Rendered: Five-Door, Cadillac CTS-V Sport Wagon Returns To Fill The Niche In Our Hearts30
Once again, we return with a little help from the bright minds at GM Authority, and the digital wizardry of RM Design to bring you the latest rendering. This time, we set our sights on Cadillac and a vehicle many miss dearly: the CTS wagon.
But, not just the regular CTS wagon, but the CTS-V Sport Wagon; a unicorn in its own right, and a vehicle which entered our hearts and became an enthusiasts’ dream nearly overnight. You could say Cadillac dared greatly with the previous-generation CTS-V wagon.
However, for the third-generation CTS and CTS-V, there will be no wagon. So, we took it upon ourselves to create one.
With the agile Alpha platform pinning the CTS-V wagon, we took the most recent interpretation of Cadillac’s “Art & Science” design and imagined a sleek, flowing five-door wagon with the iconic vertical taillamps to boot. It’s unmistakably a Cadillac.
The style lines are still edgy, yet flowing, and distinctly American, ensuring the look in no way could be confused with a German brand. Arguably, Cadillac’s design language is one of its competitive advantages over its luxury rivals.
The rear receives a notchy hatchback for cargo, while not compromising the driving dynamics found in the 2017 Cadillac CTS-V and its 6.2-liter LT4 V8 engine. Up front, it’s business as usual, fooling anyone into thinking it’s “just another Cadillac sedan.”
We know a new wagon is certainly not a priority at Cadillac right now, but we can dare to dream right? And dream daringly we did.
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Rendering is fantastic and only reminds me of one of the finest looking vehicles Cadillac made. I got stopped numerous times and complimented on a previous generation regular CTS red wagon.
Anybody else thinking if they just raise it a lil bit you got your RWD suv and performance suv?
Yes.. like the Audi All-Road or Volvo Cross Country lines
HELL NO! this is a wagon not a over sized suv! don’t even compare!!!!!!
How about a simple wagon for the rest of us, who are just looking for a decent wagon to take to the supermarket and use for everyday driving. I nominate a version of the Malibu, with the new turbo engine. Nothing too fancy for a practical family.
I dunno – if you want a SIMPLE wagon, you don’t buy a Caddy. As an owner of a 2nd gen CTS-V wagon, these things are made for those who want over-the-top absurdity. Something stupid fast and stupid functional, all in one. If you need a nice, roomy family car, why not go with the SRX or something?
You misunderstood what he said, he’s saying there should be a Chevy wagon.
Because many of us want the ride/handling characteristics of a car and no hints of truck, minivans, CUVs, suvs!
This is the closest you are going to get: http://www.chevrolet.com/cruze-hatchback.html
The Cruze Hatchback isn’t a wagon by nature, or by name in that matter, but in terms of being practical I imagine it will excel in that sense.
Looks like a modern hearse.
More style than 99% of SUVs and CUVs!
Looks like an E-class wagon. Which is a good compliment. And that is definitely not a hearse.
Motor Trend’s Jonny Lieberman in 2012 said Cadillac engineers told him of having sold 447 CTS Wagons over a 2-year period of time and needed only to sell 39 cars to recoup all of the engineering cost required to develop and build the CTS Wagon; given this being the situation, one has to think the people at Cadillac simply didn’t think a CTS Coupe or Wagon fit the direction the company is going which is sort of insane especially if Cadillac wants to sell cars in Europe where they love their Wagon.. 39 cars equates to under $2M (2012 dollars) which is nothing and given the poor CTS sales, it appears Cadillac leadership has made a huge tactical error.
39 cars to recoup the development cost is complete nonsense. C’mon, think about it man! Not saying you’re wrong about it being said but Lieberman had to be on hallucinogenic drugs.
The 39 cars was for the V series version of the car that carried 90% of the sedan and coupe parts over. A little more tuning different springs and struts were the main changes.
2 Million would hardly cover the tooling for the steel presses. Plastic molds and other parts needed special to the wagon.
I suggest that either you miss read the story or the write got it wrong.
