2021 Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing
The 2021 Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing is an upcoming, high-performance version of the company’s midsize sedan. Set to become the range-topping version of the current CT5, the Blackwing will slot above the CT5-V. Performance-wise, the 2021 CT5-V Blackwing will be the first true successor to the CTS-V, as the CT5-V doesn’t fill the bill in terms of power and torque. On top of a powerful V-8 engine with more than 600 horsepower, the 2021 CT5-V Blackwing will also feature a more aggressive exterior and a revised interior with unique features and upgrades. Find out what to expect from this beefed-up sedan from our speculative review below.
2020 Cadillac CT4 - Driven
With so many Americans rushing from cars into crossover SUVs, only the strongest sedans are surviving. That’s not good news for Cadillac. Its huge, decadent luxury sedans were once desired all around the world. But while its Escalade SUV is still an international icon and its crossovers are fairly successful domestically, Cadillac failed to establish itself among the leading luxury-sedan brands today. The few remaining luxury sedan buyers more often turn to Audi, BMW, Lexus, or Mercedes-Benz. Some will try out critically acclaimed but unconventional options like Volvo and Genesis. And a growing number are choosing all-electric Teslas over any traditional luxury sedan.
It’s into this backdrop that Cadillac has overhauled its two luxury sports sedans: the midsize CTS and compact ATS. They wear new styling and new names: CT5 and CT4, respectively. This 2020 Cadillac CT4 delivers a sophisticated rear-wheel-drive sports sedan platform at the price of the Germans’ subcompact front-wheel-drive sedans. We recently spent a week in the new CT4 to see whether that’s enough to earn a second glance from the people who still want a luxury sports sedan. Prices start at $32,995.
2021 Cadillac Escalade
The 2021 Cadillac Escalade is the fifth generation of the company’s luxury SUV. Unveiled at the 2020 Chicago Auto Show, it replaces a fourth-generation SUV that’s six years old. Just like its predecessor, the 2021 Escalade shares underpinnings with the Chevrolet Suburban and Tahoe. But unlike the old Escalade, it features an independent rear suspension, a first for the nameplate. It’s also the first production vehicle ever to feature curved OLED displays for the instrument cluster and infotainment system. Power comes from a big-displacement V-8 engine mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission, but Cadillac also offers a new 3.0-liter diesel engine, a premiere for the nameplate. Let’s find out more about that in the review below.
2020 Cadillac CT5-V
The 2020 Cadillac CT5-V is a higher performance version of the 2020 CT5, the midsize sedan that replaced the old CTS in 2019. Nameplate-wise, the 2020 CT5-V is a replacement for the CTS-V, but the redesign is rather lackluster in the performance department. While the CTS-V had in excess of 600 horsepower and delivered more oomph than the competition, the CT5-V’s V-6 engine slips below the 400-horsepower rating. So while it can compete with cars like the 2019 BMW 5 Series and 2019 Mercedes-Benz E-Class in terms of styling, features, and technology, the CT5-V doesn’t replace the CTS-V as a competitor for the beefed-up 2019 BMW M5 and 2019 Mercedes-AMG E63. Check out our review to find out why.
2020 Cadillac CT4-V
The 2020 Cadillac CT4-V is the company’s latest compact performance car and a replacement for the 2019 ATS-V. The CT4-V is based on the CT4, a sedan that’s set to break cover later in 2019. The CT4-V marks Cadillac’s return to the performance compact sedan market, currently dominated by BMW, Mercedes-Benz, and Audi. However, the CT4-V doesn’t go against the high-profile BMW M3, and Mercedes-AMG C63 like its predecessor did.
While the 2019 ATS-V came with a V-6 engine rated at more than 450 horsepower, the 2020 CT4-V features a smaller engine with a smaller output. The new compact features the 2.7-liter four-cylinder that debuted in the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado truck and hits the road with a little over 300 horsepower. Does it have what it takes to compete with Germany’s finest performance sedans? Let’s find out in the review below.
