Is Caddy’s cool and fast grocery getter making a comeback?

The Cadillac CTS was introduced back in 2002 as a replacement for the Opel Omega-based Catera, and since 2013 it’s being sold in its third-generation version. Much like its predecessors, the current CTS is also available in a performance-oriented CTS-V version. On the flipside, both the coupe and wagon were cancelled for the third-gen model, and there’s no sign that they will return anytime soon. But what if Cadillac would change its mind and produce a high-performance grocery getter?

I’m obviously talking about the CTS-V Wagon, the shortest lived version of the nameplate. First introduced in 2011, the CTS-V Wagon survived only until 2014, when Cadillac decided to axe it due to demand. The death of the CTS Wagon also marked the end of the last mid-size luxury wagon built in the United States, leaving only the Mercedes-Benz E-Class to compete in this niche. More recently, the Merc was joined by the new Volvo V90, but needless to say, wagon enthusiasts still don’t have too many options to choose from. So maybe it’s time Cadillac revives the CTS Wagon in both standard and V performance guises, especially with an updated third-gen sedan already in dealerships?

Continue reading to learn more about the Cadillac CTS-V Wagon.

Exterior

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The rear end is an evolution of the previous design, but with significant changes.

While there is no standard CTS Wagon to build a V version around it, the design of this high-performance hauler isn’t very difficult to guess. Our design took the styling of the previous model and mixed it with the sportiness of the third-generation car for a wagon that’s both elegant and aggressive. As you can see in the rendering, the rear end is an evolution of the previous design, but with significant changes.

While we kept the thin and tall taillights that go from the bumper all the way up to the roof we gave them a more modern design with a long vertical LED stripe and smaller, stacked horizontal lines. In between there’s a redesigned rear window, a thinner, but wider chrome trim above the trapezoidal license plate recess, and a beefier bumper. Below, we added a proper diffuser with four vertical fins and a quad-pipe exhaust with chrome tips. For reference, the previous model had a mundane bumper with no diffuser and a much simpler, dual tailpipe layout.

Setting the wagon apart from the sedan are the revised rear door windows, the slightly longer quarter window, and obviously, the longer roof.

Onto the sides, we can see many of the sedans new features, such as the vents behind the front wheel arches, the elegant crease above the side skirts, and the aggressive beltline that moves upward on its way toward the rear fascia. Setting the wagon apart from the sedan are the revised rear door windows, the slightly longer quarter window, and obviously, the longer roof.

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Up front, the wagon would be identical to the facelifted CTS-V, which should arrive with minor changes compared to the outgoing model. Highlights would include the angular headlamps with dual LED daytime running lights that extend into the bumper, a honeycomb mesh for the main grille and lower vents, sporty looking side outlets, and a splitter at the bottom of the bumper. The engine hood should also be identical with a raised center section and big vents for cooling.

Interior

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2016 Cadillac CTS-V interior shown here.
Inside the cabin, the wagon would also be identical to the sedan, at least from the dashboard to the rear seats.

Inside the cabin, the wagon would also be identical to the sedan, at least from the dashboard to the rear seats. The driver and front passenger would ride in 20-way adjustable, heated and ventilated seats. The performance-oriented seats would be wrapped in semi-aniline leather with sueded microfiber inserts and provide plenty of lateral support thanks to their heavy side bolsters. The sedan’s optional Recaro performance seats wrapped in Mulan leather upholstery would probably be offered on the wagon too. Just in case you want to hit the track before getting those groceries.

Behind the rear seats is where the CTS-V Wagon will stand out compared to the sedan, with significantly more storage room in the trunk.

The cabin would be packed with cut-and-sew elements, decorative stitching and various soft-touch materials for the steering wheel, the shift knob, and the door panels. Should Cadillac launch it soon enough, it should come with the bespoke version of the 12.3-inch instrument cluster display with V-series graphics and full-color head-up display. Cadillac’s latest CUE infotainment system would come standard, as would the Bose Surround Sound audio system, Siri Eyes Free, wireless inductive phone charging, and OnStar 4G LTE connectivity with a built-in Wi-Fi hotspot. The Performance Data Recorder found in the Chevrolet Corvette, and the CTS-V sedan should be available as well. Quite the fun wagon, eh?

Behind the rear seats is where the CTS-V Wagon will stand out compared to the sedan. The larger trunk should give customers significantly more storage room than the sedan. However, the CTS-V Wagon would also have to be competitive against the Mercedes-AMG E63 Wagon, which boasts 20.5 cubic inches with the rear seats up and 57.4 cubic inches with the seats folded flat.

