The fourth-generation Cadillac Escalade went into production in early 2014, and while it’s not exactly old, it’s a bit dated compared to the more modern Lincoln Navigator. But Cadillac is looking to fix that with a new-generation model that’s rumored to arrive in 2019.
The new Escalade was initially scheduled to arrive early next year, but development was slowed down by a late decision to ditch the solid rear axle in favor of an independent suspension. It seems that Cadillac finally decided to give the Escalade, its most profitable model, a proper makeover.
Unfortunately, the SUV will continue to share underpinnings with the Chevrolet Tahoe and GMC Yukon, meaning that it will still use a truck platform. The good news is that GM is also preparing massive upgrades for its next-gen pickups, so the Escalade will be less of truck and more of an SUV. Most details are still under wraps, but let’s discuss what we already know about it, the latest rumors, as well as the rendering that our very own artist created.
5 Cars Cadillac Should Make ASAP
When Johan de Nysschen joined Cadillac in 2014, it seemed as if the luxury brand would finally reinvent itself. Marketing operations were moved from Detroit to Manhattan, a project that cost nearly $13 million, and a new strategy was penned. Among them, Cadillac began working on new crossovers, a flagship sedan, and replacements for the ATS and CTS. Four years later and De Nysschen was sacked, a move that raises questions about Cadillac’s future.
With the man seen as a visionary out of the picture, will Cadillac remain faithful to its original strategy to roll out one new model about every six months until 2022? And if so, what new markets will the luxury carmaker enter this time? We already know that Caddy is working on a replacement for the CTS, called the CT5, as well as a smaller CT4 for the compact market, but what happens after that. It’s difficult to predict, but I have my own list of cars that Cadillac should build as soon as possible in order to become relevant on the luxury market.
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2019 Cadillac CT5
Having launched the CT6 in 2016, Cadillac is now working on replacing the other two sedans in its lineup. The five-year old third-generation CTS will be replaced in 2019, while the ATS nameplate, which has been on the market for only six years, will be phased out altogether after 2018. Both the CTS and ATS will be replaced by the CT5, with a smaller CT4 to be added in the future. While the latter is still a mystery, the CT5 was already spotted testing in the wild and it’s based on the Escala concept.
Rolled out on public roads in early 2018, the CT5 is very similar to the CTS as far as size goes, but it’s quite different by design. Not only sportier and more modern, it also has a new body style. While the CTS is a full-fledged sedan, the CT5 borrows the fastback layout of the Escala concept. With sedan sales dropping fast, it’s not surprising that Cadillac is going forward with a more streamlined body. The CT5 should break cover in late 2018 or early 2019. Meanwhile, let’s discuss what we already know about the upcoming sedan in the speculative review below.
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Gorgeous Cadillac Coupe Concept revealed in patent drawings
Cadillac-made coupes are sexy as hell. Unfortunately, they’re quite rare nowadays. With the CTS Coupe already discontinued and the ATS set to go into the history books beyond 2018, Cadillac will have no two-door models on offer in a few months. Fortunately, this may change soon with the arrival of the CT5, which replaces the CTS. A series of leaked patent drawings confirm that Caddy may offer a coupe version too, and it’s downright gorgeous.
Wallpaper of the Day: 2016 Cadillac ATS-V Coupe
Cadillac might be all about luxury (and SUVs, these days) but there’s one thing it’s always done right, and that’s high-powered sports cars. I’m talking about, of course, the V-series lineup. In this case, I’m talking specifically about the ATS-V Coupe and its 3.6-liter V-6 that’s good for 464 horsepower and 445 pound-feet of torque. Even better yet, it’s a true sports coupe with power sent to the rear wheels via a six-speed manual transmission and a 3.73 rear axle. Cadillac didn’t just give it a few good selling points either. It can be optioned with a 2.85 rear axle, a performance data and video recorder, and Recaro performance seats if you’re so inclined. To make things even better, it comes standard with Brembo performance brakes in the front and rear, a Bose audio system, and an electronically limited slip differential. It’s a true beast and competes easily with the BMW M4 and Audi RS5.
With such an amazing portfolio of credentials, we’ve decided to make the ATS-V our wallpaper of the day. We’ve hand-picked our favorite from the list but have also thrown in a few more for you to choose from. Go ahead and brighten up your desktop a bit!
Cadillac to Stop Producing the ATS Sedan After 2018
Introduced for the 2013 model year, the first-generation Cadillac ATS won’t get a replacement. The luxury automaker just confirmed that the four-door sedan will be discontinued after the 2018 model year. The ATS was developed as a competitor for the BMW 3 Series and Mercedes-Benz C-Class, but it wasn’t exactly successful against its German rivals in the U.S. Following sales of more than 20,000 units per year between 2013 and 2016, ATS deliveries dropped to only 13,000 examples in 2017. Cadillac will continue to offer the ATS Coupe model into the 2019 model year; a company spokesman told Motor Authority.
