During the 2016 Cadillac CTS-V media drive this past week, Cadillac President Johan de Nysschen was on hand to answer a few questions. Automotive News decided to pick de Nysschen’s brain to see if the brand he’s in charge of plans on getting into the finer niches of the luxury game.
We say that because other automakers, especially BMW, have expanded their performance marques to their crossovers, and have gone to create high-performance crossovers and SUVs. But to put it bluntly, de Nysschen reportedly says there are absolutely no plans to expand the V-Series into Cadillac’s crossover and SUV offerings.
“If you want to get our engineers to instantly experience a massive rolling of the eyes, you should ask them about a V-Series crossover,” de Nysschen said to the news outlet.
To combat vehicles like the Audi SQ5, de Nysschen hinted towards new Vsport models. The Vsport line was introduced as a step below a true V-Series model. Like how the CTS Vsport with its 420 hp twin-turbo LF3 V6 engine and athletic chassis setup is plenty of car for most people, but still plays second-fiddle to the newly launched, 640 hp 2016 Cadillac CTS-V.
Ergo, Vsport models will have performance attributes greater than regular Cadillac vehicles, but will not reach heights found in the V-Series. And a Cadillac XT5 Vsport sounds like a great idea after the crossover launches in early 2016.
A Vsport Escalade is even a twinkle in de Nysschen’s eye, as he stated, “I could well imagine a high-performance, sporty, satisfying version of an Escalade,” he said, “that’s quite different than what we have today.”