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Recently, Cadillac’s new chief Johan de Nysschen said he could see at least two models being introduced above the upcoming CT6 full-size sedan. He explained that one could be a pure luxury model with high-performance and the other could be a sporty model, possibly even a dedicated sports car.
In a new interview with Reuters, de Nysschen said that General Motors Company [NYSE:GM] bosses have “just signed off on” a large luxury sedan that will be positioned above the CT6. He said it will compete with long-wheelbase versions of Germany’s full-size sedans.
This isn’t the first time that we’ve heard about Cadillac planning such a model. As recently as a year ago it was reported that Cadillac was eying two large sedans, one to replace the XTS and another true flagship destined to cost well over $100k, but that the more ambitious project was put on hold as it wasn’t deemed substantial enough to be a true flagship for the brand—now it appears it’s back on.
In his latest interview, de Nysschen also said that the CT6, which goes on sale late next year, will offer a plug-in hybrid option, something GM product development chief Mark Reuss has also confirmed.
Other new Cadillacs de Nysschen said are coming include a new battery-powered vehicle and a replacement for the ELR extended-range electric. The latter is likely to feature a new bodystyle for future generations as opposed to the current model’s coupe.
The South African executive also hinted at additional models including a compact crossover positioned below the SRX and a larger crossover with third-row seats positioned between the SRX and Escalade. Finally, he also hinted at a sub-ATS model that could rival the Audi A3 and Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class.