A year ago, Cadillac said it was moving to a new naming convention that utilized engine torque ratings as a means of identifying particular model variants. Now, all new Cadillac models have adopted that new naming convention.
Previously, the various Cadillac model variants were identified via engine displacement numbers – for example, 3.6, 2.0T, or 3.0TT, with the “T” and “TT” denoting aspiration type (turbocharged and twin-turbocharged, respectively). By comparison, the new naming convention uses the torque rating, as measured in newton-meters and rounded to the nearest 50. The “T” for turbocharging designation is still used where applicable (for example, 350T).
To note, all 2020 model year Cadillac models use this new naming convention, with the exception of the hot-to-trot V-Series models, which instead rock a V-Series badge.
The new badging is located on the rear of each Cadillac model, either on the trunk lid or liftgate, depending on the body style. The badges include designations such as 400, 600, 350T, 450T, 550T, 800T and even 600D. The “T” denotes turbocharging, while “D” denotes a diesel engine.
Check out the complete Cadillac model range in the table below:
|Model||Engine||Power (hp / kW @ RPM)||Torque (lb-ft / Nm @ RPM)||Designation|
|CT4||2.0L Turbo I4 LSY||237 / 177 @ 5000||258 / 350 Nm @ 1500-4000||350T|
|CT4||2.7L Turbo I4 L3B||309 / 231 @ 5600||348 / 472 @ 1800||450T|
|CT4-V||2.7L Turbo I4 L3B||325 / 242 @ 5600||380 / 515 @ 1800||V|
|CT5||2.0L Turbo I4 LSY||237 / 177 @ 5000||258 / 350 @ 1500-4000||350T|
|CT5||3.0L Twin-Turbo V6 LGY||335 / 250 @ 5600||400 / 542 @ 2400-4400||550T|
|CT5-V||3.0L Twin-Turbo V6 LGY||360 / 265 @ 5600||405 / 550 @ 2350-4000||V|
|CT6*||3.6L V6 LGX||335 / 250 @ 6800||284 / 385 @ 5300||400|
|CT6*||4.2L Twin-Turbo V8 LTA||500 / 373 @ 5000||574 / 778 @ 3400||800T|
|CT6-V||4.2L Twin-Turbo V8 LTA||550 / 410 @ 5000||640 / 867 @ 3400||V|
|XT4||2.0L Turbo I4 LSY||237 / 177 @ 5000||258 / 350 @ 1500-4000||350T|
|XT5||2.0L Turbo I4 LSY||237 / 177 @ 5000||258 / 350 @ 1500-4000||350T|
|XT5||3.6L V6 LGX||310 / 231 @ 6600||271 / 367 @ 5000||400|
|XT6 (China)||2.0L Turbo I4 LSY||237 / 177 @ 5000||258 / 350 @ 1500-4000||350T|
|XT6 (North America)||3.6L V6 LGX||310 / 231 @ 6600||271 / 367 @ 5000||400|
|Escalade Gasoline||6.2L V8 L87||420 / 313 @ 5600||460 / 623 @ 4100||600|
|Escalade Diesel||3.0L Turbo I6 LM2||277 / 207 @ 3750||460 / 623 @ 1500||600D|
- * Model discontinued
Critically, the new naming convention will ease Cadillac’s transition to all-electric powertrains, given torque ratings can be applied to both electric motors and internal combustion engines. According to a recent report from our sister publication, Cadillac Society, the forthcoming EV Cadillac models will use the newton-meter torque rating, plus a letter with regard to badging. The purpose of the letter is currently unclear.
As a reminder, Cadillac debuted two new all-electric vehicle concepts last week, including the Lyriq crossover, and the Celestiq flagship sedan. Stay tuned, as we have more info on these two EVs coming down the pipe, and make sure to subscribe to GM Authority for more Cadillac news and around-the-clock GM news coverage.
This post was created in collaboration with our sister publication, Cadillac Society.