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Six meticulous features that distinguish the all-new, three-row Cadillac XT6

Attention to detail is the mark of a luxury experience, so the 2020 Cadillac XT6 has been carefully curated to offer a refined ride and comfortable interior that elevate every drive.

“The interior environment is about simplicity, with an execution of premium materials,” said Andrew Smith, executive director, Cadillac Design. “We want the customer to focus on the experience —making each journey extraordinary.”

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Some of design details in the XT6 are front and center, such as the exotic wood decor on the Premium Luxury model and the precision weave in the carbon fiber trim on the XT6 Sport model. Premium French seaming appears throughout the cabin, and perforations in the available ventilated front seats echo the shape of the Cadillac crest.

Finer details are woven into the fabric of the XT6’s functionality. They blend thoughtful design and clever engineering solutions to amplify the vehicle’s refinement, flexibility and comfort.

“The Cadillac XT6’s thoughtful details reveal themselves the longer you live with the car,” said John Plonka, XT6 chief engineer. “Our goal is to anticipate our customer’s needs for a refined, engaging ride, matched with an interior experience that provides a place of rejuvenation, connectivity and adaptability in all three rows.”

  1. A Dimensional Design That Foils Wear

A vehicle’s grille is literally and figuratively on the front line when it comes to appearance and wear. The XT6 Premium Luxury model stands up to tough road conditions with a bright grille finish created with a premium hot foil stamping process. The dimensional, foil-based finish is treated with a protective coating to make it more durable and easier to clean

  1. Spoiler Alert

Form and function blend seamlessly in the XT6’s rear spoiler. Its primary role is enhancing aerodynamic efficiency, but it also cleverly houses the rear window wiper and washer, as well as the available rearview mirror camera1 and wash. All are cleverly hidden beneath the spoiler’s trailing edge for a cleaner, smoother appearance — and an unobstructed rear view.

A hydrophobic coating on the XT6’s rear camera lenses helps resist mud, snow and spotting, a detail drivers will appreciate every time it rains or snows

  1. Seeing Clearly, Day or Night

The XT6 offers technologies to help support a clear, unobstructed view. The available Surround Vision camera system1 provides a bird’s-eye view of the vehicle, making tight maneuvers and obstacles easier to manage. The available Rear Camera Mirror1 provides a digital display that removes objects that could obstruct a traditional rear mirror view, such as passengers, headrests or the vehicle structure itself.

The available Night Vision1 system is designed to provide the driver with an infrared night vision image of the area beyond the headlamps that highlights and provides alerts when it detects pedestrians or large animals. The system provides additional alerts if the XT6 is approaching an identified pedestrian too quickly, potentially giving drivers more time to react

 

  1. A Place for Everything

The XT6’s first-row center console offers a convenient, lined and lit storage area with a dedicated phone compartment and standard wireless charging, a flocked change holder and cupholders with retractable lids. In the second row, the rear console drawer glides on metal rails for smooth operation and offers convenient storage space. Third-row storage includes individual cupholders and phone storage for both passengers.

The rear cargo area features underfloor storage with a clever cover that stays open in any position or at any angle for additional carrying capacity and easy loading — an elegant and thoughtful detail with immeasurable functionality.  The covered compartment in the floor of the XT6’s cargo area is perfect for stowing things out of sight.

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  1. Breathe Easy

The available, next-generation air ionizer is designed to clean the XT6’s air by reducing airborne contaminants such as pollen and fine particulate matter. Cleaner air can make the drive more comfortable, particularly for those who suffer seasonal allergies.

  1. Safe Zone

Being a modern family crossover, the Cadillac XT6 offers the most comprehensive standard safety package in its class. It comes standard with seven airbags, including a roof rail-mounted head-curtain airbags for outboard positions of all three seating rows. It also gets an HD Rear Vision Camera with Remote Wash for impeccable visibility while reversing.

Other safety features include Forward Collision Alert, Following Distance Indicator, Automatic Emergency Braking, Front Pedestrian Braking, Front and Rear Park Assist, Lane Change Alert with Side Blind Zone Alert, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning, Safety Alert Seat and Rear Seat Reminder. All in all, the XT6 is one of the safest vehicles in its class.

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IMPEX launches the First Ever Cadillac XT4 compact SUV

On a festive night held at the impressive Cadillac House in Badaro, IMPEX , the exclusive Cadillac dealer  in Lebanon, launched the Cadillac model: the XT4, in the presence of Cadillac Middle East Executives, VIPs, clients, media representatives and brand’s aficionados.

Featuring Cadillac’s new 2.0L Turbo  237HP engine couple with a responsive 9-speed transmission  and advanced technology, the XT4 delivers expressive design, confident performance and spacious accommodations. Developed on an exclusive compact SUV architecture, the XT4 marks Cadillac’s entry to the industry’s fastest-growing luxury segment. As one of Cadillac’s key regions in the world, Lebanon promises to be an ideal market for the all-new XT4.

Christian Soemmer, Managing Director, Cadillac Middle East said: “Following the regional debut of the 2019 Cadillac XT4 at SOLE DXB, the all-new compact SUV’s arrival in Lebanon sets high standards of innovation in one of the industry’s fastest growing segments.”

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Soemmer continued, “A team of young designers were involved with the development of the XT4, who represent the heart of the target audience. The sophisticated SUV exterior and intelligently designed cabin will no doubt prove a hit amongst regional millennial consumers who expect daring bold designs and cutting-edge technology.” The cabin is exceptionally refined, with segment-leading rear-seat legroom and conveys boldness and strength with youthful athleticism.