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.
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.
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.
2021 Cadillac XLR Successor
The Cadillac XLR was a high-performance, luxury roadster built from 2004 to 2009 on the same platform as the Chevrolet Corvette C6. The nameplate could return when GM introduces the mid-engined, C8-generation Corvette.
Although there’s no official confirmation from Cadillac, leaked photos of a key fob suggest that the luxury brand will soon unveil a mid-engined sports car with a retractable roof. More specifically, the drawings on the fob look like the upcoming mid-engined Corvette, but also show a convertible roof. The C8-generation Corvette will break cover in 2019, so the Cadillac might follow sometime in 2020, for the 2021 model year. That’s a long wait, so here’s a rendering of the luxury roadster and everything we already know about it.
2004 - 2009 Cadillac XLR
Introduced in 2003 for the 2004 model year, the XLR was a two-door luxury roadster. A spiritual successor to the Cadillac Allante (1986-1993), the XLR was based on the C6-generation Chevrolet Corvette. Discontinued in 2009 due to low demand, the XLR is Cadillac’s last roadster as of 2019.
Essentially a luxury alternative to the Corvette C6, the XLR had many premium features over its Chevy-badged counterpart. Some of them were optional on the Corvette, but most of them weren’t even available. The XLR also had a design of its own, borrowing many cues from the CTS and STS models of the mid-2000s. Cadillac also produced a higher performance XLR-V version and launched an update for 2009, the vehicle’s final model year on the market.
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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2018 Cadillac CTS-V And ATS-V Championship Editions
Cadillac is taking a page out of BMW’s playbook by rolling out a pair of special edition versions of the CTS-V and ATS-V in the wake of winning the 2017 WeatherTech SportsCar Championship’s premier Prototype class. The two models, called the Championship Editions, are limited to just 200 total units and will be available this month in Cadillac dealerships.
The American automaker’s success in the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship included winning the 2017 Manufacturers’ title. It’s a remarkable achievement considering that it happened in the company’s return to endurance racing after a 14-year absence. In addition to the Manufacturers’ title, Caddy also played a role in helping Konica Minolta, one of the three teams that raced the DPi-V.R prototype race car, win the Teams’ title. Drivers Ricky and Jordan Taylor also took home trophies after winning the series’ Driver’s title.
The troika of championship wins spurred Cadillac to roll out the CTS-V Championship Edition and the ATS-V Championship Edition Coupe. The two special edition models feature commemorative nods to Cadillac’s successful return to endurance racing, including special graphics, packages, and driving instruction sessions at the V-Performance Academy in Nevada.
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2017 Cadillac XT5 – Driven
Cadillac is diligently working on polishing its brand reputation after decades of forgettable cars. Over the last few years, General Motors’ luxury brand has gotten a good start with updates to the ATS and CTS, while launching the all-new and impressive CT6. But, sedans aren’t hot right now – it’s crossovers. Cadillac needed a high-end crossover with classy digs and tons of tech capable of competing with the Audi Q5, Mercedes-Benz GLC, and Jaguar F-Pace. That’s where the new XT5 comes in, debuting for the 2017 model year.
The XT5 rides on GM’s new C1XX platform that’s shared with the GMC Acadia. The 2018 Chevrolet Traverse and 2018 Buick Enclave ride on a lengthened version of the C1XX, as well. The new architecture gave Cadillac engineers a clean-sheet start over the outgoing SRX crossover and the ability to bake in better ride characteristics, handling, softened NVH levels, more interior room, and better fuel economy. The icing on the cake is then advanced part-time AWD system with a twin-clutch rear differential capable of active torque vectoring. Not only does it improve all-weather drivability, but it improves handling on dry roads, too. A new V-6 and eight-speed automatic transmission complete the important under-hood parts. Tech-savvy customers will love the new CUE system with 4G LTE Wi-Fi, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and wireless phone charging. Luxury bits include amazingly comfortable seats, high-end leather, wood and metal accents, and a suede headliner.
