Cadillac’s future: RWD sedan coming in 2011
It seems that Cadillac found the winning formula: a new sporty handling rear-wheel-drive model to compete with the European luxury sedans.
Lately, Cadillac did they best to boost sales abroad North America, but they didn’t succeed that well. This is why the American brand will bring more products, and one of them will be a small RWD sedan based on GM’s new Alpha architecture that will debut sometime in 2011.
Two very serious competitors for Cadillac are BMW and Mercedes. To fight them, Cadillac redesigned and re-engineered the 2008 CTS. Even if the high-performance CTS-V will skip the 2008 model year, when it will return in 2009 it will be more powerful and featuring a six-speed automatic transmission.
Also in 2009 Cadillac will add a wagon variant and a coupe one will follow in 2010. It will be probably called CTC.
The current generation DTS will be the last fwd Cadillac. It will be replaced by a new, larger sedan built on a premium version of GM’s global rwd architecture. The new model will be unveiled in 2011.
Another model that will be dropped is the STS. The 2008 re-designed model will be the last one made. Its grille, inspired by that of the 2007 Escalade and adopted for the 2008 CTS, features a detailed chrome treatment that includes subdued mesh housed within individual grille slats.
For 2011 Cadillac will add a new ultra luxury rwd sedan or coupe priced around $120,000.
For the XLR, it will receive a facelift in 2009 model year; a redesign is planned for the 2012 or 2013 model year. In 2009, Cadillac will unveil a small, five-passenger crossover. The BRX will be buolt on GM’s next-generation Theta and Epsilon vehicle architectures.
The SRX will also be re-engineer and restyle for 2011 model year.
Source: Automotive News