Cadillac plans new-model assault
14 November 2006

Cadillac is creating an all-new CTS executive saloon, and we'll be getting it in the UK with right-hand drive.

The new CTS will make its debut at the Detroit motor show in January, and we won't even get a glimpse of it until the end of the year. US sales will start in the summer, and European sales are expected to begin towards the end of 2007.

Unlike its predecessor, the CTS will be available with a diesel engine – most likely a V6 unit. A diesel is considered vital to the car's success on this side of the Atlantic. A coupe version of the car is also likely.

As well as the new CTS, Cadillac is thought to be considering a convertible or estate version of the BLS saloon. The BLS is based on the Saab 9-3, which is available as both cabrio and wagon, so in theory creating a BLS drop-top or estate is relatively easy.

And as if those new models aren't enough, GM product development boss Bob Lutz recently hinted at the possibility of a baby Caddy to rival the BMW 1-series. Unlike the Cadillac BLS – which was designed specifically for Europe – it would be sold globally, and would be rear-wheel drive.

The new car could use a version of GM's new Delta platform. Though primarily designed for front-drive cars, it also comes in a 4x4 version. Cadillac's engineers would therefore only need to reengineer the front to accept a longitudinally mounted rather than transverse engine. GM's Australian brand Holden last year unveiled a rear-drive concept car based on the Delta platform.

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