Cadillac at the 2017 Chicago Auto Show

The 2017 Chicago Auto Show didn’t see a huge showing from Cadillac—they didn’t debut any new vehicles or bring along any concept cars, but they did have displays for all six vehicles in their 2017 lineup, including the XT5, which is new for the 2017 model year.

The entry-level ATS luxury sports sedan and comes standard with a turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder or available 3.6-liter V6 at 355 horsepower and an EPA-estimated 30 mpg on the highway. It can get up to 464 hp with twin-turbo V6 on the ATS-V model.

2017 Cadillac Escalade - 2017 Chicago Auto Show

The mid-size sedan CTS offers the biggest changes for the new model year, with a styling refresh and adjustments to the trim levels. The high-performance CTS-V can get up to 640 hp. The full-size XTS sedan saw only minor changes this year.

Cadillac’s flagship sedan, the CT6, introduces a plug-in model for the 2017 model year with an electric-only range of 30 miles before switching over to hybrid power that can reach up to 355 hp. The standard safety feature suite includes park assist and collision mitigation.

The XT5, the newest edition to Cadillac’s lineup and its entry into the mid-size crossover segment features some interesting additions. It features plenty of technology, a peppy 310-hp engine, and available all-wheel drive. Cadillac also brought the new Escalade, its full-size SUV, which didn’t see major upgrades for the new model year.

Top Restaurants for a Romantic Valentine’s Day Dinner in Chicago

Chicago is home to a long list of world-renowned restaurants, enticing attractions, and national treasures. That can make it a little difficult to pick the right lineup for a Valentine’s Day date. Let us help make your planning a little easier this holiday. Here are some of the top restaurants for a romantic Valentine’s Day dinner in Chicago as recommended by us here at Heritage Cadillac. Enjoy!

  • Balena – There’s almost too much to choose from at Balena, a premier restaurant that serves upscale dishes. Kick things off with a glass of wine, move to one of the finest pizzas in Chicago, finish off with a delightful dessert, and head out on your merry way.
  • North Pond – While it may be a little more pricy than its competitors, North Pond is well worth the visit. Located close to a pond in Lincoln Park, the scenic view speaks for itself. As though that isn’t enough, the food is incredible. As an added bonus, most of the meals are made from locally grown organic food!
  • Truth Italian Restaurant – There are few better places for a filling meal than an Italian restaurant! Truth Italian Restaurant kicks off your dinner by setting the table before your very eyes, white tablecloth and all. Pick from a delicious course of appetizers, entrees, and desserts that are sure to leave you satisfied!

GM Environmental Efforts Look Toward Future

General Motors is looking to create a bright future, and is doing so by working to reduce the impact its vehicles and facilities have on the environment. Over the past few years, the American carmaker has managed to become a leader due to its environmental efforts. From introducing alternative fuel options to reducing its contribution to landfills, here is a look at GM environmental efforts.

Building facility biodiversity.

GM is teaming up with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal, which seeks to halt the loss of biodiversity worldwide. At a variety of GM locations across the globe, the carmaker is developing wildlife habitats. For instance, it has created pollinator gardens to protect honeybees and designated no-mow zones to help grow grasslands.

Alternative fuel vehicles.

Throughout GM’s model lineup, there are a number of alternative fuel options that can help the environment. These range from electric vehicles like the Chevy Bolt and the Cadillac CT6 plug-in to GMC and Chevrolet’s brand-new alternative fuel fleet offerings, which make it easier to go green at work.

Renewable Energy Commitment.

Earlier this year, GM pledged to use 100% renewable energy by 2050. Rather than depending on harmful energy sources, the American carmaker will source its global facilities’ electricity from wind, sun, and landfill gas. This is a major way for the automotive giant to address climate change.

GM Environmental Efforts

Driving the Cadillac CT6 plug-in is a luxurious way to go green

Chicago Holiday Events to Bring in the Winter Season

Winter is almost here, which means it’s time to start the holiday season off on the right foot. What better way to do so than to get a head start on your holiday shopping? There are a number of Chicago holiday events that are the perfect excuse to check some names of this year’s gift list. Here are a few markets that are sure to help you find the perfect gift for all.

