Thursday, July 9, 2009

Cadillac's Future : All-new BLS to compete against BMW 3-Series, XTS as a Lexus ES rival, a compact city car, and smaller Escalade

Now that General Motors emerged out of bankruptcy filing, the new company will head towards lots of changes. Main part of the change, that GM will focus on four brands only; which are Chevrolet, Buick, GMC, and Cadillac. Ultimately, the only true luxry badge here is Cadillac. So what are they going to change?

Well, according to Car And Driver, Cadillac's new cars will get both BMW's driving capabilities, and Lexus' ultra reliability and quality. In fact, rumors that the next-generation Cadillac BLS sedan will finally be a rival to BMW's 3-Series; which many consider it as the benchmark of all small sedans. Nonetheless, the current BLS wasn't quite a hit. That's why rumors around that the new BLS will get a rear-wheel drive platform, which is similar to Cadillac's CTS. Expect to see the new BLS sometime in 2010.

Moving on to another type of luxury, the Lexus ES. The ES is much like a Toyota Camry; it shares its platform and V6 engine. However, the purity in the ES' luxury, and ultimate reliability according to J.D.'s Power List, made it so popular around. Well, Cadillac too, will be coming with an ES competitor. The new Caddy will be known as XTS, which will get Cadillac's award-winning 3.6L V6, connected to a front-wheel-drive platform. XTS may debut in 2010, as a 2011 model year.

Because of enviroment-awareness, and increased fuel prices, the all-time rap singer's favorite, the Cadillac Escalade has to go! However, the large Escalade SUV will be downsized for its next-generation model as it moves to the Lambda crossover platform, which is currently shared by the Buick Enclave, Chevrolet Traverse and the GMC Acadia. Cadillac say that the new Escalade will still have its distinctive looks.

Also in the works is an aggressive-looking, FWD city/commuter car. Currently in planning phase, the “premium small-car project” has been described to be a stunning and affordable Caddy.

As for the XLR roadster, don’t expect to see a replacement, ever! If anything, the model will be replaced by the Chevrolet Volt-based Converj plug-in hybrid.

Source : [CARandDriver]

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