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Omega Cadillac to Bow at NY Auto Show

Cadillac has confirmed to Car and Driver that their S-Class/7-Series competitor will be officially unveiled at the 2015 New York auto show.

Press days for this show are likely April 1-2, so we will see the new big Caddy on one of those days (unless Cadillac decides to show the car off at a special event away from the show – likely given the range-topping nature of the car).

What isn’t confirmed is the car’s name. Cadillac trademarked LTS a while back, but the new head of the brand means that plan could easily change before April.

An April unveiling would suggest an on-sale date in fall 2015 as a 2016 model.

Source: Car and Driver

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

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 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.

Cadillac “LTS” Spied

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Chris Doane and Car and Driver have spied the new Cadilac large sedan undergoing testing.

This is not the new XTS (a car expected to see no second generation). Instead, Cadillac is building a new large rear-drive platform dubbed “Omega” and styled in some ways to resemble the recent Elmiraj concept. Cadillac trademarked the LTS name some time ago, so that may be how they will christen this new sedan, despite some desire among fans that they return to ‘real’ names. We won’t hold our breath for that sort of wholesale change.

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ATS to get both V-Series and V+ Models

File this under “doesn’t pass the sniff test” but we are passing it along all the same.

2015 ATS-V Coupe - courtesy Autoblog.comMotorTrend.com is reporting that Cadillac plans not only the twin-turbo V-6 V-Series model, but will also release a year or two later a forced-induction V-8 model with over 600hp.

This would see Cadillac looking to not only out-gun the M3/M4 but to also go hunting the Mercedes C-Class Black-series as well.

This does fit within the reports that the ATS was designed to house 4, 6 and 8-cylinder engines. However, it is iffy that Cadillac would decide to go hunting in the ultra-low production space of the Black-series (which is over 100hp higher in output than the M3-fighting Mercedes C63 AMG) while they still have other, more profitable niches to go after (think a sub-SRX cross-over, a larger-than-SRX crossover, as well as the flagship Omega-based sedan and coupe). But, recent moves to charge premium prices for products such as the ELR may suggest a new direction for Cadillac that means halo products are on the roadmap.

Personally, I’d love to see an ATS with a 600hp V-8, especially given how fun it was in its 3.6l form.

Source: Motor Trend

Cadillac Wants to but May Not Build Elmiraj Coupe

The good folks at Autoblog.com got to speak to head of GM Design Ed Welburn about the possibility that the Elmiraj Coupe would see its way to Cadillac showrooms.

Cadillac Elmiraj ConceptIt is clear that Cadillac leadership would love to bring the car to market as a companion to the expected S-Class sedan fighter (rumored to be called LTS). However, Cadillac is making very careful use of GM resources to first get cars to market that will be profitable and contribute heavily to the GM bottom line.

This is why we hear that an ATS-based small crossover, below the SRX, is well into development. A small crossover might not bring in the big sacks of cash, per sale, that a halo coupe like the Elmiraj would, but makes up for it by selling in larger numbers. And, if there is anything that will give us the Cadillacs we want later, it is models now that keep the company profitable enough to fund fun models later.

But, don’t expect us to like it.

Source: Autoblog.com

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