We take on some of Atlantic Canada’s worst roads in new Cadillac XT6

Source: Driving.ca

Residents in the eastern provinces told CAA surveyors
these roads were the worst — but how bad can they be?

In most parts of the country, carping about the state of this nation’s roads is an art form. New expletives have been crafted solely for use when one’s brand-new set of winter tires slam into an unexpected pothole. Fillings have been jarred loose by washboard road surfaces. Alignment mechanics rejoice the former, dentists do brisk business with the latter. Hey, at least someone is making bank off of our rough roads.

Across Canada, wild temperature swings and an abundance of road salt conspire to scupper even the best paving job. Jagged lines cut every surface like a botched episiotomy, with macadam crumbling like day-old sponge cake.

Armed with CAA’s list of Ten Worst Roads in the Maritimes and the keys to a 2020 Cadillac XT6 crossover, we decided to seek out these potholed pavements in an effort to gauge the state of our roads.

Would the Cadillac provide a comfortable journey? Will this infrastructure hammer our spines into oblivion? Did I make a theme-based playlist filled with The Stones and the score from Rocky?

The answers to those questions were yes, no and an emphatic yes.

First, the Cadillac. The luxury arm of General Motors has been fiddling with their “Standard of the World” for a few years now, rolling out two new sedans and three new crossovers in quick succession.

The XT6 is the largest of these, acting as a draw for customers seeking a snazzy three-row machine with all-wheel-drive. Cadillac already has a three-row SUV in its quiver of course, but the large-and-in-charge Escalade scares away some customers thanks to its bulk and truck-based roots. For anyone trading out of an Acura MDX or Volvo XC90, the XT6 will be much more approachable.

Outside, the Cadillac certainly looks the part, with our Sport-trimmed tester dipped in $900 worth of inky Stellar Black Metallic paint. Unlike the Premium Luxury models, the Sport eschews all exterior brightwork save for a spear along its lower flanks and one edging the perimeter of its front grille. A completely blacked-out grille, bookended with headlights narrowed like the eyes of a stern headmaster, is a dealer-installed accessory and should be fitted to every XT6 regardless of colour.

The last road of the day was Waterford Road just outside of Sussex. Locals said this stretch of tarmac captured the number two spot on The List thanks to a combination of patchwork repairs and the lack of any major work since 2009.

Alert readers will correctly guess that a layer of fresh tar now covers this road surface as well, one which strafes a river and whose proximity to several of New Brunswick’s famed covered bridges makes it popular with tourists.

All of this taught us two things. First, CAA’s annual list does indeed spur local governments to action, proving that the voice of the people is not always routinely ignored by those who move the levers of power. Second, Cadillac’s new XT6 is a sumptuous if costly player in the luxury three-row game. It looks good and is endlessly comfortable but the brand needs to introduce the excellent Super Cruise hands-free driving assistance feature in order for it to truly stand out in a very crowded segment.

Cadillac reveals its 2020 CT4 sedan

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Underscoring its assertion a brand needn’t live on SUVs alone, Cadillac today introduced the new 2020 CT4 sedan. This means there will be a trio of sedans in the company’s showroom, with this machine being the smallest of the three.

Built on rear-drive architecture, the way nature and Alfred Sloan intended, the Cadillac CT4 will offer a selection of turbocharged engines.

A 2.0-litre turbo is the standard engine, cranking out 237 horsepower and 258 lb.-ft. of torque. It is mated to an eight-speed automatic.

Further up the options sheet is a 2.7-litre turbo, whose estimated power is a sprightly 309 ponies and 348 lb.-ft. of twist in the Premium Luxury model. Alert readers will note this engine is related to the 325-horsepower engine found in the CT4-V. Ten cogs inhabit the automatic lashed to this mill.

The CT4’s profile is decidedly rear-wheel-drive, with a good dash-to-axle ratio creating a long proboscis. “We developed CT4 to appeal to youthful buyers in the luxury market who may be new to the Cadillac brand,” said Andrew Smith, executive director of global Cadillac design.

Three trims, in addition to the V, will be offered at launch: Luxury, Premium Luxury and Sport. The latter will have darker accents and performance-inspired details like unique fascias while the others are going to ladle on the chrome in varying amounts.

Sport and V-Series models will have Brembo-branded front brakes, while rear-drive Vs will have GM’s trick Magnetic Ride Control. All-wheel-drive will be available in Canada on all models. Available Continental self-sealing tires are said to be a segment-first, and the company says Super Cruise is going to be available in the 2020 calendar year.

CT4’s interior will look familiar to anyone who’s been inside a Cadillac in the last year, with a tablet-style 8-inch infotainment system that is appended by twin physical knobs (thank you, Cadillac) and two rows of buttons for ventilation and other controls.RELATEDCaddy says new V-Series’ horsepower is lower because drivers were ‘intimidated’Cadillac’s super-smart Super Cruise finds even more roads

These PR photos show a set of analog gauges bookending a TFT screen as in the XT5 and XT6. It would be nice for Cadillac to offer something like Audi’s Virtual Cockpit, something which may happen with the arrival of Super Cruise.

The 2020 CT4 will be available for ordering later this year.

2020 Chevrolet Corvette C8

Source: The Chronicle Herold

The new mid-engined Stingray C8 will go from 0-100 km/h in about three seconds flat. - GM
The new mid-engined Stingray C8 will go from 0-100 km/h in about three seconds flat. – GM – Contributed

If you’re a fan of performance cars, you’ve probably heard about the incoming next-generation Chevrolet Corvette — dubbed the C8 — which will be hitting the market soon.

By the way, the nomenclature works thusly: The “C” means Corvette, and the number represents the generation.

The C8 is therefore the newest (eighth-generation) Corvette. The outgoing Corvette, which is still on sale now, is called the C7. And so on.