Here is what I found. 1200 V wagons were sold and Cadillac claimed only 5 to recover the investment for a V is what the Cadillac quote was. That would make sense with most V series parts being shared with the coupe and sedan V
N.B: Many of you have expressed disbelief at the “5 wagons = profit” figure, so I’ll explain the rationale behind it. The tooling was already there, the drivetrain was certified, the car was crash tested and all the associated FMVSS regulatory crap was homologated. For Cadillac, it was simply a matter of bolting it all together. The above points are the exact reason why European manufacturers are reluctant to bring their high-power wagons over here. The costs of doing all of these seemingly minor things add up very quickly. We are talking low to mid 8-figures.)
As for the wagon it took much more to put the wagon in production as just the tooling for the sheet metal, plastics and interior would have been in the millions alone. In all it is marginal that Cadillac made much if anything on the entire production. The added profits of the V helped.
For the record just over 7,000 wagons were built including the 1200 V models over the entire production.
If you want to contest it several web site hold this info as the one linked here.
I just thought we should get honest numbers involved here just to keep it honest.
As the owner of a ’13 CTS-V wagon(yes, manual transmission DD) I would love another CTS wagon variant. We knew back in the summer of 2013 that the CTS Alpha chassis wouldn’t get a wagon variant. With the ”16 CTS-V sold out & struggling to get placent at the factory due to booming Camaro sales & hideous CTS sales they need another minimum investment project (V-Sport or CTS-V) wagon to get showroom traffic. Fit an Opel diesel in & sell that variant only in Europe but allow the higher performance variants to go to Germany & the Middle East. do something beyond appearance to the CTS or it will disappear in two years.
“………due to booming Camaro sales ” Camaro sales are far from booming, May& June totals were way off what was expected. Maybe the July incentives will get a few more moving off of lots.
Nice drawing of a what if but nothing more I am sorry to day.
Cadillac only built the wagon to go to Europe the first time as they knew sales would be limited and they were very limited.
For this to happen again they will have to re enter Europe and I suspect the wagons will not lead the charge at first. After they establish a presents I could see them revisiting this again with a next gen CTS or even ATS.
As for styling it is great as for cargo use it is poor with the low roof and Americans anymore do not buy much for style and more for utility. Even the back seats were compromised compared to some small CUV models.
If only dealers had many on the lots. If you would be honest and look there are few models just sitting around for sale.
With that said if the CUV has not killed wagon sales in Europe by the time they are ready to do this again we may see a limited number here supported with sales in Europe and China.
Look post 2020.
Looks sooooo much better than the E class wagon
They are similar though in styling. I think it’s a matter of taste. Each one pulls off the dignified wagon look very well. I will say that I do prefer this over the Merc with the new grill (ugly), but prefer the Merc over this if it has old grill (chrome bars).
I don’t like the roofline its too sloped and the whole roofline looks awkward….it reminds me of the roofline on the SRX.
Who did these renderings is an artist nothing less
I’d buy one tomorrow!
I’d buy that. Instant classic.
On target, once again with your rendering! You know what we want, we know what we want, but GM doesn’t want to listen. Hers is my partial list, of what I perceive as, many us of would like to see again.
1.Trailblazer/Envoy(body on frame truck chassis)
2.An updated Pontiac GTO from one of the existing divisions
3. Two Tahoe/Yukon
4. Performance SUV and pickup
5. A wagon CTS, ATS, or Regal
I’m not feeling the rendering at all.
… and people made fun of the Nissan Cube. YUUCCK
I think the reason why I like the GMC Terrain so much is that it is a ‘wagon’ only way better.
Looks great. Give that a diesel (not for the -V ones, obviously) and it might even sell in Europe.
You guys do good renderings . The only thing I would change is the exhaust tips . I’d incorporate them into the rear bumper. Who knows GM may decide to bring the wagon back in limited numbers and sales of the other CTS’s would help pay for it . But right now Cadillac is hyper focused on the SUV market that they are missing out on . If they were going to slip back in time a rebadged version would have already been on dealers lots . It looks like they learned the lesson .