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Cadillac readies EV future with car name shake-up
Mar 13, 2019  Chris Davies


Cadillac will change the way its cars are badged, shifting away from a focus
on engine size and instead focusing on torque as GM positions the brand at
the forefront of electrification. The move comes as Cadillac prepares to
leave its New York offices and move closer to the rest of its General Motors
family in Detroit.

That relocation, according to Cadillac president Steve Carlisle, isn’t a
sign that the automaker has struggled in its current strategy. Instead, he
argues, it’s because Cadillac needs to be closer to the company’s engineers
and designers as it enters its next phase.

GM announced back in early January that Cadillac would be the torchbearer of
its new electrification strategy. It will be the first nameplate of the
group to use an all-new battery electric vehicle architecture, intended to
be more flexible and customizable than previous EV platforms. It will
support a wide range of body styles, along with a choice of battery sizes.
Front-, rear-, and all-wheel drive variants will be possible, all depending
on the needs of the particular vehicle.

The first Cadillac EV on the platform – a striking all-electric crossover –
won’t be launched for a few years yet, it’s expected. However the automaker
is already paving the way for new models, with the goal of better
positioning electric drivetrains among the existing array of engines.

Currently, Cadillac badges its cars by engine capacity. The new system will
instead focus on drivetrain torque, as measured in Newton-meters (Nm), and
rounded up to the nearest 50. A suffix letter can be added, to indicate the
type of drivetrain used.

First to use the new system will be the 2020 Cadillac XT6. Under the old
system, its V6 might have been badged as a 3.6L. With the new nomenclature,
however, it will sport a “400” badge, reflecting the 367 Nm of torque –
which, in the US at least, would more commonly be referred to as 271 lb-ft
of torque.

A Cadillac using the automaker’s 2.0L turbo engine, such as the XT4
crossover, would be badged 350T meanwhile. That’s 258 lb-ft of torque
expressed in Newton-meters, rounded up to the nearest 50, and then with the
“T” suffix appended to reflect the fact that it is a turbocharged engine.

According to Carlisle, the change is necessary because engine capacity is a
legacy criteria in an age of increasing electrification. Electric motors are
distinguished by their power, and so Cadillac needs to change how it
categorizes its vehicles so that different drivetrains can be more readily

It’s not the first automaker to take on that challenge, mind. Back in 2017,
Audi announced it would adopt new nomenclature of its own, doing away with
engine capacities and instead referring to power output in kilowatts (kW).
Rather than put the actual kW performance on the trunk, however, it is
categorizing different kilowatt power outputs into bands, and then
associating each band with a number.

So, a vehicle with between 169 and 185 kW would be referred to as a “45”
under Audi’s scheme. Like Cadillac, it then appends a name to indicate the
type of drivetrain, such as TFSI for a turbocharged gas engine or e-tron for
all-electric. Audi has begun using the new scheme on its cars in Europe, but
has not so far in North America.

Cadillac says that its new naming policy will affect all 2020 model year
cars, though with the exception of V-Power performance models.
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