For the latest C8 Corvette, there’s been an evolutionary leap in performance and pricing. From about $73,000 Canadian dollars, the new C8 will offer up nearly 500 standard horsepower, world-class handling capabilities, the latest go-fast tech, and performance figures on par with many an exotic car costing (literally) hundreds of thousands of dollars more.

Look no further than the engine for an idea of how serious an evolution this latest Corvette is. Like all Corvettes before it, the new C8 is powered by a naturally-aspirated V8, but engineers re-located it, for the first time in a Corvette, to the centre of the car.

Thus, the new Corvette features a mid-mounted engine layout, just like many an exotic Ferrari, Lamborghini, and any number of the world’s fastest cars.

So, at an asking price that barely opens the door on a (slower) BMW M3 or Porsche Cayman S, the new Corvette C8 will deliver supercar performance — including 0-100 km/h in about three seconds flat.

Until now, that sort of acceleration usually required an investment of no less than about $150,000.

Simply, there’s just never been a car that offered up this level of performance at this price point.

If what GM tells us about the new Corvette is true, product planners at many automakers who deal in high-performance cars are likely tossing and turning in their sleep, because this new Corvette C8, for a wide range of shoppers, might make the six-figure supercar obsolete.

For those after maximum performance specifications for their dollar, there’s virtually nothing else on the market that makes more sense.

This is all good news for the shopper, including those after a good deal on a second-hand high-performance car.

If you’ve been eyeing up the idea of investing in a used, earlier-generation Corvette as a future summertime plaything, than now is a great time to start paying attention to availability in the used market, as well as pricing.

At the very moment, second-hand C7 Corvette models command prices that tend to centre around the official MSRP for the upcoming new C8.

This varies widely by model grade, equipped options, and condition, of course. Some C7 generation Corvette’s are considerably cheaper, and some variants, including the higher-performing Z06 Corvette, are even more expensive.

Simply, there’s just never been a car that offered up this level of performance, at this price point.

 The 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray C8 is powered by a naturally-aspirated V8. - GM
The 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray C8 is powered by a naturally-aspirated V8. – GM

Thing is, when the C8 launches, it’ll put a faster, more capable machine into the same pricing ballpark.

A brand-new model, with the latest tech. The latest Corvette, with the latest performance capabilities.

Initial reports suggest that the new C8 can easily be equipped to exceed the performance figures of even the fastest currently-available C7 Corvette models, but at a considerable cost advantage. And that’s from a brand-new car, with a warranty, and possibly, with a much lower asking price.

By this writer’s estimation, the asking prices of used Corvette models from the last C7 generation might be about to fall off a cliff, thanks to the launch of its replacement.

Here’s why…

First, unsold C7-generation Corvettes at dealer lots will likely need to be cleared out before the C8 arrives, which could mean considerable pricing discounts. After all, when the C8 takes centre stage in Chevrolet showrooms it will become a whole lot harder to sell un-sold C7s — given the massively-improved performance of the C8 and its highly appealing price point.

Imagine you’re at a restaurant. One steak dinner costs $50 and includes a side salad. The other steak dinner costs $55 and includes all the fixings and a much bigger steak. Same idea.

Note, as well, that the launch of a new-generation Corvette is likely to trigger trade-ins of earlier-generation cars by loyal owners upgrading to the latest model. This increases dealer inventory of used Corvettes, and also makes them more abundant in the used market.

Second-hand C7 Corvette supply is about to go up. And with the giant performance and bang-for-the-buck leap represented by the new C8, it’s not a stretch to think that C7 demand may wind up dropping as a result.

Why buy a gently-used C7 with some options for $70,000, when you can get the brand-new, much-faster, C8, with full warranty (and built to your specifications) for just a few bucks more, after all?

When supply rises and demand falls, prices also tend to fall.

Translation? Shoppers considering a newer second-hand Corvette, or an unsold brand-new C7, are likely to see better deals in the very near future.

Finally, this whole thing could also trickle down to the market at large, reducing the cost of performance and horsepower in general.

Why buy a second-hand, high-end exotic, (possibly for tens of thousands more), when the C8 offers equal or better performance (and a factory warranty), for much less?

Many of those saving $70,000 to $80,000 for a used performance car will, very soon, have a highly-compelling option in something brand new. This could result in higher inventory of used $70,000 to $80,000 performance cars and, eventually, in a price-drop.

Of course, other factors may be at play. Perhaps the C7 Corvette retains higher resale values as a collectible car of sorts; it’s the last of the front-engine Corvettes and may well be the last generation Corvette offered with a manual transmission (which is, at this writing, not available in the new C8).

Time will tell.

But the launch of the new C8 will be a very good thing for performance car shoppers in general.

Michelin, GM Take the Air Out of Tires for Passenger Vehicles

Montreal (Tuesday, June 4, 2019) — Michelin and General Motors presented a new generation of airless wheel technology, the MICHELIN Uptis Prototype (or “Unique Puncture-proof Tire System”), at the Movin’On Summit for sustainable mobility today. GM intends to develop this airless wheel assembly with Michelin and aims to introduce it on passenger vehicles as early as 2024.

Later this year, GM will initiate real-world testing and validation of the Uptis Prototype on a Michigan test fleet of Chevrolet Bolt EVs.

“General Motors is excited about the possibilities that Uptis presents, and we are thrilled to collaborate with Michelin on this breakthrough technology,” said Steve Kiefer, senior vice president, Global Purchasing and Supply Chain, General Motors. “Uptis is an ideal fit for propelling the automotive industry into the future and a great example of how our customers benefit when we collaborate and innovate with our supplier partners.”

