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    2016 Cadillac CT6 To Arrive At Dealers In March, Start At $54,990


    • Cadillac Announces Release Month and Pricing for the CT6


    Cadillac has announced some details of their upcoming flagship sedan today. The 2016 CT6 will arrive at dealers in March with a starting pricetag of $54,990 (includes a $995 destination charge) for the base 2.0L turbo-four and climb to $84,460 for the top of the line Platinum trim.

     

    At launch, Cadillac will offer three different engines. The base will be the 272 horsepower, 2.0L turbo-four paired with rear-wheel drive. Next will be a 3.6L V6 with 335 horsepower and all-wheel drive. Finally, there is the twin-turbo 3.0L V6 with 400 horsepower and all-wheel drive. Details on the CT6 Plug-In Hybrid will be revealed at a later date.

     

    Cadillac has filled the CT6 with a a large amount of standard equipment such as full-LED exterior lighting, 14-way driver and passenger seats, an 8.0-inch digital display for the instrument cluster, 10.2-inch touchscreen with navigation, and OnStar 4G LTE.

     

    Source: Cadillac

     

    You can also view the original article on the Cadillac CT6 plus pictures of the CT6 from the 2015 New York International Auto Show

     

    Press Release is on Page 2


     

    2016 Cadillac CT6 Range-Topping Sedan Slated for March Launch

    • NEW RANGE INCLUDES CT6 STARTING AT $53,495; CT6 PLATINUM PRICED FROM $83,465


    Cadillac extends the top of its range with the 2016 Cadillac Touring 6 sedan, which begins production in Detroit in January, with initial shipments to dealers in March. Through the integration of new technologies, the first-ever Cadillac CT6 creates a new formula for the range-topping sedan and substantially expands the Cadillac portfolio.

     


    Thanks to pioneering new vehicle manufacturing and design methods, the CT6 achieves dynamic performance, efficiency and agility previously unseen in large luxury cars. The CT6 product line similarly aims to refresh and broaden the range of consumers in the prestige class of luxury sedans. In the US market, the 2016 Cadillac CT6 sedan is priced from $53,495, with the highest level CT6 Platinum model starting at $83,465.

     

    “The CT6 is an entirely new approach to prestige luxury, adding driving dynamics and technology while reducing the bulk of traditional large sedans,” said Johan de Nysschen, president of Cadillac. “With the CT6, Cadillac has a competitive edge: our use of advanced lightweight construction and innovative technology, it is prestige luxury reimagined.”

     

    Offering three engine choices, and a broad range of high-technology systems and luxury amenities, the first-ever CT6 presents a wide range of options and price points to draw new buyers.

    • CT6 2.0L Turbo – Starting at $53,495
    • CT6 3.6L V6 with AWD – Starting at $55,495
    • CT6 3.0L Twin Turbo V6 with AWD – Starting at $64,395


    Customers can place orders now with dealers and view additional product information at cadillac.com.

     


    The Cadillac CT6 sedan takes drivers to a higher threshold of involvement, with technologies to enhance situational awareness, chassis systems – including active technologies – that make the most of control in all conditions, and powertrains led by an all-new Cadillac Twin Turbo engine. The Cadillac 3.0L Twin Turbo V-6 engine is rated at 400 horsepower (298 kW) and 400 lb-ft of torque (543 Nm); an all-new, 335-horsepower 3.6L V-6 and Cadillac’s award-winning 2.0T four-cylinder engine are also available. All engines are paired with eight-speed automatic transmissions.

     

    The rigid, lightweight architecture provides a crucial foundation for the sedan’s segment-challenging agility, enhanced by active-on-demand all-wheel drive, active rear steering and Magnetic Ride Control on the available Active Chassis System.

     

    Cadillac has made technological strides with in-cabin advances, as well, including the Rear Camera Mirror, Enhanced Night Vision technology and the pioneering 34-speaker Bose® Panaray® audio system.

