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Please note the spelling, this a Cadillac and not a VW, therefore it's "Sport Wagon" rather than "SportWagen". What we have here is the result of a fission reaction on the Cadillac SRX. Seeing that the current "neither fish nor fowl" SRX crossover wasn't cutting it in the marketplace, General Motors' "Art and Science" brand has split its only CUV into two distinct vehicles. The old SRX was based on the CTS' Sigma platform but looked too car-like to be considered an SUV. At the same time it rode too high to be a car. Buyers who might have liked the wagon utility of the old SRX but are enamored with the style of the new CTS can now opt for the CTS Sport Wagon.

The Sport Wagon takes the largely acclaimed styling of the CTS and adds a rear hatch allowing much more stuff to be carried. The design team led by Clay Dean has done more than just graft a longer roof onto the sedan. They extended the roof-line back and the tail-lights up to the roof, as well as adding hidden rails in the roof line. The V shape of the grille is also replicated in the contours of the tailgate. The wagon ends up with 25 cu. ft. of cargo space behind the seats. Cadillac expects about 60 percent of CTS sales in Europe will be the wagon while only 20 percent of Americans will opt for the new body style when it goes on sale in the spring of 2009.

[Source: Cadillac]



Dramatically Designed Alternative to Larger Vehicles Makes Debut at Pebble Beach

PEBBLE BEACH , Calif. – Amidst the beauty and history of the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance, Cadillac treats car enthusiasts to a world premiere of its latest production-car design. The 2010 Cadillac CTS Sport Wagon makes its debut this weekend on the Monterey Peninsula, showcasing a dramatic design that elevates and updates the classic wagon body style.

Not unlike many historic Cadillac designs, the new CTS Sport Wagon is an unmistakable and dynamic presence. The car's intricately cut rear profile injects fashion-forward design into the formerly utilitarian world of wagons. Cadillac's upcoming wagon offers ample interior space and includes a range of six-cylinder engine choices, making it a compelling alternative to larger utility vehicles.

Based on the hot-selling CTS sport sedan, and a sister vehicle to the CTS Coupe Concept, the Sport Wagon extends the design-driven renaissance of Cadillac. Following this special premiere at Pebble Beach, the CTS Sport Wagon moves to the worldwide auto show circuit this fall – and into to Cadillac dealerships in spring 2009.

"The addition of this dramatically-designed Sport Wagon is well synchronized with today's changing consumer tastes as a compelling alternative to SUVs or other larger vehicles," says Jim Taylor, Cadillac general manager. "This is an important step in Cadillac's ongoing global expansion, and of course in international markets like Europe, wagons have been and continue to be very significant."

A striking profile is created with the CTS wagon, with a silhouette that suggests speed and aerodynamic efficiency. It rides on the same 113.4-inch (2,880-mm) wheelbase as the CTS sport sedan and is 0.3-inch (7 mm) shorter. However, it offers a generous cargo area of 25 cubic feet (720 liters) behind the rear seats. Design highlights include:

  • Signature V-shaped deck and tailgate motif
  • Large, vertical taillamps with light-pipe technology
  • Power-opening liftgate (via key fob or in-vehicle button)
  • CHMSL integrated in subtle roof spoiler
  • Integrated roof load management system with cross bars for a seamless appearance
  • Cargo management system with adjustable in-floor containment
  • New 19-inch wheels
  • Larger available panoramic rear sunroof

The CTS Sport Wagon, like its sedan predecessor, includes available features such as all-wheel drive, a 40-gigabyte internal hard drive, pop-up navigation screen and a hand-cut-and-sewn interior with Sapele wood accents.

"The CTS Sport Wagon is an important expansion to the Cadillac lineup worldwide," said Taylor.

Design details

Dramatic planes highlight the CTS wagon's design, including a V-shaped motif carried throughout the vehicle and carefully integrated intersections of exterior surfaces. The elements coalesce in a dramatic fashion, creating tension that emphasizes the vehicle's performance.

"It's a taut design that not only suggests sleekness, but delivers it," said Clay Dean, global design director for Cadillac. "Indeed, the drama of the sedan is amplified in the CTS Sport Wagon, as the centerline cue that is part of the exterior and interior is more prominent and plays a stronger role in defining the design at the rear of the vehicle."