Airless technology makes the Uptis Prototype eliminate flats and blowouts. This means Uptis offers significant potential for reducing the use of raw materials and waste, contributing to GM’s vision for a world with zero crashes, zero emissions and zero congestion as it:

  • Reduces the number of punctured or damaged tires that are scrapped before reaching the end of their life cycle.
  • Reduces the use of raw materials, energy for production and emissions linked to the manufacture of spare tires and replacement tires that are no longer required.
  • Lasts longer by eliminating irregular wear and tear caused by over- or under-inflation.
  • Reduces dangers related to flats and blowouts.

Cadillac’s Super Cruise Tech Expands in Canada

The availability of Cadillac’s semi-autonomous driving technology, called Super Cruise, is about to increase significantly.

Initially reserved for the CT6 full-size sedan, the system will be integrated to the new CT5 sedan as well as the freshly unveiled CT4-V and CT5-V performance models.

Cars equipped with Super Cruise can operate on several Canadian highways and U.S. interstates with no human intervention by using a combination of precision LiDAR map data, high-precision GPS and a network of camera and radar sensors.

In order to make sure the person behind the wheel can resume control of the vehicle whenever necessary, Super Cruise relies on a state-of-the-art Driver Attention System. If it detects drowsiness or inattention, you will be asked to take over. If you keep your eyes on the road, you can go on for hundreds of kilometres without touching the wheel or pedals.

We experienced the technology during a brief test drive on busy freeways near Detroit. Our autonomous Cadillac worked like a charm. Passing manoeuvres still require driver intervention, but other than that you can keep your arms crossed and let the car do all the work.

Of course, this kind of system is highly dependent on good weather. Everything is fine with sunshine. However, don’t count on Super Cruise in the middle of a January snowstorm.

A Larger Network

Cadillac also announced that Super Cruise will be compatible with an additional 112,000 kilometres of divided highways in Canada and the U.S. by the end of the year, bringing the total to more than 320,000 kilometres.

As a result, the system will cover most of the Trans-Canada Highway.

All-new 2020 Cadillac CT4 Debuts

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As Cadillac celebrates 15 years of V-series performance, the company yesterday unveiled the all-new CT4-V and CT5-V with The Car Guide in attendance.

It was actually the first public appearance of the CT4, the brand’s new entry-level sedan positioned below the larger CT5 and CT6.

With the CT4-V, Cadillac puts the focus on driving excitement rather than all-out power. Equipped with a turbocharged 2.7-litre four-cylinder engine, this compact luxury car produces 320 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque. It also features 18-inch wheels, Brembo brakes and a 10-speed automatic transmission.

In the U.S., the CT4-V comes standard with rear-wheel drive but is also available with all-wheel drive. We still don’t know what strategy Cadillac will adopt in Canada, although a standard AWD setup would make sense.

In terms of styling, the new Cadillac sedan obviously shares a lot of similarities with the CT5 and CT6.

Less sportier versions of the CT4 will be part of the lineup, too. As a matter of fact, Cadillac promised journalists on hand to show what this car has to offer in non-V specification in about a month.

CT5-V

While the CT4 stole the show at the media event, we shouldn’t overlook the larger CT5. After all, that model debuted as recently as mid-April!

To spice things up, Cadillac developed a mightier CT5-V with a twin-turbocharged 3.0-litre V6 engine for 2020. It generates 355 horsepower and 400 pound-feet of torque.

Performance goodies include an electronic limited-slip differential and 19-inch alloys. The 10-speed autobox is also found here along with a choice of RWD and AWD configurations.

Pricing for the new 2020 Cadillac CT4-V and CT5-V has yet to be announced.

“This is Only the Beginning”

While the launch of two high-performance sedans is somewhat surprising in today’s SUV-driven world, it also comes with disappointment for Cadillac purists. Indeed, the 355 ponies under the hood of the CT5-V pale in comparison to the outgoing 2019 CTS-V and its 640-horsepower V8.

“The strategy isn’t the same as with the CTS-V,” explained Mirza Grebovic, Cadillac’s Performance Variant Manager. “We want to put more emphasis on daily enjoyment and not just on the track.”

According to him, 640-horssepower monsters like the CTS-V can be intimidating for many drivers.

Cadillac will not stop there, however. Earlier this year, we saw the introduction of a 550-horsepower CT6-V. And based on the comments made by company executives, they still have a few surprises in store for us.

“This is only the beginning,” Grebovic added with a little smile.

Cadillac Introduces First-Ever CT5

This all-new compact sedan advances the brand’s award-winning legacy with a distinctive fusion of design, performance and comfort, supported by Cadillac’s latest technologies — including Super Cruise1, the world’s first true hands-free driver assistance feature for limited-access freeways.

“The first-ever Cadillac CT5 showcases Cadillac’s unique expertise in crafting American luxury sedans,” said Steve Carlisle, Cadillac president. “Its details elevate every drive and reward the senses.”

An all-new fastback design underscores the CT5’s refined ride, complemented with a driver-centric interior that blends high technology and high-touch elements. Luxury and Sport models allow customers to tailor the car to their style preferences with unique design and trim.

“Cadillac is dedicated to building the world’s most exhilarating luxury sedans,” said Carlisle. “Every element of the CT5 is focused on delivering an unrivaled experience, from the 10-speed transmission to Cadillac’s Super Cruise technology. The expansion of Super Cruise to CT5 reinforces our commitment to bringing the most innovative technologies to our customers.” 

Cadillac CT5’s Super Cruise technology will be available in calendar year 2020 on select models.

