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2 hours ago, oldshurst442 said:

 From my perspective:

Cadillac shouldn't  be playing at this level.
ATS...nope
CTS...nope.
CTS-V: YES!
CT6 and CT6-Vs: YES!
Escalade: YES!
XT5:NOPE
XT6: MAYBE
XT4: ARE YOU MAD???!!!  NO WAY!!!

I'm almost 100% onboard with you here. I think the ATS was a very nicely done product/design, but I agree that Cadillac should NOT be in this segment- same for the XT4. If nothing else- they're too small for 'Cadillac's. This is why I've been vehemently hopeful that the downturn in the sedan segment would end up with the cancellation of the CT4. Cadillac doesn't have the volume to spread down to the ATS level and still justify the investment, I would have to guess. And while I'm sure the XT4 is generating profit (ATS also), I still believe that Cadillac's market position should 'prevent' them from going there. While the XT5 I'll allow, I would have cast my vote to roll the XT4 money into the XT5 & the 3-row XT5 (XT6). And that's also where I think Cadillac should have gone- made the XT6 an 'XT5 ESV'. WTH is it a completely new design??

The proliferation of so many models per brand cannot continue long-term, ESPECIALLY when you have a reputed upcoming period of EV transition, where the IC & EV version of the same brand/segment share so little. Pare down the lineups.

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5 minutes ago, balthazar said:

I'm almost 100% onboard with you here. I think the ATS was a very nicely done product/design, but I agree that Cadillac should NOT be in this segment- same for the XT4. If nothing else- they're too small for 'Cadillac's. This is why I've been vehemently hopeful that the downturn in the sedan segment would end up with the cancellation of the CT4. Cadillac doesn't have the volume to spread down to the ATS level and still justify the investment, I would have to guess. And while I'm sure the XT4 is generating profit (ATS also), I still believe that Cadillac's market position should 'prevent' them from going there. While the XT5 I'll allow, I would have cast my vote to roll the XT4 money into the XT5 & the 3-row XT5 (XT6). And that's also where I think Cadillac should have gone- made the XT6 an 'XT5 ESV'.

The proliferation of so many models per brand cannot continue long-term, ESPECIALLY when you have a reputed upcoming period of EV transition, where the IC & EV version of the same brand/segment share so little. Pare down the lineups.

I made a quick, dramatic post about what vehicles and markets Id want Cadillac to be in without really thinking about it too deeply, but yeah, what you said here is what I believe in as well. 

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22 minutes ago, Cmicasa the Great said:

WHY THE HELL CAN I GET ANDROID/AppleCar on the Chevy, but not the Honda 

uh... you can. It comes on all trims except the base model. 

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5 minutes ago, balthazar said:

I'm almost 100% onboard with you here. I think the ATS was a very nicely done product/design, but I agree that Cadillac should NOT be in this segment- same for the XT4. If nothing else- they're too small for 'Cadillac's. This is why I've been vehemently hopeful that the downturn in the sedan segment would end up with the cancellation of the CT4. Cadillac doesn't have the volume to spread down to the ATS level and still justify the investment, I would have to guess. And while I'm sure the XT4 is generating profit (ATS also), I still believe that Cadillac's market position should 'prevent' them from going there. While the XT5 I'll allow, I would have cast my vote to roll the XT4 money into the XT5 & the 3-row XT5 (XT6). And that's also where I think Cadillac should have gone- made the XT6 an 'XT5 ESV'. WTH is it a completely new design??

The proliferation of so many models per brand cannot continue long-term, ESPECIALLY when you have a reputed upcoming period of EV transition, where the IC & EV version of the same brand/segment share so little. Pare down the lineups.

I cannot get with this idea that Cadillac should pretty much start at CTS-V. Come on. No other luxury brand starts at CTS-V levels. The CTS-V is discounted due to acceptance. It would be like Superman crossing over.. showing up on the door steps of Avenger's Mansions... and not after beating the SHAT outta Thor, Iron Man, and the Hulk.. deciding to just be in the same position as sad and BS position that they are putting Spidey in within the new MCU because he's the new guy in Marvel.

