GM’s Super Cruise technology is a vital differentiator for Cadillac, not only when it comes to the actual feature of the semi-autonomous driving technology, but also as it relates to the brand’s perception in the luxury space. Currently, Super Cruise is only available on the Cadillac CT6 sedan, but the tech will roll out across the Caddy stable. That much we already knew thanks to an official announcement made in 2018. But now, we have a much clearer picture of the Super Cruise launch cadence, thanks to a new report from our sister publication, Cadillac Society.
With the Cadillac CT6 already offering Super Cruise, the next model to get the technology will be the 2020 Cadillac CT5, Cadillac’s new D-segment sedan. The new CT5 is set to arrive this fall, but it won’t receive Super Cruise at launch. Instead, the BMW 3 Series and Mercedes-Benz C-Class rival will offer Super Cruise later on in the 2020 model year.
Following the CT5, the next model to receive Super Cruise will be the 2020 Cadillac CT4, Caddy’s new subcompact (C-segment) sedan. That equips every Cadillac sedan, including the CT6, CT5, and CT4, with Super Cruise, but what about the rest of the lineup?
According to the recent Cadillac Society report, the next-generation Escalade will get Super Cruise after the brand’s various sedan models. The all-new Escalade is set to arrive for the 2021 model year, and it makes a lot of sense for Cadillac’s most high-profile model to get this equally high-profile technology sooner rather than later. By that time, Super Cruise will already have been available in the CT6, CT5, and CT4, giving GM and Cadillac the opportunity to polish it for the range-topping Escalade.
It’s worth noting that we recently spotted a prototype of the current-generation Cadillac Escalade undergoing testing with autonomous hardware mounted on its roof.
With the Escalade accounted for, all we have left is Cadillac’s various crossover utility vehicles, including the XT4, XT5, and XT6. Hints as to when these models will get Super Cruise can be traced back the debut of the Cadillac XT6 at the 2019 North American International Auto Show, when Cadillac XT6 chief engineer, Joel Hoffman, told Repairer Driven News that the remaining Cadillac lineup would get Super Cruise in 2021.
We are led to believe that 2021 could mean the calendar year, which would result in a 2022 model year rollout.
|Model||Expected Model Year Availability|
|CT6||Already available (as of 2018 MY)|
That takes care of Cadillac. Meanwhile, the rest of the GM portfolio will get Super Cruise after 2020, but no details are currently available about which vehicles will be graced with the technology.
For reference, the Cadillac Super Cruise is a Level 2 autonomous driving system and is the first true hands-free autonomous driver assistance feature for freeway motoring. The technology relies on multiple integrated systems, including LiDar, GPS, a driver attention monitor, visual cameras, and radar. Furthermore, Super Cruise requires an active OnStar service plan with emergency services.
Super Cruise is currently available to CT6 owners and comes with 130,000 miles of limited-access freeway functionality throughout North America. An upcoming update will expand the system’s capability by 70,000 miles, bringing the total freeway functionality to over 200,000 miles. However, a recent study stated that many don’t understand the limitations of SuperCruise, along with the competing Tesla AutoPilot system.
Source: Cadillac Society