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Cadillac News: 2015 Cadillac Escalade configurator lets you bling it your way

Mar 21, 2014 - 10:40 AM - by Cadillac Forum
Filed under: Car Buying, SUV, Cadillac, Luxury

It's Friday, so there must be a new configurator to play with. While last week we showed you how to build your own McLaren 650S, today's ride is a bit more common. It's the 2015 Cadillac Escalade, a vehicle that you've been able to colorize since the end of last year, and which is sure to be an increasingly common sight on US roads in the coming months.

For those that have played with the build-your-Caddy tool, there's not much new here, aside from the vehicle being configured. The Escalade is available in three trims and two wheelbases, with prices spanning from the SWB, two-wheel-drive Standard, which starts at $72,690, on to the all-wheel-drive, long-wheelbase ESV Premium, which kicks off at $86,790. The options list, meanwhile, isn't hugely extensive. A rear-seat entertainment system and power-retractable side-steps (only available on the Premium trim) are the two notable options, while customers will have their choice of six exterior paints and two to three interior schemes, depending on the trim level.

Hop on over to Cadillac's consumer page and take a look.2015 Cadillac Escalade configurator lets you bling it your way originally appeared on Autoblog on Fri, 21 Mar 2014 10:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
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Latest V3 spy shots

Mar 20, 2014 - 8:51 PM - by StoneCrab

I hadn't seen these posted before. The heat extractor vents in the hood look good. I hope the front grill is just a mockup and not the real design. It is really hard to tell from these pics but I think I see some fender flare. I don't see anything dramatically different on the rear though, maybe an extended rear light/spoiler?
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Cadillac News: Cadillac could 'flourish' in Australia, says marketing chief

Mar 13, 2014 - 11:40 AM - by Cadillac Forum
Filed under: Geneva Motor Show, Cadillac, Australia

Cadillac might have its best product mix in recent history, and GM's luxury brand is looking to expand. In fact, it might even be making a trip Down Under, at least according to the company's global marketing chief.

Uwe Ellinghaus spoke with Australian site Car Advice at the Geneva Motor Show and said the brand could be quite successful there. "[The] goodwill that the Cadillac brand has is such a good starting base that once we get proper volume commitment and a dealer network behind it we can easily flourish," he said, though he warned that the plans are still in their earliest stages and years away. First, Cadillac will expand in markets with the highest possible sales, like China and Russia.

Ellinghaus said that the most likely models for Oz would be the SRX, Escalade and CTS; the latter would probably act as a replacement for the Holden Commodore. GM's Australian arm is ending local production in 2017, and there have been many rumors about what is happening to the big sedan. However, Ellinghaus admits exporting cars from the US to Australia is going to mean higher prices. In addition to the expense, Cadillac doesn't currently build any right-hand-drive models. It would likely take until the end of the decade before the Aussie models could be ready.

This isn't the first time the brand tried to break into Australia. Cadillac nearly went on sale there around early 2009 but was cancelled at the very... [Read More]
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No Manual Option for 2016 CTS-V?

Mar 11, 2014 - 1:53 PM - by rcl4668
The latest issue of Car and Driver ("25 Cars Worth Waiting For"), states that the 2016 CTS-V will likely be offered only with an automatic and no manual option. Does anyone have any other sources that have reported something similar? While I understand that manuals are now a small minority in the car market, the lack of a manual option for a car of this caliber would be a deal killer for me.
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Car and Driver V3 prediction

Mar 05, 2014 - 8:08 PM - by vfaninva
Just received April's C&D with the list of 25 cars worth waiting for.
Here's what it says

What it is: The eagerly awaited bazooka version of the third generation Cadillac CTS, designed to fight for America's honor against it's European competitors.
Unfortunately, this time around there won't be station wagon or coupe - or manual option. That's a crime, but the automatic sedan is what sells.

Why it matters: The first two generations of this velvet Vett have given Cadillac credibility among enthusiasts. The next generation will sand down the few rough edges of it's predecessors. The CTS V is a halo car for the brand and GM as a whole.

Platform: Broadly speaking, the CTS V will use the ATS/CTS "alpha" architecture, but with more aluminum onboard.

Powertrain: Power will probably come from a supercharged V-8, most likely likely the 6.2 liter LT4 from the new Corvette ZO6. It will make at least 600 horsepower and send the squawk to the rear tires through GM's new eight-speed automatic.

Competition: Audi S6/S7/RS7, BMW M5/M6 Gran Coupe, Jaguar XFR, Mercedes Benz E63 AMG.

What might go wrong: The lack of coupe and wagon variants may put off the hard core. And the 420 HP Vsport could make the CTS V a harder sell.

Estimated arrival and price: Mid-2015 as a 2016 model, at prices starting around $75,000.

