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Neat Rear-Drive Sedan for Cadillac--and a Four-Door Camaro?


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Could a new rear-drive Chevrolet sedan, and one for Cadillac too, be in the near future?

Motor Trend reports that General Motors’ next-generation Zeta platform will provide the underpinnings for two new rear-wheel-drive sport sedans likely to come from Chevrolet and Cadillac. The magazine says that the Chevy version will be on the shorter of the two Zeta wheelbases. Conceptually, think a four-door Camaro, they say.

Four-door Camaro? Already I’m hooked. I say this even though the 2014 Camaro will be perched on the new, smaller Alpha platform under development. Readers of FamilyCarGuide already know I’m a fan of Camaro, old and new. So, envisioning a four-door sporty sedan (a la Camaro) just gets me salivating. We’ll see how this comes to fruition, but if it were available today, I’d sure be in line for a test-drive.

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Cadillac gets rear-drive again?

The other sporty RWD sedan likely to be Zeta-platformed is a new flagship Cadillac – as different from garden-variety Cadillac sedans as a Maybach is to Mercedes-Benz S-Class. Motor Trend says the new Caddy flagship may have inspiration from the Sixteen concept car. It’s also reportedly going to be powered by a small-block V-8 – and cost in the range of $120,000 to $140,000. The new sedan would be pitched well above the 2013 Cadillac XTS, shown in concept form here.

According to Motor Trend, the 2014 Cadillac CTS will be more the size of the BMW 5-Series. The move will give the brand room beneath today's CTS to slot in the new Zeta-based car. (Full disclosure: I worked for GM in the past, and today I drive a Cadillac CTS. Not a CTS-V, just the regular CTS. And I love it. There's nothing like a RWD sporty sedan.)

One other car in the GM lineup that may get the Zeta architecture is a more luxurious Buick, to be built on the shorter Zeta platform.

 

Taking all this into consideration, it looks like GM has some pretty solid product plans underway – at least in the sporty sedan segments (affordable and luxury). And that means the automaker is reasserting its intention to focus on new product development, designing and building high-quality vehicles that cover all the bases (performance, handling, style, fuel economy, safety, technology, comfort, convenience, versatility, and utility) that consumers want.

[Motor Trend]

 
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  1. Isn't the CTS already the size of the bmw 5? For sure it is too portly to compare with the svelte bimmer 3.
     
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  2. If done right Cadillac could really be the Standard Of The World! However a small block is too pedestrian to compare to the DOHC V8, and V12 engines these buyers expect. Correct engine line up should be all Bi-Turbo with no less than an 8 speed automatic Hybrid drive-train and V6, V8, V12(V Series) models. A $90k to 130K S class rival about 200" to 205" long. "Have pride call it Deville DTS now in it's 10th generation Cadillac's been around a long time old names have heritage!" a larger 209"+ FTS only V12 Hybrid to complete with Bentley ect. Please build a Coupe, Convertible out of one of them, like the CL600 or Brooklands. Finally make sure no one can tell any relation to other GM models.
    As far as the Chevrolet goes "I want a Caprice SS" I like that name and I like big cars! Buick call it Park Avenue or Roadmaster. Nothing I hate more then name changes!
     
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