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Cadillac S-Class Fighter to Arrive by End of the Decade

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 10/10/2014 Karla Sanchez

Cadillac is in the midst of revamping itself. From getting a new CEO to moving its headquarters from Detroit to New York, the automaker is making huge changes within the company. Newly appointed CEO Johan de Nysschen recently revealed there's much more to come by 2020, such as a Mercedes-Benz S-Class fighter, but if Cadillac really wants to play with the big boys from Germany like it says it does, we expect the big boss has much more up his sleeves.

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De Nysschen told Reuters that we'll be seeing the automaker's product portfolio expand over the next six years with five to 10 models. One of those models is a flagship sedan above the upcoming CT6, which will take on the S-Class. The CT6 was initially believed to be the range-topping model in Cadillac's lineup, but de Nysschen recently set things straight, saying that the upcoming car is not meant to be positioned against the big Benz or its direct competitors like the BMW 7 Series or Audi A8. Instead, he said the CT6 will offer similar refinement but more technology and a smaller body, leading us to believe the new car could be more of a BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe and Porsche Panamera rival instead, based on the new Omega platform. Details regarding the CT6 came to light earlier this week, with Cadillac saying the car will weigh less than the CTS and that a plug-in hybrid variant will achieve more than 70 mpge. The PHEV CT6 is scheduled for some time in 2015. 2014 Cadillac CTS Vsport Introduction© Provided by MotorTrend 2014 Cadillac CTS Vsport Introduction

The real flagship sedan then will be called CT8 or CT9, according to Reuters, and has just been given the green light for production by the end of the decade in 2020. So which others models will contribute to Cadillac's expansion? Our best guess is that Cadillac's numbering scheme will follow Audi's, with even numbers reserved for sedans, and odds for two- and four-door coupes. If that's the case, we wouldn't be surprised if the next CTS coupe/convertible adopts the CT5 name, with the CTS sedan badged as a CT4. The ATS coupe and possible convertible could be the CT3, with the sedan being the CT2. Based purely off speculation, there could also be an A3/CLA fighter called the CT1. 2015 Cadillac ATS© Provided by MotorTrend 2015 Cadillac ATS

Cadillac has its sights set on the big players in the luxury world. It follows, then, that a CT7 coupe/roadster could go head to head with the Mercedes SL. For that model, Cadillac could develop a convertible GT based off the front-engine C7 Corvette -- similar to what it did with the XLR, but better executed. It could also go with an Omega-based big coupe with styling derived from the El Miraj concept. If all goes well with Cadillac's mainstream models, we could see a halo sports car to go up against the likes of the Audi R8 and AMG GT. We reported that a mid-engine Corvette is finally in the works, and GM might decide to reuse that platform and tech in a Caddy supercar to justify the development costs. The model would essentially be the real flagship for Cadillac, like the R8 is for Audi.

As we said previously, Cadillac's nomenclature will adopt "CT" designations for cars and the "XT" prefix for SUVs and crossovers (except the Escalade, which keeps its name). Since the XTS sedan gets in the way of Cadillac's new "XT" SUV naming convention, we expect it will be axed outright. Since all the Germans are introducing sporty coupe-like SUVs to the market, don't be surprised if Cadillac does, too. With that said, the SRX could become the XT4, while a three-row SUV could be the XT6. An XT2 could be a small compact luxury crossover based on the next-gen Delta platform that would not only fill our needs, but also those in Europe and China. 2015 Cadillac XTS© Provided by MotorTrend 2015 Cadillac XTS

What do you think of our predictions? Should Cadillac's expanded future lineup look something like this? Tell us in the comments below!

Source: Reuters

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