Most of this we already knew or expected.
I still believe a "properly equipped" CTS V will exceed 80k.
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Geneva Motor Show Preview

Feb 28, 2014 - 4:07 PM - by
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Keep your eye on the 2014 Geneva Motor Show, where we'll see plenty of exotics including the McLaren 650S and Koenigsegg One:1. Also expect to see other new cars like the Lexus NX, Audi TT, BMW X4 and the Alfa Romeo 4C Spider. Coverage starts on March 4, so be sure to stop by.

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Next Gen CTS-V

Feb 28, 2014 - 8:44 AM - by Lancekl
Car and Drive in the April edition reported that the 2016 CTS-V will be sedan only, no coupe, no wagon and no manual transmission.

Car will be at least 600 hp through an 8 speed automatic.

Guess I will be keeping my 6 speed manual coupe.
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Cadillac News: Facelifted Cadillac ATS spied completely uncovered

Feb 27, 2014 - 1:40 PM - by Cadillac Forum
Filed under: Spy Photos, Sedan, Cadillac, Design/Style

The Cadillac ATS makes for a pretty svelte little coupe, and General Motors appears to know it, because multiple, completely undisguised prototype sedans have been spotted testing wearing what look like many of the forthcoming coupe's body parts.

Not only does it wear at least the outline of the brand's new, broader crest, it has the same front air dam with continuous chrome strip found on the coupe. The only real difference is that it has the somewhat taller side view mirrors from the sedan, rather than the narrower, longer ones from the coupe. Around back, the changes are harder to spot because the test car is outfitted with an unpainted lower bumper. However, it seems to lack the chrome strip that offsets the lower portion of the coupe from the sedan.

The ATS sedan is already a looker, but it is good to see Cadillac is taking a second pass using what it learned on the coupe. There's no word yet on when this revised sedan is going to hit the streets - let alone what changes will take place beneath the skin - but we're thinking it looks about right for 2015.Facelifted Cadillac ATS spied completely uncovered originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 27 Feb 2014 13:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
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Cadillac News: Cadillac developing stretched ATS-L just for China

Feb 20, 2014 - 3:20 PM - by Cadillac Forum
Filed under: Sedan, China, Cadillac, Luxury

To luxury automakers, long-wheelbase sedans are to China that crossovers and SUVs are to the US, so it isn't all that surprising any more when the latest sedan gets an extra couple of inches between the wheels to improve rear-seat comfort. According to Car News China, the next sedan to get the stretch will be the Cadillac ATS, which will increase the wheelbase by 10 centimeters (about four inches) to become the ATS-L.

Designed to go up against rivals like the BMW 335Li and the added-length Mercedes C-Class, the ATS-L will reportedly be built locally in China with an engine list that will grow as well. Currently, only the 2.0-liter turbo engine is offered in the ATS in China, but the ATS-L will get the full spectrum of ATS engines including the base 2.5-liter and the peppier 3.6-liter V6. This isn't the first time Cadillac has offered a China-specific stretched sedan either as the SLS dates back to 2006.Cadillac developing stretched ATS-L just for China originally appeared on Autoblog on Sat, 25 Jan 2014 09:04:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
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Cadillac News: Cadillac CTS-V spotted with big exhaust, new grille?

Feb 20, 2014 - 3:20 PM - by Cadillac Forum
Filed under: Spy Photos, Sedan, Performance, Cadillac, GM, Luxury

If you thought Cadillac was content to leave its twin-turbocharged Vsport as the range-topping CTS, think again. Behold, our first good glimpse at the next-generation Cadillac CTS-V sedan, sporting more aggressive styling (somewhere under there), meaty quad-exhaust pipes, and what very well could be a new face for the V-badged Caddies.

Creating an all-new grille design seems like an awful lot of work just for a prototype, so it's very possible that the vertical-bar treatment you see here could make its way into production. Our spy photographers have pointed out that they've seen this same sort of grille treatment on prototypes for the smaller ATS-V sedan, and we've heard V-series models may soon have greater differentiation from the standard vehicles that sired them - that seems especially necessary if Cadillac insists on expanding this whole Vsport range.

Regardless of how its front end looks, the CTS-V ought to be a real monster. Industry sources say we can expect to see a supercharged version of General Motors' 6.2-liter V8 under the Caddy's hood, and considering the current car already makes 556 horsepower and 551 pound-feet of torque, we wouldn't be surprised to see a decent increase in both of those numbers. After all, one of the CTS-V's main competitors, the Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG, is currently putting out 550 hp and 590 lb-ft of torque. Could this mean a 600-hp Cadillac is on the horizon?

Despite the CTS-V being in prototype stage, we're still over a year away from seeing the production car. Expect it to show up sometime in the 2015 auto show season as a 2016 model.Cadillac... [Read More]
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