Drivetrain

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2016 Cadillac CTS-V engine pictured here.
the vented front hood would hide the bonkers supercharged, 6.2-liter V-8.

If the previous CTS-V Wagon is any indication, it’s safe to assume that the new-generation hauler would use the exact same drivetrain as the sedan. Specifically, the vented front hood would hide the bonkers supercharged, 6.2-liter V-8. The massive Corvette-sourced mill cranks out 640 horsepower and 630 pound-feet of torque in the sedan, enabling it to hit 60 mph from a standing starts in a scant 3.7 seconds. Granted, the wagon won’t be as quick due to the extra weight and different aerodynamics, but it should reach the same benchmark in less than four seconds.

The massive Corvette-sourced mill cranks out 640 horsepower and 630 pound-feet of torque.

Not only impressive by itself, these figures would also place the CTS-V Wagon pretty close to the incredible Mercedes-AMG E63 Wagon, which comes with 603 horsepower and 627 pound-feet of torque and hit 60 mph in only 3.4 seconds. Top speed, on the other hand, is inferior on the Merc, being limited to 180 mph.

As a brief reminder, the 6.2-liter V-8 is aided by a 1.7-liter supercharger that’s both compact and efficient and backed by an eight-speed automatic transmission that has been optimized for quicker shift response times and greater efficiency. There’s no manual for the CTS-V sedan so it’s safe to assume that the wagon wouldn’t get one.

Prices

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As it is always the case, the wagon would be a tad more expensive than the sedan. With the facelifted, 2017 CTS-V Sedan priced from $85,995, the CTS-V Wagon would probably retail from around $88,000 before options.

References

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Read our full review on the 2016 Cadillac CTS-V.

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Read our full review on the 2014 Cadillac CTS-V Wagon

Competition

Mercedes-AMG E63 Wagon

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2018 Mercedes-AMG E 63 S Wagon High Resolution Exterior
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As of this writing, the AMG E63 is the only luxury, high-performance, midsize wagon you can buy in the U.S. New for 2018, the German hauler takes its styling cues from the most recent E-Class sedan and the beefed-up drivetrain from the AMG E63 sedan. Sporty yet elegant on the outside, this wagon is packed with the latest technology, including semi-autonomous drive, which makes it one of the most advanced vehicles in showrooms as of 2017. Output comes from the already familiar twin-turbo, 4.0-liter V-8, which in this configuration is rated at 603 horsepower and 627 pound-feet of twist. Mated to a nine-speed automatic transmission, the drivetrain propels the wagon from 0 to 60 mph in an amazing 3.4 seconds, to go with a top speed limited to 180 mph. U.S. pricing is not yet available, but the wagon is expected to start from around $105,000.

Find out more about the Mercedes-AMG E63 Wagon here.

BMW M5 Touring

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The M5 Touring is nothing more than a rendering at this point, but there’s been a lot of talk about the nameplate’s return with the new-generation 5 Series. What’s more, word has it that BMW might bring it to the U.S. The recipe should be similar to the AMG E63 Wagon — a sporty yet elegant exterior, and a premium cabin with plenty of luxury features and the latest technology available. The engine should be an improved version of the company’s twin-turbo V-8 with output close to 600 horsepower. A rear-wheel-drive setup should be standard, with xDrive AWD to be offered as an option. The sprint from 0 to 60 mph should take less than 3.8 seconds in order to make it competitive against the AMG E63 Wagon. Top speed, on the other hand, is likely to be limited to 155 mph. Expect the M5 Touring to retail from at least $100,000 once it comes to the United States.

Learn more about the BMW M5 Touring in our speculative review here.

Conclusion

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Although we usually make renderings of vehicles that are very likely to happen in the near future, this is one of those cars that won’t see the light of day in this form. But it would be pretty cool if it did, right? I mean let’s face it, the midsize wagon market is in an awful state right now, with only the Mercedes-AMG E63 and Volvo V90 on offer. While the Audi RS6 isn’t available Stateside, the BMW M5 Touring is a car that’s still a long way from returning into dealerships. So it’s a pretty sad sight, and we have the growing SUV segment and the automakers’ lack of trust for this. But hopefully, things will change soon. And hopefully, Cadillac will develop a new CTS-V Wagon.

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