CT5 highlights:

  • At launch, the model range will include Luxury, Premium Luxury and Sport, with a Platinum package available on Premium Luxury and Sport models.
  • A 2.0L Twin-Scroll Turbo engine is standard and Cadillac’s 3.0L Twin-Turbo V-6 is available on Premium Luxury and Sport models. Unique sound calibrations are tuned with the engines and each is paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission.
  • The driving dynamics build on Cadillac’s award-winning RWD architecture and include standard Driver Mode Control. AWD is available.
  • The latest Cadillac user experience2 with a large 10-inch-diagonal screen, as well as intuitive controls, including a rotary controller.
  • A host of comfort and convenience features such as standard Adaptive Remote Start, cabin air purification ionizer and available front-seat lumbar massage.
  • Driver awareness technologies include standard Safety Alert Seatand Cadillac’s latest generation available Rear Camera Mirror with zoom and tilt adjustment.
  • Standard driver assistance technologies include Forward Collision Alert3, Low Speed Forward Automatic Emergency Braking3 and Front Pedestrian Braking3.
  • Available driver assistance technologies including Advanced3 Adaptive Cruise Control, Enhanced Forward Automatic Emergency Braking3, Automatic Parking Assist with Braking3, HD Surround Vision with Recorder3, Rear Pedestrian Detection and Alert3, Reverse Automatic Braking3and more.

A New Design Profile

With a fastback profile inspired by the Escala concept, the first-ever CT5 charts a new direction for Cadillac sedan design that leverages the natural proportional advantage of the vehicle’s rear-drive platform to communicate power, presence and performance.

“From every angle, the CT5 exudes athleticism, sophistication and confidence,” said Andrew Smith, executive director of global Cadillac design. “Cadillac’s signature hard-edge cues have evolved to a more sculptural and fluid expression of the brand’s design language.”

A long, 116-inch wheelbase (2,947 mm) and lengthened side glass accentuate the car’s long, low proportion and sweeping fastback profile. Body sculpturing, including taut character lines, contributes to the car’s strong stance and speaks to Cadillac’s legacy of craftsmanship and technology.

An all-LED exterior lighting strategy features signature vertical lights at all four corners of the vehicle.

Bright exterior accents and unique grilles and fascias distinguish the CT5 Luxury and Premium Luxury models, while the Sport model is differentiated by darker accents and performance-inspired details, including unique grilles, fascias, rocker extensions, spoiler and standard 19-inch wheels4.

High-Tech and High-Touch Interior

CT5’s interior features elegant, wide surface lines and simple interfaces, focusing on quality, attention to detail, authenticity of materials and impeccable craftsmanship.

Everything from the instrument panel to the centre display is focused on the driver and essential touch points, emphasizing control. That includes a prominent, 1080dp high-definition full-color 10-inch-diagonal touchscreen mounted high within the instrument panel for visibility.

Intuitive Technology and Connectivity

CT5 delivers thoughtful technology integration by offering an intuitive in-vehicle experience with a heightened sense of control. This is provided in everything from vehicle controls that conform to the driver’s driving style to the latest, more personal Cadillac user experience2, which provides more intuitive ways to interface with the system, including phone pairing via Near Field Communication and a new rotary controller. 

CT5 also features standard Adaptive Remote Start and an available hands-free power-release decklid to further customers’ convenience and comfort. Adaptive Remote Start automatically activates features such as the available adaptive heated/ventilated front seats, heated steering wheel and other climate systems, depending on the temperature. The hands-free decklid uses a motion sensor with Cadillac crest target projection that allows customers to activate the trunk release with their foot, supporting easy access.

Turbocharged Performance

CT5 is powered by a 2.0L Twin-Scroll Turbo engine and 10-speed automatic transmission with Electronic Precision Shift. This standard propulsion combination offers responsive off-the-line performance with excellent low-end torque. The twin-scroll turbocharger and a unique three-step sliding camshaft help the engine optimize performance across the rpm band for a greater feeling of on-demand power at all speeds.

Cadillac’s powerful 3.0L Twin Turbo V-6 is available on Premium Luxury and Sport models, rated at an estimated 335 hp (250 kw) and 400 lb-ft of torque (542 Nm)5. Low-inertia turbochargers and a manifold-integrated liquid-to-air intercooling system help the engine produce exceptional power with virtually no lag and sustain it across most of the rpm band. Like the 2.0L Turbo, it is paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission with Electronic Precision Shift.

Both engines employ technologies such as direct injection, camshaft phasing, Active Fuel Management (cylinder deactivation) and automatic stop/start to balance performance, refinement and efficiency. Sound tuning via mechanical and electronic sources contributes to CT5’s optimized effect on the senses, with engine sounds tuned to augment the driving experience in a refined manner, while helping to minimize unwanted noise in the cabin.

Evolved Driving Dynamics

Building on the strengths of the superb RWD architecture that underpins Cadillac’s award-winning rear-wheel-drive sedans, the first-ever CT5 is designed to deliver an exhilarating driving experience while maintaining the brand’s signature blend of performance, comfort and refinement.

Evolutionary enhancements of the front and rear suspensions, including Cadillac’s signature double-pivot MacPherson-type front suspension, are designed to improve road isolation and driver feedback. At the rear, a five-link independent suspension contributes to the car’s excellent feeling of control.

Additional chassis and driving dynamics features:

  • Standard Bosch premium electric, rack-mounted power steering system.
  • Capable, confident and precise eBoost brakes.
  • Brembo front brakes are standard on the Sport model.
  • Standard ZF MVS passive dampers.
  • All-wheel drive is available on all models.

Standard customer-selectable drive modes allow CT5 to adapt even better to driver preferences and changing road conditions. The modes — Tour, Sport, Snow/Ice and new My Mode — can alter the calibrations for transmission shifting, steering and brake feel, front/rear torque split (with the available AWD system) and vehicle sound character to customize the driving experience.

CT5 can handle a variety of road conditions no matter the climate, thanks to all-wheel drive available on every model along with a diverse range of tire choices, including 19-inch all-season run-flat tires and 18-inch Michelin self-seal tires. All tire options allow drivers to continue driving during most punctures that would sideline conventional tires, for immediate replacement/repair.