YES!!! Cadillac is DC and BMW/Benz are Marvel. LOL. 

The Cadillac line-up has needed an ATS since 2003. The CTS should have never been a tweener. It set the stage for the issues the brand has now. Cadillac should have abruptly made the transition into Sport/Lux on day one of 2002 or that day in 2001 when the debuted the CTS at Pebble Beach. It simply didn't have to reinvent itself in terms of luxury.. just update the line-up with better handling vehicles, no different than what Benz did around 20002. And before 1999.. no one I know put Benz above Cadillac. And BMW and Audi damn sure weren't. Stale product didn't mean also ran. It mean fix your fukking line-up to accommodate the new buyers

 

The DTS in the exact config as the CT6.. yes a BIG CADDY.. remember that most did not need for the FWD DTS to be continues since the preceding flagship, the Fleetwood had just died like 4 years ago. All the bells and whistles. No compromises, and at that time.. literally on the same level as the vaulted S-Class of the day. One by one they should have introduced the CTS in the same size the ATS has been.. The STS 2 years later in the same size the CTS is now. .. we would have been 4-5 years later, or 2004 the next gen DTS would be on ZETA, a brand new platform, as originally planned.. New DOHC engine called "Ultra.." in between all of that XLR, SRX, Escalades, BRX, XLRm. 

What I just typed is the original plan with a some time-line variations within the decade that was 1999-2009. 

CTS/CTC(oupe)/V

XLRm/V

STS/STC/V

DTS/DTC/V

XLR/V

BRX/V

SRX/V

Escalade/ESV/ETC/V

all avail in convertibles except CUV/SUVs

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2 minutes ago, Drew Dowdell said:

uh... you can. It comes on all trims except the base model. 

uh.. exactly. I didn't see it when I tried to build a base model vs a V6 almost same priced Blazer. Again.. the BASE Blazer is $2500 less than the Passport.. the Chevy still comes with Android/Apple. GREAT SAFETY FEATURE for me. Like keeping my eyes on the road..

But No one is holding a gun someone's head and saying they have to buy it. Chevy's base is cheaper.. because Honda is offering a bigger engine. Chevy will end up being equal priced with equal powertrain, albeit more powerful powertrain, because CHEVY OFFERS INCENTIVES and HONDA DOESN'T.. most of the time.

Hey!!! Why are U not bitching at Honda for not offering.. OFFERING.. OFFERING.. a smaller more efficient and cheaper engine combo? WHY!? I like choices. Why are U OK with Honda not giving me a choice?

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1 minute ago, Cmicasa the Great said:

uh.. exactly. I didn't see it when I tried to build a base model vs a V6 almost same priced Blazer. Again.. the BASE Blazer is $2500 less than the Passport.. the Chevy still comes with Android/Apple. GREAT SAFETY FEATURE for me. Like keeping my eyes on the road..

But No one is holding a gun someone's head and saying they have to buy it. Chevy's base is cheaper.. because Honda is offering a bigger engine. Chevy will end up being equal priced with equal powertrain, albeit more powerful powertrain, because CHEVY OFFERS INCENTIVES and HONDA DOESN'T.. most of the time.

Hey!!! Why are U not bitching at Honda for not offering.. OFFERING.. OFFERING.. a smaller more efficient and cheaper engine combo? WHY!? I like choices. Why are U OK with Honda not giving me a choice?

$29.9 Seems to be the base price for this class of vehicle regardless of the powertrain offered.  At Ford, it is a 2.3T.  If Chevy put the 2.0T in there as a base engine, I wouldn't have such an issue with it. The 2.5 is a lame engine and has been for years. 

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This thing is a joke. And it's yet another mediocre GM offering in what is becoming a quite extensive list of mediocre new GM offerings. I feel like they are really losing touch and are on the brink of a repeat of the bailout days. These borderline luxury segment prices for mainstream offerings are comical. Especially for a brand that actually has luxury nameplates within the corporate umbrella.

