Cadillac Boss Admits High-Performance SUVs Are On Their Agenda

New Cadillac boss Steve Carlisle has suggested that the car manufacturer is interested in pursuing high-performance SUVs.

Cadillac’s V-Series models have excited enthusiasts for years but, up until this point, no V-Series branded SUVs have been produced.

However, according to recent reports, GM’s luxury brand is not only considering selling the next-generation Escalade with the 6.2-liter supercharged LT4 V8 of the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 and Corvette Z06, but an XT4 model with the 320 HP, 2.7-liter turbocharged four of the CT4-V.

Also Read: Possible Cadillac XT4-V Spotted, Could Use CT4-V’s Turbo Four

Road and Track recently had the opportunity to sit down with Carlisle and ask a number of questions about what the future holds for Cadillac’s range of performance vehicles. When asked specifically about potent SUVs, Carlisle retorted “I say why not?”, but conceded such vehicles cannot replace true sports sedans, as “you’re dealing with higher [centers of gravity], weight distributions, everything like that.”

If Cadillac wants its V-Series range to rival those from BMW’s M division, Mercedes-AMG, and Audi Sport, it only makes sense that it is open to the idea of building high-performance SUVs. As consumer preferences continue to shift from traditional cars to crossovers and SUVs, more and more buyers are starting to demand vehicles that offer exceptional performance and the various other advantages which SUVs have over cars, including their more spacious interiors.

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  • HaltestelleLuitpolthafen

    Cadillac is borderline irrelevant to everyone other than boomers and rental agencies.

    • Loquacious Borborygmus

      They seem so reactionary rather proactive.
      Oh! Look what another manufacturers are doing! Let’s do the same in a few years time.

      • Bash

        Absolutely right on that.

      • slither16

        Their stupid fans say it never works.

    • dumblikeyou2

      Except for the ‘Slade.

  • TheBelltower

    Good decision. Seems like the new guy wasn’t doing anything right. Someone probably knocked on his door and had a serious chat about his vision for the brand.

  • Rocket

    If they’re considering performance crossovers, they need to start with a proper [read RWD] unibody layout.

  • charlotteharry57

    Total and complete insanity.

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