Keep Your Cadillac Clean This Winter

When the snow first starts to fall, the world looks so clean and bright. Then everything gets slushy and dirty, including your Cadillac. Consider these tips to help keep your Cadillac clean this winter as you explore Ballwin, Missouri, and beyond.

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Invest in some quality mats.

If you’ve held off on investing in rubber mats for your car, now might be the time to spend the money. While carpeted mats look great, rubber mats are waterproof. When you get home after piling in with snowy shoes, you can easily dump the water out of rubber mats and rinse them out.

Wash it.

It might seem counterintuitive in cold weather, but make sure that you keep your car’s exterior washed in the winter. Salt from the roads can really hurt your Cadillac vehicle’s paint and cause rust on the underbody.

Consider snow foam.

Cleaning the salt off your car can damage the exterior of your vehicle if you don’t do it right, as the abrasive grit can leave tiny scratches along your paint. Consider looking into snow foam and applying it before your usual soap. This special layer can also help keep your car looking cleaner longer.

Wax on.

Applying wax to your vehicle’s exterior can help protect it from winter before the season even begins. This protective later makes it more difficult for grit and grime to reach your paint in the first place.

Contact us at ELCO Cadillac in Ballwin if you need help keeping your Cadillac in tip-top shape. And remember to schedule a winter service appointment for your ride, if you still need to do so.

Cadillac Tops Its Segment in the J.D. Power 2021 Initial Quality Study

As evidenced by the J.D. Power 2021 U.S. Initial Quality Study (IQS), new vehicles continue to improve year after year. J.D. Power reports that quality has improved 2%, when compared to the 2020 study. One of the highlights from the study is that the Cadillac CT5 earned the top ranking in the Midsize Premium Car segment.

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In this study, J.D. Power surveys new vehicle owners during the first 90 days of ownership. The owners report on any problems they experienced with any vehicle features including performance, comfort, and technology. The results of the study are reported as problems per 100 vehicles (PP100). A lower score represents higher quality.

As a luxury midsize sedan, the 2021 Cadillac CT5 is exceptional. It is still fresh after a full redesign in 2020. This year, it adds wireless capabilities for both Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ along with a customizable digital instrument display.

For drivers looking to enjoy the latest technology, the 2021 CT5 is available with Super Cruise this year. This technology lets drivers experience hands-free driving on thousands of miles of freeways across the country. The CT5 comes well-equipped with luxury features including simulated leather upholstery, a 10-inch touch screen system, and a forward collision mitigation system.

Experience the CT5 and the brand’s other luxury vehicles firsthand when you stop by ELCO Cadillac in Ballwin, Missouri.

Meet the Aerodynamic CT4-V Blackwing

When it comes to luxurious, performance-oriented vehicles, Cadillac has a reputation for offering some of the best, and its new 2022 CT4-V Blackwing is no exception. Check out how this sedan creates exhilarating drives while staying safely on the pavement.

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The engineers at Cadillac expertly tuned the aerodynamics of the CT4-V Blackwing to ensure it keeps its tires firmly on the ground. The spoiler on the car’s rear was key to preventing it from lifting off the ground without adding too much drag. And, it of course looks stylish too.

On the front end, an underwing increases the airflow under the car. This decreases the pressure beneath the car and pulls it downward. When driving at a high speed, the spoiler, underwing, and other components actually make the CT4-V Blackwing heavier than it is at a standstill because of the downward force they create.

According to Cadillac, if you hit 160 mph in a CT4-V Blackwing equipped with the available Carbon Fiber 1 Package, the car would generate roughly 133 pounds of downforce — making for a safer, smoother, and more grounded ride.

Experience the thrilling ride quality that Cadillac models have to offer when you stop by ELCO Cadillac in Ballwin, Missouri, to find a new Cadillac of your own.

2022 Cadillac XT5 Gets New Brembo Brake Package

The Cadillac XT5 will offer the available Brembo Brake Package for the 2022 model year. This package will give the crossover some additional stopping power and give you one more reason to go with a new XT5.

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The Brembo Brake Package includes Brembo performance front brakes as well as red brake calipers for the front and rear brakes of the XT5. This package is newly available for the 2022 XT6 too, offering the same features.

Both models only offer the package on the Sport trim level. The XT5 Sport also comes with Gloss Black accents on the exterior and 20-inch 12-spoke Pearl Nickel finish alloy wheels. Its standard 3.6-liter V6 engine pairs with a nine-speed automatic transmission and delivers 310 horsepower and 271 lb-ft of torque. Other performance-improving features include the Sport Control All-Wheel Drive System and the exclusive Performance Suspension system.

