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The 2015 Cadillac Escalade Offers Buyers Even More to Love

February 18, 2015 rednoland Cadillac Tags: , , ,

Cadillac recently released the 2015 version of their Escalade and it packs even more features and luxury while maintaining the style and comfort that buyers have grown to love and respect over the years. It’s certainly not any more affordable than previous models are, but for the buyers looking to splurge on their transportation and spoil themselves each time they walk out the door, the newest Caddy has a lot to offer.

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Power and Performance

When you ride in a vehicle as large as the 2015 Escalade you don’t expect it to feel sporty or light on its feet, and that’s certainly the case with this model, but it doesn’t feel sluggish either. Instead it offers a very smooth ride, with satisfyingly responsive acceleration that you can benefit from immediately. The Cadillac is slightly more efficient than older models with 15 MPG in the city and 21 on the highway, but still remains more focused on performance and luxury than it is on fuel efficiency. It offers a silky smooth ride that easily absorbs most bumps and muffles out any road noise helping you forget that you’re out on the road at all and making it feel more like a moving five star hotel.

An Opulent Exterior

It’s easy to spot an Escalade rolling down the road thanks to its large and opulent look. The latest version is covered with a plethora of chrome accents, and a massive grille that stands out against the darker paint job. It has a distinctly squared-off look and overall looks more masculine than previous versions do. The Escalade comes with LED headlamps, and 20 inch chrome wheels that fit in very well with this classy Caddy.

A Plethora of Features

One of the nicest things about the 2015 Cadillac Escalade is all of the tech and comfort features that come standard with your purchase. Sure the Escalade is very price with a base price of nearly $90,000, but there’s something nice about getting most of the luxury features that you want right with the initial package.

As you’re travelling down the road you’ll enjoy the auto wipers and the tri-zone automatic climate control system that help you remain comfortable no matter what the outside conditions are like. The auto-dimming mirrors improve visibility on very sunny days and the keyless entry and ignition are convenient features to have.

You’ll enjoy the heated and ventilated power-adjustable steering wheel on both hot and cool days, and the seats provide the same heating and ventilation while being eight-way adjustable so you can feel comfortable and sit at your preferred angle. One feature that’s almost unique in vehicles is the power adjustable pedals that help the Escalade to fit to different sized drivers and their preferences.

On top of all these convenience features you also get a very competent CUE infotainment system, that comes with a responsive touchscreen interface. The system provides navigation and comes with a rearview camera built in as well. You can enjoy your music on quality 16 speaker surround system system, and with five different USB ports all your family’s electronics will stay topped up.

Interior Styling

When you climb inside the new Escalade you’re immediately enveloped in luxury. The buttery smooth silks and soft-touch materials abound and leave you feeling pampered. The Escalade has a clean layout that makes it simple to understand and easy to use, and the vehicle’s large enough to sit three rows of people comfortably, or to do a lot of hauling. With all the seats in place there is still 15.2 cubic feet of storage at the back, and when you pop out the second and third row seating that number jumps up to 94.2 cubic feet, enough space to carry about 20 large boxes, or some new furniture to match your new vehicle!

Safety Features

The Escalade was built for hauling people, and is often used to carry around children which means that safety is of the utmost importance. Not only does the large size of the vehicle add to the safety factor, but it also comes with a whole range of nice safety features to help keep everyone safe. It has a brand-new center-front seat airbag for the passenger that gets stuck between in the middle up front. It also comes with front and rear parking sensors, anti-lock disc brakes and both traction and stability control for most of the standard features.

The Escalade also has some advanced features such as Forward Collision Alert and a Safety Alert System to help make the driver aware of any possible risks while out on the road.

If you’re after the absolute best family SUV that you can get your hands on, and aren’t afraid to spend two or three times what a budget SUV goes for, the 2015 Escalade offers a lot to love and is a satisfyingly comfortable ride.

