As is already the case with Buick, China will eventually become Cadillac’s largest market, overtaking the United States.
Yes, like Buick, Cadillac is an American luxury brand through and through, but it’s the Chinese that appreciate its Americanness the most.
The United States is still Cadillac’s largest single market, but that will soon change. In 2015, the company’s sales fell by 3 percent to 170,006 vehicles in the Land of the Free, while deliveries in the Middle Kingdom increased by a whopping 46 percent to 116,406.
At this rate, China will gain the lead in as little as two years, with Cadillac President Johan de Nysschen telling in an interview:
“We are moving Cadillac from having this very strong U.S.-centric focus to having a global focus. The time will come when we will sell more Cadillacs in China than here.”
Despite China’s inevitable sales prominence, de Nysschen says the U.S. offers better profit margins and, as such, will remain critical to Cadillac’s bottom line for many years to come. He pointed out a Chinese law that requires foreign automakers to partner with local companies, stating:
“Whatever you make in China, you share. The U.S. will remain more important for a very long time.”
By the look of things, China is poised to eventually become every premium automaker’s biggest market. Is that a good thing?
2020 Cadillac CT4 Base, Midrange Models Arrive With Up To 309-hp
The Premium Luxury has the same engine as the CT4-V; Super Cruise arrives in 2020.
Following the Cadillac CT4-V debut a few moths earlier, Cadillac has announced details for the entry-level and midrange 2020 CT4.
The 2020 Cadillac CT4 will be available in Luxury, Premium Luxury, Sport trim levels, in addition to the hotter V model, with power coming from two engines.
Motivation for the Sport and Luxury trims comes from a 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder engine that produces 237 hp and 258 lb.-ft of torque, mated to a an eight-speed automatic transmission.
If you need more power, the Premium Luxury variant is powered by the same 2.7-liter turbocharged engine as the CT4-V, but detuned to make 309 horsepower and 348 pound-feet of torque. Mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission, the larger engine generates 325 hp and 380 lb.-ft of torque in the CT4-V.
Rear-wheel drive is standard, but all-wheel drive can be had with either engine.
The Cadillac CT4 will be available with Cadillac’s Super Cruise driver-assistance technology in 2020.
Is Cadillac Making V-Series Performance SUVs?
Cadillac’s SUVs might be getting the V-series treatment, but which one(s)?
Cadillac has plans to expand its lineup of V performance vehicles beyond the CT4-V and CT5-V, according to a new report.
At the press drive event for the new XT6 large crossover, Cadillac boss Steve Carlisle hinted to that the company is considering giving its SUVs some extra oomph!
He is certainly comfortable with the idea, but conceded that they could never replace true sports sedans: “You’re dealing with higher [centers of gravity], weight distributions, everything like that.”
There have been rumors that the next-generation Escalade could arrive with the 6.2L supercharged LT4 V8 that powers the Chevy Camaro ZL1 and Corvette Z06. If true, a 650-hp Escalade will certainly turn some heads.
Other rumors claim a Cadillac is working on a high-performance XT4 crossover, one possibly wearing the V badge. Performance-tuned versions of the XT5 and XT6 seem out of the question, however.
2020 Cadillac XT5 Arrives With New Engine, More Tech
It brings a new engine, updated interior tech, and some very subtle styling updates.
Cadillac has given its popular XT5 crossover several updates for the 2020 model year, most notable of which is a new turbocharged engine.
The 2020 XT5 brings a new 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder that generates 237 horsepower and 258 lb-ft. of torque, complimenting the existing 310 horsepower 3.6-liter V6. Both engines are mated to a nine-speed automatic transmission.
On the outside, Cadillac’s mid-size SUV gets a slightly bolder grille with two available textures that help distinguish the Luxury and Sport variants, standard LED headlights, restyled front and rear fascias, and new 18-inch and 20-inch alloy wheels.
The interior can now be had with a choice between two new HD instrument cluster displays, Cadillac’s latest infotainment interface, a new rotary controller with jog functionality, one-touch phone pairing with NFC, USB-C and wireless charging, higher-resolution Rear Vision, Surround Vision cameras, and a night vision system.
Like the rest of the updated Cadillac lineup, the 2020 XT5 follows the brand’s new “Y” trim strategy, meaning it’s available in three trim levels: Luxury, Premium Luxury, and Sport. Sales begin in summer 2020.