• Sep 15th 2008 at 4:28PM
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Despite being priced to compete with the smaller BMW 3 Series sedan, the Cadillac CTS is as large as the German marque's 5 Series. Similarly, the STS competes with the 5 Series in pricing but matches the top-level 7 Series in size. Rumors of a smaller Caddy to zig alongside the benchmark 3 Series in size have been running rampant for over a year and now we hear the sedan may have finally been green-lighted. Expect the new entry-level Cadillac to be built atop GM's upcoming rear-wheel-drive Alpha platform. We have had nothing but good things to say about the latest Cadillac CTS, so we naturally have high hopes for the new, smaller Caddy sedan, which could also sprout a coupe and a convertible. To this point, GM has never quite hit the sweet spot with the premium division's smallest offering in Europe, the Saab 9-3-based BLS, and we are anxious to see how the new Alpha Dog can compete. Thanks for the tip, Rob!
[Source: Motor Trend]


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      • 7 Years Ago
      ...call it a Cimarron and I am sold.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Cadillac: GM proving that yes, it can (re)build a strong, world-class marquee.

      This news is great. I know we'll see the same quality and drive (no pun intended) in this model (and its V counterpart), too. Can't wait to see what it looks and performs like. Watch your back, Euro luxury. GM is gunning for you.
      • 7 Years Ago
      @ why not the LS2LS7?,

      I should have anticipated the lack of common sense to the statement. BMW (as an example) uses turbos on most of it's models with smaller
      displacement engines to produce impressive power, as well as most other German brands. Twin turbo charging any engine is not unheard of, especially in the 4 pot turner crowd, but the massive gains can
      be attained without such measures as seen in WRX, EVO, SRT4, MS3, Cobalt SS, etc. Simply put if Caddy is to offer something in this market of powerful 4's, don't just give us any turbo 4, make it
      innovative and unique. If people are willing to pay over $30K for average power on entry luxury cars (TSX, S40, C30, A4, etc.), GM could do the unthinkable with a fuel efficient DI turbo 4 in any incarnation. The idea is to exceed expectations of what a 4 cylinder can do versus current perception. They need to keep the interior up to par or above the competition to make a big statement of what the entry level luxury market should be.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Very interesting, especially considering how reasonably the CTS is priced for its segment. However, nothing wrong with a low price as long as the car still screams high price/quality.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I would be all over this!! Please build it....and get it to market ASAP!!!!
      • 7 Years Ago
      I'm a fan of the CTS, but I thought it felt too big when I was considering it. My interest in this BLS would be directly related to how responsive its handling and motor are. If they can pull the responsiveness off to being par BMW, and can manage to shrink the CTS's styling into an even sexier small car package, I'd be extremely tempted.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I think a smaller Cadillac could compete sucessfully against Audi, BMW, Mercedes, Acura, etc. They all are selling and making money on cars much smaller than the CTS. The key is doing it right. If they use the Alpha platform it MUST be clearly different and SUPERIOR than any other applications. The market will not tollerate continued badge only differentation.
      My best wished to Cadillac...I look forward to this new car.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Pontiac needs this platform NOW. It is a perfect fit for the brand. Cadillac can use it, but this is ideal for Pontiac.
      • 7 Years Ago
      The Germans have proved that you can make small luxury cars and they are profitable. Cadillac should should build it! It's really not about going down market with the brand, it's getting more money for a small car which is what BMW and Audi are doing. With that said, why is Chevy being sold in Europe- GM owns Open which is the Chevy of europe. Makes no sense and in the long run will cause marketing and other headaches...
      • 7 Years Ago
      Cadillac shouldn't waste money trying to compete with the 3-series. WWII has been over, and no company has came up with anything that can compete with it. However, just because a company doesn't produce a 3-series killer means its a bad auto company.. So just give it up and enjoy the CTS sales.
        • 7 Years Ago
        After reading your comment I hope that Caddy builds a car that punks The 3 and sends it home crying.
        • 7 Years Ago
        The 3 series is too hyped. The base 3 is great, but its not the driver's car it used to be -- and that was the main thing it had going for it. The interior is merely acceptable by today's standards (its not as nice as a VW's in my opinion), the styling isn't going to win any contests, the base motor isn't up to par anymore, and it is very expensive. Though it might not sway BMW enthusiasts, to an unbiased person, the current G35 is a much better car than the 328i.

        That said, BMW still does make great a driver's car. After driving a 135i, I can honestly say it was about as much fun to drive as a Carrera S. The 135i's motor was more exciting, while the 911's controls were so very intuitive and perfect.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Why shouldn't Caddy build a competetive compact sport-luxury car? It's a pretty big market for those things, even more so than the CTS... Last time I checked the 3 was the class leader, only natural for GM to go after it :)
        • 7 Years Ago
        "WWII has been over"

        Yes, WWII is over, and we won.

        Now, what does that have to do with anything?
      • 7 Years Ago
      Honestly...Pontiac needs anything it can get...all its really got now is...the Toyota matrix(a better looking version)
      The G6( taking a lot of Grand Prix owners as well as Grand Am owners)
      The G6 GXP( a FWD 250HP-needs to be DI version- coup with the styling Pontiac has come to be known for)
      The G8 a RWD 4 door sedan...Hmmm cut 2 doors and we have a GTO...cut 2 doors and make it A LOT LIGHTER and we have a Trans Am...
      G5...hah!
      Solstice...alright...Coup's supposed to get 300HP...but whats next?
      • 7 Years Ago
      Now if Infiniti will just do the same!
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