 

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9 minutes ago, Frisky Dingo said:

This thing is a joke. And it's yet another mediocre GM offering in what is becoming a quite extensive list of new GM offerings. I feel like they are really losing touch and are on the brink of a repeat of the bailout days. These borderline luxury segment prices for mainstream offerings are comical. Especially for a brand that actually has luxury nameplates within the corporate umbrella.

 

About the only saving grace on these is that at least they are making them look different.   But otherwise I'm seeing a repeat of the GMT360 days. 

2 Wheelbases, 3 different engines, every brand gets one.

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3 minutes ago, Drew Dowdell said:

About the only saving grace on these is that at least they are making them look different.   But otherwise I'm seeing a repeat of the GMT360 days. 

2 Wheelbases, 3 different engines, every brand gets one.

The more things change with GM, the more they stay the same...every brand gets it's own versions.  They went so crazy w/ GMT360, surprised Pontiac and Cadillac didn't get variations of that...

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4 minutes ago, Robert Hall said:

The more things change with GM, the more they stay the same...every brand gets it's own versions.  They went so crazy w/ GMT360, surprised Pontiac and Cadillac didn't get variations of that...

Isuzu and Saab did instead. 

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16 minutes ago, Cmicasa the Great said:

I cannot get with this idea that Cadillac should pretty much start at CTS-V. Come on. No other luxury brand starts at CTS-V levels.

Cadillac is not..well was not, your average luxury brand. It was much more than that. The Lasalle brand was created to sell at a price point lower than Cadillac that  Cadillac actually manufactured, right?

The brand stopped being produced because of WW2, right? But when WW2 ended, Buick just just took over that spot, right? And Cadillac just continued on being THE Standard of the World and in North America at least, was even more prestigious that Rolls Royce right?  Even producing a model that cost more to buy than Rolls Royce, right?  I mean, V16 Cadillacs of the 1930s were always in that Rolls Royce territory, along with Deusenbergs but after WW2, Cadillac was very much alone in that regard, right?  I mean, America was just about the only country that was not exactly decimated  by WW2 and thrived 10 fold after, right? Leaving Cadillac and with Lincoln, to be the choice for the world's most rich and powerful. And those folks were in America for the most part, right? 

JUST because the 1960s happened and that was the start for GM going haywire with all the brand overlapping and it went out of control in the 1970s and by the 1980s is was too late for Cadillac to right the ship that in 2019 going forward that Cadillac HAS to have a Cimarron sedan and Cimarron CUV in their line-up just to be like every other luxury brand does it today, right?

I want Cadillac to BE the Standard of the World.  Doing what other luxury brands like Acura, Lexus, BMW, Audi, Mercedes, Jaguar does it, does NOT mean that Cadillac NEEDS to.  

Rolls and Bentley are in the boutique level of luxury. Top top top tier.

Ferrari and Lamborghini are boutique sports car makers that will be producing boutique SUVs...

Porsche WAS a boutique sports car maker and now has become a full fledged SUV maker. Not even a boutique SUV maker as their Macan is based off of VW bones and sold in mainstream levels of sales in that slightly higher than Chevy Blazer prices...

Im sure there is a spot where Cadillac could and SHOULD thrive in. Somewhere where a Porsche Panamera resides in no lower and for now, as high as a Mercedes S Class Maybach. Until Cadillac gets enough steam to go higher than that. 

Of course awesome cars and cuvs with 50 000 dollar price tags from Cadillac could be sold, but those gotta be the best of the best vis-a-vis the competition. That means no lease queens with 2.0T engines. That means ATS V as THE base ATS and as the lowest Cadillac cars and CUVs go with luxury interior and performance. 

That means the CT5 should be at the very least a V sport in conception. As a base vehicle. 

THAT is what I envision Cadillac to be.  I dont want Cadillac to be the American version of the European version of BMW or Mercedes Benz.  I want Cadillac to be...CADILLAC. 

 

 

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• The Lasalle brand was created to sell at a price point lower than Cadillac that  Cadillac actually manufactured, right? •
"actually manufactured" - what? LaSalles were not built by Cadillac. Or are you saying 'LaSalles sold cheaper than Cadillac did'?