Chicago Holiday EventsChristkindlmarket. If you’re looking to bring some holiday cheer, while also celebrating German and European traditions, then the Chicago Christkindlmarket is the perfect place for you to head. This market, which is inspired by the original one that opened in 1545 in Nuremberg, Germany, is a festival of fun, food, and wonderful products that will leave you in the holiday spirit. Stop in from November 18th to December 24th to enjoy this festival.

Holidose 2016. For a shopper’s haven, head to Holidose 2016 at the Dose Market. This holiday market is the prime place if you’re interested in buying local, hand-crafted goods that were made with love. Vendors will fill the Morgan MFG marketplace on Sunday, December 11th from 10am to 5pm to offer visitors art, home goods, ornaments, and plenty to eat. There will also be plenty of other products for sale. All proceeds of this event, which costs $10 online and $12 at the door, will be donated to the Chicago Children’s Choir.

2017 Cadillac Escalade Overview

The Cadillac Escalade has long been a named associated with full-size luxury and sophistication. From its bold, modern exterior design to a spacious interior packed with innovative technology and all the upscale amenities you could ever dream of, the 2017 Cadillac Escalade is an SUV that seamlessly blends capability and comfort with premium luxury. This Cadillac Escalade overview will guide you through everything this vehicle has to offer.

The inside of the Escalade is a showcase of top-of-the-line craftsmanship, with cut-and-sewn upholstery on the seats and handcrafted trims and touches. Two rows of climate-controlled seats, a power-folding rear row that yields up to 121 cubic feet of space, and Active Noise Cancellation are only a few comforts offered by the Escalade.

Want more technology? Wireless charging is an option, as well as keyless access and remote start, a Surround Vision Camera, and even a Safety Alert Seat. That’s not even including all the infotainment tech that comes standard with Cadillac CUE.

With up to 420 horsepower under the hood thanks to the 6.2-liter V8, the Cadillac Escalade is also as capable as it looks. Plus, StabiliTrak and available four-wheel drive further ensure the security and capability of your Escalade.

But you don’t need a Cadillac Escalade overview to know that this SUV doesn’t do anything halfway. From good looks to interior quality to comfort and technology, the Escalade goes above and beyond in providing the best of top-of-the-line luxury.

2017 Cadillac Escalade overview

DIY Car Maintenance Tasks Anyone Can Do

You don’t have to spend tons of money on dealership car maintenance. There are plenty of DIY car maintenance tasks you really can learn to do, no matter what level of car knowledge you have. With the amount of auto DIY tutorials on YouTube and the many auto-related websites out there, learning this stuff is easy.

First of all: oil changes. Doing an oil and filter change may take you a while to do the first time, but once you figure out where the drain plug is and practice jacking your car up, you’ll be amazed at how quickly it goes.

Replacing your battery is another task that you’d be amazed at how easy it is. Besides some cleaning, it’s really just a matter of lifting the battery out and putting a new one in.

You can also check your cabin air filter and put in a new one on your own. All you have to do is find where it’s located in your owner’s manual and it’s a snap to replace it.

Windshield wipers! These are a piece of cake. So is putting in new spark plugs. Follow any of these links for a quick and easy guide to these simple maintenance tasks!

DIY car maintenance

How to Get Better Fuel Economy in Winter

As the weather starts to get colder, you’ll probably notice your fuel economy going down. Cold weather impacts your car’s efficiency in a lot of ways—the engine has to work harder, the tire pressure is low, and maybe some parts aren’t running as efficiently as they could be thanks to the harshness of the cold. Here are some things you can do to get better fuel economy in winter.

First, check your tire pressure regularly. Not only does low tire pressure make it harder for your car to go forward, it also reduces your tire traction, which can be dangerous in the wintertime. Checking your tire pressure once every couple of weeks and adding air when necessary is safer and more efficient.

