Cadillac has announced the transition to a new model naming system: now all cars will be numbered in accordance with with engine torque… The first to test the new name is the XT6 crossover.
Engine torque values will be rounded to the nearest multiple of 50. In the case of the XT6 crossover, the index will be used 400: its 3.6-liter "eight" produces 373 Newton meters of torque.
The renaming will gradually affect the rest of the lineup. An exception will be made only for the "charged" V family - they will retain special designations.
The company says the new naming system will allow customers to quickly navigate the lineup hierarchy. The torque parameter was chosen as the most important: according to the head of Cadillac Steve Carlisle, in the modern era of supercharging and electric motors, it is the thrust that becomes the most important parameter. It is interesting that the index will be given in terms of the metric in Newton meters - it is adopted in most countries, although it is not used in America itself, where thrust is measured in pounds per foot.
By a similar logic, a new naming system was introduced by Audi a couple of years ago: modifications of all models are now denoted by two-digit numbers that are not tied to any specific indicator, but indicate the range of engine power. For example, modification 35 is used for versions with a capacity from 150 to 163 HP, more powerful cars are indexed 45, and top-end versions with a capacity of 333 hp. got the index 55.
The dependence of the index on engine parameters is often used in designation systems for vehicle modifications of different brands. For example, in Mercedes-Benz, the three-digit index initially indicated the engine size (for example, index 180 denoted a 1.8-liter engine). On modern models, there is no longer such a clear correspondence. The Infiniti brand used the same naming system to indicate engine displacement: the FX37 had a 3.7-liter engine, and the QX56 had a 5.6-liter engine.