• The brand stopped being produced because of WW2, right? But when WW2 ended, Buick just just took over that spot, right? •
Not quite, no. There was no '41 LaSalle, and it wasn't WWII that did it in. LaSalle was outselling both Cadillac & Lincoln in '40. If you look at the years '36-40 (discounting the recession year of '38), Cadillac's volume was pretty consistent at around 12K units/year. LaSalle's varied a lot more, but seemed to be on the upswing- over 20K in '37, 39 & 40.

Buick did overlap LaSalle in price range at the end of it's run, so it did have a dampening effect from below in that regard (LaSalle still sold very well- best year in '37). But Cadillac also edged downmarket a bit here by pricing the '41 Series 61 notably less than it's entry '40 car, and into the prior LaSalle price range (the lower 50%, too). Unlike the Packard 120 (that arguably saved Packard, tho at a terminal cost in the long run), the Series 61 was of no degradation to the brand's image, and was not heavily promoted. Volume was very low within the Cadillac brand.

By the last few years, LaSalle was using Cadillac engines IIRC, and the decision was to 'enfold' LaSalle into Cadillac. I'd have to bone up on the back story, but I believe there was some concern LaSalle was grabbing a bit of the Cadillac spotlight, as it were. In this era, Cadillac was still firmly holding the 'SOTW' banner high.

It's not viable to compare immediate pre- and post-war sales volume, too many strong variables involved, but Cadillac shot up to 61K in 1947.

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5 minutes ago, balthazar said:

The Lasalle brand was created to sell at a price point lower than Cadillac that  Cadillac actually manufactured, right? •
"actually manufactured" - what? LaSalles were not built by Cadillac. Or are you saying 'LaSalles sold cheaper than Cadillac did'?

LOL. Both actually.

I was under the impression that Lasalles were manufactured by the same factories that Cadillacs were produced in and yes, at lower prices that Cadillacs were sold at and because I thought that Cadillacs were manufactured in the same factories as Cadillacs were, I thought that Lasalles were just cheaper priced Cadillacs with a Lasalle badge on them instead of a Cadillac badge on them. 

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11 minutes ago, oldshurst442 said:

LOL. Both actually.

I was under the impression that Lasalles were manufactured by the same factories that Cadillacs were produced in and yes, at lower prices that Cadillacs were sold at and because I thought that Cadillacs were manufactured in the same factories as Cadillacs were, I thought that Lasalles were just cheaper priced Cadillacs with a Lasalle badge on them instead of a Cadillac badge on them. 

Who knows...even in the ancient black & white world GM did have some body and platform sharing between divisions. 

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1 hour ago, Drew Dowdell said:

About the only saving grace on these is that at least they are making them look different.   But otherwise I'm seeing a repeat of the GMT360 days. 

2 Wheelbases, 3 different engines, every brand gets one.

 

1 hour ago, Robert Hall said:

The more things change with GM, the more they stay the same...every brand gets it's own versions.  They went so crazy w/ GMT360, surprised Pontiac and Cadillac didn't get variations of that...

 

1 hour ago, Drew Dowdell said:

Isuzu and Saab did instead. 

I'll have an article up in a bit, but the long story short is that another 3-row crossover was just spied for Buick.... so now Chevy, Buick, and Cadillac will each have two versions of the platform.   I'm still thinking there will be a GMC larger than the Acadia eventually and Cadillac will likely get a third version in an XT7.

Ugh....

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Who knows...even in the ancient black & white world GM did have some body and platform sharing between divisions.

Somebody knows- my god; Thanos hasn't stricken all history past last week, has he?
• Not 'platforms'; chassis' & bodies. Unless your want to talk about Nash or Hudson after certain years.
There was no chassis sharing until I believe the new '68 A-Bodies. Breezy sources will tell you GM used 'A', 'B', etc bodies across the Divisions --and they did to some degree beginning about 1933-- and while non-enthusiasts might think that means they were interchangeable; they were NOT.
• Up until the 1970s (when Cadillac's volume became unwieldy), there was only 1 Cadillac plant at one time.

every brand gets it's own versions


Don't think of it as 4 brands with the same (guts) vehicle.

