Cadillac Luxury and Style Through the Years
From its earliest years, Cadillac has brought forward precision built cars with stylish features that appealed to the American luxury car market.
By 1909 Cadillac had established itself as one of America's premier luxury carmakers. It was at the forefront of technological advances, introducing full electrical systems, the advanced manual transmission and the steel body components. Cadillac became devoted to the production of highly styled and well-engineered large luxury vehicles.
Chief among these was the Cadillac Series 355C. the 355C was manufactured from 1931-1935. These 8-cylinder cars, were sold in several models: a 2-door club coupe, a 2-door convertible, 4-door convertible, a 4-door sedan a 4-door town car and a 4-door limousine. The car’s chief designer was Harley Earl and chief engineer was Ernest W. Seaholm.
The 1933 355C cars were leaders during the period where style and luxury was a growing focus of the industry. In fact it has been said that the 355C cars started the concept of selling cars on the basis of styling features and selling replacement cars on the basis of changes in style.
However, one of the most significant body details was the introduction of no-draft Individually Controlled Ventilation (I.C.V.) or pivoting vent windows in the front doors and rear quarter or rear door windows. This innovative new feature allowed the driver and passengers to ventilate the cabin without rolling down the large windows.
One of the most intriguing features of the 355C was the five-position ride control that could be set manually from the vehicle’s dashboard. As speed and terrain varied, the driver could change the characteristics of the vehicle’s suspension. This feature changed the rebound on the shock absorbers, making for a stiffer or softer ride depending on the driver’s preferences or driving conditions.
Today, Cadillac continues its tradition of precision engineering, styling and luxury with the introduction of the all-new 2017 XT5 luxury crossover.
“The all-new XT5 not only enters the most popular segment in the worldwide luxury auto market, it is the first of four new crossovers from Cadillac,” said Cadillac President Johan de Nysschen. “It’s pivotal to our ongoing growth, which is why we’ve developed XT5 from the inside out to provide customers more space, more technology, more luxury and more efficiency.”
The XT5 is the next chapter in elevating the Cadillac brand: it is bold, distinctive, sophisticated with superb driving dynamics. This new crossover perfectly reflects Cadillac’s positioning in the luxury automotive marketplace, de Nysschen said. In the U.S. market, the XT5 will be powered by the new 3.6-liter V6 engine which debuted earlier this year on the brand’s ATS and CTS sport sedans and is featured on the CT6. This engine has been completely redesigned and features Active Fuel Management cylinder deactivation technology, which allows the engine to seamlessly and automatically switch to a fuel-saving 4-cylinder mode under low or moderate loads.
With an estimated peak output of 310-horsepower and 270 lb-ft of torque, the new V6 uses variable valve timing for strong response and smooth power delivery. Cadillac’s new Stop/Start technology automatically stop and start the engine when the vehicle is at rest in traffic stops, saving fuel and reducing emissions, while enhancing the quietness expected of a luxury vehicle.
Since the XT5 is new from the ground up, it resides on a unique chassis and structure. It embodies the company’s expertise for lightweight and agile driving dynamics. The new XT5 is 278 pounds (126 kg) lighter than the current SRX , and 100 pounds (45 kg) lighter than the Audi Q5 – despite the Cadillac being seven inches longer. The new XT5 is more than 650 pounds (295 kg) lighter than the Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class, achieving this with no compromise to body rigidity and crash performance.
An important safety feature is Cadillac’s patented new industry-leading Rear Camera Mirror system which debuts on the CT6 sedan and the XT5. The system enhances the driver’s rear vision by 300 percent, using a video display applied over the conventional inside rearview mirror. A high dynamic range camera records wider images behind the car, streams the image to video processing software which “removes” obstacles such as the roof, rear pillars and rear seat passengers, projecting an unobstructed view to a Liquid Crystal Display.
The XT5 features an integrated wireless charger for mobile devices, with a slot designed into the center console. Like all Cadillac models in 2016, XT5 features 4G wireless connectivity, with a standard integrated Wi-Fi hotspot and standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto for simpler in-car phone integration.
The XT5 is poised to become one of Cadillac’s top-selling models as the popularity of mid-size crossovers continues to grow. And based on the XT5’s leading engineering, technology, style and luxury Cadillac is well positioned to lead the industry in this segment.