General Motors is having to do some shuffling with their future line up in order to work around their current economic situation. The General started by announcing that their plans for a 4.5 Liter turbo diesel V8, the 2.9 Liter VM Motori turbo diesel V6 destined for European CTS’s and the Alpha 3 Series fighting rear drive platform are on hold; and not likely to see the light of day anytime soon.

Also, the proposed Epsilon front and all wheel drive sedan, codenamed the GM 166, will debut somewhere between the future Buick LaCrosse and the rear drive Cadillac CTS. Another, not so fortunate model, the DT7 bit the dust. The 7 was meant to replace the STS and DTS Cadillac sedans. This suggests that the next entry level Caddy, the CTS, will gain some weight and fill the roles of both the CTS and the larger DT7.

The Cadillac 166 is scheduled to be unveiled late in 2011 for the 2012 model year. Featuring the same exterior design as the CTS, the bow tie’s luxury brand will focus their attention mostly on interior detail and exterior jewelry.

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Source: MotorTrend

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  (318) posted on 05.5.2009

FYI: In 2005, General Motors vice chairman, Robert Lutz, announced that a second-generation BLS would be sold worldwide starting in 2010. It will be built in Rüsselsheim, Germany and in Lordstown, Ohio, at General Motors’ Lordstown Assembly. It has been reported that the BLS will be replaced entirely with a rear wheel drive car. It will be offered as a sedan, coupe, convertible, and wagon. Designers are aiming for more than a "baby CTS" by making the design more unique.

  (177) posted on 05.5.2009

GMC is facing a bleak future so as its subsidiary cars are. We have heard of Pontiac’s demise last week. Now Epsilon being placed under CTS. Until GMC is able to move ahead of its debts and liabilities, GMC will have to make similar decisions

  (289) posted on 05.5.2009

What’s the future for this new Epsilon,well I actually feel sad for Cadillac, if others would just be ready to take it from GMC to save it. GMc has to do it to avoid bankruptcy.

  (289) posted on 05.5.2009

The Cadillac BLS is a compact executive car designed specifically for the European market by the Cadillac marque of General Motors. The car is based on GM’s Epsilon architecture and is built in the same plant in Trollhättan, Sweden, that builds the Saab 9-3 and the Saab 9-5.

  (231) posted on 05.5.2009

I think this design is derived from the Saab-derrived BLS, which is available only in Europe. I bet the new smaller Caddy will be much more like the Converj concept. And, like it or not, front-drive gets better gas mileage due to lowered frictional losses. Expect to see more of it. Also expect fewer 8 cylinder cars. It’s not Obama, it’s oil and national security I suppose.

  (314) posted on 05.5.2009

The future Epsilon Sedan will come out well after GMC have been able to translate more effective sales for this year’s line up or some more designs will either get on hold indefinitely or will not face the dirt of this earth anymore.

  (421) posted on 05.5.2009

With the viability plan on going with GMC there is no way for the entire company but to make selective decisions to keep the company surviving amidst its debts.

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