Instead, think of it as ONE vehicle with 4, unprecedentedly different trims (bodies & interiors). Who else offers this level of individuality on one model??

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54 minutes ago, Drew Dowdell said:

 

 

I'll have an article up in a bit, but the long story short is that another 3-row crossover was just spied for Buick.... so now Chevy, Buick, and Cadillac will each have two versions of the platform.   I'm still thinking there will be a GMC larger than the Acadia eventually and Cadillac will likely get a third version in an XT7.

Ugh....

GM just can't help themselves... new GM is like old GM still in that if we have a platform available, every dealer gets a variation... esp. something that is currently hot like midsize crossovers.  C1XX is the J-body or W-body etc of today..  same meat, different toppings. 

 

48 minutes ago, balthazar said:

 

There was no chassis sharing until I believe the new '68 A-Bodies.  


Don't think of it as 4 brands with the same (guts) vehicle.

Instead, think of it as ONE vehicle with 4, unprecedentedly different trims (bodies & interiors). Who else offers this level of individuality on one model??

I'd assume the '64 A-bodies had the same chassis...same wheelbase.  What point would it have been to have different chassis for each brand?  I know GM had a lot of duplication back then like different V8s at each brand, but I would have thought they would strive for some commonality for economies of scale in manufacturing, esp. with the dirty bits.

 I would think the '65 B-body chassis would have been similar across the brands also other than wheelbase variations...likewise for the C-bodies.

Anyway, back to present day..the one vehicle w/ different trims view is intriguing...what is a GM brand/division these days, beyond styling and trim?  Just a marketing organization mostly.. 

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48 minutes ago, Drew Dowdell said:

 

 

I'll have an article up in a bit, but the long story short is that another 3-row crossover was just spied for Buick.... so now Chevy, Buick, and Cadillac will each have two versions of the platform.   I'm still thinking there will be a GMC larger than the Acadia eventually and Cadillac will likely get a third version in an XT7.

Ugh....

Still lost as to why this is an issue or concern. Corner the CUV market. Why does that cause so much of an issue? And Cadillac should have everything that Chevy has.. but at the same time get its own unique vehicles. Makes zero sense to  create multiple platforms that don't get shared. OMEGA SHOULD BE AT CHEVY!!! Hope that causes some of U to burst into flames😂

47 minutes ago, balthazar said:


Don't think of it as 4 brands with the same (guts) vehicle.

Instead, think of it as ONE vehicle with 4, unprecedentedly different trims (bodies & interiors). Who else offers this level of individuality on one model??

YES.. That's exactly what it is. Not to mention its madly profitable. I don't think many of 'em know.. and quiet as its kept.. GM has somehow hit upon a formula that has yielded about $90 Billion in profits since BK.. they forget that GM without any efficiency lost $90 Billion before. 

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1 hour ago, balthazar said:

Who else offers this level of individuality on one model??

VW has MQB... that underpins everything from a Golf to the Atlas.  The difference there being that there is a huge difference between Golf and Atlas and nearly every car in between.  A Traverse is not drastically difference from an Enclave except in interior appointments. The Acadia and XT6 are on the same wheelbase, just that the XT6 has a few extra inches of length behind the rear wheel. 

VW also has MLB.... that one is used in VW, Audi, Porsche, and Bentley. But those cars are drastically different from each other also.

29 minutes ago, Cmicasa the Great said:

Still lost as to why this is an issue or concern. Corner the CUV market. Why does that cause so much of an issue? And Cadillac should have everything that Chevy has.. but at the same time get its own unique vehicles. Makes zero sense to  create multiple platforms that don't get shared. OMEGA SHOULD BE AT CHEVY!!! Hope that causes some of U to burst into flames😂

I don't mind platform sharing. I agree that Omega should have been used at Chevy and Buick as well... VSS (which is a combo of Alpha and Omega) will be.  What I mind is 6+ vehicles all of nearly the same dimensions overlapping each other in price, performance, and appointments. It's part of what got GM into trouble a decade ago.

