Not only do the 2016 Cadillac CT6 full-size sport-luxury sedan and 2017 Cadillac XT5 midsize luxury crossover represent new vehicles and sales opportunities for Cadillac, they also appear to represent the introduction of a new trim level hierarchy for GM’s prestige luxury brand.
The order guides for both models show the following trim levels, in stair-step progression:
|New Trim Level Structure||Outgoing Trim Level Structure|
|XT5 or CT6 (base)||Standard|
Notably, Premium Luxury is new and slots above Luxury, replacing Performance trim, while Platinum — which has been around on the Escalade and XTS — becomes the top-end trim level, replacing Premium.
The GM Authority Take
We like the way Cadillac has reorganized the trim level structure on the XT5 and CT6, as it establishes a very clear pecking order. The “standard” models are simply called XT5 or CT6 rather than “standard” or “base”, which should remove some of the stigma behind buying one of these vehicles. From there, it’s clear that Luxury is good, but Premium Luxury is better, while Platinum is the best. By contrast, it wasn’t nearly impossible to tell whether Performance was better or worse than Premium or Luxury in the outgoing trim structure.
We expect this new trim level ranking to permeate across the rest of the Cadillac lineup in the near future, as each Cadillac model gets overhauled and receives the appropriate CT# and XT# nomenclature.