Cadillac: What’s new for 2017

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2017 Cadillac XT5

2017 Cadillac XT5

Cadillac’s 2017 lineup adds a new SUV in the form of the XT5, while at the same time sending the SRX to the history bin.

The American luxury marque also dropped the unloved ELR extended-range electric coupe while adding the much more practical CT6 Plug-In Hybrid.

Those aren’t the only changes. From the large-and-in-charge Escalade to the world-beating CTS-V, here’s what else is changing in Cadillac’s lineup for 2017:

2017 Cadillac ATS:

  • New bronze dune and silver moonlight metallic exterior colors added.
  • Base engine now a 2.0-liter turbo inline-4.
  • 17-inch alloy wheels available in two finishes.
  • Rejiggered trim levels including base, Luxury, Premium Luxury, Premium Performance and ATS-V.
  • New Carbon Black sport package added.
  • CUE infotainment system made standard.

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Let’s Call First Three Quarters of 2018 Auto Sales ‘Not Bad’

IHS Markit had expected 2018 U.S. car and light truck sales to end up at 17 million, about half a million short of 2016’s record. But after September’s seasonally adjusted annual rate (SAAR) of 17 million, the analysis firm is increasing that number.

How? It’s statistics. “Seasonally adjusted” means just that.

“This September bounce back, and expectations that the pace of sales in the fourth quarter should not move drastically from this level will likely push full-year light vehicle sales volume to 17.1 million units in total,” says Christopher Hopson, manager of IHS Markit’s North America light vehicle forecasting.

Seasonal adjustments mean that July and August historically are very strong sales months as consumers take advantage of warm weather and end-of-model-year prices, while September traditionally is a transitional month as new model-year cars and trucks arrive.

Even though Ford Motor Company, Toyota Motor Sales, American Honda, and Nissan North America saw

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Driven: 2012 Cadillac Escalade AWD Premium

The heyday of the full-size luxury SUV may well have passed, but no vehicle born of that era has become more ingrained in the popular culture than the Cadillac Escalade. (A quick aside: Do we think this would have been the case if the Escalade had been named the ULX or some other nonsense amalgam of letters and numbers? No.) Even though the Escalade’s biggest-volume sales years may be behind it, this vehicle still looms large in the public consciousness, and the general perception of Cadillac.

Cadillac bosses might prefer that their brand be defined by newer models like the CTS, the CTS-V, or maybe the SRX. But the fact is that as the biggest and most expensive model in the lineup, the Escalade remains the flagship — it’s the mack-daddy Caddy.

2012 Cadillac Escalade ESV Platinum

One of my favorite things about the Cadillac Escalade is that it is incredibly relaxing and easy to drive. The leather seats are as wide and cushioned as a couch, very little sound permeates the cabin, and the steering has enough power assistance to make changing course a breeze. The soft suspension and lazy engine create a serious sense of disconnection from the road. You don’t drive an Escalade, per se, you just sort of sit around and occasionally offer suggestions as to the SUV’s direction.

Even though our tester was upgraded to the Platinum trim level, which brings top-spec upgrades like nicer leather and wood trim, the Escalade’s interior cannot hold a candle to three-row competitors from Germany or Japan. As nicely finished as it may be, the Caddy’s cabin just doesn’t have the sumptuous, expensive feel of some of its rivals. Our particular Escalade was the

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2015 Cadillac Escalade Review

The Escalade has loomed large in the public consciousness—and in the public’s rear-view mirrors—as the high-riding, high-profile Caddy with the mostest. As the brand’s overseers view it, though, the division’s center of gravity has shifted away from the Escalade toward Cadillac’s fresh portfolio of passenger cars. Still, the Escalade is a highly profitable model, and it was number two in the luxury-SUV derby last year. With General Motors redoing its Chevrolet and GMC full-size SUVs (from which the Escalade springs), the big Caddy came along for the ride, polished and improved but definitely not reimagined.

Cadillac did consider moving the Escalade to the GMC Acadia/Buick Enclave platform of three-row crossovers, but consumer clinic participants deemed the resulting vehicle Not An Escalade. So the new Escalade hews to the same familiar formula: body-on-frame construction, suspension of front coil springs and a

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Workhorse Electric Truck (with Range Extender) Has Stunning Specs

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Published on November 13th, 2017
by John Farrell


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An innovative group purchasing program in Boulder County, Colorado, put hundreds of electric vehicles on local roads and sparked the addition of more than 1 megawatt of rooftop solar in its first two years. Now,

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Is The Cadillac ELR A Failure? After 5 Mos. Of Sales, Two Years Of Stock Sitting On Lots

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2014 Cadillac ELR

The Cadillac ELR is, to our eyes, a very good-looking car. It’s not quite beautiful, but its proportions, details, and overall theme just work. Its performance and gas mileage both come up just a touch short, but there are few cars that offer the same combination of style and economy on

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