2020 Cadillac XT6 Makes Global Debut All-new three-row crossover makes every seat the best seat in the house and offers comprehensive standard and available safety technologies

Cadillac expands its popular crossover and SUV lineup with today’s global debut of the 2020 XT6.

Created to make the most of passengers’ time on the road, this all-new three-row crossover centers on a luxurious, adaptable and connected cabin, complemented with responsive handling and a comprehensive suite of standard and available safety technologies.

“The first-ever Cadillac XT6 delivers a compelling blend of spaciousness, safety and convenience features for customers who thrive on doing it all,” said Steve Carlisle, Cadillac president. “It joins the all-new XT4, which has soared to the top spot in its segment in the US, our global best-selling XT5 and the iconic Escalade to accelerate the brand’s global growth, with a spirit that is uniquely Cadillac.”

Every inch of the XT6 has been carefully considered and developed to offer a refined, comfortable place to connect and enjoy the ride.

“Every seat is the best seat in the house,” said Carlisle. “From luxurious appointments, comfort and convenience to premium sound and technology features, every passenger gets an optimized experience.”

Vehicle highlights:

  • XT6 offers a comprehensive suite of standard and available driver assistance and safety technologies1, along with generous cargo capacity4.
  • The latest Cadillac user experience, with intuitive controls including a rotary controller with new jog functionality.
  • Premium Luxury and Sport models offer customers more customized looks with unique exterior and interior distinction.
  • Nimble, responsive driving experience, powered by a 3.6L V-6 engine and nine-speed automatic transmission, offering up to four selectable driving modes.

“The new Cadillac XT6 models provide two expressions of the signature Cadillac experience, allowing more personalized appearance and driving character,” said John Plonka, chief engineer. “Premium Luxury models provide an elevated level of refinement, while Sport models offer a performance-oriented feel.”

Refined Luxury, Comfort and Convenience

XT6 advances Cadillac’s contemporary interior aesthetic, with elegant, wide surface lines and simple interfaces. It’s an expression that focuses attention on the quality and authenticity of materials and impeccable craftsmanship.

Distinctive trim and interior colors delineate the Premium Luxury and Sport models. Premium Luxury models are trimmed with exotic wood decor, while the Sport features performance-inspired carbon fiber trim.

Available comfort features help ensure all passengers have a luxurious experience in every seating row, including Cadillac’s first Bose® Performance Series sound system with 14 custom-tuned speakers delivering immersive, powerful audio throughout XT6’s cabin.  Standard is an automatic heated steering wheel and as part of the Comfort and Air Quality Package is Cadillac’s in-vehicle air ionizer; automatic heated/ventilated front seats and heated second-row rear outboard seats,

Additional available features include semi-aniline premium leather-appointed seating; and a standard automatic heated steering wheel.

Additionally, XT6’s available convenience features help keep drivers and passengers connected, confident and in control, including:

  • Adaptive Cruise Control – Advanced1.
  • Night Vision..
  • HD Surround Vision Camera1.

A standard power-folding third-row seat and remote fold-down feature for the second-row seat enhance versatility, while a tip/pitch-and-slide feature on the second-row seat allows easy access to the third row.

Safety and Driver Assistance Features

XT6 offers a comprehensive suite of driver assistance and safety technologies1that can help drivers be more aware of their environment. They include sophisticated radar-, camera- and other sensor-based technologies.

Further, the vehicle structure is designed to help keep occupants safe, with premium body materials and features such as boxed, splayed front rails and a state-of-the-art restraint system, including seven standard airbags11.

HIGHLIGHTED XT6 DRIVER ASSISTANCE & SAFETY TECHNOLOGIES1
STANDARDAVAILABLE
HD Rear Vision Camera with Remote WashForward Collision AlertFollowing Distance IndicatorLow Speed Forward Automatic BrakingFront Pedestrian BrakingFront and Rear Park AssistLane Change Alert with Side Blind Zone AlertRear Cross Traffic AlertLane Keep Assist with Lane Departure WarningSafety Alert Seat Rear Camera Mirror with Remote WashForward and Reverse Automatic BrakingAdaptive Cruise Control – AdvancedAutomatic Parking Assist with BrakingRear Pedestrian AlertHD Surround VisionSurround Vision RecorderHead-up DisplayNight VisionHitch Guidance (with Hitch View)

Thoughtful, Seamless Connectivity

Thoughtful technology integration is central to the XT6’s mission of offering a seamless and intuitive in-vehicle experience. It elevates connectivity to a new threshold for Cadillac, with some of the brand’s most advanced features.  

The latest Cadillac user experience5 provides more ways to interface with the system, including one-touch phone pairing via Near Field Communication and a new rotary controller with intuitive jog functionality.  And when it comes to plugging in, all models come with six USB ports2 (two for each row of seats).

Additional available driver support and connectivity technologies include:

  • Personalization — user profiles stored in the Cloud6 allow customers to access their custom profile in other properly equipped GM vehicles.
  • Updated navigation7 functionality with natural address entry.
  • Capable of supporting SiriusXM 360L.
  • 4G LTE Wi-Fi® hotspot (includes 3GB or one months of data, whichever comes first)8.
  • Apple CarPlay9 and Android Auto10 for compatible smartphones.
  • Next-generation, 15-watt wireless charging3.
  • Teen Driver.
FEATURE FOCUS: ROTARY CONTROLLER WITH NEW JOG FUNCTION
The XT6’s rotary controller with new jog function is a first for Cadillac and is designed to complement hard buttons and steering wheel controls, making it even easier to navigate the UX on the HD 8-inch-diagonal color touchscreen display. It builds on the technology introduced on the XT4, adding the jog function to allow the user to tilt the knob — similar to a joystick — to easily navigate between the items on the touchscreen display.

Design Distinction

The foundation for the XT6’s expressive design is its strong proportions, with distinct personas for the Premium Luxury and Sport models.

