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Cadillac flagship green-lighted for production - report

 Cadillac flagship green-lighted for production - report
Cadillac Ciel Concept debuts Pebble Beach 19.08.2011

Future lineup also comes into focus

Cadillac has reportedly approved production of a range-topping flagship.

According to Automotive News, the Mercedes S-Class competitor will be launched in 2015 and ride on the company's rear-wheel drive Omega platform. Styling will likely be influenced by the Ciel concept and a variety of V6 / V8 engines are expected. They will likely be connected to an eight-speed automatic transmission and an optional all-wheel drive system.

In the near term, the company will launch a facelifted SRX this fall. It will tide buyers over until a redesigned model goes on sale in late 2014 or early 2015.

Next year, Cadillac will introduce a redesigned CTS. It will be slightly larger than the current model and feature evolutionary styling. A coupe should debut a year later, but the wagon has reportedly been axed.

2013 will also usher in a new Escalade. It will be based on the company's next-generation pickup truck architecture and likely feature a new, small block V8 engine.

Later that year, Cadillac will launch the ELR coupe. Essentially a rebadged Chevrolet Volt, the ELR boasts sporty styling and an upgraded Voltec powertrain.

In 2014, the company will introduce an ATS-V and an ATS coupe. An ATS wagon is considered unlikely and the convertible variant has reportedly been put on hold.

Lastly in 2015, Cadillac could introduce a large crossover based on an updated Lambda platform. It should be more economical than the Escalade which will make it a good choice for families that don't extreme hauling capabilities.

 

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Comments (15)

 BimmerE36 BimmerE36
Cadillac is making enormous strides
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July 24, 2012 12:43 pm
 opelfan opelfan
The only company GM isnt messing up!!!
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July 24, 2012 7:23 am
 V-elocity V-elocity
I just hope the CTS keeps its angles, the ATS should do well but this "larger crossover" scares me. This lineup can not be overrun by SUVs and crossovers. Can't wait to see a production Ciel and a new Escalade!!! Make the Escaleder smaller before you introduce another crummy crossover.
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July 23, 2012 10:10 pm
 TomasramonCorrea TomasramonCorrea
Only places I can imagine this luxurious, enormous, convertible (the Ciel) being driven around is Hollywood and the Arab Emirates.
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July 23, 2012 8:20 pm
 LWE7 LWE7
What about a modern interpretation of the Cadillac Eldorado influenced by the Cadillac Ciel with the most luxurious interior Cadillac can make ? :)
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July 23, 2012 7:19 pm
 GTurbo GTurbo
Sky-high prospects for this jaw-dropping homage to Cadillac's heritage. Great news indeed! However, any watering-down measures may just kill its chances of success particularly in Europe, but if this mega drop-top marks a new chapter in fit and finish for America's Rolls Royce then we are in heaven! Luxury redefined.
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July 23, 2012 4:40 pm
 wcfuser15580 wcfuser15580
Please let this flagship be a V8 and RWD
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July 23, 2012 4:26 pm
 StewartSorensen StewartSorensen
If one where an multi millionaire all American Hollywood Star going to the award show - think this Cadi would make an excellent choice.
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July 23, 2012 4:16 pm
 DrPlacebo DrPlacebo
Ballsy. That's more like it.
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July 23, 2012 3:40 pm
 eddie eddie
I do like Cadillac but I hope they are not expanding too fast and stop improving old line of cars like they have done in the past. The USA has had great inventions but quickly move to the next without fine tuning previous inventions like the japanese and the germans. Also, why is it that Luxury in the USA means something bigger in a car. Big houses, Big cars, when everyone else in the world works with less. Big trucks and SUVs already look like dinosaurs. I live on Hawaii and it is a rare site to see full size trucks or suv's.
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July 23, 2012 3:14 pm
 DBaskov DBaskov
Great news. Now the only thing that would make it even better if Cadillac would also work on a front/mid engined supercar.
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July 23, 2012 3:10 pm
 Mito Mito
YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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July 23, 2012 2:45 pm
 PAA PAA
I love what Cadillac is doing
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July 23, 2012 2:25 pm
 BanfSnieder BanfSnieder
I hope they don't get our hopes up, and then make something that is plainly obvious was forced onto a platform that alters the artist's intended proportions.
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July 23, 2012 2:23 pm