• Nov 22, 2006
The automotive industry is eagerly anticipating the debut of the 2008 Cadillac CTS. The sedan is tipped to preview Cadillac's newest styling direction, and is expected to take a bow at the Detroit show in January.

As we tipped earlier, unlike the current CTS and previous Catera which were offered only in sedan form, the new CTS will spawn a variety of bodystyles, which could include (in addition to the sedan) a wagon, a crossover and the two-door coupe pictured at right.

This image, a rendering commissioned by Winding Road that somehow ended up on The Hollywood Extra without attribution (waz up wit dat?), shows what the coupe might look like. It definitely has the air of a GM coupe, with those distinctive Cadillac creases and sharp lines that have come to signify the American luxury marque. With a 400-hp V8 V-Series model, this two-door could be a force to be reckoned with.

[Source: Winding Road]



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      • 8 Years Ago
      I hope a better interior is in the works.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Let's hope someone notices that the car in the rendering has the dull roofline of an 80's Cutlass (not the Supreme). Whether it is out of fashion in Europe or not, American luxury cars seem to need a moreformal, or heavier roofline to gain presence. Heaven knows that the "Art and Science" theme is a bit plain and angular anyhow.
      More rich and interesting styling == more of a Cadillac.
      I hope we are COMPLETELY over worrying about how a BMW or Lexus looks, and trying not to be too American, so we can conquer sales from them. What a pitiful strategy that has been.
      • 8 Years Ago
      The Caddy Coupe illustration isn't bad. I'm sure the real thing will look better given the sneak peeks we've seen of the 08 CTS. Let's hope that they actually follow through with this project.

      P.S. Subscription to Winding Road was free.
      • 8 Years Ago
      link's broke
      • 8 Years Ago
      The CTS seems really a twin of the concept previewed on 60 Minutes last April.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Build quality is not there for the Cadilac CTS-V compared to the M3 and C63.

      So I was in getting my 55K Volvo V70R in for service and I went over to look at the new Cadillac CTS-V and the Wagon because it is time for me to buy a new car. (I buy one every three years.)

      I've never had a problem on the Volvo side of RIckenbaugh Denver CO, in fact Dwight Davis in Service is the best service person I have ever had from any company! Five Solid Stars for Rickenbaugh Volvo Denver CO.

      Anyway, I go into Cadillac looking for a CTS-V and somewhat a CTS Wagon. After about four minutes of looking around a somewhat young salesman came up to me and asked if I had any questions. I told him that I am interested in a CTS V, M3, or a C63. He did not acknowledge that he even knew what those cars were. I told him I have some concerns with the build quality of this 60k automobile.

      Looking a little miffed, he asked me what I meant. I told him that the car has a lot of plastic, especially in the center console and dash, not to mention the car seat literally rocks. (If a car seat rocks a few centimeters right out of the factory, what other bolts are not tightened down in the car.)

      (I also noticed the typical GM bureaucratic part sharing with things like a hands free fob. However you still had to still turn a knob meant to go where the key went for the ignition. In addition the car had non-electric headrest with serious play in it. I don't know what to tell you, I came in after Bob Lutz “May the Best Car Win” marketing competition with the CTS V as a "world beater." )

      I know a lot about cars, i subscribe to 4 car magazines, read autoblog.com and fastlanedaily.com four times a year, and watch Top Gear religiously. All of these sources suggest that American cars don't compare to European cars. They all say sit in the car and look at the build quality. Push on the passenger door sheet metal with two fingers and see how much it moves. I have to say they are right because I sat in a M3 and C63. I did all the same tests and the Cadillac feels like a car that should have a sticker 15K less. The Cadillac may have a good engine and suspension but unlike the European cars, everything else is far worse on the Cadillac.

      Anyway, the salesman became very snide and offended. He said, “It’s clear you don’t like what we have to offer.” Then he walked off riled. I do marketing for a living and the salesman should have at least tried to be suave. He could have tried to up-sell me into another model because if I’m looking at a 60 – 70k car at 33. It is clear that I can clearly afford anything on their lot. Maybe there is a more expensive car that has better build quality. At very least he could say, “Check us back in a few years or come back in a year and look at the CTS V Coupe, it’s supposed to be outstanding.”

      Personally, it amazes me that that you walk into a premium American show room after 2 nightmare years for the American auto industry and they still don’t get it. The still act like it’s 1975. They are going to build a non-competitive product and you, the consumer, are going to buy it with a smile.
      • 8 Years Ago
      What's the deal with us not seeing it? On my Google homepage it says on the Hollywood Extra CTS Coupe...and i click and nothing. And on Winding Road they want you to sign up. Shame on WR!
      • 7 Years Ago
      My CTS rides much better than my brother realtor's Lexus. And who ever your friend was is an idiot, platforms are different, materials, motors etc. I can see more resemblance between a Toyota and a Lexus than a Chevy to a Caddy.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Good thing!
      Why in the world would Autoblog rehash that AWFUL photochop????
      The thing is a disaster.

      Bob Lutz all but ripped the cover off the darn thing in May and these guys couldn't even get the grille right??
      • 8 Years Ago
      Let's see, according to Kelly Blue Book a 2004 LexusLS 430 sold at list price for $55,750 and a 2004 Cadillac Deville sold at list for $50,595. Look what the two give you back on your investment just one year later. At retail in excellent condition the Lexus proudly puts back in your pocket $51,100, or 91.5% of it's original value. The Cadillac, ouch, limps in at $35,500, or a dismal 70.2% Look at the pictures, get excited about the hype, and dream on, but as a freind who once worked on a GM assembly line once told me, a Cadillac is nothing but a Chevrolet with more trim and extra insulation. The horrible resale value when compared to the young luxury Lexus, (who sets the standards all others are judged by and literally owns J.D. Powers luxury awards), only verifies the truth. Had to laugh at the French made transmission in the last Caddy I saw on the dealers floor!
      • 8 Years Ago
      "Cadillac is nothing but a Chevrolet with more trim and extra insulation" Find that hard to believe considering the CTS shares no platforms or anything for that matter with any other GM cars at the moment considering the CTS is rear-wheel drive and no other brand shares that. Whereas you buy a Lexus and it is just a rebadged toyota!!! Look at the Toyota Camry/Lexus ES...if you can't see that they're physically identical minus some extra chrome on the Lexus then you're blind, however, the lexus will cost you an extra 7grand. And I've ridden in both and a cadillac and the Toyota/Lexus have one of the most uncomfortable and cheap looking interiors I've been in...I'd take an Aveo of a Lexus any day!!!
      • 8 Years Ago
      I'd be very interested in a wagon version of the new CTS, especially if a six-speed were available. A temp use third row would be even better, but know that won't happen.