So Cadillacs aren’t Cadillacs as I know them anymore. I’m a ‘traditional’ Cadillac enthsuiast. I like big cars that ride on glass – like the Lincoln Town Car or the cancelled Cadillac Fleetwood. I like big, soft, non-supportive, cushy seats – last seen on the Fleetwood Brougham in 1996. Apparently, I’m a dying breed. Today’s Cadillacs are small, stiff-riding high performance luxury “sports” cars – like BMWs. I may not be a big fan, but I have to admit – everybody else is. And this formula seems to be working wonders for Cadillac. I don’t share the same enthusiasm everyone has for BMW – but it’s easy to see how “the ultimate driving machine” can spark interest in the modern-day driving enthusiast.
The way I see it – Cadillac should at least keep us traditional people happy with one true luxury offering. However, it appears as if this is only a dream. Or is it? Personally, I don’t consider the DTS or STS a barge – but they’re both being replaced by one model. The new model will be built on the GM Zeta platform (or architect, as they call it now) as a full-size car. The GM Shanghai’s Park Avenue and Holden WM Statesman gives us hints of what this new model might look like.
Inside, the Chinese Park Avenue looks as luxurious as a Lexus LS460. I don’t know whether or not Cadillac will get these beautiful “Buick” appointments, but I certainly hope so. If they do, they could finally have a Mercedes S-Class competitor. If they don’t, well, what else is new?
A year or two after the new 2011 or 2012 STS/DTS replacement hits dealerships, we should be seeing a larger sedan to compete with rivals like the Mercedes S-Class and Lexus LS. The so called “super sedan” will have a V8, unlike the rest of the Cadillac lineup – which will all be using direct injected V6s. Don’t worry, the Escalade will still have a V8.