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Lambda-Based ‘Escalade’ Scrapped

Cadillac has been considering a unibody crossover based on GM’s Lambda platform (Chevy Traverse, Buick Enclave, GMC Acadia) for some time.

Lambda CadillacRumor had them waiting for the next major re-engineering of the platform so they could have more freedom to add power trains beyond the current chassis’ 3.6 V-6.

There were even rumors that they would abandon the body-on-frame chassis and badge the new entry Escalade.

However, latest rumors have Cadillac management walking away from that plan largely due to expectations that they would be too late to that party to be a serious player.

So, with this change, we expect an ATS-based small crossover, the SRX, and the Escalade to be Cadillac’s ultimate people-mover lineup.

Expect the new small entry and new SRX to bow in the next 2-3 years.

Source: Autoblog.com

CTS Getting New Cadillac Badge

Cadillac’s wreath-less badge debuted on the, not yet for sale, ATS coupe.

It appears from these shots over at AutoEvolution that the new badge may quickly make it across the line.
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This is the less than one year old CTS and it is already sporting a new grill featuring the new badge.

We expect that Cadillac will quickly move to update the grill and interior of all the models (perhaps all this year) to reflect the new logo. Continue Reading →

Cadillac Takes ELR on a California Tour

Cadillac is taking their range extended show on the road in California in an effort to introduce trend setters to the benefits of GM’s take on electric-powered luxury.

The ELR will be available for test drives in an outdoor lounge setting where customers can learn about the coupé while enjoying refreshments.

Dates and locations are:

Los Angeles
May 3-4 The Grove
May 9-10 Americana at Brand
June 20 – 21 Dwell on Design

San Francisco Bay Area
May 15 Google Campus
May 17-18 Santana Row
May 24-25 Village at Corte Madera
June 7-8 Union Street Festival

Next CTS-V Caught Testing

Expected to go toe-to-toe with the new BMW M5 and Mercedes E63 AMG, the new CTS-V is expected to pack a supercharged 6.2l V8 similar to the one in the recently announced Z06 Corvette.

This will likely endow the V with upwards of 600hp.

Expect the new V to be available in sedan body style only, like the new CTS that has dropped its coupe and wagon variants. Sales should start in 2015 as a 2016 model.

Enjoy.

Cadillac ELR Launch Lease Deal Announced

Cadillac is pushing the ELR hard recently with Olympic advertising to get the car into the hearts and minds of luxury buyers.

Now, Cadillac has dropped the other shoe with a fairly aggressive lease deal of 699/month for 39 months with 4900/down with a 32500-mile allowance (pretty low monthly miles given a normal driver will be closer to 1000 miles per month).

This should get the attention of some people who might balk at the payment on a $75000 electric.  Specifically, this beats the Tesla Model S pricing – which bases for a $71k 60kW model at almost $1300/month).  Figure a 60-month payment on an ELR would come close to $1500/month if financed conventionally. So, a $699 deal will certainly move quite a few of Cadillac’s sexy new coupe, and we are sure Cadillac hopes word of mouth will do the rest.

Cadillac ELR Ad

Airing during the Olympics is this 60-second spot that hammers home the work ethic of the US and parlays that into the reward that is the Cadillac ELR.

It will be interesting to watch and see if the message translates into sales.

Cadillac Eyeing Other ATS Variants

It’s always fun to hear the news that flows from a major auto show…

This time, following the unveiling of the ATS Coupe, Cadillac executives have revealed that GM is looking into several other body styles for their hit ATS.

2015 Cadillac ATS CoupeIn addition to the ATS-V, Cadillac is working on the business plans to support both a convertible (apparently already designed and engineered and simply awaiting the go-ahead to hit production) and a sport wagon.

The convertible seems to be a lock for production, but the wagon is a tougher sell (literally, as the segment is approximately 11,000-strong combined in the North American market – making an ATS wagon a definite tiny seller).

More likely is an ATS-based small crossover that we’ve heard rumored for some time now that would slot below the SRX.

Hmmm, an ATS-V sport wagon sounds awfully tasty, though.

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Lambda-Based ‘Escalade’ Scrapped

Cadillac has been considering a unibody crossover based on GM’s Lambda platform (Chevy Traverse, Buick Enclave, GMC Acadia) for some […]

CTS Getting New Cadillac Badge

Cadillac’s wreath-less badge debuted on the, not yet for sale, ATS coupe. It appears from these shots over at AutoEvolution […]

Cadillac Takes ELR on a California Tour

Cadillac is taking their range extended show on the road in California in an effort to introduce trend setters to […]

Next CTS-V Caught Testing

Expected to go toe-to-toe with the new BMW M5 and Mercedes E63 AMG, the new CTS-V is expected to pack […]

Manual Equipped ATS has Stalling Issue

It appears there is a possible new issue vexing the ATS 2.0T with the manual transmission. As you might recall, […]

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