Regardless of solely making up a sliver of general Cadillac gross sales when the model provided a station wagon mannequin, there’s nonetheless purpose to hope that GM’s luxurious marque could but get again into the long-roof enterprise. That glimmer of hope comes courtesy of Cadillac’s chief engineer, Brandon Vivian, who mentioned such a mannequin stays underneath energetic consideration whereas showing on Thursday’s Autoline After Hours video podcast.
An viewers member of the present, Scott C., wrote in to ask Vivian if there was a enterprise case to be made for a brand new CT5 Sport Wagon, and primarily based on his response, a load-lugging variant sounds prefer it stays a really actual chance.
“So I’ll inform you, I have been taking a look at that many, many, many occasions,” Vivian mentioned. “We proceed to search for alternatives to earn cash, and I’ll proceed to try this.”
Vivian made a selected level of calling out that the now-discontinued CTS-V Sport Wagon mannequin nonetheless serves as a touchstone for a number of the model’s most hard-core followers.
“So, nothing to announce proper now, however actually, while you see the keenness of our clients, and once I’m on the market speaking to our clients, to our V-Lab — to our V-Membership members — there’s an absolute fanaticism across the V wagons, and wagons normally. So due to that, we proceed to check a future variant.”
If you happen to’ve been maintaining with Cadillac’s ever-changing nomenclature, you recognize that the CT5 is the successor to the CTS, the midsize luxurious passenger-car vary that went out of manufacturing in 2019. Beloved amongst auto fans, the sharp-looking Cadillac CTS Sport Wagon and CTS-V Sport Wagon fashions have been provided between 2010 and 2014, however GM by no means introduced out a station wagon variant of the bigger, third-generation mannequin that got here out for the 2014 mannequin yr.
Whereas exhausting manufacturing numbers stay powerful to return by for the person physique kinds, based on fan website Cadillac V-Internet, an estimated 7,000 CTS Sport Wagons have been produced between 2010 and 2014, of which solely round 1,200 have been the high-performance CTS-V variant. In whole, over 254,000 second-generation fashions have been produced, with the lion’s share of that whole coming within the type of conventional four-door sedans.
Regardless of being sluggish sellers after they have been new, right now, CTS-V Sport Wagon fashions stay significantly sought-after automobiles on the secondhand market, with unusually excessive resale values to match. Specialty automotive public sale websites like BringATrailer.com have seen low-mile examples with the extra fascinating six-speed handbook gearbox promoting for as excessive as $64,500 this yr — that is primarily the identical because the car’s MSRP when it was new in 2014.
Vivian was on the weekly on-line auto-industry program to debate Cadillac’s. These ultrahigh-performance sedan derivatives have been delayed. Whereas that they had been anticipated to debut later this yr, Cadillac officers have confirmed that we cannot see them till the primary quarter of 2021, with plans for the fashions to go on sale subsequent summer time.