GM Struggles To Build Reliable Cars, Thinks You’ll Trust Riding In Its One-Man Drones
Despite not being as flashy as previous editions, this year’s Consumer Electronics Show aka CES still spawned some rad, futuristic concepts that, unfortunately, have every chance in the world of being nothing more than that.
For example, GM showed two prototypes at CES 2021 - one for land transportation and one for air travel.
2020 Cadillac CT5
The Cadillac CT5 is the company’s long-anticipated replacement for the already iconic CTS. Spotted testing for more than a year now, the CT5 was unveiled in March 2019 and made its public debut at the 2019 New York Motor Show. The CT5 broke cover with a surprising design. While the CTS is a traditional three-box sedan with a long deck lid, the CT5 is more of a fastback sedan, with a sloping roof that descends toward the edge of the rear fascia.
Needless to say, it’s an interesting approach for an automaker that just axed all four-door sedans save for the flagship CT6. The CT5 also boasts a brand-new interior that includes more premium materials, better fit and finish, and state-of-the-art technology. It’s also packed with new driving assistance systems, as well as an innovative semi-autonomous system. Power comes from a couple of turbocharged engines, but the CT5 still lacks a high-performance variant. Let’s take a closer look at Cadillac’s new midsize sedan in the review below.
Cadillac Details The 2020 CT5 During its Debut at the New York Auto Show
Cadillac has finally shared details on its all-new CT5, the model with which it will replace both the ATS and CTS and also take the fight to the German premium automakers like never before. The CT5 is aimed at the likes of BMW’s 3-Series or Audi’s A4 sedans, even though it looks more like a big hatchback and is actually larger than all its direct rivals.
2020 Cadillac CT5 - Quirks and Features
Representing one of the newest additions to Cadillac’s lineup, GM has introduced the 2020 CT5. The 2020 Cadillac CT5 presents an unusual frame considerably different compared to any previous generation of Cadillac cars. Using angular shapes formed to capture the spirit and function of the Cadillac brand and its move into modernity, the CT5 features a dominant front section, coupe-styled roof, and unique rear lights that follow the philosophy of individuality. That is something Cadillac is so keen to introduce and promote with its new breed of its vehicles. Although we are still far from the full unveiling that will happen at the 2019 New York Auto Show, I am giving you all the available critical facts about Cadillac’s latest and greatest.
The 2020 Cadillac CT5 Has Officially Replaced the ATS and CTS
Cadillac is simplifying its sedan range and merging its two smaller offerings (the ATS and CTS) into a single model dubbed the CT5. It bears the current Cadillac styling that makes it look like a mini-CT6 from the front, but its rear end design is much closer to a fastback than it is to regular sedans, despite the fact that the car isn’t actually a liftback.
1959 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz Convertible
The ’50s were a strange decade: on the one hand, the danger of nuclear annihilation grew bigger and bigger as tensions between East and West reached new peaks and, on the other hand, automotive design also reached new peaks - peaks touched by the ultra-high fins of cars like the 1959 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz Convertible, a true symbol of its time.
When you think of American cars from the ’50s, depending on who you are, you’re bound to first picture in your head one of three cars: the 1957 Chevy Bel Air, the 1955 Ford Thunderbird or the 1959 Eldorado Biarritz Convertible. The latter is most definitely the showboat, figuratively and literally, of a whole design trend; a trend that climaxed with this very car that, in a way, managed to kill off the trend altogether. The trend I’m talking about is of aeronautical inspiration, and it took off (pun intended) in the late ’40s and early ’50s thanks to concept cars like the Buick Le Sabre and a host of other GM Motorama creations.
No, those chrome-bathed fins didn’t help the cars corner better nor did they aid the back end in sticking to the ground better - they were just for style, and 1959 was the year of all-out chrome and all-out fins. Some think those cars are everything that’s wrong with American cars, others simply think they’re flamboyant while others still adore them. I guess it’s a matter of personal preference but, undoubtedly, the ’59 Eldorado continues to turn heads 60 years later.
2019 Cadillac XT5 Sport Edition
Introduced for the 2017 model year, the XT5 is Cadillac’s first ever compact crossover. Originally sold alongside the massive Escalade, the XT5 now slots between the XT4 and theXT6. At the 2019 Chicago Auto Show, after three years on the market, Cadillac launched the Sport Package, a limited-edition bundle that adds a bit of variety to the crossover’s three-trim lineup.
The XT5 Sport joins similar versions offered for the smaller XT4 and the larger XT6 SUVs. It gives the XT5 a darker, slightly more aggressive appearance, but it doesn’t change anything under the hood. The Sport package is available with the Luxury and Premium Luxury trims, meaning it comes with a wide range of standard luxury features and technology, sitting just below the range-topping Platinum model. Let’s see what it offers.