“The XT6 is unmistakably Cadillac,” said Andrew Smith, executive director of global Cadillac design. “It reinterprets our design language in a unique way, with the Premium Luxury and Sport models adding more sophisticated or aggressive character depending on preference.”

Bright Galvano exterior accents distinguish the Premium Luxury model, while the XT6 Sport is defined by darker accents and more aggressive, performance-inspired details, including available 21-inch wheels. Both models feature advanced lighting technology, including vertically emphasized LED signatures. Two headlamp variants are offered: a standard bi-function LED projector design or an available, performance LED headlamp system with a three-element projector array.

XT6 PREMIUM LUXURY DESIGN FEATURESXT6 SPORT DESIGN FEATURES
Bright Galvano finish on the grille, side window moldings and roof rails.Unique front and rear fascias with red taillight lenses.Through-fascia exhaust outlets.Specific 20-inch wheels. Black grille with a specific, V-Series-inspired pattern; black window moldings and roof rails.Unique front and rear fascias with tinted neutral-density (clear) taillight lenses.Through-fascia exhaust outlets.20-inch wheels are standard, with 21-inch wheels available.

Driving Dynamics and Propulsion

The XT6’s driving experience offers a rewarding balance of responsiveness and refinement, with a feeling of solidity that enhances driver confidence. Those qualities are uniquely distilled between the Premium Luxury and Sport models, with a greater emphasis on road isolation in the Premium Luxury and a greater feeling of agility dialed into the Sport’s chassis tuning.

Customer-selectable drive modes allow the XT6 to adapt even better to driver preferences and changing road conditions. The modes are uniquely calibrated to support the characteristics of the Premium Luxury or Sport models.

AWD is standard on Premium Luxury and XT6 Sport. The Sport model features a Sport Control active twin-clutch AWD design that helps enhance the driving experience with active yaw control. Sport models also feature Continuous Damping Control active handling and a faster steering ratio that is tuned to support a more enthusiast-level driving feel, with increased feedback and greater overall responsiveness.

The XT6’s sophisticated driving dynamics are powered by a 3.6L DOHC V-6 engine estimated at 310 horsepower (231 kW) backed by a nine-speed automatic transmission featuring next-generation Electronic Precision Shift. To enhance fuel efficiency, Active Fuel Management technology enables V-4 operation when V-6 power is not required.

Coming Soon

The 2020 XT6 makes its public debut at the North American International Auto Show Jan. 14-27 in Detroit. It will be manufactured in Spring Hill, Tennessee, and available for ordering this spring. Pricing and additional information will be announced closer to the start of production. 

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1Safety or driver assistance features are no substitute for the driver’s responsibility to operate the vehicle in a safe manner. The driver should remain attentive to traffic, surroundings and road conditions at all times. Visibility, weather and road conditions may affect feature performance. Read the vehicle’s owner’s manual for more important safety limitations and information.  
2Not compatible with all devices.
3The system wirelessly charges one PMA- or Qi-compatible mobile device. Some phones have built-in wireless charging technology and others require a special adaptor/back cover. To check for phone or other device compatibility, see my.cadillac.com/learn or consult your carrier.
4Cargo and load capacity limited by weight and distribution.
5Cadillac Infotainment System functionality varies by model. Full functionality requires compatible Bluetooth and smartphone, and USB connectivity for some devices.
6Requires active service plan. Services are subject to user terms and limitations and vary by vehicle models. Visit onstar.com for details. Availability subject to change.
7Map coverage available in the U.S., Puerto Rico and Canada.
8Service varies with conditions and location. Requires active service plan and data plan. Visit onstar.com for details and limitations.
9Vehicle user interface is a product of Apple and its terms and privacy statements apply. Requires compatible iPhone and data plan rates apply. Apple CarPlay is a trademark of Apple Inc. Siri, iPhone and iTunes are trademarks for Apple Inc, registered in the U.S. and other countries.
10Vehicle user interface is a product of Google and its terms and privacy statements apply. Requires the Android Auto app on Google Play and an Android compatible smartphone running Android™ 5.0 Lollipop or higher. Data plan rates apply. Android Auto is a trademark of Google LLC.
11Always use seat belts and child restraints. Children are safer when properly secured in a rear seat in the appropriate child restraint. See your vehicle Owner’s Manual for more information.

2020 CADILLAC XT6 SPECIFICATIONS (NORTH AMERICA)

FUEL TANK CAPACITY

22 gal. / 83 liters (AWD)

ENGINE

Type:3.6L V-6 DOHC VVT with Direct Injection
Bore & Stroke(in / mm):3.74 x 3.37 / 95 x 85.8
Block Material:Cast aluminum w/ cast-in-place iron bore liners
Cylinder Head Material:Cast aluminum
Valvetrain:Dual-overhead camshafts, four valves per cylinder, continuous variable valve timing
Fuel Delivery:Direct, high-pressure fuel injection with electronic throttle control
Horsepower
(hp / kW @ rpm):
310 / 229 @ 6600 (est.)
Torque
(lb.-ft. / Nm @ rpm):
271 / 373 @ 5000 (est.)