The 2022 XT5 will likely carry over most of the same features from the 2021 model year since it will be the last XT5 in the current generation. Some major updates should happen in the following model year. All that’s known so far is that the 2022 XT5 will add the package and drop the Garnet Metallic and Shadow Metallic paint colors.

If you’re interested in getting behind the wheel of the 2022 Cadillac XT5, give us a call at ELCO Cadillac to find out when you can take it out for a test drive at our Ballwin, Missouri, dealership.

How To Pack Lightly for a Road Trip With Your Cadillac

A road trip in your Cadillac sounds like a great idea. However, when packing, you can quickly run out of space in your luggage. To help you conquer the clutter, we have a few tips on how to pack lightly for a road trip.

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Check the weather.

Look up the 10-day weather forecast for your destination. Choose clothes appropriate for the predicted weather when packing your suitcase.

Limit your wardrobe.

While you might be tempted to pack for any possible weather condition, you should focus on three versatile outfits that will keep you comfortable. Choose clothing that is easy to care for. You can always stop by a laundromat if you are staying for more than three days.

Pack toiletries.

Use a gallon-size plastic bag to store all your essential toiletries. If you are staying at a hotel, you can always use the provided shampoo and soap to save you some space. Don’t forget any prescription medications you might have.

Roll tightly.

To help your clothes fit more compactly into your suitcase, you should roll each item. You can also roll outfits together to make getting ready easier. Put the heavier items, like jeans, on the bottom with the lighter items on top.

Final step.

Finish packing by adding your toiletries and other lightweight essentials. And don’t forget your phone charger and a pair of lightweight shoes that you can use in case your other pair gets dirty on your travels.

ELCO Cadillac wishes you and your loved ones a safe and happy summer travel season. And remember to contact us to schedule a pre-road trip maintenance appointment for your Cadillac if you haven’t already done so. 

2021 Cadillac Escalade Nabs Luxury Car of the Year Title

When it comes to car-related opinions, Cars.com is one of the most trusted sources in the industry. Their lists are highly reliable and thoroughly vetted through a long process of analysis and testing. One of their most well-known and anticipated awards is for Luxury Car of the Year, and the latest Cadillac Escalade has officially claimed the title for 2021.

2021 Cadillac Escalade | ELCO Cadillac | Ballwin, MO

The 2021 Cadillac Escalade is the newest iteration of what’s usually considered to be General Motors’ most luxurious vehicle. The 2021 model sports a fresh exterior look, a new sports-inspired interior, and a slew of new tech features. It also comes with two powerful engine options that complement its refined good looks.

While the 2021 Escalade’s luxury features and new design are certainly attractive, what really caught Cars.com’s attention was the vehicle’s highly anticipated 38-inch display screen. The website had nothing but praise for the groundbreaking screen, describing it as “lightning quick, super-crisp and clear in its colorful displays, and [capable of] a level of reconfigurability and high-tech geek-lust that kept us endlessly entertained.”

If you’re ready to test drive the award-winning luxury vehicle that Cars.com has dubbed a “stunning mechanical tour de force,” pay us a visit at ELCO Cadillac in Ballwin, Missouri, today.

What’s the Difference Between the 2021 Cadillac XT4 and XT5?

If you are looking for an attractive, spacious, and capable luxury SUV, the 2021 Cadillac XT4 and Cadillac XT5 are both great options. Here are some of the differences between the 2021 Cadillac XT4 and XT5 so you can pick the model that’s right for you.

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Engines

The 2021 Cadillac XT4 and XT5 share the same base 2.0-liter Turbo engine, but its power output differs slightly between models. The XT4 puts out 237 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque, while the XT5 generates 235 horsepower. For a bit more heft, XT5 offers another powertrain option, a 310-horsepower V6.

Cargo space

The smaller 2021 Cadillac XT4 provides 22.5 cubic feet of storage space behind the second row and up to 48.9 cubic feet when the rear seats are folded down. The 2021 Cadillac XT5 is slightly larger, offering 30.2 cubic feet of cargo space with the second row up and 63 cubic feet with the seats down.

