The Best Is Yet to Come: New Cadillac Models We Can’t Wait to Drive
They say the best is yet to come, and we believe it! Here are the new Cadillac models we can’t wait to drive!
How excited are you for the upcoming Cadillac models? The last few years have seen the famed brand make some major changes, both stylistic and engineering. The next few years promise an even greater evolution.
From a brand-new Escalade to the next generation of V performance models, the future looks sleek, fast, and luxurious. Keep reading for more on the new Cadillac models we can’t wait to drive.
Replacing the lauded ATS, the CT4 will be the new entry-level car in the Cadillac lineup. Slightly larger than the outgoing model, the all-new CT4 is a rear-wheel-drive 3-Series-fighter that houses a 2.0-liter turbo-four. An 8-speed transmission sends 237-hp to the back wheels, though all-wheel-drive is also available.
The Premium Luxury model drops in a larger 2.7-liter engine, bumping up power to 309-hp and 348 lb-ft of torque. Even better, is the upcoming CT4-V which draws 325-hp and 380 lb-ft of torque from the same engine. Both models use a 10-speed transmission to keep the engine humming.
The CTS was the car that brought Cadillac into the modern world. Every inch as good as what the German competition offered, it built a reputation as a world-class car.
Ready to pick up that torch and carry on is the CT5. Playing host to a suite of Cadillac’s finest features, it’s equipped with Magnetic Ride Control as well as the autonomous Super Cruise driving system.
Built on an RWD platform with available AWD, the base engine is the same 2.0-liter as the CT4. However, a twin-turbo 3.6L V6 can be had, with 335-hp and 400 lb-ft. The engine pumps out an additional 20-hp on the CT5-V, offering even greater performance.
The standard CT6 was introduced for the 2016 model year, taking its place as Cadillac’s flagship model. Available with either a V6 or as a plugin hybrid, it’s been a big success for the brand.
What’s new, however, is the V-model. With the thunderous Blackwing V8 filling the engine bay, the CT6-V offers 550-hp and 627 lb-ft of torque. It promises Corvette-level performance with the refinement only Cadillac can offer.
The Blackwing promises to be an exciting development. At 4.2-liters, it’s likely to find itself as an option throughout the lineup over the next several years. What’s most interesting about it is that 90% of total torque will be available in the first 2000 rpm.
The small SUV segment has found itself a growing audience as many buyers appreciate the benefits of an SUV combined with the relative size of a sedan. Enter the XT4.
Enjoying its second year on the market, customers will see more of a refresh than a complete overhaul. And that’s just fine in a package as well put together as this one.
The turbo-four sends its 237-hp and 258 lb-ft through a 9-speed transmission either to the front or all four wheels. Paddle-shifters give drivers the chance to change gears themselves, though the system manages just well when left alone.
Though smaller than the rest of the XT lineup, the XT4 is distinctly Cadillac. From the vertical headlights to the fin-like taillights to the bespoke interior, it is the easiest way to join the Cadillac family.
Cadillac was well-rewarded when they introduced the XT5 in 2017. It’s been a sales winner, capitalizing on the best-selling crossover market.
While there won’t be any major changes for the coming year, the XT5 will get a refresh, keeping it an enticing offering. Most notable are changes to the styling, enhancing its family resemblance.
Also notable, is that the XT5 will drop last year’s 8-speed transmission for a 9-speed automatic. This new setup will allow drivers more choices in driving modes. Whether the goal is to increase fuel efficiency or maximize performance, the engine will always sit in the right powerband.
The three-row SUV has proven to be a hot commodity for manufacturers. Having the option to seat seven has become a priority for many buyers.
While the Escalade had been Cadillac’s only option, the new XT6 will help fill that role. But where the Escalade’s imposing presence is intended to make a statement, the smaller XT6 is a better fit for most people’s needs.
Based on front-drive architecture, AWD will be an option, powered by a 9-speed transmission. Said power comes from a naturally aspirated 3.6-liter V6 good for 310-hp.
With the XT5 being Cadillac’s number one selling vehicle, the XT6 will offer more seating and space to a growing audience. Expect more engine choices to enhance its appeal over the next few years.
Rumors were that 2020 was the year the new Escalade would be released. Instead, the current generation was extended for an additional year.
2021 is a different story. Details are slim, but there’s speculation that three different engines will be available, including an upgrade of the current 6.2-liter V8.
Most interesting is the suggestion that a hybrid that includes two electric engines may be coming out. Having a hybrid powertrain would help generate more interest in Caddy’s largest offering, appealing to an audience that may have not otherwise considered it.
It wouldn’t be a shock to find the Blackwing as an option, too. Its power output seems perfectly suited to the large SUV. Whether it will be as a stand-alone or as part of a hybrid system remains to be seen.
New Cadillac Models: Final Thoughts
Big changes are coming to the Cadillac. The introduction of new models and technologies gives Cadillac something to build off of for years. Expect to see more variants become available, especially as the Blackwing builds a name for itself.
While many other brands have struggled to acknowledge their history while moving forward, Cadillac has made it look easy. They’ve continually adapted to changing trends and expectations while maintaining that unmistakable style.
That they’ve been able to continually take on the competition while staying true to their identity speaks to how strong the Cadillac brand is. They’ve balanced the demands of performance cars with the build quality expected of luxury vehicles.
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