Cadillac Converj Concept Introduction at 2009 NAIAS

The Cadillac CTS has always been one of those cars that gives us a lot of ¬†trouble when comparing it to its rivals. Many think that the CTS is a 3-Series (or C-Class) rival, while others look at it as a true competitor to the 5-Series (or E-Class).¬†However, when General Motors emerges from bankruptcy Cadillac’s future sedan lineup will look a little more conventional than it does now.

According to CARandDRIVER, Cadillac will finally bring to the market a much-rumored appropriately sized 3-Series rival. That will eventually give the CTS some space to truly compete with the 5-Series. The STS and DTS sedan have been long-rumored to be replaced by one single model. According to sources, that sedan will be known as the XTS and will compete with the likes of the Lexus ES.

It is also said that the large Escalade SUV will be downsized for its next-generation model as it moves to the Lambda crossover platform, which is currently shared by the Buick Enclave, Chevrolet Traverse and the GMC Acadia.

Also in the works is an aggressive-looking, FWD city/commuter car. Currently in planning phase, the “premium small-car project” has been described to be a stunning and affordable Caddy.

As for the XLR roadster, don’t expect to see a replacement… ever. If anything, the model will be replaced by the Chevrolet Volt-based Converj plug-in hybrid.

Cadillac Converj Concept:

- By: Omar Rana

Source: CARandDriver


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  • Ivan Gutierrez

    Last time Cadillac mentioned a 3-series fighter, they mentioned a FWD car. If that's Cadillac's idea of a a 3-series competitor then think again.

  • Pat

    I really wonder if the Cadillac Converj will ever come to the market…. i wouldn't bet on it until 2015

  • http://puntiki.blogspot.com/ Puntiki

    Cadillac needs to stick to rear wheel drive and keep the quality and performance on par with the BMW rivals which seem to be the benchmark. Bring back the Brougham as a S Class / 7 series rival, utilize turbocharging and supercharging and make sure that there is a hybrid version. Allow for 4 wheel drive and make sure it is a car that can be sold worldwide not just USA and Canada.
    Add a Coupe version to run with the CL also. Add a convertible version of the coupe.
    Make the CTS a little more like the BMW's. There is not a fold down seat option in the CTS-V which is an option on the M5. Spend some money on R&D and once again make Cadillac a world class benchmark product. It has been done in the past and it can be done again.

  • kabluey

    Don't worry Cadillac, people gave up on you after the 60s and that still holds true..

  • GMfan87

    the 3-series is a tough target but i think cadillac can do it…i can't wait to see this plan in action 5 to 7 years down the road

  • abqhudson

    “Many think that the CTS is a 3-Series (or C-Class) rival, while others look at it as a true competitor to the 5-Series (or E-Class).”

    This is just silly nonsense.

  • zermatt

    I agree.

    The crest and wreath of Cadillac is the international symbol of old people.

  • zermatt

    Ivan – I think that you are correct about FWD. I have a contact that is a potential supplier to GM and he has been told that FWD is the future of GM. Based on what he has learned, he is of the belief that as RWD platforms are retired they are being replaced by FWD platforms.

    I have always been of the opinion that Accura cannot be a tier 1 luxury brand without a V8 or RWD and the same will be true for Cadillac.

  • GMfan87

    the 3-series is a tough target but i think cadillac can do it…i can't wait to see this plan in action 5 to 7 years down the road

  • abqhudson

    “Many think that the CTS is a 3-Series (or C-Class) rival, while others look at it as a true competitor to the 5-Series (or E-Class).”

    This is just silly nonsense.

  • zermatt

    I agree.

    The crest and wreath of Cadillac is the international symbol of old people.

  • zermatt

    Ivan – I think that you are correct about FWD. I have a contact that is a potential supplier to GM and he has been told that FWD is the future of GM. Based on what he has learned, he is of the belief that as RWD platforms are retired they are being replaced by FWD platforms.

    I have always been of the opinion that Accura cannot be a tier 1 luxury brand without a V8 or RWD and the same will be true for Cadillac.