The Mercedes-Benz S-Class remains the absolute standard in luxurious, full-size sedans. The Cadillac CT6 is a fine car, but spending just two minutes in each reveals the Cadillac is a grade below. That’s not necessarily Cadillac’s fault; Mercedes has spent years honing its luxury barge, and BMW and Audi arguably haven’t cracked its aura.
Hold tight with us for a moment as we bring Land Rover into the picture. Recent reports say the British luxury-SUV maker is working on a “Road Rover” sedan based on a Range Rover platform. It would take on Mercedes’ S-Class with big proportions and undeniable opulence. So, Road and Track proposed this: a Cadillac Escalade-based sedan.
Still, hang tight. The argument makes some sense. An Escalade-based sedan could, and should, boast striking design cues. Maybe not pretty, but imposing. As R&T points out, the Rolls-Royce Phantom isn’t pretty, but everyone knows exactly what it is when it shows its striking face. A large, Escalade-based sedan could take a similar approach for Cadillac. BMW could never pull this off, but Cadillac could.
Let’s not forget such a car already exists in a different form: the presidential limousine. The Cadillac limo rides on GM’s TopKick platform, a medium-duty truck chassis. Although the current limo is far from pretty, the next Cadillac limo will certainly give us a better idea as to what an Escalade-based sedan could look like.
Although SUVs are the market’s cup of tea, there’s absolutely still a market for big and luxurious vehicles. Isn’t that what Cadillac has always been measured by?