TRANSMISSION & AXLE

Type:Nine-speed automatic with Electronic Precision Shift
Gear Ratios (:1): 
     First4.69
     Second3.31
     Third3.01
     Fourth2.44
     Fifth1.92
     Sixth1.44
     Seventh1.00
     Eighth0.75
     Nine0.62
     Reverse2.96
Final Drive Ratio:3.49

CHASSIS & SUSPENSION

Front Suspension:MacPherson strut with direct-acting stabilizer bar; Continuous Damping Control with Sport mode
Rear Suspension:Five-link independent; coil springs with stabilizer bar; Continuous Damping Control with Sport mode
Steering Type:Electric variable-effort power steering with Active Return Assist
Turning Circle
(ft. / m):
39.1 / 11.9 (20-in. wheels)39 / 11.88 (21-in. wheels)
Brake Type:Four-wheel-disc with ABS; Duralife brake rotors and low-drag brake calipers
Brake Rotor Size (in / mm):Front: 12.6 x 1.9 / 321 x 30
Rear: 12.4 x 0.9 / 315 x 23
Wheel Size:20-in. aluminum (std.)21-in. aluminum (avail. on Sport)
Tire Size:P235/55R20 all-seasonP265/45R21 all-season

EXTERIOR DIMENSIONS

Wheelbase
(in. / mm):
112.7 / 2863
Overall Length
(in. / mm):
198.8 / 5050
Overall Width
(in. / mm):
77.3 / 1964
Overall Height
(in. / mm):
68.9 / 1750 (w/o luggage rack)70.2 / 1784 (incl. luggage rack)
Track (in. mm):66.4 / 1686 (front)66.2 / 1682 (rear)
Ground Clearance (in. / mm):6.65 / 169

INTERIOR DIMENSIONS

Headroom(in / mm):Front: 39.8 / 1010 (with sunroof)2nd row: 39.1 / 993 (with sunroof)3rd row: 37.2 / 945 (with sunroof)
Legroom(in. / mm):Front: 41.2 / 10462nd row: 39.1 / 9943rd row: 29.5 / 750
Shoulder Room    (in. / mm):Front: 58.3 / 14822nd row: 57.4 / 14593rd row: 53.5 / 1360
Hip Room              (in. / mm):Front: 56.1 / 14242nd row: 55.7 / 14163rd row: 39.5 / 1003

WEIGHTS, CAPACITIES & CARGO VOLUME

Curb Weight(lb. / kg):Premium Luxury AWD: 4644 / 2106Sport AWD: 4690 / 2127
Cargo Volume (cu. ft. / L)^:78.7 /  2228 (behind first row)43.1 / 1220 (behind second row)12.6 / 356 (behind third row)
Trailering Capacity (lb. / kg)±:4000 / 1814

^Cargo and load capacity limited by weight and distribution. ±Before you buy a vehicle or use it for trailering, carefully review the Trailering section of the Owner’s Manual.

Talking Cars and Relaxing Autonomy with Cadillac Canada Boss Hoss Hassani

Source: wheels.ca

Cadillac is undergoing a bit of a resurgence. Sure, you’ve been hearing that for a while, but with two new SUVs in the last year, a new vehicle on the way twice a year for the next three years, and the announcement that they’ll be leading GM’s electric charge, this time they sound serious. So we sat down with Cadillac Canada boss Hoss Hassani at the Detroit Auto Show to talk 1990s cartoons, bustle-back Sevilles, where he came into the brand, and the Future of Cadillac.

Wheels.ca For every enthusiast, there’s a point where you come into the brand. Where it’s introduced to you and really makes that first impression. For you, with Cadillac, what was that first impression?

Hoss: I came into Cadillac with a Fleetwood Brougham. My dad was a car nut. Like he was driving cars when he was like six, eight years old back in Iran. But my aunt, my dad’s sister, when she moved to Canada, she just had a thing about her. She was like Ava Gabor or something. She had this grey Cadillac Fleetwood Brougham. With the velour seats or velvet seats. I felt like I was a tiny little kid, I must have been just six years old myself, and I would always get the front seat of this car. Even though I had two older brothers. And just the switches on this thing, the power windows, and the bigness of it.

Like when my mom would borrow it to drop me off to school I just felt like such a boss getting out of that thing. I have a very vivid memory of that. You mentioned the Seville (an elementary school teacher with a 1980-1985 Seville was my own Cadillac imprint) though. Because a young lady friend of our family who I had a crush on, her mom drove that same (bustle-back) Seville, and that same reaction. This is such an unusual shape for a car, right? Even hatchbacks weren’t big back then. So those are my two most vivid experiences with Cadillac. That (Brougham) would have been in 1980, they were still big.

Wheels.ca: It used to be that between GM brands, bigger meant better. Cadillac bigger than Buick, and so on. What about today, where the Cadillacs aren’t bigger?

Hoss: If you look at them in absolute terms, they’re small. If you look at them in relative terms, it’s actually been a Cadillac strategy for some time now, really since the first CTS came out with Led Zeppelin and all the rest, where in the segments we’re competing in we are generally at the upper end of the segment in terms of size. The CTS at the time, when you looked at the (BMW) 3 series and the (Mercedes)C-Class and so forth, the CTS was closer in size to the 5 Series and the E-Class than it was to the vehicles it was competing against. And similarly, the XT4 is among the larger of the small SUVs. The XT5 is among the smaller of the compact SUVs that are five passengers. That said, the XT6 is coming in much more in the sweet spot.

It’s not coming in at the large end of the segment. Which frankly, for me as a Toronto native and Toronto dweller and a city dweller, I don’t necessarily think bigger is always better. I kind of like the smart size and frankly if you want big we’ve got the Escalade ESV to satiate your needs. So I think the XT6  is really well positioned and packaged in terms of size.

Our president in Canada and managing director Travis Hester used to be the executive chief of all the chief engineers. And a lot of the Cadillacs that are coming out now and in the near future, he’s been very involved in their engineering. So he’s telling us the story of how much work went into the third-row space accommodations to make it comfortable for an adult. so I want to really get myself back there.

Wheels.ca: Do buyers really use those third rows, or are they more about having the capability?

