Cadillac recently revealed the details of the planned changes to the XTS large sedan.
As announced earlier this year when the CTS Vsport model debuted – the XTS will get a new top engine in the form of a twin-turbo 3.6l Direct Injection V-6. In this application, it will be backed exclusively by a 6-speed automatic and the XTS’ all-wheel drive system.
Output is down slightly from its application in the CTS, with the XTS packing 410hp and 369lb*ft – torque is constant from 1900-5600 (down from the CTS Vsport’s 420hp and 430lb*ft – torque peak in this application ranges from 2500-5500rpm).
In addition to the new top engine, the turbo XTS also gets a unique grill treatment (shown in the photo above).
Other new features of the 2014 Cadillac XTS include:
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General Motors CFO, Dan Ammann, while discussing Cadillac’s position vs their German rivals has confirmed that they are approaching the luxury market differently.
While BMW, Mercedes, and Audi are slicing and dicing the luxury market in a battle to sell the most cars at all costs, Cadillac is – to hear him tell it – being more strategic in their approach.
While the cynical might say that GM isn’t willing/able to produce all the products in all the same segments that the others compete in…it can also be read that Cadillac will attack only the most important and profitable segments. The potential up-side to this approach is not cheapening the Cadillac brand with moves downmarket (something Mercedes and BMW specifically must do to meet mileage and CO2 requirements). Audi would be the only other company in this list that has the same flexibility because it gets to share the burden with its more volume-centric brands (VW here in the US) as Cadillac can with Chevrolet. BMW’s MINI and Mercedes’ smart simply do not sell in sufficient volume (again in the US) to raise their corporate numbers to meet the regulatory requirements.
Audi, however, is committed to being the volume leader in the luxury market – so they may not possess the will to do the same as Cadillac.
It would be a smart move on Cadillac’s part to stake out a unique position as more of an aspirational brand in ways that their competition might not match.
Then again, it will be years before we see how they play this out.
Source: Automotive News
Over at Carscoops.com (previously CarScoop on Blogger)…we have this picture, that appears to have been taken at a recent presentation, giving clues into the look of the next ‘Slade.
Combining aspects of the ATS and CTS lighting with a wrap of the light into the fender line, we can also see strong connection to the current Escalade Platinum LED lighting. Could this suggest a move to standard LEDs on the next Escalade?
We should see the new flagship SUV later this year with an expected on-sale date in the first half of 2014.
April 24, 2013 - 12:43 pm
Well, that didn’t take that long.
We have been speculating lately about the nature of a coupe offering from Cadillac on the Alpha chassis and how they might choose to follow the Audi model of building a model sized between Alpha (ATS) and Alpha+ (CTS) to allow the styling of the current CTS coupe to continue. The assumption we were going on was that ATS was too small to support the rakish lines of the CTS coupe and the new CTS is too large to carry a coupe offering without looking somewhat cartoonish.
Now we have this spy shot of what seems to be an ATS coupe in the flavor of a BMW 3-Series coupe with a unique roofline, but maintaining the headroom of the sedan. In other words, trade the show-car good looks and roofline of the CTS coupe for the practicality needed in an ATS-sized model.
Of course, we will need to see further spy shots in the future to help dial in if this is merely a coupe-ified ATS or a more unique model. Given the level of finish on this car, we’d expect a coupe to hit next year, possibly as a 2014.
Cadillac’s Bob Ferguson has confirmed that Cadillac is well on its way to building a sub-SRX sized crossover to compete with the likes of the BMW X3, Mercedes GLK, and Audi Q5. The vehicle, hinted at before in other interviews from other Cadillac execs, would live on the Alpha platform developed for the ATS, expanded to underpin the 2014 CTS, and expected to underpin a coupe that would be sized between the ATS and CTS.
The new crossover would likely possess interior room not much smaller than the SRX – allowing the next SRX to grow in size (much like BMW grew their X3 to close to X5 size right before they released a larger X5).
However, based on the light-weight Alpha chassis would allow Cadillac to undercut the SRX’s 4000+ lbs by hundreds of pounds. We’d expect something in the 3600lb range when it debuts.
Expect the new crossover in 2-3 years as a 2016-2017 model.
Source: Automotive News
The folks at C&D have spotted the ATS-V undergoing testing.
Peering through the heavy camo, you can make out the more aggressive grill and bumper treatments (likely mesh-filled as is the V-Series trademark). Out back are wider wheels and tires as well as quad exhausts.
We fully expect the ATS-V to carry a version of Cadillac’s new 3.6 DI twin-turbo engine. Given the ATS-V’s M3-beating mission, we’d expect the car to have this engine putting out north of the CTS VSport 420hp. 450 certainly sounds like a nice round number, doesn’t it?
We’d also expect both manual and automatic transmission options for what might be our new favorite Cadilac.
Source: Car and Driver
Over the past few days, we have seen many articles about how Cadillac is ‘pondering a new CTS Coupe’ given comments at the New York Auto Show by GM brass that the CTS Coupe is the best selling luxury coupe on the market.
This has lead to feverish conjecture about Cadillac building a 2-door off of the new CTS within a year or two of the sedan’s introduction to keep things going.
However, here at the Caddy Edge, we will take a somewhat contrarian view that we believe fits a bit better with what Cadillac might do with their latest platforms.
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