     

    Cadillac this spring announced that the CT6 will be available with plug-in hybrid electric technology, as the company continues its development of highly capable alternative powertrain vehicles. Further details for the CT6 Plug-In Hybrid model will be announced closer to that vehicle’s launch.

     

    The 2016 Cadillac CT6 will be built at the Detroit-Hamtramck assembly plant on the east side of Detroit. Cadillac in April auctioned the first retail production CT6 to benefit the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute.

     

    Editor’s note: Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price excludes destination ($995), tax, title, license, dealer fees and optional equipment.

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    If anyone uses the price config for the CTS on Cadillac's website, the new N/A V6 pricing is a huge mess. Starts at $55k for base, mid-level is nearly $60k, and tacking on the new "V-Sport" track package makes it cost more than the ACTUAL 3.6TT V-Sport. What the hell.

     

    I don't get how the CTS fits in with the CT6 pricing. If they're going aggressive with the CT6, they should have brought down the CTS volume-selling V6.

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    Pretty aggressive pricing on the CT6, but I figured they would want to price it close to the E-class.  I still don't get why the 2.0T is in this car for $2,000 more buyers get a V6 and AWD, no one is going to buy that 2.0T model anyway, it shouldn't even be there.   The twin turbo V6 price seems good, but $84k for the Platinum seems steep.  I wonder what a Platinum has over a twin turbo model that makes it cost $19,000 more.

     

    CTS pricing is messed up, too many trim levels, and too may trim levels on the different engines, and it is just confusing to figure out.  They try to make the CTS look cheap with the $44k base price, but as mentioned a V6 becomes $55k which is what a CT6 V6 costs.  And then they have Luxury, Performance, Premium trims, but it isn't clear what is better or what packages include the other.  Why not just offer base, a stand alone luxury package and a stand alone performance package and let buyers pick neither, one or both packages.

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    I hope the alpha-numeric model naming backfires and then Cadillac can bring back DeVille, Fleetwood, Eldorado, Seville, etc.

    I don't care how those names are supposed to translate into Chinese. Cadillac is supposed to be the standard of the world.

    Let the world come to Cadillac. Not the other way around.

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    There may be a time and place where Olds and Pontiac make a comeback. Those names need to be saved for such an occasion.

    Regarding the ATS, it should be the DeVille line. Cadillac can market the ATS instead as a Sedan DeVille and A Coupe DeVille.

    Will they make a convertible like the Camaro's drop-top?

    That would be a great return to the marque's glory.

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    Olds and Pontiac are never coming back.  Although "Aurora" is the only name from either brand I think Cadillac could use, because it is a good sounding name, it had a short run at Oldsmobile, and was originally used for a Cadillac concept car.  Cadillac doesn't really have enough names to cover all the models, so they have to invent some new ones, or recycle some from dead brands.  I think they'll stick with the alphabet soup names until Johan is gone.

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    So Cadillac is going the typical Korean brand "value" route? Offer a lot of features for not a whole lot of money on the base model.

     

    That's interesting. I thought this car would start at around $65-67k and end at around $78-80k.

     

    But that's one hell of a price spread between top and bottom. And if all the press cars in the Detroit show were high content models, I'm not convinced that this car will deliver the solidity and refinement of a luxury product.

     

    Sure, you can pander to folks that value features and spec sheets. But I would think that's NOT the kind of buyer Cadillac should go for.

     

    How is this car even viable at a $54k starting price? In any case, it's a brilliant product. But I don't think its luxury.

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    So Cadillac is going the typical Korean brand "value" route? Offer a lot of features for not a whole lot of money on the base model.

     

    That's interesting. I thought this car would start at around $65-67k and end at around $78-80k.

     

    But that's one hell of a price spread between top and bottom. And if all the press cars in the Detroit show were high content models, I'm not convinced that this car will deliver the solidity and refinement of a luxury product.

     

    Sure, you can pander to folks that value features and spec sheets. But I would think that's NOT the kind of buyer Cadillac should go for.

