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Car FYI’s 2024 Canadian Automotive Guide: Cadillac

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2024 Product Lineup: CELESTIQ, CT4, CT5, Escalade, LYRIQ, XT4, XT5, XT6

Overall Brand Impression: 

Cadillac’s premium vehicle range showcases fantastic levels of high-end styling, comfort and performance with sedans as well as sport utility vehicles. While the majority of the 2024 Cadillac lineup retains use of internal combustion engines, there are clear indications that a rapid transition shift towards electrified luxury cars is forthcoming. The arrival of the LYRIQ crossover last year signified the American luxury brand’s future that will become even more prevalent beyond 2024. While focused on the future, Cadillac also reflected on its 20 years of their high-performance oriented V-Series.

What’s New for 2024: 

The Cadillac nameplate has historically been attached to luxury during what had been regarded as the golden age of motoring between the 1930s and the 1960s. With the electric car age reaching maturity, Cadillac sees an opportunity in recapturing the throne in the crowded premium vehicle kingdom through the adoption of electrified performance. Cadillac’s first electric vehicle, the LYRIQ was launched in 2023 acting as a bold entrance into the growing premium product category. For 2024, the Cadillac LYRIQ adds a lower-priced Tech trim level as well as a Sport trim boasting a specific illuminated front grille and body colour matching door handles. Other upgrades to the electric vehicle include the choice of five new exterior colour options and an enhanced Drive Assist package incorporating Intersection Automatic Emergency Braking.  

Appearing later in 2024, Cadillac’s rush for electrification will provide one of the most opulent models in the brand since the Eldorado Brougham of the late 1950s. The Cadillac CELESTIQ is a strikingly designed sedan with a fastback rear greenhouse. CELESTIQ’s starting price is slated to be above $300,000 American while a wide range of customized touches will be made available to buyers pushing the price tag even higher. Beyond the LYRIQ and CELESTIQ, Cadillac has already announced an ambitious fully-electric product line for the 2025 and 2026 model years. An electric version of the marque’s large sport utility vehicle, the Escalade IQ, will launch late in 2024 for the 2025 model year. A pair of EV crossover designs will join the lineup with the OPTIQ for 2025 and the VISTIQ in 2026.

One model in Cadillac’s gasoline-powered sport utility crossover lineup is a recipient of a major change for 2024. The 2024 Cadillac XT4 gains an updated exterior that includes a new LED headlamp design, grille and alloy wheels. Inside, the XT4 boasts improved interior touches and a 33-inch diagonal LED display inspired by the LYRIQ. 5G Wi-Fi hotspot capability and an available 13-speaker AKG sound system are also offered on the Cadillac XT4 for 2024.

20 years ago, the 2004 Cadillac CTS-V sedan featuring a Chevrolet Corvette-derived V8 engine made people once again admire as a source of performance. The CT4-V and CT5-V models (including the top-tier Blackwing variants) as well as the 682-horsepower Escalade-V will be offered with a V-Series 20th Anniversary commemorative package.

Availability of Super Cruise driver assistance technology is now extended across most of the 2024 Cadillac Escalade and Escalade-V lineup as standard equipment included with a three-year OnStar premium plan.

Highlight Models for 2024:

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Cadillac CELESTIQ ($300,000 US): For the first time in 65 years, the Cadillac name will attach itself to a super-luxury flagship on par in pricing with Rolls-Royce. The CELESTIQ is a high-fashion, ultra-modern sedan that spares no expense in obtaining peak comfort and performance. The concept version of the Cadillac CELESTIQ’s design incorporated extensive carbon fiber materials, 3D printed pieces and a Smart Glass roof featuring Suspended Particle Device Technology. A 55-inch diagonal HD display is located at the front of the car’s cabin that has temperature control managed through a high-efficient four-zone microclimate system. 

The Cadillac CELESTIQ is a fully-electric luxury sedan utilizing General Motors’ Ultium platform similar to the technology propelling the LYRIQ. With an estimated driving range of 483 kilometers, the CELESTIQ’s all-wheel drive power is sourced from two electric motors generating approximately 600 horsepower and 640 lb.ft. of torque.

Slated to enter production late 2024, the CELESTIQ is intended to be a limited production model with each example expected to be bespoke to the requests of qualified Cadillac customers. 

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Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing ($105,324): Cadillac’s CT4 and CT5 are among the last American badged and produced gasoline-powered luxury sedans. The performance leader of Cadillac’s 2024 sedan lineup is the CT5-V Blackwing.

Powered by a 668-horsepower supercharged 6.2-liter V-8 engine, the 2024 Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing is among one of the most fastest vehicles in the lineup. Accelerating from 0 to 96 kilometers per hour in just 3.4 seconds, maximum speed for the sport sedan is rated at 321 kilometers per hour (200 miles per hour). A six-speed manual or 10-speed automatic transmission is available with the sedan.

Standard equipped Magnetic Ride Control on the 2024 CT5-V Blackwing serves both to complement handling for the high-performance suspension for precision sport driving and supplies refined road manners for occupant comfort. A sport/luxury blended cabin includes a long list of amenities such as supportive front bucket leather seats with 18-way power adjustment, heads-up display and a 16-speaker premium audio system supplied by AKG.  

Many video game fans have been granted to opportunity to test drive a CT5-V Blackwing virtually as the sedan as well as the CT4-V Blackwing was added to Xbox’s Forza Horizon 5 game. Petrol lovers can rejoice in regards to the future of gasoline powered models of General Motors finest luxury products for the immediate future. In September, Cadillac unveiled a model refresh for the CT5 for 2025. Updated Cadillac CT5-V and CT5-V Blackwing variants have both been confirmed.


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