Farid Homsi , Impex General Manager added “I am thrilled today to announce the launch of the exciting first ever XT4 which satisfies the needs and wants of the Lebanese roads & consumers. We are confident that we can appeal to a young and dynamic new market of the fast growing compact SUV”

The all-new compact SUV represents Cadillac’s 10-year expansion plan and shift in direction. Starting with the first-ever XT4, Cadillac will bring six new models to market in the space of two and a half years.

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Cadillac Introduces 2019 Escalade Sport Edition in the Middle East

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Cadillac is introducing the 2019 Sport Edition, a bold new look for those who aren’t afraid of the dark. Arriving in the Middle East in June 2019, this new black-accented version is the first special edition available for the award-winning SUV.

Offered on, Premium Luxury and Platinum models, the new Sport Edition is distinguished by gloss black exterior trim, including the front grilles, window moldings, body side moldings and more, as well as a unique Midnight Silver finish on the standard 22-inch wheels.

Christian Soemmer, Managing Director of Cadillac Middle East, said, “The Escalade has long set a benchmark for luxury, comfort and performance, and the SUV’s popularity among Middle East drivers has proven its pre-eminence in the category. The new Sport Edition further elevates the exclusivity that the Escalade is known for, something that customers in the region value dearly.”

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Escalade has led the full-size luxury SUV segment in sales in the U.S.A for 15 of its 20 years on the road, driven by a powerful blend of sophisticated style, uncompromising capability, innovative technology and exceptional craftsmanship.

Escalade’s list of awards keeps growing. J.D. Power named the Escalade as having the ‘Best Initial Quality and Resale Value among Large Premium SUVs,’ and Consumer Guide® Automotive named it a Best Buy Award winner for five consecutive years. It has also topped the prestigious Middle East Car of the Year (MECOTY) honours list having previously won the ‘Best Large Premium SUV’ category.

A powerful 6.2L V-8 engine rated at an SAE-certified 420 hp (313 kW) drives all models. Each model is standard in 4WD.

As with other Cadillac models, the Escalade features the latest Cadillac user experience system, offering connectivity and embedded navigation with intuitive, smartphone-like functionality.

Additional highlights and select features offered include:

  • Magnetic Ride Control with driver-selectable modes.
  • Automatic Parking Assist[1].
  • Fold-flat second- and third-row seats with power-folding third row.
  • Heated and cooled front seats with heated second-row bucket seats.
  • Heated, leather-wrapped steering wheel with wood accents.
  • 3-inch-diagonal instrument cluster display with high-resolution digital driver information center.
  • Bose® Centerpoint audio system featuring 16 speakers.
  • Hands-free liftgate with Cadillac logo illumination.

The Escalade Sport Edition package will be available for orders beginning in Q1 of 2019 through Cadillac dealers across the Middle East.

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Cadillac Shows Brand’s First Fully Electric EV

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Cadillac furthered its recent product blitz today with the reveal of the brand’s first EV. This will be the first model derived from GM’s future EV platform. GM announced on Friday that Cadillac will be at the vanguard of the company’s move towards an all-electric future.

“Cadillac’s EV will hit the heart of the crossover market and meet the needs of customers around the world,” said Steve Carlisle, president of Cadillac. “It will represent the height of luxury and innovation while positioning Cadillac as the pinnacle of mobility.”

The Cadillac EV’s name and additional details will be revealed closer to launch. Today’s announcement is part of Cadillac’s aggressive product acceleration announced this week — in addition to revealing the all-new XT6 crossover, the company also hinted at both a future Escalade and an upcoming performance sedan. Overall, Cadillac will introduce new models at the rate of roughly one every six months through 2021.

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GM’s future EV platform, which Cadillac will be the first to use, will be flexible, allowing the company to respond quickly to customer preferences with a relatively short design and development lead time. The Cadillac portfolio will eventually benefit from a variety of body styles that can be spun off this architecture.

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The most advanced components within this platform are the drive units and battery cells, both of which are being designed for maximum usability throughout GM vehicle lineups in different countries. The EVs can be configured in front-, rear- or all-wheel drive, and the output of their battery systems will be adjustable based on vehicle and customer needs.

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Cadillac announces Middle East arrival of the 2019 ATS model

Cadillac has announced the arrival of the 2019 ATS Coupe in the Middle East. The ATS is one of the segment’s most exhilarating and agile luxury cars. The ATS boasts the latest Cadillac user experience system to make it one of the most connected cars in its class.  The system is redefined through innovative features such as Personalized Profiles, integrated smartphone-like navigation, increasing user connectivity and creating a more user-friendly system.

Available in Premium Luxury and Premium Performance trims, the 2019 ATS offers a seamless rear-wheel-drive experience, rooted in a lightweight architecture that is complemented with a sophisticated and finely-tuned chassis system — including Magnetic Ride Control on the Premium Performance model. The result is a luxury car with agility, responsiveness and exceptional driver feedback.

Both the ATS Premium Luxury and Premium Performance coupe models are offered with Cadillac’s award-winning 3.6L 335 hp V-6 engine. RWD is standard on the ATS model range.

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The ATS-V high-performance coupe takes performance to the next level, with a twin-turbocharged V6 engine and track-capable suspension.

The performance platform is so effective, it is the foundation for other award-winning luxury performance Cadillacs – ATS-V Coupe, CTS, CTS V-Sport, CTS-V super sedan and the championship-winning ATS.V-R Coupe race car.

The Cadillac ATS Coupe is one of the most connected cars in its segment. The latest Cadillac User Experience (CUE) system with 8-inch-diagonal color touchscreen  are standard.