I recently spent a week with the 2017 XT5 and can vouch for Caddy’s new crossover. It’s got plenty going for it, but it isn’t perfect. Keep reading to see why.
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2019 Cadillac CTS-V Wagon
The Cadillac CTS was introduced back in 2002 as a replacement for the Opel Omega-based Catera, and since 2013 it’s being sold in its third-generation version. Much like its predecessors, the current CTS is also available in a performance-oriented CTS-V version. On the flipside, both the coupe and wagon were cancelled for the third-gen model, and there’s no sign that they will return anytime soon. But what if Cadillac would change its mind and produce a high-performance grocery getter?
I’m obviously talking about the CTS-V Wagon, the shortest lived version of the nameplate. First introduced in 2011, the CTS-V Wagon survived only until 2014, when Cadillac decided to axe it due to demand. The death of the CTS Wagon also marked the end of the last mid-size luxury wagon built in the United States, leaving only the Mercedes-Benz E-Class to compete in this niche. More recently, the Merc was joined by the new Volvo V90, but needless to say, wagon enthusiasts still don’t have too many options to choose from. So maybe it’s time Cadillac revives the CTS Wagon in both standard and V performance guises, especially with an updated third-gen sedan already in dealerships?
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2018 Cadillac XTS
Cadillac is an interesting brand. In a world where SUVs reign superior, Cadillac only has two – the XT5 and the Escalade. Meanwhile, it takes the “same sausage, different lengths” mentality to extremes with its entire lineup of cars that all look damn near the same. And, that gets even worse as we begin the painstaking transcendence into the 2018 model year, as the XTS has now been updated with Cadillac’s latest design cues, making it nearly identical to the CT6 that sits above it and the midsized CTS that sits below it. As such, this facelift brings about a new grille design, new front fascia, and new headlight and taillight units on the outside to go with an updated chassis under the skin, and some updated technology and new color/trim choices on the inside.
All told, the facelift is more refining than anything, but whether or not that’s a good thing remains to be seen. One this is for sure, though. The XTS has its work cut out for it if it’s going to be a strong competitor for models the Audi A6, BMW 5 Series, and the Mercedes-Benz E-Class. So will the updates for 2018 give the XTS the fighting chance it deserves, or will it scrape and claw its way through the muck that is the full-size luxury segment until Cadillac can manage to muster up a second-gen model? Let’s take a good look at what Cadillac brings to the table for 2018 and find out for ourselves.
Here’s how you know that the Korean automakers are truly making a splash: when a brand that has been around for 114 years starts to take their concept and run with it.
The Korean twins have propelled themselves into many podium finishes when it comes to comparison tests, awards, and more crucially, sales. Arguably the key to this success, achieved within a relatively short period of time, is their focus on value. That means making certain features standard that would otherwise be optional with the competition without raising the price point much if at all. It means adding an aura quality on the base or mid trim levels of that would otherwise be reserved for top trims. And, recently, it means taking on brands that would otherwise be well outside the realm of typical competition.
For Cadillac, it has always been associated with the likes of premium German and Japanese brands. But it seems like it may be taking a page from the Koreans when it comes to competing with the rest of the established players – at least in terms of value. And it is evidenced in the all-new CT6; a model meant to be the flag bearer of the brand – at least for now.
If you want a large, executive sedan the big three come to mind: the Mercedes-Benz S-Class, the BMW 7 Series, and the Audi A8. You might even consider the Lexus LS. Those are large sedans that can easily crack the $100,000 mark once you option them out.
The CT6 is a large sedan, but it starts well below the aforementioned rivals. Sure, the DTS and XTS did too, but in terms of style, drivability, and tech – they were nowhere near the levels of Cadillac’s rival brands. Cadillac says it has remedied that, all while keeping the price comparatively low with the CT6. Have they succeeded?