     

    How is this car even viable at a $54k starting price? In any case, it's a brilliant product. But I don't think its luxury.

     

     

    Because it is unlikely to be the only car on this platform.   There is still the CT8 which we know about, and that leaves a CT7 for us to wonder about.

     

    And then there is also Buick with the strong desire to create an Avenir level product and a Riviera level product. 

     

    Edit:   Can you imagine.... shortening this down a bit to make a Buick Riviera Grand Touring Coupe?    Long flowing sexy lines without the hard nose aggression of the Germans or Cadillac.  Soft and swoopy with a hint of the boat tail...it'd weigh in around 3500lbs in base Turbo-4 RWD form and it could be optioned up into the low $60s with a detuned 3.0TT.....    </imagining>

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    So Cadillac is going the typical Korean brand "value" route? Offer a lot of features for not a whole lot of money on the base model.

     

    That's interesting. I thought this car would start at around $65-67k and end at around $78-80k.

     

    But that's one hell of a price spread between top and bottom. And if all the press cars in the Detroit show were high content models, I'm not convinced that this car will deliver the solidity and refinement of a luxury product.

     

    Sure, you can pander to folks that value features and spec sheets. But I would think that's NOT the kind of buyer Cadillac should go for.

     

    How is this car even viable at a $54k starting price? In any case, it's a brilliant product. But I don't think its luxury.

     

     

    Because it is unlikely to be the only car on this platform.   There is still the CT8 which we know about, and that leaves a CT7 for us to wonder about.

     

    And then there is also Buick with the strong desire to create an Avenir level product and a Riviera level product. 

     

     

    I don't really want to indulge into how an Avenir-like product would fit in, because it'll detract from the thread.

     

    If it's really well received, I'm not sure if Cadillac should under-price themselves in this larger car segment. 

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    Well, as I mentioned in other threads, the 4-cylinder was designed for the China market. They're building them in Michigan so if it already will meet all federal regs, what's the harm of letting a few 4-cylinders wander off to US dealers also?  Cadillac expects the bulk of the sales to be the V6 model and V6TT model coming in second.   If they don't get enough sales of the 4-cylinder, they can cancel it in the US and just send them to China.

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    Well, as I mentioned in other threads, the 4-cylinder was designed for the China market. They're building them in Michigan so if it already will meet all federal regs, what's the harm of letting a few 4-cylinders wander off to US dealers also?  Cadillac expects the bulk of the sales to be the V6 model and V6TT model coming in second.   If they don't get enough sales of the 4-cylinder, they can cancel it in the US and just send them to China.

     

    Let me clarify.

     

    I think both the 2.0T and LGX powered versions are redundant. I'm very sure they'd be better off going straight for the moon with the 3.0TT.

     

    I see no harm either. But that's the point. Cadillac doesn't need more filler, more build-up of products that are mid tier. They need absolute segment busters. And this car is, at the core engineering level, a segment buster. But everywhere else I just can't get over the missed potential, like the interior for starting point. 

     

    And this pricing actually turns me off. Where's the pride of being a Cadillac? Freaking price it like one, it's not a Hyundai of the luxury brands.

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    Well the 2.0T is a necessity because of displacement taxes in China. They have to offer a 2.0T there.  They actually offer an XTS 2.0T in China as well, that one isn't sold here obviously, though I'm not sure where it is built.

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    Olds and Pontiac are never coming back.  Although "Aurora" is the only name from either brand I think Cadillac could use, because it is a good sounding name, it had a short run at Oldsmobile, and was originally used for a Cadillac concept car.  Cadillac doesn't really have enough names to cover all the models, so they have to invent some new ones, or recycle some from dead brands.  I think they'll stick with the alphabet soup names until Johan is gone.

    Yep you are right bring back the old Stereotyped names that conjures up the old image as well as the name used on an Olds when it failed. Real Smart.

    You style it, Market it and build it right the name matter little.