With functionality that applies popular apps and smartphone practices in the vehicle, the CUE system provides drivers with easier access to the most common features. The more intuitive operation includes a Summary View in which all key applications, including climate, audio, phone and navigation, are displayed on one screen.

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Cadillac ATS Premium Luxury — Elevated luxury, technology and safety upgrades to the ATS line-up

The 2019 Cadillac ATS Premium Luxury offers the award-winning 3.6L V-6 engine SAE-rated at 335. and an elevated driving experience with unique content, technology and interior and exterior appointments.

Standard leather seating surfaces with heated, 8-way power front seats with lumbar support show off Cadillac’s handcrafted cut-and-sew application. Programmable memory driver seat and mirror controls are at the fingertips of every ATS Premium Luxury Coupecustomer. Other standard connectivity and convenience technologies include Cadillac’s Driver Awareness Package, Rear Vision Camera, 220-volt conventional power outlet and upgraded Bose Premium Surround system.

Cadillac ATS Premium Performance– Premium performance for the aspiring driver

The 2019 Cadillac ATS Premium Performance is powered by an award-winning 3.6L V-6 engine SAE-rated at 335 hp. The ATS Premium Performance includes luxury interior, exterior and technological appointments befitting the top of the ATS range.

Additional race-inspired componentry and systems, including segment exclusive Magnetic Ride Control adaptive suspension, limited-slip rear differential, performance cooling and performance tires, distinguish the Cadillac ATS Premium Performance as the ATS of choice for those aspiring incredible performance without a V-Series badge.

Safety and Security – Comprehensive safety features that see what the driver can’t

Available advanced safety technologies include active safety features to help protect occupants before, during and after a collision.

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Interior Design – the driver-centric interior brings excitement to every ride

A driver-focused interior with integrated technology and crafted materials complements the exterior elements and supports the Cadillac ATS’s driving experience. A choice of real wood, metal plating and carbon fiber trim, and Cadillac’s cut-and-sewn instrument panel, console and doors enhance the emotional connection to the ATS.

Exterior Design – in coupe forms, the distinct Cadillac exterior commands attention

Design and engineering philosophies distill all the engaging dynamic identities the for which the brand is renowned. The Cadillac ATS Coupe ride on a 2,775 mm wheelbase. The roof, doors, front and rear fenders and trunk lid are unique to each, along with specific front and rear fascias on the Coupe that accommodate a wide track.

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Cadillac XT4 Delivers Dynamic Driving Experience

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First-ever Cadillac XT4 leverages the brand’s legacy of technology leadership to reward drivers and passengers with a responsive and refined driving experience.

“The new Cadillac XT4 brings a new vitality to Cadillac, in one of the industry’s fastest-growing segments,” said Steve Carlisle, Cadillac president. “It pairs the agility of our award-winning sports sedans with a youthful SUV character.”

A new turbocharged propulsion system and an available Active Sport Suspension with Continuous Damping Control and precise, electronically calibrated steering, plus an available twin-clutch AWD system coalesce in the Cadillac XT4 to offer a dynamic blend of performance and comfort.

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“The propulsion elements, chassis system and extensive tuning work in harmony to make the Cadillac XT4 a joy to drive,” said Todd Pawlik, chief engineer. “It offers all the versatility you want in an SUV, while answering the driver’s inputs with both immediacy and comfort.”

TURBOCHARGED PERFORMANCE

All Cadillac XT4 models are driven by an all-new 2.0L Turbo engine that’s engineered with industry-leading valvetrain technology to deliver efficient performance, with strong power on demand at all speeds.

The engine is rated at an SAE-certified 237 horsepower (177 kW) and 258 lb-ft of torque (350 Nm) and an EPA-estimated 24 mpg city and 30 mpg highway (FWD models) for a balance of performance and efficiency that ranks among the top of the compact luxury SUV segment.

“The advantage of turbocharging is power when you need it and efficiency when you don’t,” said Kris Keary, 2.0L turbo assistant chief engineer. “In the Cadillac XT4, it translates as confident performance in all scenarios.”

An innovative double-overhead-cam tripower valvetrain complements the turbocharging system and is at the heart of the engine’s balanced performance, enabling different valve lift heights and Active Fuel Management (cylinder deactivation) across the rpm band.

The valvetrain system provides three operating modes depending on driving conditions:

  1. High valve lift for maximum power.
  2. Low valve lift for a greater balance of power and efficiency.
  3. Active Fuel Management that disables two of the cylinders in light load conditions to further conserve fuel.

A unique camshaft design works with electromagnetic actuators that shift a moveable shaft with different cam lobes. As the driver’s input changes, the lobes shift imperceptibly between the three operating modes.

“The unique valvetrain design complements the turbocharging system to make the most of the engine’s available power at all speeds,” said Keary. “It’s a seamless integration of technologies that drivers experience as satisfying, confident performance throughout the entire engine operating range.”

Additional technologies contribute to the direct-injected Cadillac 2.0L Turbo’s balance of performance and efficiency, including:

  • The dual-scroll turbocharger is designed to enhance low-speed torque delivery, with exceptional responsiveness. Peak torque is available between 1,500 and 4,000 rpm.
  • Active Thermal Management uses targeted engine cooling to improve engine performance. Benefits include faster passenger cabin warm-up in hot and cold ambient temperatures as well as increased efficiency.
  • An efficiency-enhancing electric water pump eliminates the drag of a conventional, engine-driven pump. It also enables continual cabin heating, even when the engine is off during a stop/start event.
  • The design of the integrated exhaust manifold in the cylinder head helps recover exhaust heat for faster engine and transmission warm-up and quicker turbo response.
  • Stop/start technology automatically stops the engine in stop-and-go traffic under certain conditions to reduce fuel consumption. This feature can be deactivated by the driver at startup.