Cadillac Set to Unveil the 2016 CTS V at the Upcoming Detroit Auto Show

January 8, 2015 rednoland Cadillac Tags: , , , , 0 Comments

In just a few short weeks Cadillac fans will have the opportunity to set their eyes upon the most powerful production vehicle to date, produced by the automaker. The all-new Cadillac CTS-V. This little powerhouse represents the pinnacle of Cadillac production to date, and is the track version of Cadillac’s highly-coveted CTS model. The vehicle is set to be unveiled at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show, that takes place between the 17th and 25th of January.

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About the 2016 CTS-V

The CTS-V is known as the most powerful production car that Cadillac has ever built. It will come equipped with a 6.2 liter V-8 that produces a massive 640 horsepower and manages to keep torque figures up to an impressive 630 lb.-ft.

The car will travel from 0 to 60 in just 3.7 seconds, and can travel at up to 200 miles per hour, a speed that beats out many of its German competitors easily. The 2016 CTS-V is at the top level of auto production and should be able to keep up with many of the top tier automakers while surpassing many of them. This version of the CTS-V is expected to be about 135 pounds lighter than the previous model, while offering close to 100 HP more to the buyer. That should result in noticeable performance improvements to the one behind the wheel.

On top of the improved power, the latest version of the CTS-V also comes with a bigger grille as well as a heightened hood vent to bring in additional cool air to help keep the engine cooled and provide air to that meaty supercharger.

This four door luxury sedan will provide enough space for four people to sit comfortably. It comes with a range of different options and is expected to start around $75,000 making it a pretty affordable luxury sedan for the well-off looking for the best car to ride around in. It brings both style and speed together, creating a very compelling vehicle overall.

Cadillac is working very hard to begin producing top-level luxury vehicles that rival some of the best in the industry, and the V-series cars should help them along the way. Each of these track-ready versions of well-known Caddys have a lot more bite than you would expect, and know how to keep up with some of the best vehicles in the industry.

The Cadillac ATS-V is a Devastating Little Car

December 3, 2014 rednoland Cadillac Tags: , , , , 0 Comments

Cadillac recently released details about the all-new ATS-V. The release of this model gives a high-performance edge to the brand’s smallest and most lightweight vehicle. It takes an already highly capable car and turns it into a vicious, high-performance machine that should satisfy even the most demanding automotive enthusiasts.

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Ramped Up Power

The ATS-V has a beefed up level of power that feels devastating in such a small frame. It comes packed with a 3.6 liter V6 that produces 455 HP and generates 445 lb.-ft. of torque. All of this power allows the lightweight car to rocket from 0 to 60 in just 3.9 seconds, a speed that’s impressive for any vehicle. The car will hit a top speed above 185, and would be a lot of fun to take out to the track for a day.

Bolstered Performance and Handling

There are two different transmission options to help control all of that power. For all the hands-on drivers out there, there is a six speed manual transmission. For everyone else there is a very capable eight-speed automatic that features a set of paddle shifters. The manual transmission comes with an advanced feature known as Active Rev Match. Essentially it controls the engine speed to provide smoother downshifts when driving the car hard. All of this power is directed through the back two wheels, which could make this car difficult to drive in adverse conditions, but that’s not what it’s meant for.

In order to allow this vehicle to handle the upgraded power the suspension and frame also needed modification. The frame is 25 percent stiffer than it was before thanks to some material modifications as well as added spot welds. The dampers have been updated and now respond 40 percent faster, allowing the vehicle to cut the edge on bumps and bruises more effectively at high speeds.

Bigger and better brakes have been fitted on the vehicle to make sure that you can stop even if you’re topping out over 185 MPH. The front of the vehicle is equipped with 14.5 inch Brembo brakes that rely on six different pistons to provide even stopping power. The rear of the vehicle is equipped with 13.3 inch Brembo’s that each utilize four pistons.  While operating the ATS-V you can switch between Touring, Sport and Track mode to adjust fuel consumption and performance features further.

