Cadillac president Johan de Nysschen had some interesting answers for Jalopnik commenters during his recent question and answer session on the site. The exec announced the upcoming 2016 CT6 will debut a new family of V6 engines for the automaker and will also eventually offer a twin-turbo V8 option, but he also addressed a consistent complaint we’ve heard about Cadillac’s cars.
One user stated Cadillac’s instrument panels were “lagging aesthetically behind the best from Audi, Benz, or even Infiniti,” and asked how the brand plans to address the issue. This is far from the first time we’ve heard this complaint, which we assume is in reference to the rather dated-looking blue clusters found on all versions of ATS save for the V-Series, which has similar looking red instruments, and the CTS when not equipped with the optional Performance Seat and Cluster Package.
de Nysschen said the clusters are “probably a matter of personal taste,” and that it is overlooked how Cadillac is the “only full-line luxury brand that employs ‘cut-and-sew’ interiors across the board.” He explains its cars use “the highest grade of authentic woods, and leathers,” which are only found in top-end models from competing automakers, a feature which sets the brand apart.
That’s all well and good, but there’s no denying some consumers have taken issue with the white and blue cluster currently serving in Cadillac cars. The driver is forced to constantly look at the gauges and if they don’t convey a sense of quality on par the rest of the vehicle, it can easily take away from the luxury driving experience.
Luckily, Cadillac has plans to address the issue. de Nysschen says future Cadillac interior design thematic will “move towards simplified, horizontal-theme expression to convey openness and a sense of wide space,” and will place “emphasis on instrument cluster design to convey them as precision instruments.” This revolution will start with the CT6 flagship and will likely trickle down through the Cadillac range.
So if you’re not a fan of the gauges on the ATS or certain CTS models, the replacement models for both of the sedans will likely be sporting a more up-to-date version, along with a more simplified and horizontal-themed interior. The 2016 CT6 may even preview some of these changes when it makes its debut on March 31st prior to the New York Auto Show.