2016 Cadillac ATS-V Coupe Twin Turbo Black Line by Geiger Cars
The Cadillac ATS-V Coupe was launched in 2014 as Cadillac’s response to the growing number of high-performance coupes that are making a name for themselves in the market. Models like the BMW M4 and the Audi RS5 are considered some of the segment’s best and the aftermarket world has taken notice of that. But don’t sleep on the ATS-V Coupe just yet because it has also received some tuning attention, none more recently than Geiger Cars, which prepared a program that gives the the high-powered ATS model a new output of 508 horsepower and 486 pound-feet of torque.
The program is largely meant for European owners of the Cadillac ATS-V Coupe, a lot of whom will probably admit to needing one considering how many tuners offer programs for the M4 and the RS5.
In addition to the engine upgrades, it also includes a flashy new set of 19-inch wheels and upgrades to the car’s suspension unit. The last part is particularly important given the extra horses that were squeezed out of the coupe’s 3.6-liter twin-turbocharged V-6 engine. There is a lack of exterior and interior upgrades, but given the car’s already impressive aerodynamic qualities, it doesn’t seem too much of a stretch to consider that the ATS-V Coupe doesn’t need them as much as some people think.
That said, it wouldn’t hurt if Geiger paid attention in that department too. But alas, the program is limited in that respect, although owners of the car who prefer upgrades to the engine won’t be disappointed with what they stand to get from the German tuner’s newest tuning kit.
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2019 Cadillac CT8
When Johan de Nysschen joined Cadillac in 2014, the luxury brand promised a massive assault on the premium market with brand-new nameplates spread over several niches. Caddy also promised new, large sedans that would compete against the most luxurious BMW and Mercedes-Benz offerings. In 2015, Cadillac launched the CT6, the company’s most luxurious and technologically advanced vehicle to date. Slotted above the XTS, the CT6 became Cadillac’s range-topping model, but GM’s premium division said it won’t stop there, looking to create an even larger sedan. It goes by the name CT8 and it will arrive in showrooms for the 2019 model year.
Although it has yet to elaborate on the upcoming flagship, Cadillac launched a preview of the CT8 in the form of the Escala concept at the 2016 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. Described as the car that signals the company’s return to "the pinnacle of premium," which is a strong reference to the CT8, the Escala also previews Cadillac’s next-generation design language. This means that unlike the Ciel and Elmiraj, two stunning concepts that never made it into production, the Escala actually has a future as a vehicle you can buy in showrooms.
Thus we decided to create a rendering of what the CT8 might look like when it hits the market later this decade and speculate on what it might bring to the table based on what we already know about Cadillac’s current and upcoming technology and features. Find out more below and stay tuned for updates about the car that could become a modern day DeVille.
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2016 Cadillac CT6 – Driven
Remember how your grandmother would call something a Cadillac, even if it had nothing to do with a car? “This microwave oven is a Cadillac, Frank. Let’s see if Penney’s has it on sale.” See, grandma wasn’t talking about GM’s previous ownership of Frigidaire, but rather that the name Cadillac stood for something – luxurious quality.
Cadillac as an automotive brand is experiencing a great resurgence thanks to CEO John de Nysschen and some highly skilled engineers and designers. Thankfully the years under “Old GM” are gone, and with it, the DTS, STS, and Deville. Nowadays, it’s the ATS, CTS, and Escalade that fill showroom floors. Quality, refinement and prestige have all been trending upward since end of the Great Recession.
But Cadillac isn’t done. For 2016, an all-new flagship has emerged. It’s the CT6 and its aimed squarely at the German’s luxury sedan offerings. The CT6, joined by the XT5 for the 2017 model year, kick off Cadillac’s new naming system while bringing an even higher level of refinement to the table.