The new Cadillac 2.0L Turbo is coupled with a nine-speed automatic transmission with next-generation Electronic Precision Shift.

CADILLAC 2.0L TURBO
Engine type: 2.0L Turbocharged I4 DOHC with Active Fuel Management, direct injection and stop/start
Bore x stroke (in. / mm): 3.26 x 3.63 / 83 x 92.3
Block material: Cast aluminum
Cylinder head material: Cast aluminum
Valvetrain: Tripower system with dual-overhead camshafts and four valves per cylinder
Fuel delivery: Direct injection with electronic throttle control
Horsepower (hp / kW @ rpm): 237 / 177 @ 5000 (SAE-certified)
Torque (lb.-ft. / Nm): 258 / 350 @ 1500-4000 (SAE-certified)
EPA estimated fuel economy: 24 city / 30 highway (FWD)

22 city / 29 highway (AWD)

Transmission Hydra-Matic 9 speed automatic
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ROBUST CHASSIS, DIRECT STEERING SYSTEM DRIVE AGILITY, REFINEMENT

An all-new, compact SUV architecture is the foundation for the Cadillac XT4’s agile driving dynamics, channeling the performance of the propulsion system into a sporty, refined experience.

Robust, stiff and comparatively lightweight, thanks in large part to the incorporation of press-hardened, high-strength steel, the chassis’ strength enables an exceptionally high degree of suspension tuning that enhances driver feedback and the overall feeling of solidity.

Steering is a fundamental contributor to the Cadillac XT4’s sporty, nimble driving dynamics, and its variable-assist electric system connects with a solid-mounted front cradle and a lateral cross brace that add stiffness to the vehicle structure. It provides a firmer foundation for the steering system that, in turn, reduces the vehicle motions when the steering wheel is turned, for a more direct feel.

“The steering system’s immediate responses to inputs offer a greater feel of connection to the road,” said Pawlik. “It’s an attribute that enhances the driver’s confidence behind the wheel and gives the Cadillac XT4 a sporty character.”

The XT4 also features a Cadillac-first tuned vibration absorber integrated into the airbag behind the steering wheel. It is designed to help mitigate road and propulsion system vibrations that can make their way up the steering column.

While designs on other vehicles may add additional weight to the steering wheel to help with vibrations, the innovative XT4 solution tunes the existing rubber mounts of the airbag itself to accomplish the task. It also helps provide a more comfortable feel for the steering wheel and enhances the driver’s perception of structural solidity for the entire vehicle.

Additional chassis system highlights include:

  • Rebound springs used with the MacPherson strut front suspension enable more refined calibration of the struts for enhanced body roll control and weight transfer during acceleration. That helps keep the wheels planted, contributing to the Cadillac XT4’s feeling of control, especially when cornering at higher speeds.
  • A five-link rear independent suspension is mounted on a fully isolated rear cradle system that effectively dampens road noise at the rear of vehicle, where SUVs are traditionally sensitive to noise because of their open cargo areas.
  • Custom-developed, all-new Continental all-season tires are designed to balance overall grip, handling, braking and quietness. More than a year was spent refining the compound and tread design of the standard 18-inch and available 20-inch tires.

 

ACTIVE SPORT CHASSIS ELEVATES COMFORT AND CONTROL

XT4 Sport models offer the sophisticated Active Sport Suspension with Continuous Damping Control (CDC), which delivers the XT4’s highest levels of ride control and isolation as well as enhanced stability.

CDC is an active suspension system that provides variable damping for the MacPherson strut front suspension and five-link independent rear suspension. It uses sensors to monitor road and vehicle inputs, adjusting damping for each wheel 500 times per second.

On smoother roads, CDC automatically adjusts to the softest setting to provide greater isolation and ride comfort. On more varied roads and during spirited driving maneuvers, the system adjusts the vehicle’s roll, pitch and vertical motions to maintain superior levels of handling and stability.

“XT4’s available CDC takes the XT4’s driving dynamics and control to a higher threshold,” said Pawlik. “It is the ultimate in ride control and refinement for this all-new SUV.”

ELECTRO-HYDRAULICALLY CONTROLLED BRAKE SYSTEMS OFFERS ELECTRONIC ASSIST

The Cadillac XT4 is the first Cadillac model to incorporate the state-of-the-art, electro-hydraulically controlled braking system.

This electro-hydraulic system replaces the conventional vacuum-based power assist design with a compact electric motor and offers on-demand braking power for more efficient braking performance. It also contributes to the XT4’s overall fuel efficiency by reducing parasitic demands on the engine.

Additional benefits of the system include brake fade assistance in demanding conditions, such as descending steep grades, and panic-braking assistance provides greater braking pressure in emergency conditions.

“Along with all its efficiency and performance benefits, the pedal feel is firm and confidence-inspiring,” said Pawlik. “That means drivers get a more direct, responsive feel in all types of braking conditions.”

TWIN-CLUTCH AWD OPTIMIZES CONTROL IN ALL CONDITIONS

The XT4’s available twin-clutch all-wheel-drive system improves traction and vehicle control, whether the road is dry, wet, snowy or icy. And with the standard Driver Mode Select system, it can be decoupled entirely from the rear axle to enhance efficiency.