An Enhanced Interior

On the inside of the car you’ll notice a few performance enhancements as well.  Recaro performance seats are used inside the car, and they are trimmed with leather for a sophisticated look. You’ll get all of the usual gadgets inside the car, including Bluetooth, SD and USB support as well as voice recognition on the high-tech touchscreen media system, and you’ll also get 4G LTE hotspot connectivity thanks to an Onstar system.

Overall the ATS-V is a massive performance enhancement to the base level vehicle. The base is devastating enough without these enhancements, but truly hardcore drivers will get a thrill from taking the V variant for a spin.

The 2016 Cadillac ATS-V Looks Very Formidable

November 15, 2014 rednoland Cadillac Tags: , , , , , 0 Comments

Rumors have been running rampant recently concerning the 2016 Cadillac ATS V. This highly anticipated vehicle is expected to be very powerful and one of the favored offerings by Cadillac in the coming days. This high-powered coup looks luxurious within, and has enough power to be a real threat to the Mercedes-AMG C63.

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Powerful Performance

The 2016 ATS V is rumored to have 450 HP and 445 lb.-ft. of torque. It’s fitted with a twin-turbocharged V6 engine with plenty of power to send this 3,600 lb. car rocketing down the road. Th8is powerful engine is tied to a simple six speed transmission, but the beauty of it is that drivers get to pick between automatic and manual versions depending on what they prefer. Many racing purists will enjoy the option to have a manual transmission.

Engine tech

A lot of technology went into the engine to enable the new car to produce so much power. It features two different water-to-air intercoolers to help with heat dissipation. It also comes with an additional radiator just for cooling off the gearbox. Titanium was used to create the connecting rods and it was also used on the turbines for the turbos to make them very lightweight and durable.

Enhanced Stability

The 2016 ATS-V sits atop a frame that’s been spot welded much more heavily giving it 50 percent more roll stiffness than previous vehicles. This helps reduce body roll and makes it more effective when cornering. An electronic differential also helps to improve the traction and the handling of the vehicle further, by applying different amounts of power to different wheels of the vehicle based on need.

Mean Look

It’s clear that when Cadillac designed the ATS-V they were trying to create an intimidating vehicle. It’s designed with a large black mesh grille that dominates the front of the vehicle and matches the black trim around the sides and back. The massive heat extractor in the hood give the vehicle an even bulkier look while providing valuable cool air to the engine.

It’s clear that Cadillac is working hard to keep up with Mercedez and the new ATS-V might just have what it takes to do so. Although it seems like it will have less horsepower available than the AMG C63 does that doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s going to be a slower vehicle. It will come down to the performance of each of the cars and how they grip the roads, as well as the weight of both vehicles. More information is expected to be released on the 2016 ATS-V when it is unveiled next month at the LA Car Show. Until then much of this is still speculation, but the ATS-V seems destined to be a formidable car on the race track.

 

An All-Electric Cadillac is under Development

October 15, 2014 rednoland Cadillac Tags: , , , , , 0 Comments

Even though GM’s hybrid and electric plug-in vehicles aren’t topping any sales charts at the moment, they are planning to expand their lineup and release even more vehicles in the segment anyway. One of those proposed vehicles is an all-electric Cadillac, according to Cadillac’s new CEO Johan de Nysschen who let the news slip during an interview with Reuters. This new technology is likely already in development and may be released in 2016 along with the enhanced version of the ELR.

2014 Cadillac ELR
2014 Cadillac ELR

All-Electric Cadillac

Cadillac has a lot of hurdles to overcome before they launch an all-electric car. Since the vehicle is going to have a higher price tag than most of the rest of the GM lineup it’s likely that it will have a higher range as well. With GM coming up with a

Enhancing the ELR

The Cadillac ELR was one of the first vehicles out on the road that relies on a gas generator to supply energy to an electric motor to actually drive the vehicle. It was able to achieve impressive performance figures, but with a range of only 340 miles on gas, and a much smaller range on battery life alone it was falling a bit short when compared to standard gasoline-powered vehicles. The car is being improved upon in the next generation and the range enhanced further using more sophisticated technology. GM isn’t giving up on the generator system that they used in the last iteration of the car, and this version could be something really special.