GM Fired Cadillac President Johan de Nysschen Because Sales are Down and He Couldn’t Keep Up With Audi, Mercedes, and BMW
In a move that nobody saw coming, Cadillac has let go of company president Johan de Nysschen after a four-year stint as the main decision-maker for the American automaker. Steve Carlisle, most recently the president and managing director of GM Canada, will step in to take de Nysschen’s place as Caddy’s new president, effective immediately.
GM Offering As Much as $10,000 off the Escalade in Hopes Customers Will Forget About the New Lincoln Navigator
The battle lines are being drawn being General Motors and Ford. In the increasingly competitive SUV market, GM’s Cadillac brand will start offering $10,000 discounts to some current customers. The offer is an attempt to keep them from jumping ship to Ford and its hot-selling Lincoln Navigator SUV.
2019 Cadillac XT4
A few years ago, Cadillac finally admitted that it’s way behind its competitors in the premium market and hired Johan de Nysschen, who devised a new strategy for America’s iconic luxury brand. The new plans includes a host of new models, of which the range-topping CT6 sedan and the XT5 crossover have already been launched. Come 2018 and Cadillac launched the XT4, an even smaller crossover that competes against the BMW X3, Audi Q5, and the Mercedes-Benz GLC. Spotted testing on public roads since early 2017, the XT4 made its public debut at the 2018 New York Auto Show.
Cadillac’s smallest crossover to date, the XT4 rides on a new platform and uses a brand-new, small-displacement engine. While the larger XT5 is a replacement for the dated SRX and aims at the midsize luxury crossover market, the XT4 is actually a brand-new entry. And it’s not surprising that Cadillac wants a piece of the compact market, as this is where a lot of car makers are making huge profits. Having missed out on sales for so many years, Caddy is finally trying to catch up. The question is, will the XT4 be good enough to give the BMW X3 and Audi Q5 a run for their money? Let’s find out in the review below.
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BMW, Audi, and Mercedes-Benz Get a Stay of Execution as Cadillac Announces No Halo Vehicle Until at Least 2022
Cadillac is not in any rush to launch a halo model. The automaker still has plans to do so, but it’s prioritizing the realigning of its product portfolio before a flagship Cadillac takes the scene. For now, Cadillac will put its focus on building its lineup of models, which will include three cars, three crossovers, and the next-generation Escalade. Eventually, the halo model will crown the entire lineup, but that model isn’t expected to arrive until after 2022.
Those Cool Lights on the Cadillac XT4 - They Were the Hardest Part of the SUV to Design and Engineer
As much as we liked the design of the Cadillac XT4, not everyone was onboard with its style. Some liked it while some didn’t. But everyone seems to agree that the XT4’s lighting signature was its best feature. As it turns out, there was good reason for that. The SUV’s exterior design manager, Therese Pinazzo, admitted to Autoguide that the company put particular importance in developing the XT4’s lighting structure to make it look high-end without having to spend too much in costs.
2019 Cadillac CT6 V-Sport
Introduced in 2015 as a spiritual successor to the Cadillac Fleetwood, the CT6 slots above the XTS and is the company’s largest sedan on offer. Designed to go against the Mercedes-Benz S-Class, BMW 7 Series, and Audi A8, the CT6 is available with four different drivetrains, including a plug-in hybrid model. Come 2018 and Cadillac finally decided it’s time to offer a high-performance version of the sedan under the V-Sport badge. The new trim joins similar versions of the CTS and XTS in the brand’s V-Sport lineup, but benefits from a more powerful, brand-new V-8 engine.
Revealed alongside the facelifted version of the standard CT6, the V-Sport gets all the new design features, some of which are borrowed from the Escala concept, plus a few extras for added sportiness on top. The new V-8 engine is arguably the main highlight of the CT6 V-Sport, as it produces more output than any other Cadillac engine to date, except for the supercharged V-8 in the CTS-V, and enables the sedan to compete against the Mercedes-AMG S63 and the BMW M760Li xDrive. Let’s find out more about it in the review below.
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Cadillac is Being Greedy, Won’t Let Chevy Use That New Biturbo V-8 For The Corvette
With rumors of a forthcoming mid-engine Corvette continuing to swirl, some folks are poking around to see what Chevy might mount when it comes to motivation. Cadillac’s recently debuted twin-turbo V-8 might fit the bill, but according to Cadillac president John de Nysschen, that’s simply not gonna happen.
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Launched in 2016, the Cadillac CT6 is one of the company’s newest vehicles. Despite its relatively young age, it just received a facelift at the 2018 New York Auto Show. The bigger news is that Cadillac also introduced a V-Sport version of the sedan, making the CT6 the first flagship Caddy to feature a performance trim.
