Despite what some people may think, the Cadillac ELR isn’t General Motors’ answer to the Tesla Model S. As global product chief Mark Reuss put it, “it’s a different car, it’s a different price point. It’s way-different technology.” But if GM did want to come up with a viable alternative to the Model S, would electrifying the CTS be the best way to do it?
The third-generation CTS and its Alpha chassis have already received the stamp of approval from the automotive media, so it may be worth Cadillac’s time and money to develop an all-electric version. The CTS has a luxurious interior and similar technologies to the well-equipped Model S. It also has four-doors, making it a realistic answer to the Tesla as opposed to the style-centric, two-door ELR.
There’s a few things standing in our theoretical CTS’ way. For one, Cadillac president Johan de Nysschen has an infamous distaste for electric and hybrid cars (he allegedly said the Chevrolet Volt was a “car for idiots”) and due to the current sales results of the CTS, we can’t seem him getting behind this idea at all. He did say cars like the ELR are “part of our (Cadillac’s) future” but we think an all-electric Cadillac is still a long way out.
Do you think an all-electric CTS is a viable alternative to the Model S? There’s no evidence saying Cadillac has even considered such a vehicle, but we’d happily embrace it if it were to come along.