Changes to the 2022 Cadillac Models

While the automotive world awaits the arrival of the new 2023 Cadillac Lyriq electric SUV, GM’s luxury division is ramping up fossil fuel performance with the introduction of the Blackwing variants of the CT4 and CT5 sports sedans. The rest of Cadillac’s two-car, four-SUV lineup will remain virtually unchanged for 2022.

The big news for Cadillac’s entry-level CT4 sedan for 2022 is the addition of a Blackwing high-performance variant atop the model line. The new CT4-V Blackwing is equipped with all kinds of performance goodies. First and foremost, there’s a 3.6-liter, twin-turbocharged V6 engine that produces 472 horsepower and 445 pound-feet of torque. Other high-speed equipment includes a standard six-speed manual transmission (a 10-speed automatic is optional), a sport-tuned chassis and suspension with adaptive damping, Brembo performance brakes and an electronic limited-slip differential, among other upgrades.

Inside, the CT4-V Blackwing has a high-quality steering wheel with carbon fiber accents, an AKG premium audio system with 15 speakers and a performance data recorder. Cadillac claims a 0 to 60 mph time of 3.9 to 4.1 seconds, depending on the transmission, and a top speed of 289 mph. The starting price for the CT4-V Blackwing is $59,990, including the $995 destination fee.

The rest of the 2022 CT4 lineup will see only minor changes. The Super Cruise 1 and Super Cruise 2 packages, which enable hands-free semi-autonomous driving on selected roads, are now available on Premium Luxury and Sport trim levels. In addition, a new, at extra cost, paint color is available for the CT4 Sport: Blaze Orange Metallic.

The CT5 sedan is very similar to the CT4 in terms of feature packaging, but there are some key differences. For example, the slightly larger CT5 has a fastback roofline, while the CT4 has a more traditional sedan styling. The two cars share a base engine, but the CT5 offers two optional V6 engines rather than just 4-cylinder power like the CT4. The CT5 also has a standard 10-inch touchscreen, while the one in the CT4 only measures 8 inches. But perhaps the main difference between the two models can be seen in the Blackwing variants.

The CT5-V Blackwing has a hand-built, supercharged 6.2-liter V8 engine that produces 668 horsepower and 669 pound-feet. It works with a standard six-speed manual or a ten-speed automatic transmission to propel the car from 0 to 100 km/h in 3.4 to 3.6 seconds, depending on the transmission. That’s a full half a second faster than the CT4-V Blackwing. According to Cadillac, the CT5-V Blackwing can break the 200 km/h barrier. Notably, the CT5-V Blackwing has the largest factory-installed brakes in the brand’s history, with an available lightweight carbon-ceramic brake package. The starting price for the CT5-V Blackwing is $84,990, including the $995 destination fee.

Changes to the rest of the Cadillac CT5 range (Super Cruise packages and a new paint finish) match those of the smaller CT4.

The Escalade has been completely redesigned for 2021, with several industry and segment firsts. As such, the changes for the 2022 model year are minimal. In terms of safety, Cadillac makes Buckle to Drive standard across the board. This restraint system prevents the driver from shifting out of Park if the driver’s seat belt is not fastened. Lane Keeping Assist with Lane Departure Warning is now standard on the Luxury trim level. Platinum trim gets standard puddle lights projecting the Cadillac decal, and there are three new, extra-cost metallic paint colors: mahogany, galactic gray and wilder.

Cadillac’s smallest crossover SUV, the XT4, will enter 2022 without significant changes. With the exception of three new, extra-cost metallic paint colors – Latte, Galactic Gray and Rosewood – the 2022 XT4 is a complete carryover from the previous year.

Changes to the Cadillac XT5 midsize crossover SUV for 2022 are primarily aesthetic. The XT5 Sport gets red-painted front and rear brake calipers, new color floor mats for all rows of seats and two new, extra-cost metallic paint colors: Latte and Rosewood. The only mechanical changes are the standard Brembo front brakes on all trims and 20-inch, 12-spoke Pearl Nickel-finished wheels on the Sport trim level.

New items for Cadillac’s 3-row, 7-passenger XT6 crossover SUV are nearly identical to those of the smaller XT5. The family-sized SUV gets new Brembo front brakes, red front and rear calipers on the Sport trim, a 21-inch multi-spoke wheel design available on the Sport, and new Latte and Rosewood metallic paint finishes. Otherwise, the XT6 is strictly transferred.

Cadillac is the source of information in this article. It was correct on November 18, 2021, but it may have changed since that date. Always confirm product details and availability with the vehicle manufacturer’s website or your local dealer.

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