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Cadillac News: Cadillac Elmiraj sedan RWD flagship finally caught testing

Feb 20, 2014 - 3:20 PM - by Cadillac Forum
Filed under: Spy Photos, Sedan, Cadillac, Luxury


While we still have no insight as to it being named Elmiraj, STS or some other permutation of the -TS nomenclature ("LTS" has apparently been registered by GM, as well), new spy shots give us proof positive that Cadillac is indeed hard at work on a rear-wheel-drive flagship model. Spied for the very first time in some north country testing, these shots provide a first look at the upcoming range-topper from Cadillac.

Impressively long and large bodywork ride atop new General Motors' corporate Omega rear-drive architecture here. Heavy cladding over camouflage may discourage finding any details, but the overall, sharp-edged and blocky design is clearly reminiscent of what we've seen on the new CTS and the recently debuted ATS coupe. A strong, wheels-at-each-corner stance helps emphasize the length of this stretched Caddy, and everything about the proportions seem spot-on for a new fullsize flagship for the brand.

It's quite possible that Cadillac will ultimately festoon this large sedan with detailing reminiscent of the original Elmiraj coupe, though thus far we've only seen prototypes wearing four-doors.

Cadillac has been dropping turbocharged engines all over its range, like the 410-horsepower, 3.6-liter V6 found in the XTS and CTS. We have no clue as to what mill might currently live under that broad hood, but anything from that potent V6 to any number of the company's updated V8 range would be appropriate for taking on the likes of the BMW 7 Series and ... [Read More]
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New V3 camo pics

Feb 20, 2014 - 1:37 PM - by flatrockguy
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Cadillac News: Cadillac CTS-V spotted with big exhaust, new grille?

Feb 20, 2014 - 11:30 AM - by Cadillac Forum
Filed under: Spy Photos, Sedan, Performance, Cadillac, GM, Luxury


If you thought Cadillac was content to leave its twin-turbocharged Vsport as the range-topping CTS, think again. Behold, our first good glimpse at the next-generation Cadillac CTS-V sedan, sporting more aggressive styling (somewhere under there), meaty quad-exhaust pipes, and what very well could be a new face for the V-badged Caddies.

Creating an all-new grille design seems like an awful lot of work just for a prototype, so it's very possible that the vertical-bar treatment you see here could make its way into production. Our spy photographers have pointed out that they've seen this same sort of grille treatment on prototypes for the smaller ATS-V sedan, and we've heard V-series models may soon have greater differentiation from the standard vehicles that sired them - that seems especially necessary if Cadillac insists on expanding this whole Vsport range.

Regardless of how its front end looks, the CTS-V ought to be a real monster. Industry sources say we can expect to see a supercharged version of General Motors' 6.2-liter V8 under the Caddy's hood, and considering the current car already makes 556 horsepower and 551 pound-feet of torque, we wouldn't be surprised to see a decent increase in both of those numbers. After all, one of the CTS-V's main competitors, the Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG, is currently putting out 550 hp and 590 lb-ft of torque. Could this mean a 600-hp Cadillac is on the horizon?

Despite the CTS-V being in prototype stage, we're still over a year away from seeing the production car. Expect it to show up sometime in the 2015 auto show season as a 2016 model.Cadillac CTS-V spotted with... [Read More]
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Are V2 owners and enthusiast being realistic about V3 pricing?

Feb 14, 2014 - 3:17 PM - by youknooow
It seems that there is a general consensus that Cadillac is not being realistic in their pricing strategy, essentially saying Cadillac’s are overpriced. I personally disagree; technology, quality, and innovation are not cheap.
More specifically, when I “hear” V2 owners state that the V Sport is overpriced and subsequently the V3 will, I’m like are they serious? The V2 in all of its awesomeness lacks certain features that should be standard in 2014 and its class. I think this has resulted from its pricing strategy.
When I read this article: http://www.caranddriver.com/comparis...omparison-test
I thought “Can the V3 be competitive w/out costing at least 90-95K?
Thoughts?
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2015 v

Feb 08, 2014 - 1:34 PM - by DPL
Just reading motortrend march 2014 issue. Looks like my next V is coming out as we expected, spring 2015. The article says we will be getting a twin turbo LT1 borrowed from the ZR1, giving us 625 horsies. Mine will have a seven speed manual. The next year will be long...

They also say there will be an ATS V with the same power plant coming out in 2017. I love this stuff!
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Cadillac News: Cadillac developing stretched ATS-L just for China

Jan 25, 2014 - 9:10 AM - by Cadillac Forum
Filed under: Sedan, China, Cadillac, Luxury


To luxury automakers, long-wheelbase sedans are to China that crossovers and SUVs are to the US, so it isn't all that surprising any more when the latest sedan gets an extra couple of inches between the wheels to improve rear-seat comfort. According to Car News China, the next sedan to get the stretch will be the Cadillac ATS, which will increase the wheelbase by 10 centimeters (about four inches) to become the ATS-L.

Designed to go up against rivals like the BMW 335Li and the added-length Mercedes C-Class, the ATS-L will reportedly be built locally in China with an engine list that will grow as well. Currently, only the 2.0-liter turbo engine is offered in the ATS in China, but the ATS-L will get the full spectrum of ATS engines including the base 2.5-liter and the peppier 3.6-liter V6. This isn't the first time Cadillac has offered a China-specific stretched sedan either as the SLS dates back to 2006.Cadillac developing stretched ATS-L just for China originally appeared on Autoblog on Sat, 25 Jan 2014 09:04:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
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I had a conversation....