The Cadillac XT4 Sends a Warning to BMW, Mercedes, and Audi
Cadillac just entered a brand-new market by unveiling the XT4 crossover at the 2018 New York Auto Show. An all-new nameplate, the XT4 is a compact luxury crossover that slots under the already familiar XT5. The XT4 is also Cadillac’s smallest SUV yet. The crossover will compete against some of the industry’s best selling premium SUVs, like the Mercedes-Benz GLC, BMW X3, and the Audi Q5.
Cadillac XT4 Shows That Caddy Is Finally Designing its SUVs The Right Way
Cadillac is finally getting its design groove on with the launch of the XT4 crossover. The new addition to Caddy’s crossover and SUV lineup was just unveiled at the 2018 New York Auto Show, and it’s packing the kind of design that should attract its share of attention. The XT4’s positioning as a smaller and cheaper alternative to the XT5 also opens the door for the luxury automaker to become a player in this specific segment. It’s been said that the best way to a consumer’s heart is to make a lasting first impression. As far as its design goes, the Cadillac XT4 did just that.
Report: Cadillac Could Take on the BMW 8 Series, Audi A8, and Porsche Panamera with a Production Version of Escala Concept
The Cadillac Escala was one of the stars of the 2016 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. It was unveiled primarily to showcase Caddy’s future design language, which the company planned to use on some of its production models. A little over a year later, the Escala is back in the headlines for an entirely different reason. According to reports, it’s now headed to production.
Cadillac Claims its Upcoming CT3 Will Be Faster Than both the Mercedes-AMG CLA45 and Audi RS3 Around the Nurburgring
Cadillac is one automaker that’s making a dramatic and aggressive push in beefing up its lineup. That pursuit includes a small sedan, called the CT3, that will compete against German rivals like the Mercedes CLA-Class and Audi A3. Cadillac chief, Johan de Nysschen, dropped a few tidbits about the compact sedan, including the fact that it will come standard with rear-wheel drive. More importantly, its range-topping version will be faster than its competitors around the Nurburgring.
The Cadillac XT4 has been a sure thing for quite some time, being spotted as far back mid-2017 in heavy camo. We’ve neither seen nor heard much since then aside from a few by shots earlier this year. Now, Cadillac has finally confirmed that the new, compact XT4 will make its long-awaited debut at the New York Auto Show. Along with this announcement came a few teaser images, along with Cadillac’s round of commercials for the Oscars. That’s right; the all-new XT4 will star in its very own commercial during the Oscars.
Keep in mind that the XT4 is a big deal for Caddy. It’s an actually all-new model, meaning it doesn’t replace any model from the old lineup. It’s Caddy’s first big step into the compact crossover\SUV market, and it will compete against models like the BMW X1 and Audi Q3 – a tall order to say the least. It’ll be powered by a 2.0-liter turbo mill with some 272 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque. Built on the D2XX platform, the XT4 will undoubtedly be front-wheel drive, with an optional AWD system available if you’re willing to pay for it.
The good news is that it’s on its way, and it looks like, based on the teaser, that it will practically print money for Cadillac. All three Oscar commercials will be played on Sunday, but to sweeten the deal we’ve included all three Cadillac commercials down below.
Video of the Day: Watch This Cadillac Escalade Outrun a Camaro ZL1 1LE
Hennessey Performance is known for building over-the-top power upgrades for already quick performance vehicles. The company’s latest project is no different – an 800-horsepower Cadillac Escalade with its HPE800 package
Oh, and it’ll outrun a 2018 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE on an unprepped drag strip.
The video shows the run from multiple angles as the 5,700-pound, three-row SUV hooks up off the starting line and outguns the Camaro. The Caddy’s advantage is its hand-built, stroked 6.8-liter V-8 stacked with a supercharger. Matching its 805 horsepower at 5,500 rpm is an equally impressive 812 pound-feet of torque at 4,000 rpm. Traction isn’t an issue thanks to its full-time 4WD system that provides a spin-free launch.
Here, in this one run, the Escalade pulls several car lengths on the Camaro. Now, it’s clear the 650-horsepower Camaro ZL1 1LE didn’t get a clean start off the line. The driver compensated for wheel spin at the line with less throttle, thereby not letting the supercharged 6.2-liter LT4 V-8 give its full muscle. The Caddy just walked on by.
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Car Salesman Hustles His Way To World Record After Selling 1,530 Units in 2017
Ali Reda is proof that the key to success is hustle. A lot of hustle. The car salesman from the Les Stanford Chevrolet Cadillac dealership in Dearborn, Michigan reportedly sold 1,530 cars in 2017. According to the Detroit Free Press, Reda’s achievement gives him a legitimate shot at entering the Guinness Book of World Records provided that his sales numbers are verified. Unfortunately, not everyone’s celebrating Reda’s remarkable achievement as the current record-holder, Joe Girard, is already challenging those numbers.