The Cadillac XT4, introduced for the 2019 model year, does away with the poorly received touchscreen controls that previous versions of the Cadillac User Experience infotainment system used .
Instead of relying on tedious and imprecise touchscreen controls, the Cadillac XT4 features a rotary dial in the center console, which is an easy-to-reach way to control the selected item in the CUE interface.
For 2020, General Motors is making the CUE interface in the Cadillac XT4 even easier to navigate, introducing the so-called “jog” function to the system.
Jog functionality allows the user to “click” the rotary wheel from side to side or forward and aft, making it easier to jump between different menu items within CUE. This allows the user to precisely select those items, rather than accidentally skipping over them if they turn the rotary dial too much.
The rotary dial gives users a tactile object to make inputs to CUE, making easier to select items while driving, as it does not require the precision of a touch system.
Our sister site Cadillac Society had the chance to sample the new rotary controller in the 2020 Cadillac XT4 recently, and found the jog capability felt more natural than the old spin-only inputs.
It’s also worth noting that the rotary knob in question is the larger dial located on the center console, rather than the smaller knob above it, which only controls the stereo volume.
Cadillac Society also reports that most 2020 model year and newer Cadillacs will feature rotary controllers with the jog capability, including all variants of the 2020 Cadillac XT4 as well as the 2020 model year XT5, XT6, CT4, and CT5. The CT6 is the only Cadillac product with a rotary controller without a jog functionality. In addition, the current Escalade is the only Cadillac model to offer the old touchscreen CUE interface, but is set to change once the next-generation Escalade arrives.
Source: Cadillac Society