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.
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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2018 Cadillac CTS-V Glacier Metallic Edition
First introduced in 2002 as a successor to the Opel Omega-based Catera, the Cadillac CTS is already offered in its third-generation version. Updated in 2016 after three years on the market, the CTS spawned a new V version, powered by the supercharged, 6.2-liter V-8 found in the Chevrolet Corvette Z06. Quicker and more powerful than ever, the current CTS-V finally has everything it needs to give its German competition a run for the money, and with the latest BMW M5 having received an AWD system, it remains the only performance offering with rear-wheel-drive. With Cadillac celebrating its 115th anniversary in August 2017, the CTS-V gained a limited-edition version with special features.
Dubbed Glacier Metallic Edition, it’s limited to only 115 units and comes standard with both the Carbon Fiber and the Luxury packages. It also sports a bespoke exterior color and added equipment inside the cabin. It’s essentially a loaded CTS-V without any special features (outside the paint of course), but it’s exactly what limited-edition Caddys have been about in recent years. The Glacier Metallic Edition is already available at dealers, so if you want one, make sure you grab it before it’s too late.
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2017 Cadillac CTS-V With Carbon Black Sport Package
The third-generation Cadillac CTS was launched for the 2014 model year and, unlike its predecessor, it received a more revolutionary styling with sportier cues. It also introduced the company’s new design language. The new generation also brought a more upscale interior and important changes in the engine lineup, which now includes a 2.0-liter four-cylinder unit. The high-performance CTS-V version arrived for the 2016 model year with a new supercharged, 6.2-liter V-8 under the hood.
It’s been a year and a half since the V-series model made its public debut at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show and Cadillac released a new special edition based on the high-performance sedan. Dubbed Carbon Black Sport Package, the new model gives customers the opportunity to buy a slightly more aggressive version of the CTS-V with darker accents on the outside and sportier features on the inside.
The CTS-V Carbon Black Sport Package debuted alongside similar bundles for the smaller ATS-V, as well as the milder ATS and CTS sedans. Details about pricing and availability are not yet available, but Cadillac revealed all the features that make the special-edition package special.
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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 CTS Black Chrome Package
Introduced for the 2014 model year, following a significant overhaul inside and out, the third-generation Cadillac CTS has been around long enough to receive GM’s new eight-speed automatic transmission and even a high-performance CTS-V version. But, despite being praised for its driving dynamics and appealing drivetrain options, Caddy’s executive sedan has been a huge disappointment sales wise, with GM selling less than 30,000 units a year in both 2014 and 2015. Cadillac tried to boost sales by slashing the sticker by up to $3,000 in early 2015 and then by introducing new options and packages. For 2016, the CTS gets yet another special bundle, this time called the Black Chrome Package.
As the name suggests, the new option darkens some of the chrome on the outside of the vehicle. It also limits the body colors and drivetrains available, while trying to give the sedan a stealthier appearance.
The CTS Black Chrome Package was launched alongside a similar offering for the smaller ATS, yet another nameplate struggling to find new homes since 2015. For the ATS, the bundle is available for both the Coupe and Sedan.
Will this package boost CTS and ATS sales this year? It’s difficult to tell at this point, but until we find out you can learn more about the Black Chrome option below.
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2016 Cadillac ATS Black Chrome Package
At one point, the Cadillac CTS was the smallest offering from Cadillac. In size, it was slated to compete against models like the Mercedes C-Class and the BMW 5 Series, but it carried a price that slotted it against models like the BMW 3 Series and the Audi A4. In Cadillac’s mind, customers would appreciate a larger luxury sedan for the price of small offerings on the market – in fact, the brand probably expected to sway a few consumers away from the competition. As it turned out, Caddy customers actually wanted a smaller sedan, so the brand developed the ATS and released it for the 2013 model year.
The ATS rides on GM’s newly developed Alpha platform and went through a refresh for the 2015 model year that brought updated styling to the exterior and new technology to the interior. With the 2016 model year underway, Cadillac has decided to release a new styling packaged called the Black Chrome Package. The package is available for the CTS Sedan, but for the ATS, it is available on both the sedan and the coupe. The package brings new styling to some of the exterior trim, and some new body color choices, but offers nothing for the interior.
This new package is available on 2.0T and 3.6L Luxury Collection CTS models, as well as 2.0T and 3.6L Performance Collection models, in all-wheel and rear-wheel drive variants. The package is available at dealerships and Cadillac’s online portal and is priced at $795 for the sedan and $595 for the coupe. If you’re interested in one of the three additional finishes, however, you’ll be asked to pay an additional premium. With that said, let’s take a closer look at this package.