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1 hour ago, balthazar said:

Instead, think of it as ONE vehicle with 4, unprecedentedly different trims (bodies & interiors). Who else offers this level of individuality on one model??

But it is just one vehicle with different clothes on it.. What does one offer that the other two don't? Premium leather on the Caddy? They didn't give the Caddy's Super Cruise, like they should have. 

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Not as dumb as the 70's/80's/90's where they were so alike you could swap doors on them..

 

 

 

 

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4 minutes ago, ccap41 said:

But it is just one vehicle with different clothes on it.. What does one offer that the other two don't? 

Different badging, different dealers (usually).  I'd assume the interior plastics are better than the Chevy, GMC or Buick and they have more interior color choices? 

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6 minutes ago, Robert Hall said:

Different badging, different dealers (usually).  I'd assume the interior plastics are better than the Chevy, GMC or Buick and they have more interior color choices? 

Clothes.. They just look different. 

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9 minutes ago, frogger said:

Not as dumb as the 70's/80's/90's where they were so alike you could swap doors on them..

True..they've improved since the infinite mediocrity of the 80s-90s X-bodies, A-bodies, J-bodies.....truly generic appliances.  Disposable, forgettable cars with no character, just cheap plastics and trivial brand differences.    These CUVs have distinct styling, but they are just as forgettable as past GM generics..just fodder for recycling in 10-15 years, nothing memorable.   Sad that GM doesn't aspire to do better.

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6 minutes ago, Robert Hall said:

True..they've improved since the infinite mediocrity of the 80s-90s X-bodies, A-bodies, J-bodies.....truly generic appliances.  Disposable, forgettable cars with no character, just cheap plastics and trivial brand differences.    These CUVs have distinct styling, but they are just as forgettable as past GM generics..just fodder for recycling in 10-15 years, nothing memorable.   Sad that GM doesn't aspire to do better.

Right up to bankruptcy on some turds like their minivans and CUV's (Torrent) of the time.

 

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      5.3-Liter - 355 Horsepower at 5600 RPM / 383 lb-Ft of torque at 4100 RPM 6.2-Liter - 420 Horsepower at 5600 RPM / 460 lb-ft of torque at 4100 RPM 3.0-Liter Duramax - 277 Horsepower at 3750 RPM / 460 lb-ft of torque at 1500 RPM The column shifter is gone, replaced with a new pushbutton design placed on the dash.  Thanks to a fully independent rear suspension, they both gain room inside. Magnetic Ride Control and an Air Ride Adaptive Suspension (available on Z71 and High Country) are available. The Air Ride suspension offers adjustable height of up to 4-inches at all four corners .
      The dash sports a 10-inch touchscreen infotainment center standard. Buyers can opt for a rear seat entertainment system with twin 12.6-inch displays. Interior room is up; Tahoe sports 40 percent more third-row leg room and 66 percent more cargo volume behind the third row. While maximum cargo room is up 30 percent, the overall length increased only 4 percent. This is done on a wheelbase that is 4.9 inches longer than the 2020 model.  Suburban gets a 4.1 inch increase in wheelbase so that interior cargo volume increases 19 percent while overall length increases 1.3 inches.
      INTERIOR DIMENSIONS
        TAHOE SUBURBAN Headroom
      (in / mm): 42.3 / 1074 (first row)
      38.9 / 988 (second row)
      38.2 / 970 (third row)
      42.3 / 1074 (first row)
      38.8 / 988 (second row)
      38.2 / 970 (third row)
      Legroom
      (in / mm):
      44.5 / 1131 (first row)
      42 / 1068 (second row)
      34.9 / 886 (third row)
      44.5 / 1131 (first row)
      42 / 1068 (second row)
      36.7 / 933 (third row)
      EPA Passenger Volume
      (cu ft / L):
      168.4 / 4768
      170.4 / 4826
      Cargo Volume^
      (cu ft / L):
      122.9 / 3479 (behind first row)
      72.7 / 2058 (behind second row)
      25.5 / 722 (behind third row)
      144.7 / 4097 (behind first row)
      92.9 / 2632 (behind second row)
      41.1 / 1164 (behind third row)
       
