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.
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.