Cadillac has positioned the CT6 in between the standard convention of German sedan classifications. It’s larger than BMW’s 5 Series and Mercedes E-Class, but not nearly as long or wide as the 7 Series or S-Class. Nevertheless, this strategy has worked for Cadillac in the past. The CTS slots between the 3 Series and 5 Series, essentially allowing it to play in both categories. Cadillac will soon debut its truest flagship, the CT9, which should compete head-on with overtly luxurious German offerings. But in the mean time, the CT6 is Caddy’s best and brightest.
I recently spent a week with the CT6 fitted with all the finest options bundled in the Platinum trim package. My tester also came equipped with Cadillac’s new 3.0-liter twin-turbo V-6 and AWD system. Needless to say, I was excited to grab the keys.
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1931 Cadillac Series 370 Phaeton
In the late 1920s, most auto manufacturers had shifted production to multi-cylinder internal combustion engines. As such, Cadillac needed to keep up with the Joneses and began working on a V-12 and V-16 model. Even at that time, it didn’t take long, and by 1931 Cadillac began selling the Cadillac Series 370 V-12. Surprisingly, Cadillac offered the V-12 with the same bodywork as the V-16, despite the fact that it featured a shorter wheelbase. This left the V-12 model looking so similar to the V-16 model that the only easy way to tell a V-12 from a V-16 (unless they were parked next to each other) was to look for the V-12 Badge.
The Series 370 Phaeton that you see here was manufactured for the 1931 model year, making it one of the early 370s, also known as the 370A. As you can see, the car featured a classy design with a drop top and side-mounted spare tires. The hood was long, but not nearly as long as that of the V-16, which happened to be about four inches longer. The V-12 model was actually a huge seller for Cadillac, with a total of 5,733 examples sold in 1931 alone. That’s a whole heap more than the 363 examples of the V-16 model sold in the same year.
The model you see here was professionally restored back in the late 1990s and has only been driven 169 miles since resto completion. It will be going under the hammer during Monterey Car Week at the Mecum Auction and is expected to grab anywhere between $210,000 and $250,000 on the stand. Before that happens, let’s take a better look at this beautiful 370 Series and talk a little more about it.
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2017 Cadillac ATS Coupe Carbon Black Sport Package
The Cadillac ATS has been around since 2013 and, despite getting a new platform and minor refresh for 2015, is still in its first generation. A new-gen model is due around 2018 or 2019, but until then, Cadillac is set on doing whatever it can to keep the car fresh in the eyes of the public. For the 2017 model year, that means Cadillac gave the ATS a few refinements here and there – nothing to write home about – and is offering even more trim levels. To go with the new trim levels is the Carbon Black Sport package which – in typical market fashion these days – adds a few exterior and interior updates, some fresh wheels, and some new color options.
At this point, we don’t know how much this new package will cost. Considering it comes with a new set of wheels and various carbon fiber elements, you’ll probably be asked to pay a pretty nice premium to get it. Be that as it may, production for the 2017 model is expected to kick off later this summer and dealers are now able to take orders. So, let’s take a look at this new Carbon Black Sport Package and what it brings to the table.
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2016 Cadillac CT6
After years of leaks, spy shots, and endless rumors about its feasibility, the Cadillac CT6 became reality at the 2015 New York Auto Show. A replacement to the XTS, the CT6 arrived to compete against Germany’s luxury trio, which includes the Mercedes-Benz S-Class, BMW 7 Series, and Audi A8. However, Cadillac also wants the CT6 to go against midsize European sedans.
The odd positioning strategy makes the CT6 similar in size to any European luxury car, as its length and wheelbase are on par with those of a BMW 7 Series short-wheelbase. On the other hand, thanks to an aluminum-intensive platform, the model weighs about as much as the smaller CTS, which is lighter than a 5 Series. Whether Cadillac’s strategy will work in the long run remains to be seen, but the CT6 seems to tick a lot of right boxes.