When it comes to luxury vehicles, it’s the fine details that make the difference. Things like contrasting stitching, thick premium carpets and metal trim all combine to add an extra layer of refinement and remind the owner why they spent that little bit of extra money for a higher-end vehicle.
One such example of this on the Cadillac XT5 and Cadillac XT6 crossover is the Bose speaker grilles. In many non-luxury vehicles, speaker grilles are often plastic and painted the same color as the interior trim or upholstery to conceal them as much as possible. However, in the XT5 and XT6, the speaker grilles included with the optional Bose Performance Series audio system have a brushed metal finish and are located in an area on the doors that put them directly in the passengers’ sight.
The speaker grilles include a series of small holes that get increasingly larger as the pattern works its way to the center of the grille. The holes are about 1 mm in size in the center and narrow down to 0.6 mm at their smallest size. Bose says the grille design helps improve the audio quality of the speaker, though they are also designed to look good, of course.
“Remarkably thin and light, [the speaker grilles] transport sound more efficiently,” the audio company says. “Even the smallest details – like the refined Bose speaker emblem – are designed to reinforce the exclusiveness and feeling of luxury that pervades the vehicle interior.”
The Bose Performance Series audio system for the Cadillac XT5 and Cadillac XT6 is only offered with the Platinum Package on both models. It includes 14 speakers and also utilizes advanced Bose audio technology such as AudioPilot, which automatically adjusts the audio settings to drown out road noise. It also uses a technology called Centerpoint, which converts two-channel sound into multiple channels, along with Active Sound Management, a technology that works to cancel out other obtrusive noises in the cabin.
The Bose Performance Series audio system is available on the Cadillac CT5 sedan as well, where the same high-end metal speaker grilles are also present. The standard audio system on the XT5, XT6 and other current Cadillac vehicles is a less powerful and less advanced Bose eight-speaker system.
This post was written in collaboration with our sister publication, Cadillac Society.