Apparently, the DT7 project – which is the replacement for the Cadillac STS and Cadillac DTS – has been delayed (again) an additional six months due to financial constraints – and will not be introduced until the middle of 2011 as a 2012 model year vehicle. It will be sized similar to the Mercedes S-Class and BMW 7-Series cars, with an abundance of rear leg room – but will compare more dynamically with the Audi A8. It’ll feature more technology than either the STS or DTS – and will be sportier as well. Cadillac realizes it’ll lose some of the DTS buyers until the Supersedan arrives a year or two later. The Supersedan will be the actual S-Class and 7-Series competitor.
The Cadillac BRX has been renamed CTX and will be a smaller Crossover vehicle looking much like the Provoq concept. No firm date has been set regarding production. However, we can expect late 2009 as a 2010 model or 2010 as a 2011 model.
A twin turbo v6 with 420 horsepower will be available in the CTS for the 2011 or 2012 model year – which also may bring a wheelbase length increase to better compete with the BMW 5-Series and Mercedes E-Class vehicles. The 5-Series and E-Class are expected to receive 1 or 2 inch increases in wheelbase length as well. The available V6 engines during this time will be the base 3.6, the 3.6 with direct injection, a twin turbo 3.6 and a hybrid variant. As already noted in other articles, the Ultra V8 and diesels that were being developed have been canceled.
The Cadillac STS drops out of the lineup after the 2010 model year. The DTS is also supposed to drop out during this time – however – production will be pushed to continue through the Summer of 2011 when the DT7 production is set to begin. This is the present timeline – but it can change again and be extended further as it has over the past year because of financial issues.