Cadillac XT5 Goes Dark as Part of New Sport Package
The Cadillac XT5 is attending the 2019 Chicago Auto Show, and it’s looking decidedly darker than usual. While it would be nice to hear that the XT5 has taken on a more sinister personality, the truth is actually veiled under the covers of a new add-on package that Caddy is introducing for its SUV. It’s called the XT5 Sport Package, and while the upgrades are mostly cosmetic in nature, they do enhance the XT5’s profile, showcasing the SUV in a different light. The Sport Package is offered on the XT5’s Luxury and Premium Luxury trims at a price of $1,995 and $2,995, respectively. Cadillac will start taking orders for the package in the spring.
2020 Cadillac XT6
Introduced in early 2019, the Cadillac XT6 is the company’s first three-row SUV besides the massive Escalade. It bridges the gap between the latter and the compact XT5 and it rounds off Cadillac’s four-SUV lineup for the 2020 model year. It’s built on the same platform as the Chevrolet Traverse, so it’s pretty much a rebodied, fancier version of the GMC Acadia Denali.
The XT6 arrives to compete in a crowded SUV segment that already includes high sellers like the BMW X5, Audi Q7, and Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class. The Caddy also goes against the new Lincoln Aviator, the popular Acura MDX, and segment leader Lexus RX. How does it compare to some of its most important rivals? Let’s find out in the review below.
Why the 2020 Ford Explorer Stole the Show from the 2020 Cadillac XT6
Cadillac showed off its new XT6, three-row crossover at the 2019 Detroit auto show, but its debut took place at a private event prior to the kickoff of the Detroit Auto Show. As such, the other SUV debut (the 2020 Ford Explorer) received a lot more attention at the show. Is the Ford Explorer cooler and more desirable than the Cadillac XT6?
Is Cadillac’s Surprise EV Concept a Preview of the Next-Gen Cadillac Escalade?
A few days after identifying Cadillac as the brand that will spearhead its EV initiative, General Motors doubled down on that announcement by revealing a sketch design of an EV crossover concept that could point to its plans for Cadillac in the not-so-distant future. The design was unveiled at the Cadillac XT6’s launch party ahead of the 2019 North American International Auto Show. The General didn’t dive into the details behind its first electric vehicle, opting only to say that it will use an all-new skateboard electric platform and will come in either two-wheel drive or all-wheel drive. It’s also going to be a crossover, adding weight to the company’s renewed focus on crossovers and SUVs to drive the brand moving forward. That said, is it possible that this electric concept is actually a preview of the next-generation Cadillac Escalade?
The Cadillac XT6 is a Ground-Rule Double That Should’ve Been a Home Run
Cadillac filled a big void in its SUV lineup at the 2019 North American International Auto Show, unveiling the three-row XT6 to occupy the space between the mid-size, two-row XT5 and the company’s granddaddy SUV, the irrepressible Escalade. The addition of the XT6 gives Cadillac four crossovers and SUVs to choose from, establishing a clear hierarchy for consumers. The XT6, for all intents and purposes, is Cadillac’s luxury-SUV-that-isn’t-the-Escalade. It’s big, looks good, and offers the kind of three-row space families fawn over when they’re looking for a spacious ride. Cadillac’s price for the XT6 remains an open question, but by virtue of the XT6 sitting between the XT5 and the Escalade, expect Caddy’s new big rig to start somewhere in the vicinity of $50,000.
Cadillac Has Cooked Up Something Big for the 2020 Cadillac XT6
The 2019 Detroit Auto Show is just around the corner, and Cadillac is building hype with a new teaser of its upcoming 2020 XT6 SUV posted to social media. The image shows the new full-size SUV’s front fascia and styling and helps to clear the deck for the XT6’s arrival in Motor City next week.
GM Will Debut Something at the 2019 Detroit Auto Show, but It’s Not the 2020 C8 Chevy Corvette
The 2019 Detroit Auto Show is very nearly here, and we’ve been getting a steady stream of updates on some of the latest and greatest slated to show. Near the top of the list is the new Cadillac XT6, which looks to bolster Cadillac’s lineup with a more profitable crossover replacement for its current line of sedans. And although that’s exactly what Caddy needs to bolster sales, we were hoping to instead catch a glimpse of the new mid-engined C8 Corvette.
Cadillac Introduces the Not-So-Sporty Cadillac Escalade Sport Edition
Anxious to finally see a V-Sport version of the Cadillac Escalade in showrooms? Well, you’ll have to wait a while longer as Cadillac isn’t planning on one until the next-gen SUV arrives. However, the luxury brand just debuted the Cadillac Sport at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show. Sadly though, it’s not as sporty as the badge suggests.