Jan 24, 2014 - 7:07 PM - by gohawks63
with a friend of mine who is an executive at Cadillac. I really don't want to mention the person's title as I want to protect their identity, but wanted to point out that it's a person I've known for years and not just someone I met at a cocktail party.

This is what s/he would divulge to me:

1. There will be an ATS-V - No surprise, but s/he shared some experiences about a ride-along at the Milford proving grounds. The car will be impressive.
2. The CTS WILL NOT come in a coupe variant. The current CTS coupe is the segment leader but still low volume. The price point that the ATS is in will have more volume for coupes. Any other coupes will be at the upper end (think flagship) end of the model line. There will be a CTS-V (again no surprise), but no coupe.
3. BMW is a tough competitor, not so much just in model offerings, but in everything they do to retain customers. Dealer experience, pulling ahead leases, loyalty incentives and dealership experience. Once BMW nabs you, they generally do a very good job of retaining their customers. Notice I said "generally", there are always exceptions.
4. With respect to dealership experience s/he acknowledged that there is a bit of frustration regarding all the success Cadillac has had with new models, only to have that soured by sub-par (my words) dealers. They are working on it (wouldn't divulge what that meant).

Even said, "wouldn't it be cool if they put an gas engine in an ELR? Not sure if it was a hint. Didn't get a chance to ask about a CTS Wagon, but if they're killing the coupe, I can't see a CTS wagon making it.

If it turns out to be true that there won't be a V-Coupe, I'd be kinda bummed and glad I picked up mine.

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Edit... I forgot to add the most important point.... pricing.

This individual feels that it may have been too soon to have elevated the pricing to BMW levels. This person doesn't feel yet they Caddy is viewed as synonymous with BMW yet by the buying public. Note that they didn't say the product wasn't comparable, just that people don't yet consider it a BMW alternative.
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3rd Gen Cadillac CTS-V - Start Saving Now!

Jan 24, 2014 - 8:34 AM - by ChrisCTSV
It's reported that the 3rd Generation Cadillac CTS-V will be getting GM's new Twin-Turbo V-8 LT1 Engine. That's also the same engine that's going into the new C7 Corvette ZR1! I guess that new Z06 Supercharged LT4 Engine isn't good enough for the new V I'm certain they'll be making a coupe version, since they've already shown the new ATS coupe (not digging the new emblem).

Let the dilemma begin...Here's one argument for replacing the V2 - I'm sure this will finally be getting some cylinder deactivation technology. The gas savings alone is worth it, should you decide to drive it like a Pruis Might be able to sell the wife, just saying...

GM is clearly doing something incredible! These new cars are going to be scary fast and "affordable". Let's give them a hand

Here's the link to the article from MotorTrend:
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Cadillac News: 2015 Cadillac Escalade on sale in April priced at $71,695*

Jan 23, 2014 - 5:40 PM - by Cadillac Forum
Filed under: Car Buying, SUV, Cadillac, Luxury


With the fourth-generation Cadillac Escalade set to go on sale in April, Cadillac has released the pricing data for its fullsize luxury SUV. While there's no retail configurator yet, the data posted on AOL Autos - and confirmed by Cadillac - shows that the 2015 Escalade will have a starting price of $71,695 (*not including $995 for destination).

This new starting price is about $8,000 more than the outgoing model, but Cadillac is quick to point out that the latest 'Slade is packed with more standard equipment in the new base Standard trim that actually puts it more on par with the midlevel Premium trim on the 2014 model (currently priced at $73,245). These new standard features include Magnetic Ride Control, LED headlights and taillights and 20-inch wheels.

Stepping up to the 2015 Escalade Luxury, the price increases to $75,695 and includes added equipment like 22-inch wheels, head-up display, power fold-and-tumble second-row seats and safety systems such as forward collision warning and lane departure warning. The top-rung 2015 Escalade Premium will start at $80,195 adding features such as a rear-seat entertainment system, illuminated exterior door handles and the Driver Assist Package consisting of front and rear automatic braking and adaptive cruise control.

All starting prices are for the rear-wheel-drive models, but buyers can still opt for all-wheel drive across the lineup for an additional $2,600.2015 Cadillac Escalade on sale in April priced at $71,695* originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 23 Jan 2014 17:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
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Cadillac News: Cadillac Elmiraj sedan RWD flagship finally caught testing

Jan 22, 2014 - 12:40 PM - by Cadillac Forum
Filed under: Spy Photos, Sedan, Cadillac, Luxury


While we still have no insight as to it being named Elmiraj, STS or some other permutation of the -TS nomenclature, new spy shots give us proof positive that Cadillac is indeed hard at work on a rear-wheel-drive flagship model. Spied for the very first time in some north country testing, these shots provide a first look at the upcoming range-topper from Cadillac.

Impressively long and large bodywork ride atop new General Motors' corporate Omega rear-drive architecture here. Heavy cladding over camouflage may discourage finding any details, but the overall, sharp-edged and blocky design is clearly reminiscent of what we've seen on the new CTS and the recently debuted ATS coupe. A strong, wheels-at-each-corner stance helps emphasize the length of this stretched Caddy, and everything about the proportions seem spot-on for a new fullsize flagship for the brand.

It's quite possible that Cadillac will ultimately festoon this large sedan with detailing reminiscent of the original Elmiraj coupe, though thus far we've only seen prototypes wearing four-doors.

Cadillac has been dropping turbocharged engines all over its range, like the 410-horsepower, 3.6-liter V6 found in the XTS and CTS. We have no clue as to what mill might currently live under that broad hood, but anything from that potent V6 to any number of the company's updated V8 range would be appropriate for taking on the likes of the BMW 7 Series and Mercedes-Benz S-Class.

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