• Apr 28th 2009 at 4:01PM
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2008 Cadillac BLS Wagon – Click above for a high-res image gallery

Just a year ago, the future of Cadillac's line-up looked pretty bright. By 2010, the CTS would spawn coupe and wagon versions, the "super-Theta" platform SRX would replace its Sigma-based predecessor, the Escalade would get a Lambda-based replacement and the Converj would come to market. Cadillac was also tipped to launch a new small sedan to slot in below the CTS using the new rear-drive Alpha platform, plus a new larger sedan to replace the aging DTS and STS models. However while the CTS derivatives, the new SRX, Escalade and Converj are all still in the works, drastic cutbacks at GM have meant the Alpha and DTS/STS successor have been canned. In their place, the next-gen. CTS is expected to grow larger, while a new front/all-wheel-drive sports sedan is now tipped to enter into the mix.

In order to make the Alpha compact rear-drive platform feasible, GM would have needed to spread development costs across several of its divisions, but many of those brands – chiefly Pontiac and Saturn – are now facing the axe, while its European assets Saab and Opel are on their way out the door. So what is a downsized GM planning for Cadillac instead? Using the next-generation Epsilon II platform, the replacement for the European-market BLS is tipped to come home to roost, positioned between the new Buick LaCrosse and the Cadillac CTS. With its advanced turbo-diesel programs also on hold, the General realizes it lacks the resources to produce a serious contender for the European market, so expect a decidedly more American approach when the new small Caddy hits the market late in 2011 as a 2012 model with a price tag of around $35,000.

[Source: Motor Trend]

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      • 6 Years Ago
      so basically we looking at a front drive automatic only understeering overwieght sedan replacing a smaller rwd 3 series competitor and the CTS is going to get bigger and slower never though it would come to this but looks like GM is going to become american toyota along with boring relaible fuel sippin cars. The government is going to ruin cadillac so much for the standard of the world Think along the lines of the 80s and you get the picture.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Shouldn't this vehicle be in GM so called near luxury Buick's division? Looks like this ship is still going in the wrong direction!!!!
      • 6 Years Ago

      Now it can't compete with the 3 and C class.

      • 6 Years Ago
      FIRST! (to make outrageous Cimmaron-related posts)

      It'll be a great competitor for the Lexus front-drivers (ES series, I think?)
        • 6 Years Ago
        All Chrysler's hits have generally been bigger vehicles that aren't good on fuel (300, Charger, Ram etc.). You have to make the hits the ones that count.
        • 6 Years Ago
        A week or so ago there was a report that a stretched Epsilon II would be the base for the DTS replacement. Then there was talk of Holden making a smaller Zeta car, which could underpin a Holden, Camaro and a Caddy.

        Its all just rumor until we see the car.
      • 6 Years Ago
      The old maxim of " what,s good for GM is good for the country" is just too deeply ingrained . The car buying public is never allowed input except to buy or not to buy.
      The net would be a cheap & accurate tool for listening to JohnQPublic, & I think the first things JQ would want is quiet dependability. not an extra crease in the bodylines. Owners spend a lot more time behind the wheel than outside admiring the errant britework, which Cadillac is notoriously adept at!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Congrats Caddy to return to the old man's car status!
      • 6 Years Ago
      The proper term is flaccid.
      • 6 Years Ago
      How many people want a FWD Audi? Many. So why not a smaller FWD Caddy? I would buy one. I've been buying Saabs for years because I like FWD better. It handles well since I don't race it, it has space for people and cargo, and I don't end up in the ditch when it snows.

      Most of the people who are so pro-RWD are just joining the enthusiast bandwagon. The key is, once you're able to afford a new car of your own, what will you buy? That is when you have to pay for a house, spouse, kids, college loans, etc... RWD isn't always the practical solution for real car-buyers, even many luxury car buyers.

        • 6 Years Ago
        What *many* people want a FrontTrak audi of any sort? Do your self a favor and hop onto ebay motors and see how many non-quattro audis for sale you can find.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Yes, but how many more FWD Audis were made compared to Quattros? Until you know that, you can't draw any conclusions.

        Trust me, FWD is the way to go for 75%+ of the real car buyers out there. I specifically avoided AWD on my new Saab because I didn't want the added complexity, weight and fuel consumption. All I need is FWD and stability control with snow tires for the winter.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Oh, there is an enthusiast bandwagon. It's the people who buy RWD because all the other true enthusiasts are doing so and they can't tell the difference anyway. I'm an enthusiast. I can tell the difference but I still prefer FWD for the overall vehicle attributes for my main car. If I had the opportunity to buy a fun convertible or sports car, then I would consider RWD, but I might also find a FWD vehicle that I like better.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Cadillac ES350.

        That's all. A lower-end, entry Caddy.

        Yeah, I know it steps all over the Buick LaCrosse. But that's a GM tradition, one that bankruptcy alone won't erase.
      • 6 Years Ago

      FWD FTL

      And why is the damned CTS getting BIGGER?

      Why doesn't GM just kill Cadillac while they're at it
      • 6 Years Ago
      Yes, because this very (and very bad idea) has worked well for GM so many times before.Cimmarron part deux.

      Why on Earth are they Hellbent on taking Cadillac DOWNMARKET to cannabalize Buick and top Chevrolet offerings?

      Toyota, Chrysler, Nissan and Ford (with the refreshed Taurus) have no issue playing the sub luxury genre. Why can't GM field a real Impala to compete with these cars and NOT ruin Cadillac's fragile brand?

      With decisions like this it's not hard to see whey GM is turning to dust before our very eyes.
      • 6 Years Ago
      There's only one way to do this right if it does go FWD and that's to use the Saab Turbo X's AWD system (with at least 40/60 split). Use 6 AT on both models, up the interior quality to Audi/MB levels, use two powerful turbo engines (perferrably a base with at least 250hp). Also, if they just modify the Converj's body to accommodate additional doors, I don't see a problem. Most people buying entry level are looking at the value they get out of the car and how it looks, rather than which wheels are driving it. To appease all customers, add a top model that handles like a RWD model, with the confidence of AWD.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I don't exactly get it. The 2010 LaCrosse CXS will sticker for about 33 grand, and the 2009 CTS starts at a bit over 36 grand. That leaves a bit of poking room for a LaCrosse Super, but not a whole new badge-engineered job to go in between.

      What's I'm saying is, Cadillac doesn't need this car. If Buick does their job right, they cover the entry luxury. Cadillac can be the upgrade. Let the CTS stay where it is in relation to the '10 LaCrosse in size and price. It's in another league in drive, style, and so on. It's Cadillac being a new luxury standard, not trying to scoop up entry luxury buyers. That's the whole point of the new Buick models.

      Scrap this GM. Give us a LaCrosse Super and a Zeta-based Lucerne, keep the CTS where it is, and keep Cadillac's surge with a new STS.
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