Core Caddy models are safer than ever as Blackwing twins bring the heat.
Cadillac has revealed 2022 model year updates for most of its lineup following an exciting 2021 that has seen the arrival of the venomous CT4-V Blackwing and CT5-V Blackwing sedans. These two high-performance sedans recently arrived at dealerships so are unchanged, but Cadillac has implemented several upgrades for more attainable models in its range like the CT4 and CT5 sedans, as well as the XT4, XT5, and XT6 SUVs. A common change to the entire range is the addition of more standard safety and driver-assistance features. Notably, Cadillac will be rolling out its SMART System which bundles together several driver-assist technologies.
Standard on every 2022 Cadillac model, SMART includes automatic emergency braking, forward collision alert, front pedestrian braking, a safety alert seat, rear park assist, a rearview camera, vehicle diagnostics, a teen driver function, and a rear-seat reminder. On the CT4 and CT4-V, Super Cruise 1 and Super Cruise 2 packages will be available on certain trims, allowing for hands-free driving on compatible highways. The same applies to the CT5/CT5-V and XT6. However, Cadillac did specify that both Super Cruise packages are subject to late availability so may not be offered on the initial batch of 2022 models.
The CT4 Sport also comes with a new exterior color called Blaze Orange Metallic. It can be specified at an added cost. The same color can be specced on the CT5 Sport. Of greater concern is that production of both the CT4 and CT5 were recently affected by the chip shortage.
Moving on to the crossover range, the 2022 XT4 comes with three new exterior color options: Latte Metallic, Galactic Gray Metallic, and Rosewood Metallic. The XT5 also adds the Latte and Rosewood color options for 2022 and additionally gets color-keyed floor mats for all rows. On the XT5 Sport, Brembo front brakes with front/rear calipers in red are now standard, as are 20-inch 12-spoke wheels with a Pearl Nickel finish.
The 2022 XT6 features all the same changes as the XT5, although the Sport variant now has larger 21-inch multi-spoke wheels. Cadillac hasn't yet mentioned 2022 updates for the bigger Escalade.
These changes should further boost a Cadillac lineup that has seen excellent sales momentum this year. The CT4 and CT5's retail sales are up by 679.9% and 26.9% respectively relative to the previous calendar year. Both the XT5 and XT6 have also seen sales increases of over 40% this year. Cadillac says that the latest 2022 models will go on sale later this fall.
2022 pricing hasn't yet been revealed for all models as Cadillac is still in the process of updating its website. However, we do know that the 2022 XT5 starts at $43,995 and the 2022 XT6 begins at $48,595. The 2022 CT4-V Blackwing goes for $58,995 and the 2022 CT5-V Blackwing begins at $83,995.