The AWD system’s design independently controls torque to each rear wheel, based on road conditions, offering superior driving control.  It enhances dry-road handling and cornering, while offering excellent performance in wet, muddy, snowy and icy conditions.

In inclement conditions, the system can reduce torque to a wheel where slip is detected, diverting it to a wheel with greater traction. On dry roads, it provides additional control around curves by sending torque to the outside wheel instead of the inside wheel that is experiencing more traction-enhancing downward force.

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Ten facts that distinguish the Escalade’s innovative 10-speed transmission

Engineers for the 2018 Cadillac Escalade ’s new 10-speed automatic transmission have built on the experience of the previously critically acclaimed Hydra-Matic multispeed transmissions to push its performance, refinement and efficiency advantages to a new threshold. The 10-speed automatic transmission is an all-new design – and the first-ever application in an SUV – with a wider, 7.39 overall gear ratio spread, that enables the Escalade’s powerful and efficient 6.2L V-8 engine to achieve a more immediate feeling of performance.

The Escalade has long defined spacious luxury driving with its modern design, powerful capability and lavish amenities that keep luxury firmly in the driver’s seat. The premium Cadillac experience is further enhanced with the unique performance for one of the world’s best dual-clutch transmissions, providing quick, smooth shifts and proving an upgrade in its road manner.

“Customers have often looked up to the Cadillac’s flagship Escalade as setting the standard for big-size luxury SUVs, especially given the high reputation it holds when it comes to versatility and premium styling. The 2018 Escalade is redefining luxury through prevailing powertrain, sophisticated cabin and cutting-edge technologies that is exceptionally emphasized through the new 10-speed transmission, dominating any direct comparisons.”

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Developed by General Motors and applied on Cadillac’s full-size premium SUV, the 10-speed has four simple gear sets and six clutches: two brake clutches and four rotating clutches. That’s only one more clutch than the previous eight-speed, despite having two more forward gears, contributing further to the compact packaging, while also improving spin losses to enhance fuel efficiency.

Here are the top ten facts that make the 10-speed transmission on the 2018 Cadillac Escalade stand out.

  1. Improved efficiency

With the update of the wider overall ratio spread, the new 10-speed transmission enables a lower numerical top gear ratio – an attribute that reduces engine speed on the highway.

  1. Quicker shifts for better performance

Coupled with a 6.2-liter V8 engine, rated at an SAE-certified 420 horsepower, the 10L80’s quick shifts help the Escalade’s engine achieve a more immediate feeling of performance, as the perfect gear is available whenever the driver tips into the engine’s power reserve.

  1. Precise and smooth shift feel

Shorter steps between gears and proprietary controls provide a quick, seamless shifting experience for the Escalade driver. Thus, making the new transmission more efficient in each of its gears than the six- and eight-speed transmissions it replaces.

  1. Fuel efficiency

The wider overall ratio enables a lower numerical top gear ratio, thus, contributing greater fuel efficiency in comparison to the eight-speed transmission. The 10-speed automatic has lower friction that also adds to greater fuel efficiency.

  1. Same size, double the power

With so much power packed into the 10–speed transmission, it may come as a surprise that there is no significant increase in the size. The 10-speed is approximately the same size as the six- and eight-speed transmissions, minimizing changes to vehicle interfaces.

  1. Hydraulic pumps: redefined

As the clutches in an automatic transmission are hydraulically actuated and controlled, the new 10-speed transmission relies on two special pumps to provide the necessary hydraulic muscle. Hydraulically controlled and stimulated, the clutches are part of an automatic transmission that relies on two pumps that work to efficiently produce the hydraulics needed.

  1. Reduced spin losses

Friction-reducing design features, including all-new ultra-low viscosity transmission fluid, internal thermal bypass, minimal number of non-applied clutches and other lower mechanical spin losses, contribute to the 10-speed’s effect on improved vehicle efficiency.

  1. Transmission fluidity

The new 10-speed transmission enables the fluid to reach a viscosity of 4.5 centistokes, thus, significantly reducing friction and the workload for the hydraulic pumps.

  1. Wider gear ratio speed

The 2018 Cadillac Escalade has a wide spread of ratios between the first and the tenth gear. The increase in size of the gear to 7.3 allows for a smoother run and allows the car to stay in the selected gear for longer when driving on the highway.

  1. GM control system

World-class shift time quickness and responsiveness are accomplished by leveraging the base transmission hardware in concert with GM exclusively developed algorithms, software and calibrations. An externally mounted electronic control module executes millions of controls instructions every second.

Highlighted by a powerful and efficient engine enhanced with the new standard 10-speed transmission, the 2018 Escalade’s performance is channeled to a sophisticated chassis and suspension system, engineered for a great feeling of solidity and a smooth, quiet ride. Cadillac’s Magnetic Ride Control, the world’s fastest-reacting suspension system, is also a standard feature on the 2018 Escalade, contributing to a precisely controlled driving performance.

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Cadillac Middle East expands its 2019 SUV lineup with the all-new XT4

The Middle East is set to eye the regional launch of Cadillac’s first-ever XT4 later this year, as the luxury car maker expands its SUV model range up to three, including the flagship full-size Escalade and the premium mid-size XT5. Revealed globally at Cadillac House in Manhattan earlier this year, the all-new compact SUV exemplifies Cadillac’s 10-year expansion plan, leading the brand’s product offensive to more than double the number of models available in its lineup over the next four years.

Over the last three years, Cadillac has undergone a significant shift in direction – using sophisticated design, technology and an authentic attitude to appeal to independently minded individuals. Starting with the launch of the first ever XT4 later this year, Cadillac will bring a new model to market every six months – a total of five vehicle lines in the space of just two years.