Keeping Up with the Competition

Since the all-electric Cadillac isn’t likely to be released for a few years the company has a lot of concerns that have to be met. Tesla is working on a compact all-electric vehicle, and their model-S is a pretty big hit already. Both of these vehicles are likely to be in the same price range as the new all-electric Cadillac, the 3 is likely to be more affordable. This means they are the competition and Cadillac will have to offer a similar feature set. In order to keep up with Tesla, and a range of ever expanding electric vehicles, it has to hit over 200 miles of range, and that’s the biggest hurdle that GM has to overcome before releasing an all-electric vehicle.

There is no word on the size or the type of EV that Cadillac plans to release. They could go big and compete with the Model S, or keep things compact and try to go up against the Tesla 3, but whatever it is it’s likely to be sophisticated and worth taking a look at.

 

Cadillac Introduces a New Sedan and Naming Convention

September 30, 2014 rednoland Cadillac Tags: , , , , , 0 Comments

In the interest of changing their brand image to compete more effectively against the likes of BMW and Mercedes Benz, Cadillac is releasing a new range topping sedan and introducing a new naming scheme as well. Their latest sedan, the CT6 is designed to come in above the CTS and built to compete with some of the top-end vehicles from the other big luxury brands.

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The CT6

The Cadillac CT6 is a new high-end unit designed to compete with the likes of top-tier BMW and Mercedes-Benz cars. It’s being assembled in the Hamtramck plant in Detroit, and is expected to debut as a 2016 model. This new mode is going to come in above both the XTS and CTS and is expected to be priced over $50,000 making it a completely new offering, rather than any kind of replacement.

Advanced Automated Technology

This model is going to rely on a completely new vehicle architecture that GM is calling “Omega” presently.  This will introduce new driving mechanics into the vehicle. The new CT6 is going to feature some pretty advanced driving technology. It will come with a semi-automated system taking partial control over steering, braking and acceleration during freeway driving. Not many of the other features have been released yet, but it’s expected to come with most of the bells and whistles included in the CTS and more.

A Brand Overhaul

Cadillac is trying to simplify their lineup so that consumers can understand the value of their vehicles more clearly. The CT6 is just the first of many vehicles to feature a more simplistic name. The CT portion of the name is just a carryover from the very successful CTS, and the 6 is to denote the position and size of the vehicle.

Cadillac plans on adding in the more simplistic naming scheme gradually, so that eventually consumers will be able to look at the number after the name and decide where that vehicle fits into the hierarchy easily. This new naming scheme is common with many other luxury vehicles such as with BMW. Their X1 and X5 vehicles rely on the X to state it’s a crossover vehicle and the number to give away the size. It’s likely that Cadillac will soon be relying on nearly an identical system, but they say they will only change the name when they introduce an all-new model, or when they redesign the product itself.

Separating the Company

Not only is Cadillac switching up their naming scheme to shake things up, but they are finally going off on their own as a separate company unit that’s still owned by GM. De Nysschen, the previous head of Audi North America and head man of the Infiniti luxury brand will be the president of the company.

They’re working hard to change things up at the company and we’ll have to wait and see if the changes pay off or not. Consumers aren’t likely to complain about any new high-performance vehicles that they add to the lineup though, and I’m sure nobody is going to be upset when the CT6 is released.

Prepare to Meet Cadillac’s Latest Performance Lineup

August 26, 2014 rednoland Cadillac Tags: , , , , , , 0 Comments

Cadillac is set to show off two of their top sedans all within a few months of now at the L.A. Car Show and the Detroit Auto Show. Both the ATS-V and the CTS-V have been in development for quite some time now and have been spotted being tested as prototypes. According to Car and Driver these cars are about to make an appearance and enthusiasts should keep an eye on each of the two upcoming car shows to get a taste of the new vehicles.

