Cadillac may be having thoughts of jumping back into the convertible game. Recent history hasn't been kind to drop heads with a Wreath and Crest in the grille, but rumors kicking up on the web say that the automaker is planning to unveil a new convertible based on the company's Alpha platform.

Car and Driver reports that the vehicle will slot between the upcoming ATS and the next-generation CTS and that it will borrow very little sheetmetal from either of its siblings. Buyers can expect to find a folding soft top instead of the heavier retractable hard top favored by some competitors.

What's under the hood? Nothing's set in stone at the moment, though we'd guess any number of six or eight-cylinder options could pop up behind the headlights. Given that the model isn't set to debut until 2014, General Motors may get really wild and shove a turbocharged four-cylinder into the engine bay.

Regardless of powerplant options, the topless Cadillac will likely find itself squaring off against the Audi A5 Cabriolet and the Mercedes-Benz E-Class Cabriolet when it touches down. Stay tuned for more information, if and when it comes.

[Source: Car and Driver | Image: Zach Bowman / AOL]


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      Rotation
      • 4 Years Ago
      There's no way it'll be as sexy as an old Eldorado or an XLR.
      • 4 Years Ago
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      Mchicha
      • 4 Years Ago
      Cadillac does a lot of thinking an no action, Lets see They NEED • RWD SRX • BIG Fleetwood • ATS Line • New CTS Line • New BOF Escalade Line • New XLR Line • Le Mans Racer • Cien
      Kai F. Lahmann
      • 4 Years Ago
      Funny - Cadillac, the brand, which is mostly known for a convertible - the legendary Eldorado - will get ONE convertible again. Oh my, what a ghost this brand is...
        Duncan1800
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Kai F. Lahmann
        If you're thinking of the '53 Eldorado, you may be the only one here with that image. I don't know how old you are, but I'm 31. So the first thing that comes to mind when I think Cadillac is a '70s-vintage Fleetwood or Coupe deVille, followed quickly by the CTS coupe I drove a few weeks ago at my local auto show. Cadillac has come a very long way over its history, especially in the past decade or so. And it's easily beating the pants off of Lincoln (its only remaining American competition) these days, while continuing to make inroads against the German and Japanese luxo brands. Maybe you can give more insight as to why the brand is a so-called "ghost"...?
          DrEvil
          • 4 Years Ago
          @Duncan1800
          You Guy: Always thought that they needed a smallish drop top. Glad they are not doing the retractable hard top, nothing special about those anymore, and the space/weight penalties are enormous. They should have kept the Sun/Solstice platform moderately stretched and Caddifed. V6, which neither the Sun or Solstice had, and the Corvette rear mounted transmission for balance with the Magnetic Selective Ride Control (MSRC) suspension. Starting price around 36K They would have killed the competition.
      Nick Allain
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'm not sure there's anything thats going to compete with the A5 on looks. Everytime I see one, I want to just stop and look at it. Somehow Audio managed to capture Marilyn Monroe in a car - a combo of classy and sexy. All that being said, with some heavy Cadillac performance metal under the hood, they could pull out a cool and well selling car.
        caddy-v
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Nick Allain
        What's an Audio?
        styxmiko
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Nick Allain
        I think you either lost your mind or are a sexual audi sheet metal pervert. By the way, audis are one of the most boring looking cars on the market today...this shows you how subjective and outdated you are when it comes to car design.
      Ferris Macau
      • 4 Years Ago
      "Recent history hasn't been kind to drop heads with a Wreath and Crest in the grille, " Agreed, GM better not pull another XLR stunt, hated that skin job. However I still have a soft spot for the Allante LOL.
      Duncan1800
      • 4 Years Ago
      Autoblog Grammar Nitpick: "Drophead", not "drop head". All one word. If you're going to be all high-class and use the oh-so-British nomenclature, at least do it right. That being said...I'm all for the return of convertible Caddies. Especially if they're done the right way, with four seats and plenty of power. Hence, this sounds a bit too small for my liking, but I could be swayed. We'll have to see, I guess.
      charm1984
      • 4 Years Ago
      old news, they have been developing this since 2005
        Tone
        • 4 Years Ago
        @charm1984
        More accurately, talking about it since '05...*developing* it since '09.
      11111
      • 3 Years Ago
      About time...I want my wife in an American car but nothing competes with her last two cars... the 2008 A4 Audi Quattro convertible and before that the 2005 BMW 325i convertible. We are shopping now and I would love to get her in a Cadillac (my parents bought over 20 of them) but there's no convertible option and we don't want a muscle car like the corvette or the camaro convertible (we're in our 40's). Looks like a BMW 3 series AGAIN this time...but hopefully in 3 years Cadillac will finally have a competitive convertible. (hint - four cylinder please...small, tight, safe and sporty)
      Fat man
      • 4 Years Ago
      I don't like the plans of this, a hard top would look so much beter with cadillac's desig langauge, plus if this was slk/Z4 competitor it would need a metl hard top.........forget competing with the A5 and the e class coupe, the next GEN. Cts oupe can do that.......what cadillac should do is make a 6-series/CL-Class competitor.........a big bold coupe.......i can only dream :)
      Fat man
      • 4 Years Ago
      sorry about the mistakes in my last post......i am typing off phone
      Basil Exposition
      • 4 Years Ago
      This is exciting. I am glad they are avoiding the lame hard top convertible too. Can't wait to see it!
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