Bose may not be the premium name Cadillac wants to attach itself with for its future vehicles. After a tremendous amount of work to promote the Bose Panaray system, featured as optional equipment in the Cadillac CT6 sedan, General Motors’ luxury division may be poised to tap Harman for audio systems.
The news comes from AutoGuide in the same report that all but confirms the future Cadillac ATS and future Cadillac CTS successors will retain a rear-wheel drive layout. Specifically, a job description from Lisa Graf, a Senior Project Manager at Harman International, may have spoiled the news.
On her personal LinkedIn page, Graf describes her current position as “the senior program manager on the General Motors E2UL, A2SL and A2LL amplifier program and Faraday Futures speakers.” We detailed in our previous report that the E2UL, A2SL and A2LL codenames all refer to future Cadillacs. The A2SL and A2LL, specifically, refers to smaller and larger Cadillac sedans—ATS and CTS replacements. The E2UL is more than likely the Cadillac XT4.
This leads us to believe Cadillacs two new sedans and its new crossover will each feature audio from Harman rather than Bose. Cadillac’s main rivals have each tapped more premium audio systems that fall under the Harman International portfolio. Should this be the case, Harman audio may make its debut with the 2018 or 2019 Cadillac XT4, which is set to debut next year.