Cadillac adds to CTS line

  • 14-Oct-2008 03:54 EDT
The CTS Sport Wagon employs a seamless roof-load-management system that gives the car a smooth roofline but permits installation of roof-top carriers without the usual brackets and crossbars. Photo: General Motors

Cadillac strengthened its bid to compete for European customers with the extension of the CTS line with a new Sport Wagon variant, which launches with the company’s direct-injected 311-hp (232-kW) 3.6-L gasoline V6. The company will later offer a 250-hp (186-kW) 2.9-L turbodiesel V6, which is expected to be the more popular powerplant.

Rear-wheel drive is the standard configuration, though both engines will be available with all-wheel drive. In either case, the transmission is a six-speed automatic.

“This is an important step in Cadillac’s ongoing global expansion, and of course in international markets like Europe, wagons have been and continue to be very significant,” remarked Jim Taylor, Cadillac’s General Manager.

With consumer sentiments turning against SUVs, an all-wheel-drive wagon could be well-positioned to benefit, he predicted. “The addition of this dramatically designed Sport Wagon is well synchronized with today’s changing consumer tastes as a compelling alternative to SUVs or other larger vehicles,” said Taylor.

The wagon rides on the same 2880-mm (113.3-in) wheelbase as the sedan, promising similar dynamic behavior, while practicality is observed with a seamless roof-load-management system that serves the purpose of a conventional roof rack without the usual brackets and crossbars to spoil the car’s appearance.

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