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 2018 GMC Acadia: Family Fun

The 2018 GMC Acadia

If you have a growing family, you may need three rows for your family, but you don’t have the heart to listen to the automatic slide door of a Honda Odyssey shut the book on your youth. Well, there are options for those who need more passenger (or cargo) space, but aren’t interested in minivans. The 2018 GMC Acadia midsize SUV is one of those options. And, frankly, it’s one the most attractive ones.

The 2018 GMC Acadia

What you’ll immediately notice is the style. The GMC Acadia does not look like it has three rows of seating. The exterior lines are sculpted and sharp, giving the impression of a much smaller vehicle. At the same time, the 2018 Acadia retains the rugged strength that has become GMC’s signature. The grille of the SLT model is the winner of the bunch with three sharply cut slats. Finally, any of the wheel options, beginning with the standard 17” painted aluminum wheels, portray the same degree of toughness and style.

Power

Usually, drivers of family-oriented vehicles usually aren’t interested in detailed engine specifications. They like to know that their vehicles can move quickly and quietly, while keeping up at highway speeds. And, under those criteria, the 2018 Acadia is won’t disappoint. The base engine is a 2.5L inline four with 193 horsepower. While that unit won’t set the world alight, it’s capable of pushing the Acadia along comfortably. Towing capacity is obviously limited, but you get great fuel economy (10.1 L/100km combined) considering the Acadia’s size. And,If you upgrade to the 3.6L V6, you get 4 times more towing capacity and 310 horsepower.

Interior

Comfort has been significantly improved over the previous year’s model. Passengers in any of the seats will have enough legroom and head clearance for substantial driving durations (but whoever ends up in the middle of the rear bench will probably still complain). As a welcome consequence of the enlarged center console, the driver gets a more stable rest for their arm (drive with two hands on the wheel or whatever).

The fit and finish, as drivers may have come to expect from GMC are exceptional. There is ample space for drivers and passengers and comfort is prevalent. However, the Denali trim is not as refined as in the brands other models. But we can expect this to improve as the Acadia enters the middle years of its model cycle.

Admittedly, the cargo space behind the third row of seating is minimal. So, if you need to move seven people and a mountain of gear, you might be out of luck. But that’s really the consequence of GMC making the Acadia trim and stylish. It doesn’t look like a minivan, so you can’t expect it to be as capacious as one. That being said, when you fold down the third row, you’ll have enough room for almost anything you need to haul. If you need gear for a weeklong camping expedition and four people, no problem.

Safety

As you probably expect from GMC, the 2018 Acadia has an impressive suite of safety technology. That’s especially reassuring when you’re driving a vehicle the size of the Acadia. No, it’s not as big as the Yukon, but when you’re driving with your family it’s nice to know that your vehicle has your back. Available safety technology includes:

  • Automatic Emergency Braking
  • Blind-Spot Monitoring
  • Forward Collision Warning
  • Lane-Departure Warning
  • Lane-Keeping Assist

While the Acadia is neither the ultimate stylish crossover, or shameless people-mover, it strikes a pleasant balance between the two. GMC really hit the right notes with the exterior styling. And the

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.

The 2018 GMC Terrain

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

Meet the 2018 GMC Terrain.

The 2018 GMC Terrain

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

Performance

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

Electronic Precision Shift

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

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

Trims

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

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

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

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

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

Buick Enclave Avenir

The 2018 Buick Enclave Avenir

 

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

Avenir

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

2018 Enclave

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

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

Additional Enclave Avenir features include:

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

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

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

The 2017 Cadillac XT5

Meet the 2017 Cadillac XT5

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

Experience First

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

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

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

Performance First

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

Safety First

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

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

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

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

The 2017 GMC Yukon

If you’ve been looking for quiet comfort, dependability, and power in a full-size SUV, you’ve been looking for the 2017 GMC Yukon.

Meet the 2017 GMC Yukon

Powerful

The Yukon full-size SUV comes with a standard EcoTec3 V8 engine. With that setup, you’ll receive 355 horsepower and and 6300 pounds of standard trailering. Whether conquering long distance road trips, or hauling a serious payload, the Yukon won’t begin to feel sluggish. Although all that power might suggest otherwise, GMC’s full-size SUV also gives you impressive fuel economy. In the city, you’ll get 14.7 L/100km and 10 L/100km on the highway. In part, that comes from the Active Fuel Management system which automatically switches from eight cylinders down to four when you don’t need the extra power.

Quiet

Also surprising, given the size of the engine, is the silence of the cabin. GMC have engineered a remarkably quiet cabin. Sure, you’ll be able to hear the engine as you accelerate, but not distractingly. A number of ingenious noise reduction features tune out rough roads and strong winds. They include:

  • Inlaid doors
  • Acoustic-laminated windshield
  • Triple-sealed doors
  • Valved exhaust system

To make the most of the peace and quiet, the Yukon’s interior is built for comfort. The seats are broad and comfortable, while storage space is maximized by a giant center console and foldaway seating. The authentic aluminum trim and contrast stitching create a cabin that is distinctly professional grade. However, for elevated comfort and style, you should consider the Denali trim.

