Well, duh – Cadillac still planning on large, rear-drive sedan

The Car Connection has posted that they are hearing that Cadillac will be getting a version of the Zeta rear-drive architecture as a replacement for the STS and DTS in the not too distant future (2010-11 model year).

The only reason this is news is due to recent decisions by GM to cancel other Zeta-based cars due to the future CAFE standards that go into effect in 2020.

This will leave GM with only the new Camaro, the G8 sedan for Pontiac, a large Buick, and the new top Cadillac as the only US versions of the Australian designed and built Zeta.

Expect the Cadillac version to be powered by turbocharged and direct injected V-6 engines with both rear and all-wheel drive and to be priced competitively with the BMW 7-Series and Mercedes S-Class.

The Car Connection: GM Rear-Drive Plan Includes Big Cadillac, Big Buick

  • enzodually

    There will have to be a larger engine available for anyone to consider this a true s-class competitor. I’m guessing you’ll be able to get the DOHC 6.2 VVT V8 that was leaked in the UAW document a while back. CAFE might have forced them to make this motor an expensive option but I really don’t think GM is dumb enough to offer this car with only V6 options.

  • Actually, I would wonder if BMW and Mercedes will be able to keep their larger gas engines in the US market either once a 35mpg fleet average is expected.

    Of course, everyone could offset by adding smaller engines and smaller models to offset the big engines.

    I think GM is pretty well positioned to take advantage of this since the volume of high-mileage vehicles should be quite large compared to BMW’s Mini and Mercedes’ Smart…though GM does also have a lot of large trucks and SUVs to offset as well.