 Cadillac CT6 Plug-In

Cadillac CT6 Plug-In hybrid
Cadillac CT6 Plug-In hybrid will be available for sale in the Spring of 2017

Cadillac CT6 Plug-In

Electric vehicles have already started taking over our roads. Well, they’re taking over the ones populated with charging stations, anyway. But the mainstream EVs and hybrids being produced now have, naturally, prioritized function over form. With lightweight construction being necessary for driving range, manufacturers haven’t been focusing on comfort and style. Hopefully that can change with the Cadillac CT6 Plug-In.

The CT6 Plug-In is a hybrid coming this spring. The CT6 will boast a remarkable 3.6Le/100km. It also reports a driving range of 643 kilometres. With those specs, drivers won’t need to fill up or plug in very often. Cadillac, however, has always made its name for power and style, not quiet economy. Will mainstream fans of Cadillac be disappointed?

In Short, No

In the Cadillac CT6 Plug-In, a two-motor EVT system will be paired with a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder gas engine. This will give the car an impressive 335 hp. Per Cadillac’s press release, the CT6 will “propel the vehicle from a zero to 96km/h (60 mph) in an estimated 5.2 seconds.” As for luxury, the Plug-In will have all the features from Cadillac’s Premium Luxury trim. Surely, combining efficiency, power, and style can’t be cheap.

What Does It Cost?

It’s important to remember, Cadillac is pursuing luxury and power while integrating the latest in EV tech. And that comes at a cost. Still, the MSRP of $85,995 will put the Plug-In CT6 beyond the reach of most consumers. But the same can be said for most hybrids and pure EVs today. The Tesla Model S starts at a staggering $90,400. Quite simply, the fuel savings drivers will reap won’t mitigate the purchase price for a long time. Still, electric vehicles are becoming less expensive every day.

For now, Cadillac fans might be better off driving the standard CT6. Its 2.0L Turbo engine features direct-injection, dual overhead cams, and variable-valve timing to deliver thrilling performance. You’d have trouble finding a more enjoyable way to wait for EVs to become more affordable. And, with autonomous technology threatening to get rid of drivers completely, you should enjoy a little power while you still can.