Cadillac Previews SRX and CTS Sport Wagon at Pebble Beach

By Kevin Miller

08.15.2008

Pebble Beach is the place to be this week, both for the renowned Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance and, evidently, for new vehicle premieres. Cadillac today offered “sneak previews” of both the upcoming second-generation 2010 SRX Crossover, and the 2010 CTS Sport Wagon. This is the first opportunity to see production versions of these vehicles. Both the CTS Sport Wagon and the SRX continue Cadillac’s distinctive, angular styling theme.

CTS Sport Wagon

The CTS Sport Wagon rides on the same 113.4-inch wheelbase as the CTS sport sedan and it is 0.3-inch shorter. The wagon offers 25 cubic feet of cargo capacity behind the rear seats. Highlights of the wagon include:

* Signature V-shaped deck and tailgate motif
* Large, vertical taillamps with light-pipe technology
* Power-opening liftgate (via key fob or in-vehicle button)
* CHMSL integrated in subtle roof spoiler
* Integrated roof load management system with cross bars for a seamless appearance
* Cargo management system with adjustable in-floor containment
* New 19-inch wheels
* Larger available panoramic rear sunroof

One of the wagon’s unique features is found in the seamless roof load management system. Rather than upright stanchions, brackets and cross bars that protrude above the roof line, the CTS Sport Wagon’s load management system blends with the roofline, maintaining an uninterrupted appearance. The center section of the roof panel angles downward inside the roof edges, allowing an unobtrusive placement of the cross bars – and creating a subtle fin effect at the trailing edges of the rear panels.

The CTS Sport Wagon includes familiar features from the CTS sport sedan, such as available all-wheel drive, a 40-gigabyte internal hard drive, pop-up navigation screen and a hand-cut-and-sewn interior with Sapele wood accents.

Powertrains are also shared with the CTS sport sedan, including 3.6L V-6, direct injection with 304 horsepower, and the standard 3.6L VVT engine that produces 263 horsepower. The Sport Wagon’s fuel economy is expected to be similar to the peak rating of the existing sport sedan’s 26 mpg highway rating. An efficient 2.9L V6 turbo-diesel engine is being developed for CTS models primarily in European and Asian markets. The engine is rated at 250 hp. The V-6 engines are matched with fuel-saving six-speed transmissions, including an Aisin six-speed manual or an electronically controlled Hydra-Matic 6L50 six-speed automatic.

Following this special premiere at Pebble Beach, the CTS Sport Wagon moves to the worldwide auto show circuit this fall – and into Cadillac dealerships in spring 2009.

SRX

The 2010 SRX Crossover was also shown at Pebble Beach, though product details were sparse. This next-generation crossover is similar in styling and proportion to Cadillac’s Provoq Concept that was on the auto show circuit in 2008. The all-new production model is said to be being developed to achieve excellent driving dynamics and wet-weather traction, with an elegantly modern cabin designed to accommodate five passengers and ample cargo.

The 2010 SRX Crossover will replace the current SRX Crossover, which launched in 2004. The new model will debut (again) at major global auto shows later this year, at which time complete details will be released. The vehicle will launch worldwide in mid-2009.

“The next-generation SRX, along with the new CTS Sport Wagon, showcases Cadillac taking its dramatic design into new directions, particularly cars and crossovers that are the right size at the right time for today’s luxury consumers,” said Jim Taylor, Cadillac general manager.

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Author: Brendan Moore

Brendan Moore is a Principal Consultant with Cedar Point Consulting , a management consulting practice based in the Washington, DC area. He also manages Autosavant Consulting, a separate practice within Cedar Point Consulting. where he advises businesses connected to the auto industry. Cedar Point Consulting can be found at http://www.cedarpointconsulting.com.

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  1. Cadillac is definitely getting into the game. You can see these cars and know that it’s a Cadillac from 50 feet away, and that’s exactly the way it should be. The new front-end and grill is probably among the best-looking in the market today in my opinion.

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