Cadillac has three major model introductions planned for the next two years with the first new model, the CTS wagon, set to enter production early next year before going on sale in global markets by the end of the first half of the year. The new wagon will be revealed later this year and is designed to compete with premium wagons like BMW’s 3-series Touring and the Mercedes-Benz C-Class Estate range.
The CTS wagon will be followed soon after by a coupe variant of the same car. The new CTS coupe will be heavily based on the concept car revealed at January’s Detroit Auto Show and could be simply called the ‘CT’ coupe when its launched next year.
Prototypes of the new coupe seen testing reveal GM designers are keeping the bold lines of the concept, with the tall rear lights and fastback shape all expected to make production. It’s unclear whether the model will feature any powerful (and thirsty) V8 gasoline engines as GM is looking to dump its luxury V8 program. However, given the popularity of cars like the BMW M3, Cadillac will likely launch a performance CTS-V model with the same supercharged 6.2L engine as the sedan V-Series model.
In 2010, Cadillac will introduce its replacement for its aging SRX. Prototypes of the car have been spotted on both sides of the Atlantic and reveal that Cadillac’s previous Provoq concept car will be the basis of the new model. The new SRX’s running gear will be based on a heavily modified Theta platform with elements from the latest FWD Epsilon II architecture.
The current SRX has been a poor seller for Cadillac, only managing 22,543 sales last year in the U.S. Sources close to the project have revealed to Automotive News that Cadillac is hoping to sell around 70,000 units of the new model and that a hybrid version could eventually be offered to attract more buyers. The SRX is expected to debut with a 300hp (224kW) 3.6L V6 but a smaller 210hp (157kW) 2.8L V6 could be added after the car’s initial launch in early 2010.
2008 Cadillac CTS coupe concept