The emotion of the CTS Sport Wagon's design is carried by a number of nuanced details. The liftgate area, for example, is a confluence of angles and planes that typifies the vehicle's design tension. Cadillac's "V" motif is most prominent here, culminating in a spine at the center of the liftgate that is accented with a subtle spoiler at the top of the backlight. The rear quarter panels extend slightly beyond the inward-angled planes of the V, creating a distinctive W shape at the rear of the vehicle. Large, prominent vertical taillamps – with Cadillac's signature light pipe technology – are the final, dramatic touches to the rear-end styling.

"The more you study the rear of the CTS Sport Wagon, the more you see," said Dean. "Functionality was certainly a guiding factor during development, but so was the idea to inject emotion into the normally sedate wagon category."

One of the more interesting integrations of form and function is found in the seamless roof load management system. Rather than stylized stanchions, brackets and cross bars that protrude above the roof line, the CTS Sport Wagon's system blends with the roofline, maintaining an uninterrupted appearance. The center section of the roof panel angles downward inside the roof edges, allowing an unobtrusive placement of the cross bars – and creating a subtle fin effect at the trailing edges of the rear panels.

"They're not fins in the classic sense, but they work to help disguise the cargo load system and, yes, they acknowledge Cadillac's design heritage," said Dean.

The interior of the Sport Wagon is common with the much-acclaimed sport sedan, including streamlined instrumentation, LED lighting and hand-cut-and-sewn accents with French stitching.


Direct injection technology helps the CTS offer more power while maintaining fuel economy and lowering emissions. It delivers fuel more precisely to increase the efficiency of combustion. This means less fuel is consumed and lower emissions created.

With the CTS Sport Wagon's 3.6L V-6, direct injection translates to 304 horsepower (227 kW)*, no loss of fuel efficiency and a 25-percent drop in cold-start hydrocarbon emissions. It also runs on less expensive regular unleaded gasoline. The Sport Wagon's fuel economy is expected to be similar to the peak rating of the existing sport sedan's 26 mpg highway rating. The standard 3.6L VVT engine that produces 263 horsepower (196 kW) and 253 lb.-ft. of torque (343 Nm) serves as the base engine in North America.

Just like the CTS sport sedan, the V-6 engines are matched with fuel-saving six-speed transmissions, including an Aisin six-speed manual or an electronically controlled Hydra-Matic 6L50 six-speed automatic. As is the case on the sport sedan, CTS Sport Wagon includes AWD as an option.

An efficient 2.9L turbo-diesel engine is being developed for CTS models primarily in European and Asian markets. It is a compact, dual overhead cam, four-valve V-6 engine from GM's family of diesel engines that delivers optimal fuel economy as well as reduced emissions and noise. The engine is rated at 184 kW (250 hp).

Driving dynamics

The robust and dynamic CTS chassis infuses the new wagon with a great balance of performance and luxury. It uses an independent short/long arm ( SLA) front suspension system and a multi-link rear suspension.

The multi-link rear suspension features a fully isolated subframe that helps deliver excellent suspension kinematics, contributing to a superior ride and excellent handling.

Advanced chassis technology in the form of Cadillac's StabiliTrak electronic chassis control system integrates the car's standard four-channel ABS with the full-function traction control, hydraulic brake assist and engine drag control systems to deliver a safer, more confident driving experience. Additional chassis details include a structure-enhancing tower-to-tower brace under the hood; large, four-wheel disc brakes and premium steering.


Vehicle type:

four-door, five-passenger rear-wheel-drive/all-wheel-drive wagon

Wheelbase (in / mm):

113.4 / 2880

Length (in / mm):

191.3 / 4859

Width (in / mm):

72.6 / 1842

Height (in / mm):

59.1 / 1502

Track (in / mm):

61.8 / 1570 (front); 62 / 1575 (rear)


3.6L VVT V-6 (263 hp / 196 kW) 3.6L V-6 VVT DI (304 hp / 227 kW)


Aisin six-speed manual or Hydra-Matic 6L50 six-speed automatic


four-wheel independent: MacPherson strut front; multilink rear, progressive rate coil springs, monotube shock absorbers


variable-assist rack-and-pinion


four-wheel disc; aluminum or iron dual-piston front calipers; aluminum or iron single-piston rear calipers


17-inch, 18-inch or 19-inch aluminum

EPA luggage capacity (cu ft / L):

25 / 720 (behind rear seats)

EPA total volume (cu ft / L):

121.9 / 3452

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      • 6 Years Ago
      Yet no G8 wagon? Didn't "maximum" Bob scoff at Audi and BMW telling people to ask THEM how many wagons THEY sell in response to the G8 wagon question?

