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Cadillac Head Details Future Plans

Our friends over at The Detroit Bureau recently posted a story claiming program cancellations at Cadillac that had them worried about GM not supporting their development into a global luxury player. 

In an unexpected turn, Cadillac’s head Johan de Nysschen posted an extensive rebuttal where he only confirmed that a flagship ‘4-door sedan’ had been adjusted. The flagship Cadillac will not be a sedan due to movement in the market away from traditional sedans. 

Additionally, he gave these product details:

We ARE planning a Cadillac flagship which will NOT be a 4 door sedan

We ARE planning a large crossover beneath Escalade

We ARE planning a compact crossover beneath XT5

We ARE planning a comprehensive enhancement to CT6 later during life cycle

We ARE planning a major refresh for XTS

We ARE planning a new Lux 3 sedan entry

We ARE planning a new Lux 2 sedan entry

So, what we see here are a large crossover between Escalade and XT5 (XT7?) and a smaller “XT3”. This will go a long way to improving Cadillac’s revenue and should be considered great news to have confirmed so strongly. 

It isn’t completely clear if a new Lux 3 sedan is an ATS replacement or an offering below ATS. But, certainly a Lux 2 sedan could be the oft rumored sub-ATS car to compete with the Mercedes CLA, BMW 2-Series, and Audi A3. This would make a great entry point into the brand if done correctly.

The other surprise here is the news that the XTS, expected before to be cancelled at the end of this product cycle, will see a major refresh. This is almost certainly to keep dealers and GM’s financial types happy as the XTS is the last ‘old-school’ product that appeals to the “Deville, DTS” buyers that continue to come back again and again for this very specific kind of Cadillac. A CT6 or CTS are both too sporty and expensive for their tastes and their money is looking to still be welcome for the foreseeable future. 

It looks to be an fun time to be a Cadillac fan for the coming years. 

Source:The Detroit Bureau – Expansive Cadillac Product Plan Getting Squeezed 

Cadillac Escala Concept Inside and Out

Check out the beauty shots of the Cadillac Escada Concept posted tonight by Cadillac after the car’s debut.

 

 

 

 

 

The Escala Concept introduces the next evolution of Cadillac des

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The Escala Concept introduces the next evolution of Cadillac design.

Escala Previews New Cadillac Design Direction, V-8, Flagship

Escala ConceptCadillac debuted a concept today that previews several new items for the Cadillac brand.

At 6″ longer than the recently released CT6, this car likely hints heavily at the new Cadillac flagship that is in the works.

Additionally, the car contains a twin-turbo 4.2l V-8 that is expected to reach production in the coming years. This engine may be related to the power plant that was shelved during the days of the GM bankruptcy and was intended to replace the 4.6l Northstar engine. Given recent power output from Cadillac’s turbo V-6, this engine will likely put out massive power when finalized.

But, perhaps the most significant aspect of the Escala concept is that it previews a significant shift in Cadillac design. Gone are the vertical headlights replaced by slender horizontal lights flanking the recently debuted shield-shaped grill seen in recent Cadillac models. Vertical tail-lights remain, but blend more directly into a softer overall design theme. We see hints of the old Mercedes Maybach rear end in this concept.

It does appear that the rumors that Cadillac was allowing the Chinese market’s desires help shape the future of Cadillac design were true. Gone are the sharp-edged look of the Cadillac’s we have come to know since 2003’s debut of the original CTS.

Only time will show how true new models will be to this new concept and how warmly the global market will accept this new look.

Escala Concept

Read on for Cadillac’s press release:
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Cadillac to Debut Escala Concept at Pebble Beach

Escala ConceptCadillac has been teasing their latest concept that will debut in several minutes on their Facebook page. They have just recently let slip the name of the concept will be the Escala which may suggest a tie to the Escalade. Though the swoopy front-end styling suggest a car or crossover more than the truck-based Escalade.

We’ll know soon enough.

Cadillac to show off interior concept Thursday 8/18

Thursday August 18, 2016 – Cadillac will show off a new interior concept co-developed with LG Electronics.

The reveal will happen on Cadillac’s Facebook page http://Facebook.com/Cadillac at 10:45pm Eastern (7:45pm Pacific) and is teased as being a strong hint toward a future production vehicle.

We are thinking this could Cadillac’s response to the much maligned CUE system (though we have the criticisms in the press have ignored the disaster the prior interface was). Perhaps Cadillac will call this CUE 2.0.

Check out the teaser below:

2017 Cadillac XT5 On-Sale Announced

IMG_4774.JPGCadillac has announced that the 2017 XT5 will hit showrooms in late April 2016. Starting in a front-drive only guise @ $38,995 (plus $995 destination), available in three additional trim levels, and topping out with a bespoke Platinum trim that brings unique exterior and interior trimmings as well as standard all-wheel drive with a starting price of $62500 (again destination is extra).

The XT5 marks the beginning of a utility vehicle product assault by Cadillac over the coming years.

Interested buyers can learn more about the XT5 at Cadillac.com and their local Cadillac dealer.

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