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The ATS-V

The ATS-V is a sequel to one of Cadillac’s top performing sedans and is expected to make an appearance at the L.A. Car Show in November. It’s expected that this model will be listed as a 2015 vehicle, which means it shouldn’t take very long for it to appear in dealerships after its initial showing. An ATS-V coupe is also in the works but there isn’t currently any information about when that will be released.

According to Motor Authority the ATS-V isn’t likely to come equipped with a V8 engine and will continue on with the V-6, but it will come offered in two different trims with the Plus trim offering a bit more muscle. It will likely house an upgraded version of the standard CTS engine, pushing a high level of performance into this compact car. The car’s expected to sit at around 425 HP making it very competitive with BMW’s M3 and M4 models.

What to Expect from the CTS-V

After the ATS-V showing enthusiasts only have to wait two months until the Detroit Auto Show to see the CTS-V as well according to Car and Driver. This performance version of Cadillac’s Mid-Range offering is sure to generate a high amount of interest. It’s expected to offer a V8 just like the original CTS-V. There’s no word on the engine size yet, but it’s expected to be more powerful than before, while being lighter and sporting a stronger frame as well.

By the Detroit Auto show you should know exactly what Cadillac has to offer for two of their most popular sedans. Neither is likely to be the most powerful offering out there, but what they both have going for them with the V architecture is a lightweight design that will offer superior performance compared to their competitors.

 

The 2014 Cadillac ELR Smart Hybrid Utilizes a New Hybrid Technique

August 8, 2014 rednoland Cadillac Tags: , , , , , , 0 Comments

Cadillac is entering the world of hybrid and electric technology further with their new 2014 ELR. This smart hybrid relies on technology that isn’t currently being used with most other hybrids on the market, and it allows the driver to go for a full 37 miles without requiring the use of a gasoline engine at all.

2014 Cadillac ELR

Unique Hybrid Technology

Most hybrid vehicles drive using the gasoline engine and just supplement power with the included electric motor, this is not how the Cadillac ELR functions. Instead this smart hybrid runs purely off the electric motor with the gas engine functioning purely as a generator. The electric motor is built to go 41 miles without help from the generator, but to keep it running you have to kick that gasoline engine into gear and recharge the battery during use.

Tapping into the Generator

When you start running low on electric power and you aren’t near a charge site it’s time to tap into the gasoline generator to keep the car moving. By running the generator while driving down the road the vehicle can achieve a range of up to 340 miles. This is enough to take it on road trips, and makes it very convenient to own. While using the generator this luxury vehicle achieves a fuel economy of 34 MPG in the city and 38 MPG on the highway.

Recharging its Batteries

If you prefer to rely purely on electricity for transportation you’ll have to recharge the vehicle on a regular basis. Using a 240V outlet the battery can be charged up in five hours, but when relying on a standard 120V outlet the time goes up to between 12.5 and 18 hours. Either one isn’t too bad if you only plan to travel once a day, but would become annoying if you needed to travel frequently.

Luxuriously Quiet

One thing to note about the ELR compared to many other all-electric vehicles is that it is extremely quiet. Sure EVs don’t have much engine noise, but they are notorious for letting in outside noises. This doesn’t happen in the Cadillac ELR and it comes with such a well-built suspension that it offers a silky smooth ride the whole time as well. Driving this whisper quiet vehicle in all-electric mode is much like gliding down the road and it’s easy to forget you’re even in a self-propelled vehicle at all.

Getting the Most from the Range

There are two additional tricks to extending the range of the ELR to 45 or 50 miles instead of the standard 37. First you can set the climate control to Eco mode. This tones it down a bit so that it only runs at around the medium setting. Second you can use the paddle controls on the steering wheel for regenerative braking while slowing down. This utilizes some of that braking force to recharge the battery helping extend the range, especially in start and stop traffic.