    I think I am going to start a web site and post photos of the past Cadillac owners The People of Cadillac much like the People of Walmart and just let you see the kind of people you want to bait. We may even see you there.

    If you want to move to the future you must let go of much of the recent past and dig deeper to when Cadillac really was the standard.

    This car also while it will be a great car is the last of the old admins cars. This is not Johann's car as it is the one the old admin wanted as a flagship and Mark Reuss had to fight for everything it got. The CT8 will be the new path and this one will still help Cadillac in the turn around but it is not the total new direction.

    Also while these prices are good keep in mind we still have a V8 version to come yet so we have not yet seen the full package.

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    Cadillac is pressed to sell product.  Bottom line.  The competition has spoken, and with a loudspeaker, thus here we are.  Lessons learned from ELR and other killed products seems to have taken and it's nice to see. Customers learned long ago that value should not equate to cheap, and that boutique stores are the ones that usually close first in the mall when economies are limping along.

     

    Anyway, they priced it right.

    Oh, and I called it exactly  :thumbsup:

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    I think they'll get 500 sales a month, mostly stolen of the XTS, with this price. Cadillac had to price it low.

    I think they'll do better than that. They sell 2k XTSes a month now and they're not all base models. Even a mid-range FWD XTS is $54k.

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    Cadillac is pressed to sell product.  Bottom line.  The competition has spoken, and with a loudspeaker, thus here we are.  Lessons learned from ELR and other killed products seems to have taken and it's nice to see. Customers learned long ago that value should not equate to cheap, and that boutique stores are the ones that usually close first in the mall when economies are limping along.

     

    Anyway, they priced it right.

    Oh, and I called it exactly  :thumbsup:

     

    No! They did not learn their lesson. The ELR was doomed because it was simply not enough car for the money.

     

    This car is. I refuse to accept that Cadillac cut corners on this car in the interior and styling because they want to compete against Hyundai, Kia, Lincoln and Acura.

     

    Because that's not a compliment of those brands.

     

    This is a white flag. Sure, sell the 2.0T in China because it's the only was possible. But here? C'mon nobody is fooled. This is a luxury product. Which means it needs to make money. All this top notch engineering has to cost a lot. And so far, with only one vehicle on the platform, it doesn't look rosy. 

     

    This isn't the case of Ford for example with the F150 bringing in all this new technology and quickly making up the initial investment costs due to huge volumes.

     

    All of the vehicles on this platform that could be created combined aren't going to be volume sellers. 

     

    What that HELL is GM doing? The pride of Cadillac is at stake. The moment that I can bring Lincoln and Hyundai in the price realm of the big luxury Cadillac's, something is not right.

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    Cadillac is pressed to sell product.  Bottom line.  The competition has spoken, and with a loudspeaker, thus here we are.  Lessons learned from ELR and other killed products seems to have taken and it's nice to see. Customers learned long ago that value should not equate to cheap, and that boutique stores are the ones that usually close first in the mall when economies are limping along.

     

    Anyway, they priced it right.

    Oh, and I called it exactly  :thumbsup:

     

    No! They did not learn their lesson. The ELR was doomed because it was simply not enough car for the money.

     

    This car is. I refuse to accept that Cadillac cut corners on this car in the interior and styling because they want to compete against Hyundai, Kia, Lincoln and Acura.

     

    Because that's not a compliment of those brands.

     

    This is a white flag. Sure, sell the 2.0T in China because it's the only was possible. But here? C'mon nobody is fooled. This is a luxury product. Which means it needs to make money. All this top notch engineering has to cost a lot. And so far, with only one vehicle on the platform, it doesn't look rosy. 

     

    This isn't the case of Ford for example with the F150 bringing in all this new technology and quickly making up the initial investment costs due to huge volumes.

     

    All of the vehicles on this platform that could be created combined aren't going to be volume sellers. 

