As we mentioned before, the 2016 Cadillac CT6 is a great start to what could be the most advanced full-size vehicle platform in the market. There’s a lot of promise in its Omega architecture underpinnings, and the ambitions of the brand’s field general, Johan de Nysschen. Though while the potential is there, the new program is still in its infancy. We have little to no idea what to expect next, though we have come up with a short wish list of what we hope to see someday.
1. A Four-Door Coupe
The German luxury brands are running out of ideas, and are coming out with things like the BMW X4. Perhaps the next niche segment is the full-size four-door coupe with a more aggressive presence — which makes more sense than an unpractical vehicle in a segment full of practicality. That being the case, Cadillac could beat its rivals to the punch and make a statement by offering the first full-size four-door coupe on the market. It could be called the CT7, if trademark filings suggest anything. The longer wheelbase could help cover up the lost rear headroom, though with a proper set of reclining seats, it could be a gold-plated problem… one compensated by fantastic body lines.
2. A Long-Wheelbase, Mercedes-Maybach-Fighting “Platinum” Edition, Or Something Higher
The 2016 Cadillac CT6 — while luxurious — will reportedly not offer up a long wheelbase model to compete directly with the Audi A8L, BMW 750Li, or the Mercedes-Benz S-Class. And not only that, though because of which, the Cadillac CT6 will likely top out well beneath the wingless private jet that is the 214-inch-long Mercedes-Maybach S600, which starts at just under $190,000. This isn’t a deal breaker for most, but as something to elevate the Cadillac brand further in the eyes of highly discerning customers, a luxury sedan that’s capable of rivaling the Maybach or a Bentley Continental is sure to create extra buzz. Maybe they’ll call it the CT8.
3. A V-Series Model To Rival The S65 AMG
It’s not like the new Omega platform is somehow incapable of shouldering a high-performance business sedan for executives who really need to catch that flight to Shanghai. To further build the case, Cadillac has made it a goal to expand the V-Series lineup, and will eventually reveal a new family of V8 engines to slot above the already potent 3.0L LGW twin-turbo V6. We’ll place bets on those eight-pot engines being twin-turbocharged as well. Couple that promising power with the four-wheel steering and light weight of the CT6, and we could have ourselves a new king of large performance sedans. Currently, Cadillac is evaluating the business case for such a model, and maybe they would have more of a draw if the performance model were to be offered in different body styles, which brings us to…
4. A Coupe
The Cadillac Elmiraj concept isn’t going to be built. Oh, you didn’t know? Now you do. But maybe, just maybe, something like it can be. In all honesty, a long, lean and mean Cadillac coupe with a twin-turbo V8 engine will likely go unmatched in terms of road presence. Especially if it looks even half as good as the Elmiraj. Though unfortunately, our crystal ball denies us of a large coupe any time soon. But hope remains.
5. An All-Electric Sedan
Another curveball to the segment. In the luxury car market, nobody is doing this yet. Dare greatly, Cadillac, and conjure an all-electric full-size sedan as a more luxurious alternative to the Tesla Model S. Though, the CT6 PHEV is certainly a wonderful start.
6. A Crossover SUV
Cadillac’s alleged future lineup will eventually include no less than five crossovers/SUVs. That’s the same amount Mercedes-Benz has. And if Cadillac wants to tackle the top selling ML-Class properly in the large CUV segment, an Omega-based model is required in our opinion, and not one utilizing a cheaper architecture.