Safety

The 2021 Cadillac XT4 and XT5 both offer plenty of standard driver-assist technology, such as Front Pedestrian Braking, Automatic Emergency Braking, Rear Park Assist, and Forward Collision Alert. For more safety features, the 2021 XT5 offers add-ons like Front Park Assist, Lane Change Alert with Side Blind Zone Alert, Automatic Braking Assist with Braking, and Night Vision.

The best way to see whether the 2021 Cadillac XT4 or XT5 is right for you, schedule a test drive at ELCO Cadillac.

Here’s a Look at the EVs Cadillac Will Release by 2025

The Cadillac lineup is about to get a whole lot greener, as Cadillac intends to add plenty of electric vehicles to its lineup by 2025. Here’s a look at what’s expected to arrive in the coming years.

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The widely anticipated Cadillac Lyriq is an upcoming electrified model that is slated to hit dealer lots during the first quarter of 2022. That’s a whole nine months earlier than previously expected. And we’ve already learned that Cadillac is about to get a new flagship sedan — the upcoming Celestiq.

The Lyriq is set to be followed by the Optiq, and Symboliq. We don’t know much about those two models yet, but one is expected to be a three-row, family-friendly luxury crossover.

On top of that, the legendary Cadillac Escalade is expected to receive a fully electrified variant. Since 2019, rumors suggested that the Escalade EV would boast a range of up to 400 miles. If that sounds like a pipe dream, it isn’t. Currently, Ultium-based EVs, like the upcoming Escalade, are expected to boast a maximum range that tops out at 450 miles on a single charge.

While these upscale electric vehicles won’t be available until later, you can find the latest Cadillac innovations at ELCO Cadillac in Ballwin, MO.

Prepare Yourself for the Cadillac CT4 and CT5 Diamond Sky Edition

The Cadillac CT4 and CT5 are two sedans praised for their luxury and sophisticated design. For the 2021 model year, these cars will come with a number of exciting updates to the table, including a new Diamond Sky Edition package. With exclusive design details throughout the cabin and exterior, the Diamond Sky Edition will help you stand out wherever the road takes you.

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One of the main features of the Diamond Sky Edition package is its exclusive paint job. The new Diamond Sky Metallic exterior color is, as the name suggests, a soft, dazzling light blueish-grey shade. Body-color features, like rocker extensions and a rear lower air diffuser, enhance the elegant, crisp appearance. The front end pulls it all together with a unique, bright grille.

Each model comes with standard Diamond Cut/Midnight Silver finish alloy wheels or available Polished/Dark Android Gloss wheels. Each gets paired with all-season tires. Behind them, Brembo® V Performance front brakes with blue calipers both look and feel great.

Inside, the Diamond Sky Edition welcomes you with Sky Cool Gray and Jet Black leather upholstery, accented with unique Diamond Fall seat inserts. The Diamond Sky Edition CT4 features Centaurus Finish Aluminum trim, whereas you’ll find a gorgeous Galaxy Wood Finish inside the CT5. To complete the experience, every Diamond Sky Edition comes complete with a key fob with stunning Diamond Sky Metallic accents. If you want to get behind the wheel of either the 2021 Cadillac CT4 or CT5 Diamond Sky Edition, schedule a test drive at ELCO Chevrolet Cadillac, right here in beautiful Ballwin, MO.

Cadillac adds the new Luxury trim to the 2021 XT6

If you have always wanted to drive a Cadillac and you need three rows of seats, the Cadillac XT6 can be a great, more affordable alternative to the larger Escalade. The XT6 crossover is one of the newest additions to the Cadillac lineup and was just added for the 2020 model year. For the 2021 model year, the XT6 will be even more affordable with the addition of a new base Luxury trim.

2021 XT6 Luxury Trim | ELCO Cadillac | Ballwin, MO

The XT6 Luxury model will have similar styling to the Premium Luxury model, especially with the Galvano grille surround. The Sport model, on the other hand, has a black grille that sets it apart from the rest of the lineup.

As far as performance goes, the XT6 Luxury comes with a new standard engine. It is equipped with a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine rated at 237 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque. If you are looking for more power, the Premium Luxury and Sport trims will still come with a 310-horsepower V6. Both engines are paired with a nine-speed automatic transmission.

The Luxury trim will come well-equipped with premium features such as heated front seats, a power liftgate, a sunroof, tri-zone automatic climate control, an eight-speaker Bose® audio system, and wireless Apple CarPlay® And Android Auto™ compatibility.

To learn more about the 2021 Cadillac XT6 Luxury — or to explore the brand’s other vehicles — don’t hesitate to contact us at ELCO Cadillac.