     

    What that HELL is GM doing? The pride of Cadillac is at stake. The moment that I can bring Lincoln and Hyundai in the price realm of the big luxury Cadillac's, something is not right.

     

     

    GM only has to look at continued sales slides of the CTS, to recognize that introducing a product that looks 90% identical, is sized 15% larger, will not bring in volume if priced 40-50% higher.

     

    They priced it wisely.

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    Cadillac has a bunch of new product in the pipeline... the list I made earlier was only my own hypothetical.   The only one that has been discussed by GM people so far is the CT8.

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    I hope the CT8 blows this thing away.  Really the CT8 should blow the Escalade away if they do it right.

     

    If they did a Buick version of the CT6, does the Buick get the 2.0T as the base engine and the 3.6 V6 as the range topper?  And how do they price that, $39,995 for the 2.0T and $44,995 for the V6 model?  And should they build such a car, doesn't that just crush CTS sales even more.

     

    I also think Lincoln should make the base Continental twin turbo V6 and price it under $50k.  Lincoln has to go for the kill against the likes of the Acura RLX, Volvo S90, Lexus ES and the Cadillac XTS.

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    The miniscule price diff between the 2.0t RWD and v6 AWD shows me that there will only be a handful of 2.0t RWD's built, and they probably are for CAFE as much as anything.  Some folks may not want the weight and bulk of the v6 and AWD and so a 4 banger with RWD only helps the public relations side, they can publish a curb weight in ads and articles that is ridiculous low.  My only wish here is the 2.0 was a 2.3 for this car.

     

    That said, if they make 500 of these 2.0t's they will likely sit on lots all model year and then move at the end of the year when 6-10 grand is on the hood.  The buyer will get what they pay for in that scenario.

     

    The bulk of the buyers will get the plain v6 and AWD, so by pricing them low at the start, those should not need much for incentives.  And, with AWD standard, it will sell well in snow climate locations.

     

    The tt 3.0 is rightfully then an aspirational product priced higher.  this is the first year of a new powertrain and so they won't want to make too many of them, in case they f--cked it up and have to mass recall it for any reason.

     

    I think the CTS will have its pricing and packaging adjusted, and if not so much that, you will see lots of discounts.  I would think Cadillac will cut production of the small ATS and the CTS will actually become the volume model for awhile.

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    There's not going to be many production inefficiencies from having so many different engine options. Flexible manufacturing and the fact that the facility that will the build the CT6 already has the tooling and expertise to build vehicles with the LTG, LGX and Voltec drivetrains is a big bonus.