2017 GMC Yukon Denali

Firstly, upgrading to Denali gets you a comprehensive suite of safety technology including Side Blind Zone Alert with Lane Change Alert, Lane Keep Assist, and Rear Cross Traffic Alert. You also get a dynamic Head-Up Display on the windshield. When active, you can see critical driving information without taking your eyes off the road. For entertainment, the Yukon Denali adds Wireless Charging and Bose Centerpoint Surround Sound to the base model’s WiFi hotspot and IntelliLink system. And, of course, the Denali trim brings the peak in comfort. Premium, perforated leather seating complements poplar wood inlays. The seats, as well the steering wheel, are heated.

Ultimately, you have to call the 2017 GMC Yukon versatile. Despite its size and power, the SUV is nimble (relatively), quiet, and comfortable. Explore the Yukon for yourself here.

One Million Denalis Sold

GMC recently announced that they’ve sold one million Denalis. The number is made all the more impressive by the fact it took the company less than 20 years to do it.

One million Denalis have been sold since 1997.

One Million Denalis

The Denali trim is available on the Terrain, Acadia, Yukon, Canyon, Sierra, and Sierra HD. Your comfort is guaranteed in leather-appointed, heated front seats with French-stitched details. Outside, LED lighting arrays guide the way, bolstered by chrome accents and aluminum wheels. Inside, 4G LTE, and automatic liftgates create a refined driving experience. The latest comprehensive safety suite completes the Denali experience. That includes Following Distance indicator, Forward Collision Alert, Lane Keep Assist, Front Pedestrian Braking and more.

More than Professional Grade

At the North American International Auto Show in 1997, GMC showed off a new concept, the Yukon Denali. At the time, sturdy and practical performance vehicles dominated the SUV market. An SUV was an unattractive option, similar to the minivan. But GMC flipped that stereotype over. Among other upgrades, it introduced a new front clip and polished chrome wheels. Per Rich Latek, marketing director for GMC, Denali forced the company “to commit to excellence; commit to perfecting every last detail from start to finish – but the result; the longevity and success of the Denali line, more than speaks for itself.”

The positive reception from the NAIAS crowd prompted GMC to introduce the Yukon Denali to full production the following year. With its success, GMC continued to expand the lineup. The Sierra 1500 was the second to receive the Denali treatment, followed by the envoy, Sierra HD, and Terrain. With six vehicles now in the Denali stable, driver’s with a wide range of performance needs can get the same high standard of craftsmanship and design. Even as the GMC lineup adapts to the quickly evolving automotive landscape, it seems that Denali will remain a fixture.

Meet the 2018 GMC Terrain

2018 GMC Terrain

According to vice president of global GMC Sales and Marketing, Duncan Aldred, “GMC’s strong growth over the past decade is due in large part to Terrain.” 700,000 of the first-generation Terrain have been sold in North America since 2009. Now, GMC is redesigning the widely popular Terrain for 2018. The hard angles that defined earlier models have been abandoned. GMC has smoothed out the interior into elegant lines. But the visual shakeup is hardly the most interesting change.

2018 GMC Terrain Electronic Percision Shift
GMC’s New EPS

Shifting from Levers

GMC’s biggest announcement was the removal of the shift lever. Electronic Precision Shift, a row of buttons and switches, will replace standard shifter. Neutral and Park are buttons, while Drive and Reverse must be pulled like switches. The difference will (hopefully) keep drivers from selecting the wrong mode. While it might seem strange to get rid of shift levers, the move frees up space in the center console. Room for storage has always been important to SUV buyers. But in a crowded market space, it’s hard to distinguish your brand. GMC hopes EPS is the kind of solution that will help them stand out.

2018 GMC Terrain Conquerors

GMC has revamped the Terrain’s powertrain selection as well. Buyers can choose from:
1.5L Turbo DOHC DI
2.0L Turbo DOHC DI
1.6L Turbo Diesel

The 1.5L and 2.0L engines are complemented by new nine-speed automatic transmissions. The Ford and Chevrolet designed gearbox has never appeared in a GMC vehicle before.

Safety Technology

The 2018 Terrain will also be packed with a suite of available features represents the latest in safety technology:

Surround vision
Forward Collision Alert
Lane Change Alert
Lane Keep Assist
Low-Speed Forward Automatic Braking
And More

If you can’t wait until the release of the 2018 model, or if you’re really into shift levers, you can still find out why the GMC Terrain is one of North America’s favourite SUVs. Check out our inventory of brand-new Terrains.