Cadillac Prepares Advanced "Intelligent and Connected" Vehicles for 2017
Cadillac recently dropped a press release in our inbox that contained plans to offer advanced “intelligent and connected” vehicle technologies on some 2017 model year vehicles. Naturally, our curiosity kicked in because words like “intelligent” and “connected” have become even more important in today’s auto industry. So we read through the release and found some nuggets of information that indicated what Caddy’s got up its sleeve.
The first technological advancement will be an advanced driver assist technology called Super Cruise. A yet-to-be-named 2017 Cadillac will feature this new system, which will offer customers improved driving experience through hands-off lane following, braking and speed control in certain highway driving conditions. Super Cruise is being developed to become a boon for drivers, specifically those driving on highways under a variety of road conditions. The description’s pretty interesting, although it’s hard to judge how effective it’s going to be until we see it in action.
Moving on, Cadillac also announced that the 2017 CTS Sedan will feature vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communication technology. According to the automaker, this new system is supposed to improve traffic congestion by sending and receiving safety information between vehicles that are approaching each other. It’s going to be like these cars will be able to talk to each other and warn drivers of incoming road conditions that they can avoid beforehand.
We’re not sure how that’s going to work on surface streets, but on the highway, drivers can use these kinds of information to divert their routes before they get stuck in traffic.
That’s pretty cool.
Click past the jump to read more about Cadillac’s future intelligent technology.
Why It Matters
Cadillac deserves a lot of credit for putting in the time, money, and other resources to give its customers reason to be excited about its future models. General Motors CEO Mary Barra said it best during her keynote address at the Intelligent Transport System (ITS) World Congress in Detroit when she talked about innovation becoming the catalyst for improvement in the auto industry.
“We are not doing this for the sake of the technology itself. We’re doing it because it’s what customers around the world want,” Barra added. “Through technology and innovation, we will make driving safer.”
Those words should ring music to the ears of Cadillac customers. Moreover, the automaker could also gain new customers because of it.
The 2015 Cadillac CTS Sedan arrived sporting some changes to its looks, most notably the revised grille and the updated Cadillac emblem. It’s a subtle yet effective update from the 2014 model, which ushered in the third generation for the CTS.
The 2015 CTS Sedan continues to feature three engine options, beginning with a turbocharged, 2.0-liter, inline four-cylinder that produces 272 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque. From there, a 3.6-liter, V-6 engine steps in with 321 horsepower and 275 pound-feet of torque. Finally, the 3.6-liter, twin-turbocharged V-6 takes center stage with its ridiculous output of 420 horsepower and 430 pound-feet of torque.
Pricing for the 2015 CTS Sedan hasn’t been announced as of 9/10/2014, but the 2014 model begins at $45,100 for the base car with the 2.0-liter turbo and swells to as much as $75,000 for the CTS Vsport.