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      Cadillac has been trying to position itself being as an alternative to German brands with models that offer exemplary handling characteristics and sharp designs. But the brand has the issue of models that don’t quite fit the image being presented. The SRX is the poster child for this. Yes, it had the sharp looks the brand was getting known for. But you wouldn’t call it sporty. It was more along the lines of a Lexus RX where luxury and comfort were the main priorities. Enthusiasts and critics were not pleased with this, but consumers gobbled them up. The SRX for a time was Cadillac’s best-selling model.
      Now we come to the successor of the SRX, the 2017 XT5. Those who were hoping for a change in the priorities will be disappointed as the XT5 doesn’t mess with the SRX’s recipe. But is that bad thing?
      Evolution is the impression you get when walking around the XT5. Cadillac’s designers didn’t make any drastic changes to the design profile aside from softening the Art & Science design language. The front now features a comically-large grille and headlights with a strand of LEDs that run into the bumper. Towards the back is an integrated spoiler that extends the roofline, a set of large taillights, and a rear bumper that comes with chrome exhaust ports and a faux skid plate. The XT5 does lose some of the polarizing details that made the SRX stand out, but it still stands out slightly in what is becoming a crowded class.
      Cadillac has been stepping up its game in terms of their interiors with their new models. Case in point is the XT5. Our top-line Platinum tester featured faux suede, leather, and wood trim on a number of surfaces that make it look and feel quite luxurious. We’re glad to see the removal of the Piano Black panel for the center stack as it looked out of place and was a magnet for fingerprints. One design idea we’re not so keen on is the gear selector. Instead of a lever, Cadillac went with a joystick controller to engage the various gears. The controller isn’t intuitive as you’ll find yourself going into the wrong gear or not going into one at all on a somewhat regular basis. You will get the hang of it after a bit, but you can’t help but wonder why Cadillac decided to change this in the first place.
      The leather used for the seats feel quite supple and help fix the issue of uncomfortable seats in the SRX. Interior space has grown, thanks to a two-inch increase in the wheelbase. Rear legroom has grown 3.2 inches and it allows anyone sitting back there to stretch out. Headroom is still slightly tight thanks in part to our tester coming with the optional panoramic sunroof. But this can be alleviated by recalling the rear seat slightly. Cargo space in smack dab in the middle - 30 cubic feet with the rear seats up and 63 cubic feet when folded.
      Cadillac User Interface (CUE) has been one of our least favorite infotainment systems to use since it was introduced a few years ago. The litany of problems ranging from a touch sensitive buttons not responding to inputs to the system crashing have dragged Cadillac down. But the system has been getting a number of changes and updates over the past few years. For starters, Cadillac has removed most of the touch-sensitive buttons from the system. Being able to press an actual button to turn on the heated/ventilated seats or adjust the temperature is really nice. It is a shame Cadillac didn’t bring back an actual volume knob for CUE - the touch-sensitive strip is still there. But at least there are volume controls on the steering wheel that allow you to avoid it. The system itself has been overhauled with a faster processor and a slightly improved interface. The changes make a difference as the system is snappier and a little bit easier to understand. If you still find CUE a bit overwhelming, you’ll be happy to know that CUE now features Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration.
      Cadillac bucks the trend in the midsize luxury crossover class by only offering one engine - a 3.6L V6 producing 310 horsepower and 271 pound-feet of torque (@ 5,000 rpm). This comes paired with an eight-speed automatic and the choice of front or all-wheel drive. The V6 is the weak link in the XT5. When leaving a stop, it takes a moment for the engine to realize the accelerator pedal has been pressed before it starts working. This is even worse when you’re trying to make a pass as it seems the engine was busy taking a nap before it was hastily woken up. Once the engine is awake, it takes its time to get up to speed. There is a positive to the V6 engine and that is the stop-start system. Unlike some previous systems that are slow to restart the engine or do so in a very rough fashion, Cadillac’s system is quick and smooth when you let off the brake. The eight-speed automatic seems reluctant to downshift at times. We’re guessing this transmission was calibrated for fuel economy. At least the eight-speed automatic delivers smooth shifts.
      Fuel economy figures for the 2017 Cadillac XT5 all-wheel drive stand at 18 City/26 Highway/21 Combined. Our average fuel economy for the week landed around 22.3 mpg in mostly city driving. 
      One characteristic we liked about the SRX was its comfortable ride. Yes, it flies in the face of Cadillac’s message of beating the German’s at their own handling game. But buyers loved the smoothness on offer. Sadly, the XT5 loses a bit of the smoothness. Despite our tester featuring an adaptive suspension system, the XT5 wasn’t able to fully iron out bumps. Some of this can be attributed to 20-inch wheels fitted to our tester. At least the XT5 keeps road and wind noise out of the interior. Like the SRX, the XT5 isn’t sporty. Body motions are kept in check, but the light weight and nonexistent feel from the steering puts a halt to that idea. 
      An item Cadillac has been touting on the XT5 is the Rear Camera Mirror. Available only on the top-line Platinum, the mirror can stream the view from the rear camera by flicking a switch. We found this to be really helpful when backing out of parking lots as it gave a view that isn’t hindered by the thick rear pillars. Hopefully, Cadillac spreads this feature down to other trims of the XT5. 
      In some respects, the 2017 Cadillac XT5 is a step forward. The model improves on certain parts of the SRX such as a more luxurious and spacious interior, improved CUE system, and sharper looks. But in other respects, Cadillac messed up with the XT5. The 3.6L V6 needs to be shown the door and a new engine that offers better low-end performance to take its place. The loss of the smooth ride that the SRX was known for hurts the XT5 as well. Finally, there is the price. Our XT5 Platinum tester came with an as-tested price of $69,985. It is a nice crossover. But if we’re dropping close $70,000 on a luxury crossover, we can think of a few models that would be ahead of the XT5.
      It should be noted that the Cadillac XT5 has taken the place of the SRX of being the brand’s best selling model. At the end of 2016, Cadillac moved 39,485 XT5s. But unlike the SRX which we could recommend without hesitation, the XT5 comes with a number of caveats that we cannot do the same.
      Disclaimer: Cadillac Provided the XT5, Insurance, and One Tank of Gas
      Year: 2017
      Make: Cadillac
      Model: SRX
      Trim: Platinum
      Engine: 3.6L V6 VVT DI
      Driveline: Nine-Speed Automatic, All-Wheel Drive
      Horsepower @ RPM: 310 @ 6,700
      Torque @ RPM: 271 @ 5,000
      Fuel Economy: City/Highway/Combined - 18/26/21
      Curb Weight: N/A
      Location of Manufacture: Spring Hill, TN
      Base Price: $62,500
      As Tested Price: $69,985 (Includes $995.00 Destination Charge)
      Options:
      Driver Assist Package - $2,340.00
      20-inch Wheels - $2,095.00
      Trailering Equipment - $575.00
      Black Ice Body Side Moldings - $355.00
      Compact Spare Tire - $350.00
      Black Ice License Plate Bar - $310.00
      Black Roof Rails - $295.00
      Black Splash Guards - $170.00
    • By William Maley
      Cadillac is going to have a quiet 2017, but 2018 looks to be a blockbuster year as the first of their needed crossovers will launch - the compact XT3. Thanks to a spy photographer, we have gotten our first look at it.
      General Motors' camouflage department did a really good job of covering up the XT3, so we can't really tell much about the design except that it looks like an even smaller XT5. One detail they weren't able to cover up is the intercooler, leading us to believe that the XT3 will come with turbocharged power - most likely the 2.0L turbo. A nine-speed automatic and the choice of front or all-wheel drive is likely. Platform-wise, expect the XT3 to use the underpinnings of the Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain.
      Source: Car and Driver