This advanced vehicle has a base price of 75,000, which can be a bit cheaper when utilizing the federal tax credit for hybrid or electric vehicles. It’s a fun luxury car that makes use of an interesting combination of technology.

The Highly Refined Exterior of the 2015 Cadillac Escalade

June 13, 2014 rednoland Cadillac Tags: , , , 0 Comments

The Cadillac Escalade isn’t your everyday SUV just designed to cart kids to soccer practice. It is a signature vehicle built to stand out from the crowd. It’s a rolling piece of art, according to Bob Boniface of Global Cadillac. The exterior of the vehicle is very important, because it’s what lets you know you’re driving a Cadillac. That’s why the design team spends so much time and effort on this aspect of the vehicle. When you drive around a Cadillac Escalade everyone around you will know it, because it won’t blend with the rest of the vehicles on the road.

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Artistic Styling Cues

The shield-shaped grille and Galvano bright trim are clearly for aesthetic purposes only. The Galvano chrome used on the body of the Cadillac has a brighter trim level than standard chrome does, giving the vehicle a more refined look. This type of chrome is more difficult to apply, but the designers at Cadillac believe the extra effort is worth it for the end result.

Unique Headlamps and Tailamps

The Cadillac Escalade is known for having unique looking headlamps. The main lamps are set in a vertical formation which is very different from most other vehicles on the market that use horizontal lights. The lower fog lights are also unique because they are set in an L shape. It’s features like these that let the vehicle stand out. These vertical lamps have been constructed from quality LED lights to improve performance levels and give the vehicle a modern appearance while still retaining its unique look and design.

A Stylish Body

The body of the vehicle is now more sculpted and refined than ever before, and features a classy mirror-like finish. One thing you’ll quickly notice about the Escalade is that it doesn’t have many flat surfaces that aren’t broken up by detailed styling of one type or another. Between the variety of creases, an lifted portions of the body you have a very unique and highly detailed vehicle. This luxury vehicle sits on top of quality 20 or 22 inch wheels that serve to make it look bigger and more imposing while going great with the rest of the styling cues of the vehicle.

The Cadillac Escalade is in a league all its own. When people think of luxury SUVs it’s the first name to come to mind and has been a strong leader in the industry for years. This is in large part because so much time and effort is put into this vehicle. When you buy an escalade you are getting a unique vehicle that is very different from everything else out there. It’s equipped with the latest technology and relies on top-quality materials. A close attention to detail ensures that the Escalade looks modern and luxurious. As the old saying goes, you get what you pay for, and with the 2015 Cadillac Escalade you get a whole lot.

The All-New 2015 Cadillac Escalade

April 8, 2014 rednoland Cadillac Tags: , , 0 Comments

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The new totally redesigned 2015 Cadillac Escalade keeps up with its name and offers a top quality product that’s a real pleasure to drive.

Interior

The interior of this vehicle is coated nearly entirely in soft smooth leather. The spots that don’t have leather are outfitted with classy wood or chrome accents. There is plenty of storage room with several large compartments built into the vehicle. With seating for up to eight this vehicle is good for transporting larger families. The customizable digital gauge cluster and advanced media system help give this vehicle an up-to-date feel.

Performance

With a towing capacity of around 8,000 lbs. this SUV can pull many boats and trailers without a problem. This is thanks to the 420 HP engine that produces up to 460 lb.-ft. of torque. The six speed automatic transmission shifts very smoothly, and the engine emits a deep rich rumble.

Safety

Equipped with all the standard safety features this SUV is a good option for families. If you’re willing to pay a bit extra you can get nice additional features like adaptive cruise control, lane assist and a blind spot monitor that help make this vehicle even safer to travel in.

This update to Cadillac’s flagship SUV is a huge success making this one of the best Escalades produced to date. Sure it’s not cheap, but you get what you pay for, and with the 2015 Escalade you get a whole lot.