Developed on an exclusive compact SUV architecture, Cadillac’s entry in the industry’s fastest-growing luxury segment delivers expressive design, confident performance, spacious accommodations and new technologies. As one of Cadillac’s key markets in the world, the Middle East boasts to be an ideal market for the all-new XT4, with the region’s overall population comprise a majority of young generation.

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Christian Soemmer, Managing Director, Cadillac Middle East, said: “When you purchase a Cadillac, you buy into a brand with a rich history, premium styling and some of the most technologically advanced vehicles on the market today. The XT4 is another example of our 10-year plan coming to life, with our latest reiteration of premium helping us reclaim our position as ‘the standard of the world’.”

“Cadillac’s first-ever compact SUV is designed to stand out to the young, upwardly mobile consumer.  Naturally, it’s also filled with the kind of leading-edge connectivity features that tech-savvy buyers demand.”, Soemmer continued.

Simple and sculpted lines draw the customer in and accentuate the XT4’s powerful proportions and aggressive presence. All models feature advanced LED lighting technology front and rear. Cadillac’s vertical L-shaped lighting signature is stretched horizontally, emphasizing the XT4’s width and confident stance.

The interior is the Cadillac design aesthetic distilled: the thoughtful and artistic integration of technology and appealing style. The cabin is exceptionally refined, with expected segment-leading rear-seat spaciousness. The new XT4’s cabin conveys boldness and strength with youthful athleticism. Sweeping arcs and tapered lines enhance the feeling of spaciousness and give it a taut, tightly wrapped appearance.

The interior elements come together in a sophisticated and modern design. Intuitive technology includes available next-generation wireless device charging and an in-cabin air ionizer. Led by the latest Cadillac user experience, the brand’s most advanced infotainment interface, the XT4 offers a connected environment. The Cadillac user experience is a dynamic platform that offers a smartphone-like experience with an intuitive interface, faster response and improved voice.

All XT4 models will be driven by an all-new Cadillac 2.0L Turbo engine, producing an SAE-certified output of 237 hp (177 kW). Coupled with a nine-speed automatic transmission with next-generation Electronic Precision Shift, the new engine features new efficiency-enhancing technologies including Active Fuel Management (cylinder deactivation),

The XT4 will also see the debut of Cadillac’s new global “Y” trim strategy, with specific content and styling cues featured on distinctive Premium Luxury and Sport trims, tailored to different customer tastes and preferences. XT4 Sport models feature a gloss black mesh grille inspired by Cadillac’s high-performance V-Series models, gloss black window moldings and specific Sport alloy wheel choices. Cadillac will roll out this new trim strategy beginning with the XT4 and the 2019 CT6 top-of-range sedan.

Eight exterior colors will be offered on the 2019 XT4 at launch: Atlantic Metallic, Autumn Metallic, Crystal White Tricoat, Twilight Blue Metallic, Shadow Metallic, Red Horizon Tintcoat, Stellar Black Metallic and Radiant Silver Metallic.

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Nine innovative features that set Cadillac’s flagship CT6 apart from its class

2017 Cadillac CT6

Regarded as one of Cadillac’s embodiments of excellence, the CT6 prestige sedan features bold styling, lightweight design and a host of innovative technologies developed to achieve dynamic performance, efficiency and agility unseen in the large luxury car segment. Cadillac’s global mission is simple: “Innovation isn’t just what we do; it’s coded in our DNA”.

The Plug-in Hybrid technology is a true example of Cadillac’s innovation that the brand debuted on the CT6. Providing more than double the fuel economy of the conventional powertrain offerings, the Plug-in system takes advantage of the CT6’s advanced lightweight structure to create a unique formula for the prestige sedan.

Also debuted worldwide on the CT6, Super CruiseTM – the world’s first true hands-free driver assistance feature for the freeway, is a testament to the significant role Cadillac’s flagship sedan plays in demonstrating the brand’s commitment to innovation.

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Christian Soemmer, Managing Director of Cadillac Middle East, said, “Since its launch, our flagship CT6 sedan has pushed the boundaries of innovation and set high standards in its class within the automotive industry. In the Middle East, the CT6 has received high acclaim from customers as it has done in the rest of the world. Some of Cadillac’s groundbreaking technologies, such as industry-first Super CruiseTM, have debuted on the CT6, continuing to provide unparalleled comfort and convenience for our customers.”

The Cadillac CT6 takes drivers to the pinnacle of luxury, innovation and technologies with an array of advanced features. Here are the top nine features that make the Cadillac CT6, with its advance technologies and innovative features, the car of choice for the Middle East driver:

  1. The auto industry’s most advanced body structure

Boasting one of the industry’s most advanced body structure – an aluminum-intensive architecture which incorporates 11 materials customized for each area of the car – and numerous automotive industry-firsts, the CT6 sets the benchmark for innovation and technology. An advanced mixed-material approach for the lightweight body structure of the CT6 has been used to simultaneously advance driving dynamics, fuel economy and cabin quietness.

  1. Agility

The CT6’s advanced performance chassis system is designed to deliver an engaging driving experience – with segment-best ride, handling and isolation qualities – through the use of Active Rear Steer, Magnetic Ride Control and selectable drive modes.

  1. Entertainment

The CT6 keeps all passengers entertained.‎ Headlining the advanced capability of the CT6’s rear seat infotainment system are the HDMI and USB ports. For intensive smartphone users, inductive wireless charging is also one of CT6’s unique features, allowing users to charge their compatible smartphone without the need to plug it in.