       



       
    • By Drew Dowdell
      Chevrolet has released pricing of the new Trailblazer crossover that is coming to the U.S. market in early 2020.  
      The base L model is the one that will start below $20k at $19,995. It comes with a 1.2-liter turbocharged 3-cylinder, front wheel drive, and a continuously variable transmission.  Inside it carries a 7.0 inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as standard. Standard on the L are 16 inch steel wheels with wheel covers. All-wheel drive is not available on the L.
      Moving up to the LS model which starts at $22,495 allows you to option into all-wheel drive for an additional $2,000. Opting for all-wheel drive also means you get a 0.1-liter engine upgrade to the 1.3 liter 3-cylinder that makes 155 horsepower.  Wheels are upgrades to 17-inch alloys.
      The LT will set you back $24,595, again standard with FWD and the 1.2-liter unless you spend an extra $2,000 for AWD and the 1.3-liter. However, you can opt for the 1.3-liter on its own at the LT level. 
      The Activ (pictured, top) which starts at $26,395 is billed as the off-road trim. It comes with a revised fascia with a larger grille opening, unique 17-inch wheels, all-terrain tires, changes to the dampers, and the 1.3-liter standard in both FWD or AWD models. This time, AWD costs $1,500 to select. 
      Then there is the RS (pictured, right) which also starts at $26,395. It also comes standard with the 1.3-liter engine with a $1,500 AWD option. The changes to the RS are mostly appearance changes to make it look more sporty.
      The Trailblazer goes on sale in Spring 2020.
       


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    • By Drew Dowdell
      Chevrolet has released pricing of the new Trailblazer crossover that is coming to the U.S. market in early 2020.  
      The base L model is the one that will start below $20k at $19,995. It comes with a 1.2-liter turbocharged 3-cylinder, front wheel drive, and a continuously variable transmission.  Inside it carries a 7.0 inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as standard. Standard on the L are 16 inch steel wheels with wheel covers. All-wheel drive is not available on the L.
      Moving up to the LS model which starts at $22,495 allows you to option into all-wheel drive for an additional $2,000. Opting for all-wheel drive also means you get a 0.1-liter engine upgrade to the 1.3 liter 3-cylinder that makes 155 horsepower.  Wheels are upgrades to 17-inch alloys.
      The LT will set you back $24,595, again standard with FWD and the 1.2-liter unless you spend an extra $2,000 for AWD and the 1.3-liter. However, you can opt for the 1.3-liter on its own at the LT level. 
      The Activ (pictured, top) which starts at $26,395 is billed as the off-road trim. It comes with a revised fascia with a larger grille opening, unique 17-inch wheels, all-terrain tires, changes to the dampers, and the 1.3-liter standard in both FWD or AWD models. This time, AWD costs $1,500 to select. 
      Then there is the RS (pictured, right) which also starts at $26,395. It also comes standard with the 1.3-liter engine with a $1,500 AWD option. The changes to the RS are mostly appearance changes to make it look more sporty.
      The Trailblazer goes on sale in Spring 2020.
       