Hoss: I think the answer is yes and no. You’ve got a lot of single people buying three-row crossovers throughout the segment. At the same time you get a lot of young families that are using them. It just so happens coming to Toronto our former head of sales for Cadillac has three young boys and our current head of marketing for Cadillac has four children. So we were driving down and he’s got four car seats in his car in the second and third row. In the other, (he) has three car seats across two rows. There is definitely a large group of people in Toronto, in Montreal, and Vancouver. In Canada. Who need that third row. Not just for kids. But frankly speaking, my own use cases, I get family visiting a lot of times from outside. But they come in like packs. So for me, if I’m not driving an Escalade, you know, I feel bad about what they may be squeezing into. For the first time this XT6 with the headroom and the deeper footwell and the angle of the back seat, it doesn’t feel like a jump seat on a plane. Or, you know, extended cab medium-size pickup truck rear seat. It feels like a comfortable seat.

Wheels.ca: Will this upcoming onslaught of vehicles be new segments or refreshes?

Hoss: Both. Specifically, what we’ve been saying (is that) at the beginning of 2017, Cadillac had coverage of about 60% of the segments by volume. By the end of this year we will be covering 90% of the segments. So that’s a huge increase in just 18 to 24 months. So inasmuch as there are refreshes and so forth, a lot of that is new entries. The XT6 is the second largest segment,  the XT4 is a little bit smaller. But combined, that’s about 100,000 units in those two segments in Canada. So that’s a significant increase in coverage for a brand that previously had two SUVs and now is on its way to four. So the short answer is both.

Wheels.ca: How many of those will get the new Blackwing V8?

Hoss: Stay tuned

Wheels.ca: Only a few people are naming engines these days. Where does the inspiration come from to do that?

Hoss: A lot of that just comes from the passion that goes into designing. And performance engines specifically. It’s more likely to happen on a notable engine than a 1.8L turbo engine, as an example.

Again, you know, talking to Travis Hester… and hearing him talk about the engineering that went into that Blackwing engine. You can understand why at the end of that process they’d want to christen it with a name and create an identity around it.

Because it was a labour of love, passion project, huge investment in that powertrain. Formidable engine. It’s like you know what, this thing needs more than just a technical descriptor. I think by all accounts we came up with a pretty kick-ass name for it too. It feels like that should be a superhero or something. Batman’s nemesis Blackwing.

Wheels.ca: Are you familiar with Darkwing Duck?

Hoss: I am. That’s not a bad reference. Probably not someone who’s going to make his way into our advertising. Although I say that and Batman was a spokesman for OnStar for a very short period of time. I don’t know what Alfred was thinking when he was being replaced by OnStar. He seemed very enthusiastic.

Wheels.ca: If you could have any vehicle built for the company. A blue-sky “this is the vehicle I want to start making for Cadillac” what would it be?

Hoss: I’ll answer two ways. One is, you know if you look at our concepts that we’ve introduced over the last few years, I’d love for one of those to be my company car. Most recently the Escala, but I was particularly fond of the Elmiraj as well. The Elmiraj, the proportions just had an effect on me.

Since I was a kid, concept cars have always been the thing I’d looked the most forward to. So I would pick any one of our last three or four concept cars in Cadillac. I cried a little when the Escalade EXT went out of production. Because the Avalanche was one of my favourite vehicles. It’s a tough one for me. I’ve got so many different, sort of, needs in my week.

I happen to be in a job that affords me the option of getting a sedan when I need it or an SUV when I need it and I don’t think I would ever be able to have just one car. I think if General Motors fired me under the worst of circumstances, I would for sure buy a General Motors product. I don’t know that I could pick just one. I’d need a truck and a car, I think.

Wheels.ca: Which of the current fleet are you picking most often?

Hoss: CT6 and the Escalade. But I have an XT4 on order. I’ll tell you one feature I wish would come back, and I’ve dropped this a few times, is front bench seats. I feel like front bench seats, people walked away. It got some stigma that it was for old folks and I just wish we would bring back the front bench seat.

I don’t have enough clout to make that happen.

With drive by wire throttles and transmissions and all the rest, it’s not like packaging of it can’t be accommodating. It’s just people want these giant screens, and I suppose in a frontal collision if you wack your head on a giant 50-inch iPad it’s probably going to hurt.

Wheels.ca: It looks like autonomous vehicles might be taking us back to the bench seat anyway. Maybe even beds?

Hoss: Autonomous is going to completely change the form of the interior of the vehicle. More than any other design trend in the past. You’re talking about a fundamental change in the usage of a vehicle. And that’s going to have a huge effect of the design of interiors.

Wheels.ca: Have you been driven in an autonomous prototype yet?

Hoss: The CT6I had been driving for about eight months had Super Cruise. And my commute is an hour each way. 99% of that commute is on the 401. So most of that time I’m driving Super Cruise. And I’ve got to tell you it has a complete transformation on your physiology. This is not just about the experience of being in the car. When you for drive an hour to work, and are commuting in Toronto traffic, that has an effect on you.

Even a person who is immune from road rage, it has a physiological effect on you. And when you take all of those micro decisions that you make when you’re driving a vehicle out and you just have to focus on the road ahead as you do in Super Cruise. I’m telling you the feeling that you have when you arrive at your destination is so much more energized and uplifted. And similar to the use case of driving four hours to Detroit for the auto show. I would need to take a minute, check in at the hotel, rest a bit. Now, I can go straight into a meeting with no problem. When you’ve benefited from that rest. So I’m a big fan of the experience that I’ve had so far with semi-autonomous. And I’m ready for the autonomous future.

We shot a video of some people doing the same thing (experiencing it for the first time). And everybody goes through the same sort of physicality when they’re driving Supercruise for the first time. Which is at first they’ll put their hands a couple inches off of the steering wheel. And you know, they flinch every time a tractor-trailer goes by. Then their hands will get tired so they’ll put the hands cupped under the steering wheel. Still a couple of inches away. Then they get tired, then they’re just like, screw it. So after like 10 minutes they’re just crossed arms. That first 10 minutes, there’s a lot going on in the person’s mind. Unlearning a lot of behaviours. But then after 10 minutes they just lock in and they’re like this is great. Everyone goes through that same physicality. It’s hilarious.