Nearly a year ago, we believed that a Cadillac based on GM’s Lambda crossover platform would arrive somewhere between the 2013 and 2014 model years. Considering how close we’re getting to 2013, we expected some physical evidence to back up the rumor: a spy photo, or a patent rendering… something. The trail seems to have gone cold. And there’s a very good reason as to why the Lambda-based Cadillac has fallen off the radar.
It turns out that today’s Lambda platform is far too rigid and inflexible to support something that could be considered in the Cadillac family. For instance, you may have been wondering as to why the 2013 GMC Acadia received several exterior and interior updates, but why GM left the engine untouched. The fact of the matter is that the Lambda platform was not designed for anything other than a 288-horse, 3.6-liter LLT V6 engine, according to trusted sources. While that power figure is fairly adequete, it’s not dramatic enough for Cadillac, and neither are the overall chassis dynamics of today’s Lambda platform.
So, where’s the Cadillac Lambda? It’s not discontinued. Development is still well under way, in fact. But the twist is that it’s been pushed back to the next-generation Lambda platform: Lambda II. This means that the eight-passenger Caddy crossover is still at least roughly four years away, if not more. But when it does finally launch, it should feature sportier chassis dynamics appropriate for the Wreath and Crest, along with the capabilities of cradling something more substantial than 288 horses. So far, that’s all we’ve been able to unearth. As always, stay tuned to GM Authority for more.
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