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    • By William Maley
      Cadillac is going to have a quiet 2017, but 2018 looks to be a blockbuster year as the first of their needed crossovers will launch - the compact XT3. Thanks to a spy photographer, we have gotten our first look at it.
      General Motors' camouflage department did a really good job of covering up the XT3, so we can't really tell much about the design except that it looks like an even smaller XT5. One detail they weren't able to cover up is the intercooler, leading us to believe that the XT3 will come with turbocharged power - most likely the 2.0L turbo. A nine-speed automatic and the choice of front or all-wheel drive is likely. Platform-wise, expect the XT3 to use the underpinnings of the Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain.
      Source: Car and Driver
    • By William Maley
      It is a good time if you happen to be interested in off-road pickups. The Ford F-150 Raptor, Ram Power Wagon, and Toyota's TRD Pro lineup offer their unique take. Soon, the 2018 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 will have its own take for your consideration.
      Today, Chevrolet revealed the base price of the Colorado ZR2 which begins at $40,995 (includes a $940 destination charge). That will net you the extended cab model with the 3.6L V6. Chevrolet isn't talking pricing for the crew cab or the option of the 2.8L Duramax Turbodiesel. This price undercuts the base Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro by $705.
      The list of standard equipment is quite extensive with front and rear locking electronic diffs, DSSV dampers, a 2-inch suspension lift, new bumpers, spray-in bedliner, 31-inch Goodyear Wrangler Duratrac tires, aluminum skid plate, six-speaker audio system, 8-inch touchscreen with Chevrolet MyLink, and wireless phone charging.
      Source: Chevrolet
      Press Release is on Page 2