The 34-speaker Bose Panaray Sound System, the first Advanced Technology Series system which debuted exclusively on the CT6 provides impeccable sound throughout, enabling each passenger to have an immersive musical experience.

  1. Rear Camera Mirror

Drivers can transform their rearview mirror into an LCD screen in the CT6. The Rear ‎Camera Mirror streams HD video from the camera located in the rear end of the car. The ‎mirror offers 300 per cent increased vision, ensuring a full view of everything within its line of sight ‎and can be easily switched back into a regular mirror when needed. ‎

  1. Always Connected

The next-generation Cadillac user experience system (CUE) is designed to recognize the way the driver talks. Cadillac drivers can command simple instructions allowing the driver to maintain full concentration on the road. The CT6 is one of the most connected cars in the segment, thanks to the phone integration technology with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, which allows smartphone users to connect with applications such as navigation and hands-free text messaging.

  1. Pedestrian Collison Detection

The CT6 utilizes its seven cameras to detect pedestrians using Pedestrian Detection ‎technology. The camera scans the road ahead for pedestrians and activates a series of alerts and ‎indicators accordingly. If needed, the CT6 will apply the auto brakes to ‎prevent any collisions ensuring the safety of both the driver and the pedestrians.

  1. Surround Vision

The CT6 is fitted with a total of seven cameras, covering the entire surface area of the car. The cameras ‎work to support the features such as Lane Keeping Assist and Night ‎Vision features and provide safety of drivers and passengers.  The CT6 also utilizes four of the seven cameras to record video of the vehicle’s surroundings; ‎which is automatically enabled once the sensors detect any movement near the car.

  1. Auto Vehicle Hold

Auto Vehicle Hold prevents the car from moving forward or backward when ‎the driver removes their foot from the brake. It also helps reduce fatigue during traffic and improves controls on sloping roads.

  1. Touch Screen at your fingertips

Everything in the CT6 is at the driver’s fingertips. The 10.2-inch touchscreen allows the driver to comfortably and safely use the screen. The LCD screens work fast and respond immediately to the drivers’ commands. The screens are also equipped with handwriting recognition technology to make it even easier to input an address and ‎other commands. ‎

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Cadillac Introduces First-Ever Twin-Turbo V-8 Engine

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Sophisticated, all-new 4.2L Twin Turbo V-8 Engine is at the heart of new CT6 V-Sport exemplary performance

Cadillac begins a new chapter in its high-performance legacy with the introduction of the brand’s first-ever twin turbo V-8 engine. Set to be available in the Middle East by 2019, the new engine will be the centerpiece of the new CT6 V-Sport, an engaging sports sedan infused with DNA of Cadillac’s world-renowned motorsports program.

Developed as a small-displacement V-8 in the classic vein and offering exceptional power density of 131 hp (98 kW) per liter, this new Cadillac-exclusive 4.2L Twin Turbo V-8 Engine — GM estimated at 550 horsepower (410 kW) and 627 lb-ft of torque (850 Nm) — elevates the CT6’s performance to a new plateau and offers drivers an unparalleled experience behind the wheel.  An optional 500-horsepower version will also be available.

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“With the new and exclusive 4.2L Twin Turbo V-8 Engine, we present to our Middle East customers a new, higher level driving experience, one that’s even more exhilarating than what they usually expect to get from Cadillac,” said Christian Soemmer, Managing Director, Cadillac Middle East. “Since the launch of our first V-series model in the region, we have received great feedback from our customers, confirming their interest in high-performance cars and felt their enthusiasm for a high-adrenaline driving experience which embodies Cadillac performance on and off the racetrack.”

The new Cadillac Twin Turbo V-8 Engine is a clean-sheet design that also introduces unique design elements developed to balance performance and efficiency with compact, mass-efficient packaging.

At the center of the 4.2L Twin Turbo V-8 Engine is a “hot V” configuration that transposes the conventional layout of the cylinder heads’ intake and exhaust systems to mount the turbochargers at the top of the engine to virtually eliminate turbo lag and reduce the engine’s overall packaging size.

The new engine’s foundation is an all-new, durable and lightweight aluminum cylinder block that houses an equally robust, lightweight rotating assembly composed of a forged steel crankshaft, forged steel connecting rods and high-strength aluminum pistons.

Its comparatively small-bore dimension enables the reduction in the size and weight of the pistons, optimizing the engine’s geometry to match the fast-rev capability permitted by the engine’s low-inertia, twin-scroll turbochargers. The result is exceptional responsiveness and immediacy of power across the rpm band.

The turbos’ twin-scroll design broadens their performance capability, offering quicker response and greater efficiency. The twin-scroll design has a divided housing with two exhaust gas inlets and two nozzles to drive the turbine. Generally, one of the nozzles contributes to quicker response and boost production, while the other contributes to overall peak performance.

Each of the engine’s integrated exhaust manifolds/turbocharger housings splits the exhaust channels from the cylinder head so the exhaust flows through separate scrolls based on the engine’s exhaust pulses. When matched with precise valve timing, that separation leverages exhaust-scavenging techniques to optimize gas flow, improves turbine efficiency and reduces turbo lag.

An efficient water-to-air charge-cooling system contributes to the engine’s performance, enhancing the turbochargers’ effectiveness, through an optimal combustion and more power.