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In attempt to give German sedans such as the BMW 3 Series, Mercedes-Benz C-Class, and the Audi A4 a run for their money, Cadillac launched its smallest vehicle yet — the ATS— for the 2013 model year. The sedan was quickly followed by the ATS Coupe, which was aimed at the BMW 4 Series and the Audi A5. For 2016, Caddy gave both the sedan and coupe the V treatment expanding the ATS lineup to include competition for the BMW M, Mercedes-AMG and Audi RS cars.
Now that the performance compact is finally in dealerships, the brand is rolling out a special-edition model that celebrates "the ongoing launch of the first-ever Cadillac ATS-V." Dubbed Crystal White Frost Edition, and available for both the sedan and coupe, the bundle consists of several options and two packages offered as standard equipment. As the name suggests, both models can only be had in the Crystal White Frost exterior paint.
The recently redesigned Cadillac CTS-V also benefits from a similar package.
Pricing for the Crystal White Frost Edition starts at $71,460 for the sedan and $73,660 for the coupe, which accounts for a $10,995 premium for both models. Is this bundle worth the extra $11K? Keep reading to find out.
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Developed to compete in a market dominated by the BMW 3 Series, Audi A4, and the Mercedes-Benz C-Class, the Cadillac ATS was introduced for the 2013 model year as the company’s first compact sedan. Its debut was followed by a coupe version and mild updates for the 2015 model year. The four-door, which can be had with three different engines in the U.S., also received a high-performance V-Series model for 2016. But while we’re waiting for the ATS-V to arrive in showrooms, Japanese customers are getting a limited-edition variant that celebrates New Year’s Day and welcomes a new calendar year.
Dubbed New Year Special, this ATS is a different approach from what Japan drivers usually get, as the automaker’s local division focused on a solid discount rather than unique or special features inside and out. That’s not to say the sedan isn’t equipped with amenities otherwise not available on the Performance trim it is based upon, but its main feature is its 25-percent markdown and limited production run. Only 15 will be built, which means we’re likely looking at the first special-edition automobile to be sold out in 2015.
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The Cadillac Escalade may have lost its pop-culture credibility in recent years, but it’s still a popular SUV by all accounts. The launch of the all-new 2015 model continues a proud tradition for the American automaker. But Cadillac still didn’t take long to offer numerous enhancements to the just-launched Escalade when it announced the launch of the range-topping Escalade Platinum Collection.
As you can expect, the Platinum Collection has a lot of shiny, new hand-crafted luxury additions to both the exterior and interior of this hulking luxury SUV, providing new incentives for buyers to toss moolah in Cadillac’s direction. That’s what customers are expected to receive with the new Escalade Platinum Edition and yet, it’s not the only change Cadillac has given to the new Escalade.
Equally important updates come in the form of new tech features for the entire Escalade range, beginning with the base model all the way to the Platinum Collection. A new eight-speed automatic transmission is now standard on all models, replacing the six-speed automatic version that came with the first wave of 2015 Escalade models. The new batch of luxury SUVs will also receive 4G LTE connectivity with a WiFi hotspot courtesy of OnStar, as well as the Surround View technology that provides a bird’s-eye view of the immediate vicinity surrounding the Escalade.
It’s a little surprising that Cadillac already has updates for the Escalade so soon after the new model was launched. It’s unlikely we’ll see the Escalade receive the same pop culture treatment it once did, but for what it’s worth, this luxury SUV will continue to have a place in the market now and in the future.
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The ATS was launched in 2013 as Cadillac’s smallest sedan yet. Aimed at the BMW 3 Series, Audi A4 and the Mercedes-Benz C-Class, the ATS was the first vehicle to ride on GM’s Alpha platform, which would later underpin the larger, third-generation Cadillac CTS. Three engines have been offered since its introduction, including a 202-horsepower, 2.5-liter four-banger as the entry-level plant; a turbocharged, 2.0-liter with 272 ponies in the mid-range model; and a range-topping, 321-horse, naturally aspirated, 3.6-liter V-6. As we move into the 2015 model year, the ATS range expands to welcome a coupe and a long-wheelbase version of the sedan.
