Cadillac CT6 | Starting price: $53,000
Cadillac’s newly launched prestige sedan, the CT6, aims to extend the reach and breadth of the brand. This new model will be available to a segment of luxury sedan buyers not catered to by the brand in many years.
“The CT6 is nothing less than an entirely new approach to premium luxury – and an approach only Cadillac can offer,” said Johan de Nysschen, president of Cadillac.
Cadillac CT6 takes drivers to a higher threshold of involvement, with technologies that make them more aware of and engaged in their surroundings. If you’re looking for a large luxury sedan that shields you from what’s going on around you, this isn’t the one for you. Luxurious, yes… but you won’t travel totally isolated from the outside world. The CT6 aims at being the expression of comfort, luxury and connectivity.
Though the vehicle competes with the BMW 7 series and the Lexus LS in size, it weighs less than midsize luxury models like the BMW 5 Series and the Mercedes E Class. All this reduction is due to a focus on light and strong body structures.
The CT6 is powered by three separate engine offerings: a turbocharged 2.0 liter 4-cylinder engine; a 3.6 liter V6; and a fire- breathing twin turbocharged 3.0 V6 producing 400 horsepower and 400 ft-lbs of torque. A traditional V8 engine in this large luxury sedan is not currently offered. To round out the performance bits of the vehicle, it is equipped with segment-best ride, handling and isolation qualities – through the use of Active Rear Steer, Magnetic Ride Control and selectable drive modes.
The all-new Articulating Rear Seat package offers new thresholds for comfort and luxury, with approximately 3.3 inches of adjustable seat travel, lumbar adjustment, tilting cushions, massage feature, heating/cooling features and armrest with media controls, including HDMI and USB ports.
The vehicle excels in connectivity. A true 360 degree situational camera shows on the display. An industry-first surround-view video recording system that can record front and rear views while driving, and 360 degrees of recording if the vehicle’s security system is activated. And with new anti-theft technology, even if the bad guys steal the car, systems can limit the car’s getaway speed to 5 miles per hour. Additional items include enhanced Night Vision for seeing people and animals by detecting heat signatures.
Another industry-first is the rear camera mirror which combines camera technology with the conventional inside mirror to project an unobstructed view in the mirror.
Extended comfort seats offer a refined, luxurious appearance. Features include premium Opus leather, five massage programs, reclining rear seats and Cadillac’s first application of woven-in-seat heating elements.
Bottom line, the CT6 has all the required elements that you would expect from a large luxury sedan plus a few extra. It’s definitely worthy of consideration if you’re in the market for this class of vehicle.
Tesla Model X | Starting price: $74,000
According to Tesla, Model X is the safest, quickest and most capable sport utility vehicle in history. It blends performance and utility with unique features including the falcon wing doors, canopy glass, and seven-seat configuration.
Tesla’s sole automotive products are battery electric luxury vehicles. The nagging problem with battery vehicles historically has been that battery capacity is small and therefore battery cars cannot drive very far without a lengthy battery recharge. Not only is their storage capacity limited, but batteries are very heavy and expensive.
A powerful development that the Tesla company has led in is the improvement in battery design. They have almost single- handedly made huge strides in shrinking the size, heft and cost of batteries all while vastly improving the electrical storage capacity.
Tesla’s first vehicle, the Model S, is a luxury sedan that is very advanced, is very very fast and has a base price of about $68,000. The upcoming Model 3 is the compact sedan version of the line and is offered at a mere $35,000. Though not yet available, Tesla has already pre-sold the entire first year of production of this model.
The vehicle in the middle is the Model X, the midsize 7 passenger SUV of the line. Its starting price is $74,000. Though it weighs in at a hefty 5,200 pounds largely because of the battery pack, it is extraordinarily fast reaching 60 miles an hour is a mere 3.2 seconds, faster than most Corvettes, Porsches and Ferraris. It also has a top speed of 155 miles an hour!
Being a battery powered vehicle, the mechanics are very simple. The fuel for battery electric vehicles is electricity. Gasoline and diesel vehicles need a complex internal combustion engine which converts heat into power. With the electrics, you don’t need a transmission, a cooling system, an exhaust system with tail pipes and catalytic converters, no internal combustion, no gas, no emissions, no engine overheating, no fuel injection, no spark plugs, no starter, etc. The electricity is stored in its battery. The Model X has a range of about 200-300 miles which is far greater than the average daily drive of most people. The recharging process is also much shorter now than before.
The Model X is a very functional vehicle with respect to size, interior space, comfort and safety. To optimize the utility of the vehicle it has a signature falcon wing 2nd row door design. These doors fold largely straight up and then over allowing convenient exit and entry even in the tightest parking spaces.
The interior of the X is trademark Tesla, meaning it is classy, high tech yet uncluttered. As with previous Teslas there is a gigantic display in the middle of the instrument panel like a large touch screen computer in portrait mode. Most vehicle controls are located there.
The Model X is smooth, quiet, fast, useful, stylish, luxurious, simple, elegant, upscale, and because of its mechanical simplicity will last a very long time. What’s not to like?
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