        • 6 Years Ago
        No FSM, they mean up to 20% of US sales could be wagons. We got a preview of the CTS wagon last week when we drove the Escalade hybrid and Cadillac officials said that they expect up to 20% of US sales to be the wagon.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Exactly, was he afraid the G8 wagon would outshine the jewel in the GM empire? How embarrassing for the if a lowly Pontiac wagon was deemed to be a better drive than his mighty Caddy.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Cadillac CTS:
        Sold in Europe, wagon country.
        Pontiac G8:
        Not sold in Europe, wagon country.

        One more thing, the article must be written incorrectly, Cadillac cannot possibly think 20% of all CTSes sold in the US will be wagons.
        • 6 Years Ago
        @why not the LS2LS7?

        20% of all CTS wagons made will be sold in the US. That is what they mean.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Wow! I think I am in lust! Best looking wagon I've seen in a VERY long time! Go Caddy!
      • 6 Years Ago
      i think they are missing 2 windows in the back
      and the tail lights look very saab like
      id get the new srx over this but i still do like the design
      maybe we will see a new ctc soon with all the Cadillac's today
      • 6 Years Ago
      I think this thing is hot - those taillights/fins are awesome. I wonder if the "Cadillac" script on the chrome piece above the license plate will be carried over to the sedan for '09 or will be unique to the wagon.
      • 6 Years Ago
      They botched the D-pillar. The difference in angle between the rear of the D-pillar and the rear quarter window just looks weird. The rear quarter window is way too small -- combined with the C and D pillars it will give a large blind spot. The exaggerated taillights might pay homage to fins on Cadillacs of old, but they are simply garish.

      The spy shots looked elegant. This simply looks garish. Yuck.
      • 6 Years Ago
      i will take a CTS-V wagon in black please. That is all.
      • 6 Years Ago
      6 speed manual in a wagon.....yummy!
      • 6 Years Ago
      looks like it has some dodge influence in the rear...but otherwise...that is one nice wagon
      • 6 Years Ago
      I think one in all black, with dark tinted windows, would look pretty sinister.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Wow look at that tiny rear quarter panel window. It already looks to have as much visibility out the back as the Magnum.

      Hottest wagon on the decade though
        • 6 Years Ago
        I agree at first glance it seems like a problem.

        But looking at other vehicles, it's not at all out of line.

        And as something gets farther away, the angular field of view it blocks becomes smaller (which is why the sun appears to be the same size as the moon in the sky). So perhaps the D pillar, by being that far away and at that angle, blocks less of your view than you think.

        I sure hope so.

        I wish the roof stayed just a little bit higher at the back. the point of a wagon is to put tall stuff in and the falling roof (like on the Magnum) reduces the ability to do this.
        • 6 Years Ago
        My biggest peeve is the huge C pillar. It's terrible.
        • 6 Years Ago

        i like it, but the rear seems to have way more than one to many lines/cuts/angles

        i still want one

        but, I can see the bottom line coming in at $38k base, so it's about $6k out of my range.

        Maybe the next Saturn aura will look like hte pics shown here yesterday, then if that has AWD i'm set.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Yeah, that tiny window & thick pillar are my only faults, but they're kinda big faults where visibility is concerned. That's one helluva blind spot. Everything else I love though.
      • 6 Years Ago
      No LS3? Pity. If I was in the market for a big wagon the CTS's lack of a V8 and towing capacity would send me straight to Dodge to buy a Magnum R/T or SRT-8. Its a shame Magnum is dying and I think its a huge mistake on Chrysler's part, almost as huge a mistake as discontinuing the B-boby was for GM in 96.
      • 6 Years Ago
      It's a pretty sweet design. I like this baby Caddy! They've come a long way since the Cimarron days.
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