The new Cadillac Twin Turbo V-8 Engine is matched with a 10-speed automatic transmission. Its wide, 7.39 overall gear ratio spread enhances off-the-line performance and contributes to reduced engine speed on the highway, which enhances refinement and efficiency. Smaller steps between the gears also help the engine maintain the optimal speed for maximum power at almost all vehicle speeds.

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Cadillac bolsters connections with artists and designers in the Middle East

Cadillac has teamed up with some of the Middle East’s leading fashionistas and artists as it expands its support for the region’s burgeoning arts and design industry. The launch of this exciting new collaboration reflects the success of its ‘Dare Greatly’ brand ethos and is designed to showcase the bold and edgy design of the premium car brand’s model line-up.

Where last year’s Arabs of New York campaign focused on the entrepreneurial spirit of Arabs living in the US, Cadillac Middle East’s latest initiative has its roots very firmly fixed in the region. Five individuals who represent the brand’s design belief and philosophy will feature in a series of short films that showcase how they use design and style to express themselves. Each film will also show off a different Cadillac model that integrates the brand’s new design DNA.

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“In 2015 Cadillac initiated a program to revitalize the brand, we didn’t want to just adopt this direction, but adapt it to be more locally relevant and celebrate what the Middle East has to offer in both art and design. When we co-create content we choose people and activations that resemble our thinking and direction like Sole DXB or any of the talent appearing in any of the content we produce.”  commented Nadim Ghrayeb, Cadillac Middle East’s Head of Marketing

A celebrated collector of sneakers and self-confessed fashion lover, Kuwait-based Tareq Q, better known as KicksTQ, is joined by two UAE-based personalities: fashion influencer Dana Hourani and singer and song writer Basil Al Hadi, who fronts the Arabic Reggae band, Karrouhat. The group is completed by two Beirut residents: fashion designer Lara Khoury and lead singer of the rock band “The Wanton Bishops”, Nader Mansour.

The new campaign is the latest in as series of strategic partnerships that stem from the brand’s passion for design. Complementing the original Arabs of New York campaign, Cadillac Middle East earlier this year teamed up with renowned New York-based photographer and filmmaker Khalik to co-create and present a unique exhibition at the Gulf Photo Plus (GPP) Photo Week, for which it was also Presenting Sponsor.

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Cadillac Introduces Exclusive V-Series Championship Edition to Middle East

Cadillac Middle East has announced the arrival of a limited run of 25 cars of the new Championship Edition of the ultra-high-performance model – the Cadillac CTS-V super sedan to the region.

The Championship Edition model celebrates Cadillac’s first-ever endurance racing title, representing the 2017 International Motor Sport Association (IMSA) Manufacturer, Driver, Team and Endurance Championships, secured in the first year of the brand’s return to the long-distance sport.

The exclusive Championship Edition V-Series model will be available for Middle East customers who value individuality and high-performance driving. The special edition model includes race-inspired packages on the exterior and interior features, including color trims, seats and accessories that injects a further sense of high-octane performance to the driving experience.

The Championship Edition is available in Black Raven or Crystal White Tricoat exterior paint with Cadillac V-Performance graphics located on hood and rear spoiler, Red Obsession side-view mirror caps, DPi-V.R graphic on the quarter windows, Red Brembo® brake calipers and forged polish-finished alloy V-Series wheels with Midnight Silver painted pockets.

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Highlighting the interior of the Championship Edition is the Morello Red interior detail package that includes Jet Black RECARO® race-inspired seats, red front and rear door armrests and Morello accented high gloss carbon fiber interior trim. Other interior features include the Performance Data Recorder with Cosworth Toolbox, sunroof, the industry leading Rear Camera Mirror and next-generation Cadillac user experience.

Commenting on the announcement, Christian Soemmer, Managing Director of Cadillac Middle East said, “Our V-Series model range has always held a significant place in the hearts of car enthusiasts in the Middle East. With the introduction of the exclusive V-Series Championship Editions to the region, we are happy to be contributing even further to the high-octane spirit of our existing and new customers who desire individuality as well as a premium performance sports sedan”.

Inspired by a Year of Racing Success

The all-new Cadillac V-Performance DPi-V.R prototype race car began the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season with seven-straight race wins and secured the Manufacturer’s Championship by winning seven of the 10 races, including the “36 Hours of Florida”.

Before its return to endurance racing, Cadillac had a 14-year hiatus from the sport, focusing efforts on sprint-format GT racing in eleven seasons of the Pirelli World Challenge, where Cadillac amassed 33 race wins, 121 podium finishes, 25 pole positions, five Manufacturer Championships, and six Driver Championships including the 2017 SprintX Championship.

CTS-V Championship Edition

The 2018 Cadillac CTS-V Championship Edition sedans include the following in addition to the CTS-V standard equipment:

  • Cadillac Black Raven or Crystal White Tricoat exterior paint
  • Cadillac V-Performance graphic on hood and rear spoiler
  • Red Obsession mirror caps
  • Cadillac DPi-V.R graphic on quarter windows
  • Serialized Certificate of Authenticity (received at retail delivery)
  • 19” V-Series wheels in polished Alloy with Midnight Painted Pockets
  • Morello Red Package
    • Morello accented high gloss carbon fiber interior trim
    • Split-folding rear seats with Morello Red stitching
  • Carbon Fiber Package:
    • Carbon fiber front splitter
    • Carbon fiber hood vent
    • Carbon fiber rear spoiler
    • Carbon fiber rear diffuser
  • Red Brembo® brake calipers
  • RECARO® performance seats
  • Performance Data and Video Recorder
  • Sueded microfiber steering wheel & shifter
  • Black chrome accented grille
  • Black window moldings
  • Body colored door handles

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