After a busy couple of decades to conclude the 20th century, Cadillac kicked off the new millennium with cutting-edge technology and a return to racing.
Night Vision was offered as an option in the 2000 Cadillac DeVille. It was the first time the technology was offered in a production car. Cadillac also made a dramatic return to competitive road racing with the four-liter twin-turbo Cadillac Northstar LMP racer.
2001 was the final year of production for the Cadillac Catera. The Cadillac CTS was shown for the first time at the Frankfurt Auto Show.
The mid-size Cadillac CTS rolled of the production line in 2002. The smallest Cadillac in the lineup was intended as a competitor for the Mercedes-Benz E-Class, BMW 5 Series, and Audi A6. The first-generation CTS was offered only as a sedan.
In 2004, Cadillac added a solid performance focus to their luxury heritage with the introduction of the Cadillac CTS-V sedan. Propelled by the 400-horsepower 5.7-liter LS6 V8 backed by the Tremec T56 six-speed manual transmission, the CTS-V could rocket from a dead stop to sixty miles per hour in just 4.6 seconds. The CTS-V and was aimed at the Mercedes E63 AMG, BMW M5, and Audi RS6. With this newfound performance, Cadillac went racing, winning the SCCS World Challenge Manufacturer and Driver Championships.
2006 was the final year for the Cadillac DeVille nameplate, as it was replaced by the DTS. The last DeVille rolled off the assembly line in late June, 2005.
The 2006 and 2007 CTS-Vs received the new 6.0-liter LS2 V8 from the Chevy Corvette. Though displacement increased compared to the outgoing LS6, power output remained the same, although with a broader power band.
In 2007, the Cadillac Escalade received a full redesign, along with its other GM full-size SUV brethren.
2008 brought the debut of the second-generation Cadillac CTS. It featured a wider track and longer wheelbase. The base CTS was powered by the 3.6-liter LY7 V6 that yielded 263 horsepower. The direct-injected 3.6-liter LLT V6 was available, rated at 304 horsepower. The CTS could be had with either a six-speed manual or the six-speed 6L50 Hydra-Matic automatic transmission. A CTS coupe concept was unveiled at the North American International Auto Show. Positive response drove Cadillac to begin producing CTS coupes in 2010. The CTS wagon concept was unveiled at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in 2008, and also went into production in 2010.
In 2009, Cadillac debuted the all-new second-generation CTS-V, powered by the supercharged, aluminum-block 6.2L LSA V8 from the Chevy Corvette ZR1 producing 556 horsepower. Transmission choices were either the Tremec TR-6060 six-speed manual or the 6L90 six-speed automatic with paddle shift. Performance was breathtaking, with a 0-60 mph time of just 3.9 seconds. A version of the CTS-V with the automatic lapped Germany’s Nurburgring in seven minutes, 59.32 seconds, setting a record for production sedans. The CTS-V coupe arrived in 2010, while the CTS-V wagon followed in 2011.
Cadillac built its final DTS on May 27th, 2011, replacing it with the all-new Cadillac XTS which bowed in 2012 as a 2013 model. The compact Cadillac ATS sedan also debuted in 2012 for the 2013 model year.
2014 marked the debut of the third-generation CTS and CTS-V. The CTS was equipped with the turbocharged 2.0-liter LTG inline four cylinder cylinder or the available 3.6-liter LFX V6. The 420-horsepower twin-turbo 3.6L LF3 V6 was available in the CTS Vsport. The CTS was named the Motor Trend magazine 2014 Car of the Year.
The 2014 CTS-V was powered by the supercharged 6.2L LT4 V8 from the C7 Corvette Z06 producing 640 horsepower. The transmission choice is limited to the eight-speed automatic with paddle shifters. Time from a dead stop to sixty miles per hour is an astounding 3.5 seconds. CTS and CTS-V production ended with the 2019 model year.
Replacing the SRX, the 2017 Cadillac XT5 was introduced at the Los Angeles International Auto Show and the Dubai Motor Show in November 2015. The 2016 Cadillac CT6 debuted at the 2015 North American International Auto Show, the brand’s first full-size, rear-wheel-drive sedan since 1996.
In 2017, Cadillac introduced a vehicle subscription service called Book by Cadillac. Initially available only in New York City, the service was soon to expand to Los Angeles and Dallas. For 2017, Cadillac introduced the first hands-free driver called Super Cruise.
The Cadillac XT4 crossover debuted at the 2018 New York International Auto Show in March 2018, and went on sale as a 2019 model. In 2019, Cadillac unveiled the 2020 Cadillac XT6 mid-size, seven-seat crossover at the North American International Auto Show, further expanding the brand’s range of utility vehicles.
The Cadillac CT6-V, launched for the 2019 model year, introduced the Blackwing name, identifying the performance sedan’s twin-turbo, 4.2L LTA V8. The latter produced 500 horsepower in the CT6 Platinum, and 550 horsepower in the CT6-V.
In 2020, Cadillac introduced the CT5 compact sedan as the CTS’ replacement, and the subcompact CT4 sedan replacement for the ATS. “V” performance versions were announced for both cars, with the CT5-V powered by the twin turbo 3.0L LGY V6 producing 360 horsepower, and the CT4-V propelled by the turbo 2.7-liter L3B four cylinder making 325 horsepower.
The Cadillac Lyriq fully electric crossover debuted in August of 2020, with production beginning in mid-2022 for the 2023 model year.
Both the CT5 and CT4 would see a significant bump in power for their performance variants in the 2022 model year with the introduction of the CT5-V Blackwing and CT4-V Blackwing. The CT5-V Blackwing is powered by the supercharged 6.2-liter LT4 V8 developing 668 horsepower and 659 pound feet of torque, backed by a six-speed manual transmission or ten-speed automatic. The CT5-V Blackwing claims a 3.4-second 0-60 mph time and a top speed of more than 200 mph. The CT4-V Blackwing features the twin turbo 3.6-liter LF4 V6 rated at 472 horsepower and 445 pound-feet of torque, with a 3.9-second 0-60 mph time on the way to a 189 mph top speed. The CT4-V Blackwing can be had with either a six-speed Tremec manual gearbox or an optional ten-speed automatic.
For the first time, Cadillac built a V-spec SUV in 2022 with the Escalade-V. Its supercharged 6.2-liter LT4 V8 makes 682 horsepower and 659 pound-feet of torque. The Escalade-V moves power to all four wheels through a ten-speed automatic transmission, and is capable of a 0-60 mph sprint in just 4.4 seconds. Suggested retail price started at $149,990.
Cadillac has repeatedly proven its mettle as a leader in the automotive luxury and performance world. As Cadillac prepares the bespoke, technologically advanced Celestiq for its debut in the 2024 model year, which will introduce the company’s Ultra Cruise driver assist system, in addition to a range of fully electric crossovers and SUVs, the Cadillac brand continues to define itself as the Standard of the World.
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