Plans for the STS/DTS replacement, the Cadillac DT7, are being reconsidered this month. In other words, the decision as to whether it will be delayed or axed altogether is being made before encountering major engineering costs. If production is to go on, it’ll likely arrive in 2012 as a 2013 model – priced somewhere between $45k and $60k. What do we know so far about the DT7?
If the plan does come to fruition, it’ll be built on a premium version of the Zeta platform. Zeta is the original name for General Motors’ full-size rear-wheel drive automobile platform. The architecture was engineered by Holden of Australia and was most recently referred to as the “Global RWD Architecture”. Many vehicles (too many to name) will share this platform, including the Buick Park Avenue, Chevrolet Caprice, Chevrolet Camaro and Pontiac G8.
No v8 engine is in the plans at this time – which is hard to swallow being that the Hyundai Genesis just debuted with a powerful 4.6 liter v8. Instead, a high output turbo v6 with approximately 420hp – 435hp will be available (hard to complain about that). The DT7 is one step below the Audi A8 – which is the benchmark vehicle. Expect very high-tech features. “Fleetwood” has been considered for a name – though DT7 has not changed. Overhangs will be present in the front and rear.
If plans are not scrapped, we should see a concept of the Cadillac DT7 late in 2009 or early in 2010 at an auto show in the Middle or Far East. With gas prices getting higher and higher, Cadillac may decide to concentrate more on the BLS.