Dubbed ATS-L, the model is exclusive to China, a market that’s overwhelmed by long-wheelbase sedans. Not to be left out in a segment that already includes longer versions of the Mercedes-Benz C-Class and the Audi A4, Cadillac is joining in with a model set to satisfy China’s need for luxury and added legroom. How does it stack up against German competition? Read on to find out.
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Although the Cadillac CTS Sedan arrived with a brand new face at the 2013 New York International Auto Show, its performance-oriented cousins have yet to receive the updated look.
The entire CTS-V lineup, consisting of sedan, coupe and wagon models, charged into 2014 without major modifications, with Cadillac hoping to lure customers from BMW or Audi with more horsepower for less bucks.
That won’t change much for the first half of the 2015 model year, at least not as far as the CTS-V is concerned, as the manufacturer opted to end the current-generation model with a special edition two-door that will be available in the second half of 2014.
Only 500 of these cars will be built and sold with a number of exclusive features to complement the host of luxury amenities already offered with the CTS-V Coupe. The special edition model will provide passage between the current-generation version and the brand-new coupe that’s scheduled to break cover next year.
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Cadillac’s aggressive promotion of its brand doesn’t show any signs of slowing down, and just for the spring of 2014, it’s got a special model for those interested in a unique 2015 ATS Coupe. The model is called the Crimson Sport Special Edition, and while it does come with a host of new upgrades, including Caddy’s Track Package, the indelible characteristic of this special edition ATS is its Crimson Red Metallic exterior paint.
Unique as the paint is, the color isn’t the only thing special about the exterior of the vehicle. A ground effects package was also installed, featuring a color-matched front splitter, rocker moldings and rear diffuser, and an aero deck-lid spoiler. Finally, a set of exclusive 18-inch Manoogian Dark Silver Premium Painted wheels were added to the mix, giving the ATS Crimson Sport a true special-edition look to it.
Moving inside, four different interior environments — Morello Red with Jet Black accents, Caramel with Jet Black accents, Jet Black with Jet Black accents or Light Platinum with Jet Black accents — are offered to go with new heated front seats, and a heated steering wheel and shift lever, both of which are made from microfiber suede.
The ATS Crimson Sport Special Edition is offered with either the 272-horsepower ATS 2.0T Performance Collection with the automatic transmission or the 321-horsepower 3.6L Premium Collection with rear- or all-wheel drive. The model are set to hit dealerships at the end of March with a retail price of $46,010 for the 2.0T and $51,010 for the 3.6L.
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Even though the Holiday season is about a month away, Cadillac and Saks Fifth Avenue joined forces to develop a special edition Cadillac ELR that will be displayed in the 2013 Saks Holiday Catalog. This special edition is limited to only 100 units, and you can order it now. Caddy will start delivering this limited ELR in March 2014, and it checks in at a base price of $89,500 — nearly $15k more than a base ELR, which is priced at $75,995.
So, what kind of goodies do you get for this extra cash, besides exclusivity? The 2014 Cadillac Saks Fifth Avenue Special Edition ELR features an exclusive White Diamond exterior paint combined with an interior in either Jet Black or Light Cashmere.
The ELR also comes with an upgraded 240-volt charging station with professional installation — permits included — and their own ELR Concierge Representatives to offer information on battery care, home charging, service scheduling, and news and updates.
Oh wait, you were expecting a little more for your $15k... Sorry folks, that’s about all she wrote. We don’t know about this one; exclusivity is cool and all, but $15k for a $3k charger and some exclusive colors, not impressed...
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As no surprise, more than 9 of 10 all-new XTS models are sold to individual luxury buyers. Now, Cadillac is further increasing the luxury level offered by the XTS limousine with the addition of a new W20 Livery Package offered exclusively to livery companies through Caddy’s Professional Vehicles program.
The new W20 Livery Package is built on the range-topping XTS Platinum and will add 19-inch wheels plus LED-infused door handles. The car’s safety will be further increased with the addition of a new rear-vision camera, while the interior adds a micro-fiber suede headliner.
The package can be further updated with a new rear-seat comfort package that adds heated front and rear seats, window sun shades and a power inverter to charge mobile devices. Cadillac’s new CUE system for connectivity and control will also be available with the new W20 Package.
Thanks to Cadillac’s new Professional Vehicles program, companies can further customize their vehicle fleets according to a specific set of standards required by their own activities.
It looks like Cadillac is preparing to say "Good Bye" to the current-generation CTS in a very nice way: with two special editions based on the CTS Coupe and V-Series models. First there will be a CTS-V Coupe Silver Frost Edition limited to just 100 units and the second a Stealth Blue edition. Both new editions will arrive in March.
