Cadillac’s Future: New RWD small sedan, CTS coupe, new crossover

Cadillac is ready to get serious about their place in the luxury market in the future. With the re-designed 2008 Cadillac CTS ready to arrive in dealerships by the end of this year, Cadillac is seriously considering revamping its entire lineup.

We already know that the STS and DTS will be killed off. Both will be replaced by a new high-performance rear-wheel-drive sedan that will be aimed directly at the BMW 5-Series segment.

Also, as reported in the beginning of July, the SRX will also be scratched and will be replaced by a smaller 5-passenger crossover aimed at the BMW X3. According to insiders the car will be called the BRX and will carry a V6 engine with GM’s global rwd architecture, Zeta. GM will keep the SRX in the lineup until the BRX arrives in 2011.

The Cadillac CTS just received a total re-design for the 2008 model year with boosted performance. There will be no updates made to the model until 2009, where we will see a wagon variant as well as a coupe variant in 2010 called the CTC.

A¬†totally brand new rear-wheel-drive small sedan is being considered for the 2011 model year. But Cadillac’s General Manager, Jim Taylor, has argued that he doesn’t need a smaller car. He’d much rather have Cadillac consider a flagship sedan, given the success of the 7-Series and the S-Class. If Cadillac does go that route, the large luxury sedan will have rwd as well with pricing to be around $120,000.

The Escalade, Escalade ESV, Escalade EXT and the XLR will all get a total redesign for 2012 or 2013.

Seems like all passenger cars will be getting RWD from now on and let’s not forget Cadillac is also considering hybrids for its entire lineup.


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