Cadillac working on Cruze-based model?
Cadillac is reportedly conjuring up the spirit of the Cimarron with plans for a Cadillac-badged version of the all-new Chevrolet Cruze.
Citing inside sources in Detroit, GM Inside News claims that General Motors has begun early development for the D2XX platform-based Cadillac with the program code D2JL. According to GM Inside News, D indicates the vehicle will use the same Delta platform that underpins the Chevy Cruze, 2 indicates the generation number, J indicates hatch and L signifies the Cadillac brand.
It’s unclear, however, if the hatchback designation will mean something along the five-door Chevy Cruze Hatchback or a notchback more like the Chevy Volt.
While it’s possible that the vehicle in question could be a successor to the slow-selling Cadillac ELR, GM Inside News claims that the vehicle is being developed for 1.5L and 2.0L turbocharged engines rather than a gas-electric setup. An eight-speed automatic transmission would be bolted to both engines.
Cadillac head Johan de Nysschen has stated in that past that GM’s luxury brand is working on an entry-level sedan to slot beneath the ATS, but de Nysschen promised such a model would be rear-wheel drive. A front-wheel drive, Cruze-based Cadillac would break that promise, but it would align with the segment’s leaders, the Mercedes-Benz CLA and Audi A3.
It remains to be seen when, if ever, Cadillac’s Cruze-based model might launch, but the rumor mill has previously indicated a market launch sometime in 2018.