As their name suggest, the two new special editions will be pretty much about the exterior colors, with no updates under the hood. The Silver Frost edition will also get a new set of high-polished or satin-graphite wheels combined with brake caliper in yellow or red. On the interior the only updates will be limited to a suede-covered steering wheel and shift knob.
The Stealth Blue will get a dark finish grille, plus a new set of wheels painted in satin and combined with silver calipers. On the interior it will add Recaro performance seats.
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Cadillac has announced a new Touring package available for all models in the CTS line: coupe, sedan, and station wagon. Priced at $2,065, the new Touring Package adds luxury features such as Recaro seats, microfiber suede inserts on the seats and steering wheel, high-intensity discharge (HID) headlamps, a performance-tuned suspension, a V-series aerodynamic spoiler, and performance wheel packages.
The new Touring Package can be combined with both 3.0 liter and 3.6 liter V6 engines. In the 3.0L version, it brings 18-inch pearl nickel finish wheels; dual exhaust; dark finish grille; HID headlamps and fog lamps; V-Series aerodynamic center high mounted stop lamp; suede seat inserts, steering wheel and shifter; midnight Sapele wood trim ; and metal pedals.
The 3.6 L package adds Recaro performance seating, suede-wrapped steering wheel and shifter, midnight Sapele wood trim, and metal pedals.
The Touring Package for the Cadillac CTS adds another $2,065 to the standard vehicle’s price - $36,790 for the sedan, $39,590 for the coupe, and $39,890 for the sport wagon.
The Cadillac Escalade serves many purposes for the brand. For starters, it is their largest offering in the SUV segment and has become a best seller. Ever since it was first introduced as a meagerly disguised GMC Yukon the car has been a hit. It effectively saved the Cadillac brand in association with their razor edge styling that is now seen on all the models in the lineup. A favorite choice of celebrities, musicians, and athletes alike, the Escalade has become a status symbol and was immediately accepted by the “in crowd.”
As time has gone on the Escalade lineup has come to include three models with a pickup and extended wheelbase version being added. As the SUV market has been hit hard by the recession, the Escalade too suffered, but has remained alive. Its closest competition in nearly every aspect, the Lincoln Navigator, has struggled much more than the Cadillac and will cease production sooner rather than later.
Cadillac has been able to keep this vehicle moving forward, but some VIP clients still expect more. When a Range Rover is too small and a large scale van is not classy enough, Becker Automotive Design is there to take your Escalade to the next level. After this company gets done with their conversion, the Escalade has been transformed into a Gulfstream 5 for the road.
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After the Porsche Boxster S Black Edition revealed just yesterday, Cadillac brought their own "Black" edition based on the CTS-V models, sedan, coupe and station wagon models. The new Black Diamond Edition adds an extra a $4,850 over a standard CTS-V model, but it offers much better personalization list.
"The CTS-V Black Diamond Edition is like a finely crafted, tailored tuxedo," said Michelle Killen, Cadillac exterior paint designer. "The base color may be a simple black, but the details and richness of the material set it apart."
"Auto makers and consumers are looking to differentiate the color black, an ubiquitous color in automotive,” said John Book, Custom Color Solutions product manager at JDSU. “Black Diamond offers the discerning Cadillac customer a special option color that stands out and remains true to their sense of luxury and style."
"We’ve already established V-Series as a serious sub-brand for Cadillac," said Rich Pinto, Cadillac creative designer. "Black Diamond further establishes V-Series in the market as a performance-minded line of vehicles with a luxury twist."
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There’s big…and then there’s really big.
When it comes to SUVs, nobody does it bigger – and as some would say, better – than Cadillac and the hulking Escalade. The SUV has been one of the most popular Cadillac models in recent years, as evidenced by the enormous sales success it’s gotten here in the US. You only need to watch TV to realize that just about every celebrity is sporting an Escalade in one form or another.
The reception of the Escalade in the US isn’t the same in Europe and while the blame can mostly be placed on an incredible number of consumer choices, Cadillac is still hoping that their prized SUV gets to work across the pond.
With the new Cadillac Escalade Platinum Edition, they may have found the vehicle that can compete with the Range Rovers, X5s, and Cayennes of the world. Whether the car becomes a hit remains up in the air, but given the upgrades Cadillac put on this special edition SUV, we’re pretty sure that they like their chances.
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