Is Cadillac ready to have Lincoln as a serious competitor once again? I bet not. While Cadillac allowed for their “Ultra” Northstar program (a much needed update to the dual overhead cam 32 valve v8 engine) to fall through the cracks, Lincoln has been working on their 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 for the 2010 model year. Mated to a six-speed automatic transmission, the twin-turbo engine is rated at 355 bhp and 350 lb-ft torque, all while providing 16 mpg city and 25 mpg highway. This is exactly where Cadillac needs to be for their non-V-Series vehicles. 320 horsepower and 315 foot pounds of torque is old news for heavy luxury cars. Then you have the even weaker “new” 3.6 direct injected v6 found in the CTS and upcoming SRX.
Cadillac needs to be an innovator – like Lincoln. At the Detroit Auto Show, we saw the Lincoln Concept C – a small car said to be underpinned by the next-generation Ford Focus platform. The seats are situated in such a way that the back seat passengers have enough room under the seat in front of them to actually stretch their legs a bit more than one would expect. And the “C” is as wide as a Lincoln MKZ sedan. A very small luxury car with enough room to stretch out inside could be a great success – especially for people who miss the “personal luxury coupe” – like the Lincoln Mark VIII or Cadillac Eldorado.
I don’t know why it took so long for someone to think of a vehicle that’s small (lengthwise) but at the same time, wide enough where you don’t have to rub shoulders with your passengers. At any rate, I’m glad Lincoln did. I hope they follow through and bring this concept to production so that Cadillac can one day do the same.