What is it? Performance enthusiasts often have the same passenger and cargo transport needs as mainstream motorists. Cadillac has targeted a sub-niche by applying the high-performance CTS-V powertrain, chassis, and appearance elements to the CTS wagon.
The New York show car portends of a future production model, building upon the current CTS-V styling with a unique grille, rear fascia and upper spoiler
Under the hood, the wagon will be powered by the same engine as the sedan and coupea supercharged 6.2L V-8 delivering 556 horsepower with either a six-speed manual transmission or automatic transmission. It will also share the ride dampening system, Brembo brakes and 19-inch Michelin Pilot Sport PS2 performance tires.
The main difference in the wagon is the cargo space with 25.4 cubic feet of space behind the rear seats and 58 cubic feet with the seats folded, almost doubling the cargo space of the sedan. Convenience is aided by a power lift gate. Plus, the large top can be fitted with an oversized sunroof.
CR's take: GM officials don't try to hide the fact that the CTS wagon, despite attractive styling and accomplished driving dynamics, doesnt sell. When parked next to the SRX car-based SUV at the showroom, at a similar price point, most folks opt for the SRX. The V performance boost is welcome but it remains to be seen if it can boost sales.
When will it be available? Late 2010