Caddy Switching to Torque-Based Powertrain Naming Scheme
General Motors Co.’s Cadillac unit is adopting a new naming scheme for 2020 models that will incorporate an engine’s torque rating.
Cadillac currently denotes a vehicle’s engine displacement—and whether it is turbocharged—as part of its name. A car with a turbocharged 2.0-liter engine, for example, has a 2.0T suffix.
The new system will be based on an engine’s three-digit torque rating in newton-meters, rounded to the nearest 50. Cadillac opted for the metric designation rather than pound-feet, which is how torque typically is measured in the U.S., so the same model names can be used across global markets.
The practice of using a “T” to designate turbocharging will be continued. As a result, the upcoming XT6 crossover vehicle with a 3.6-liter V-6 engine that makes 271 lb-ft (373 Nm) of torque will be marketed as an XT6 400—or 400T for a turbo engine. The output will be shown as separate badging on the rear of the vehicle.
The torque-based naming convention also will be applied to future electric vehicles. But another letter will be used in place of T to at the end of the name to signify an electric powertrain. Cadillac’s first full electric model will be an unspecified crossover due in 2022.
Cadillac’s high-performance V-series models, such as the CT6-V sedan, will continue to get their own badging protocol.
Chrysler pioneered the modern-day minivan more than 30 years ago and has been refining and improving that type of vehicle ever since.
Honda is an engine company.
Although the term “continuous improvement” is generally associated with another company, Honda is certainly pursuing that approach, as is evidenced by the Accord, which is now in its ninth generation.