    • By William Maley
      Hyundai can’t seem to stop itself from tinkering with the Santa Fe crossover. This is apparent when you consider the nameplate first debuted on compact crossover in the early 2000s before growing into a two-model family up until last year. Hyundai has made another drastic change to the Santa Fe by making it a single model again - the three-row Santa Fe XL has been replaced by the Palisade. Does this re-focus make the model competitive?
      The overall shape of the 2019 Santa Fe is more upright than the outgoing Santa Fe Sport. This solves one of the biggest issues I had with the Sport, poor visibility. The upright shape and flatter belt line allowed Hyundai designers to increase the amount of glass used. Not only does this improve overall visibility. This also makes the interior feel more airy. Up front, Hyundai uses a hexagonal grille that is flanked by a split headlight layout. Slim LED daytime running lights sit on either side of the grille, while a pod housing the headlights sit underneath.
      Where the Santa Fe really shines is the interior. It’s a modern and clean design with a two-tone dashboard, unique fabric covering the pillars and headliner; and the use of polygons in the seat pattern and speaker grilles. Materials for the most part are soft-touch plastics and leather on my Ultimate tester. There are some hard plastics used here and there, but it will not detract from the premium feel Hyundai is going for. The layout for the controls is excellent with all in easy reach for driver or passenger. Also earning top marks is the eight-inch infotainment system which is simple to use, provides snappy performance, and allows a driver to use either Apple CarPlay or Android Auto.
      For those sitting up front, the Santa Fe Ultimate provides power adjustments, heat, and ventilation. Getting settled in and finding the correct position, I found the seats to be quite comfortable with enough padding to tackle any trip length. Back seat passengers will find plenty of leg and headroom. Those sitting in the back will also appreciate the rear seats can recline along with heat during the cold winter months. Cargo space is about average with 35.9 cubic feet with the rear seats up and 71.3 when folded.
      Most Santa Fes will come with the base 2.4L inline-four with 185 horsepower. My Ultimate AWD tester featured the optional turbocharged 2.0L inline-four with 235 horsepower. Both engines come paired with an eight-speed automatic. Whenever a Hyundai vehicle is equipped with a turbo-four, it falls into one of two camps - works perfectly or there is a performance issue. The Santa Fe falls into the latter. There is a noticeable amount of turbo-lag when leaving from a stop. Once up to speed, the engine can sometimes be a bit too responsive with a jumpiness that makes smooth acceleration a difficult task. Whether this is something with the programming of the engine, transmission, or throttle, I cannot say. I hope this gets fixed with the 2020 model.
      EPA fuel economy figures for the turbo-four with AWD are 19 City/24 Highway/21 Combined. I saw an average of 20.7 mpg during my week of testing. It should be noted this is the same as the Honda Passport with its slightly more powerful 3.5L V6 producing 280 horsepower.
      The Santa Fe’s ride is still smooth and relaxing over many of the bumps and imperfections that dot the roads of Metro Detroit. It is also surprisingly quiet with barely any wind or road noise coming inside. Handling is where the Santa Fe really surprised me as it felt agile when driven around a bend. There was barely any body roll and steering provided excellent response. 
      On the surface, the 2019 Santa Fe is an improvement over the Santa Fe Sport. It features a fetching design, comfortable ride, simple tech, and a lot of equipment for the money. My Ultimate tester came with an as-tested price of $39,905 and that includes adaptive cruise control with stop & go; blind spot monitoring, Infinity premium audio system, panoramic sunroof, and much more. Build up one of the Santa Fe’s competition to similar specs and you’re looking at spending on average around $5,000 more.
      But the Santa Fe is soured by the turbocharged 2.0L four-cylinder engine which appears to have two settings - slow off the line performance and unpredictable acceleration at higher speeds. Until Hyundai can figure out what is going on, stick with the base 2.4L four-cylinder. It may be a little bit underpowered, but at least it is more consistent in its power delivery.
      Disclaimer: Hyundai Provided the Santa Fe, Insurance, and One Tank of Gas
      Year: 2019
      Make: Hyundai
      Model: Santa Fe
      Trim: Ultimate
      Engine: Turbocharged 2.0L GDI 16-Valve DOHC CVVT Four-Cylinder
      Driveline: Eight-Speed Automatic, All-Wheel Drive
      Horsepower @ RPM: 235 @ 6,000
      Torque @ RPM: 260 @ 1,450 - 3,500
      Fuel Economy: City/Highway/Combined - 19/24/21
      Curb Weight: 4,085 lbs
      Location of Manufacture: Montgomery, Alabama
      Base Price: $38,800
      As Tested Price: $39,905 (Includes $980.00 Destination Charge)
      Options:
      Carpeted Floor Mats - $125.00

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