Before winter starts, get an oil change. The dirtier your oil is, the less efficiently your engine is running and the more fuel it uses. This goes for your filters as well—a dirty cabin air filter can reduce fuel economy by up to 10%.

You should also avoid parking outside when you can and stick to garages. The colder the car is, the longer it takes for your engine to warm up and the more fuel you use. Don’t let your car idle for twenty minutes to let it warm up—cars get warm the fastest when they’re already moving, so it’s just a waste of gas to try to warm it up before you get in.

There are lots of things you can do to improve fuel economy—find more here!

fuel economy in winter

Getting Your Car Ready for Winter

It still feels like summer outside, but cold weather is right around the corner, so it’s time to start thinking about getting your car ready for winter. There are some maintenance tasks you can do you at home and some things you should have your dealer check in preparation for winter.

You should be getting an oil change about twice a year depending on how many miles you drive, and right before winter is the perfect time to do it. Winter is hard on your vehicle’s fluids, which are much colder and thus move slower, so starting the season with clean multi-grade oil is the way to go.

Check your owner’s manual and make sure you’re up to date on all your scheduled maintenance. You should also check all your fluids and top off the coolant, windshield wiper fluid, power steering fluid, and brake fluid as needed. Look at your air and fuel filters and replace if they’re very dirty, and get new windshield wipers, especially if they’re squeaking or leaving streaks.

You probably haven’t used your heater and defrost in a few months, so test them to make sure they’re working properly. Check your lights and bulbs for anything that’s dull or out, check your tire pressure, and have your battery and brakes inspected. Regularly check your tire pressure to make sure your tires are still full. Winter is the last time you want these things to give out.

Finally, assemble a winter emergency kit before those fist snowflakes fall to make sure that you’re ready if you were to be snowed in or have a break down.

car ready for winter

Cadillac Escala Concept Is a Glimpse into the Future

At the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance held last month, Cadillac unveiled its new Escala Concept. This elegant design is not just for show. Cadillac says this concept represents the future of the brand and previews a new design language along with technological advances.

“Escala is a concept with two clear objectives,” said Johan de Nysschen, president of Global Cadillac. “First, Escala is a statement of intent for the next iteration of the Cadillac design language, and also technical concepts in development for future Cadillac models. Secondly, Escala builds Cadillac’s aspirational character, signaling the brand’s return to the pinnacle of premium.”

With this concept, Cadillac sets its sights on more elegance. Escala, which is Spanish for “scale,” is a good representation of this direction and is larger and more elite than the new CT6 range-topping sedan. The Escala was created to represent an indulgent flagship with its liftback design on a large scale.

Cadillac says we should begin seeing production models that incorporate design cues from the Escala soon. These features should include a new vertical lighting design. On the Escala these lights are organic light emitting diodes (OLED) that are deep set within the fascia for an intense stare any time of the day.

Here at Heritage Cadillac, we can’t wait to see the production models that stem from the Escala concept.

Escala concept

Tips To Detail Your Car Like A Pro

Look. If you are going to go to the trouble of blocking off your afternoon and dressing in rags to get your vehicle clean, why not do it right? Here are some tips to detail your car like a pro

# 1 – It’s not just about how your vehicle looks, having a truly clean car is also about having a car that smells good. The trick to doing that is getting a small, portable air compressor and using it to blow out the dust and buildup from your ducts and vent grilles.

# 2 – Of course, that air compressor is going to come in handy in a lot of ways. Another thing you can do is use it to blow the dirt and debris from all of those hard to get places in your interior. Try to blow towards an open area where you can vacuum it all up.

# 3 – Always hand wash your vehicle, as opposed to taking it to an automatic wash facility. Also, never use dishwashing liquid. It removes the wax coating, making the finish vulnerable to scratches.

# 4 – Unless you consider yourself a trained professional, the best way to remove contaminants from your finish is to use a clay bar. Lubricate it with cleaner wax and rub it trouble spots.

The benefits of having a vehicle that is properly detailed on a regular basis are countless. At the very least, it’s nice to drive a car that doesn’t smell like a fuming pile of dirty clothes, right?

tips to detail your car like a pro