Karl Stracke, GM’s VP of Global Vehicle Engineering has some interesting things to say lately.
First of all is this quote that helps sooth some fears we might have after the SRX went to a global Theta platform (vs the first gen that was on a Cadillac specific platform – Sigma) as well as the XTS built on the Epsilon II platform vs a dedicated premium platform.
He is quoted at MotorTrend.com as saying “Our goal is Cadillac against BMW — very clearly. We will bring performance to these cars…and be on par or better than BMW. That is our plan.” This seems to suggest that as GM gets leaner with the dropping of brands like Pontiac, Saturn, and Saab, that the resources to make a full-on competitor to BMW out of Cadillac is a priority. Though it is reasonable to expect that we might not see the ultimate results of this for 5+ years as the next-next generation of cars starts to makes its way to showrooms.
Also, according to a statement overheard by Edmunds.com’s Inside Line blog – Mr. Stracke also confirmed that a Lambda based crossover for Cadillac is on the way. While this was originally thought to be the new Escalade, recent reports have placed the next Escalade on the next body-on-frame truck chassis. This would make the Lambda Cadillac more of a three-row, super-SRX in mission – leaving the Escalade for the set that needs/wants a ‘truck’.