      CHEVROLET ANNOUNCES 2017 COLORADO ZR2 PRICING STARTING AT $40,995
      Chevy’s all-new off-road performance truck will be priced more competitively and have better standard equipment than the nearest comparable vehicles DETROIT — After revitalizing an entire truck market segment with the launch of the Chevy Colorado, Chevrolet continues to innovate in the midsize pickup segment. The high-performance, off-road ZR2 trim level will launch this spring for the 2017 model year with a starting price of $40,995 MSRP including a $940 destination fee.
      “ZR2 is truly a segment of one and does everything well — from traversing heavy two-track trails to high-speed desert running and full-on rock crawling. We’re thrilled to be able to offer it for more than $2,500 less than the next closest comparable vehicles. Taken in the context of serious off-roading, $2,000 will buy you 50 years of annual passes to Arches National Park in Moab, Utah,” said Sandor Piszar, Chevrolet Trucks marketing director.
      “Some vehicles that customers might cross-shop with ZR2 can spec out as much as $26,000 more than our truck — or the price of a well-equipped 2017 Colorado. When you buy a ZR2 at the starting price of $40,995, you are getting all of the significant off-road technologies standard with the vehicle, as well as an eight-speed automatic transmission and a wealth of other features at no additional cost.”
      Available options on the 2017 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 will include:
      Class-exclusive 2.8L Duramax Turbo-Diesel engine, paired with a six-speed automatic transmission, capable of 186 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque Choice of crew- or extended cab configurations (including short and long beds, respectively) 7-speaker Bose premium audio system Dealer-installed, bed-mounted spare tire carrier Full-length black vinyl floor (no additional cost — standard interior features leather seats and carpet) The ZR2’s starting MSRP includes a number of key standard features unique to the trim level, such as:
      Class-exclusive front and rear locking electronic differentials Revolutionary, segment-exclusive Multimatic Dynamic Suspensions Spool Valve (DSSVTM) dampers Off-road rocker protection Modified front and rear bumpers for better off-road obstacle clearance Exclusive ZR2 17 x 8-inch aluminum alloy wheels 31-inch Goodyear Wrangler Duratrac off-road tires New cast-iron control arms An aluminum skidplate that protects the radiator and engine oil pan Autotrac transfer case Transfer case shield Aggressive grille and hood combo unique to ZR2 Modified rear axle with a 3.42 ratio Front and rear tracks widened 3.5 inches over a standard Colorado Suspension lifted 2 inches over a standard Colorado Off-Road Mode Technology 4-wheel disc brakes Other standard features include:
      Tow/haul mode Trailering Package, including trailer hitch and 7-pin connector Integrated trailer brake controller Spray-on bedliner Heated driver and passenger front seats Wireless phone charging Rear sliding window EZ Lift and Lower tailgate Locking tailgate Recovery hooks A six-speaker audio system with Chevrolet MyLink Radio with Navigation and an 8-inch diagonal color touchscreen, AM/FM stereo with seek-and-scan and a digital clock, Bluetooth streaming audio for music and select phones, voice-activated technology for radio and phone featuring Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability as well as an auxiliary jack All-terrain spare tire with unique ZR2 wheel Four USB ports: one on the instrument panel, one in the center console and two in the rear of the center console Electronic automatic cruise control Rear window electric defogger OnStar 4G LTE with built-in Wi-Fi Rear Vision Camera Remote keyless entry Remote vehicle starter system 4-way power front driver and passenger seat adjuster with power driver lumbar control Rear seats with underseat storage Standard powertrain is the 3.6L DI DOHC V6 with a class-leading 308 horsepower and 275 lb-ft of torque that is shared with other Colorado models.
      The ZR2 is available only as a four-wheel-drive vehicle.
      The 2017 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 goes on sale this spring.

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