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2009 Cadillac CTS Sport Wagon: Not Available in Metallic Pea

Posted in Cadillac by Geoff | August 24th, 2008 | 5 Responses |

2009 Cadillac CTS Sport Wagon
2009 Cadillac CTS Sport Wagon

In a move that would have put a smile on the face of Clark Griswold, Cadillac showed off its CTS Sport Wagon at Pebble Peach last week.  Remember when Cadillac built all sorts of monstrosities?  Huge, grossly blinged-out SUVs?  Ridiculous over-the-top trucks with little to no actual practical use?  Well, perhaps those dinosaurs are really going extinct.  With the CTS Sport Wagon, Cadillac offers a little more space than the sedan for those who actually need it. 

Cadillac Sport Wagon
Cadillac Sport Wagon

More of a hatchback than a true wagon, the CTS is built on the same chassis as its sedan counterpart, but is just a bit shorter in overall length. The hatchback design offers 25 cubic feet of space behind the rear seats compared to the 14 cubic feet offered in the CTS sedan. The engine choices are also the same as the sedan with a base 263 horsepower 3.6 liter V6 and an optional 304 horse power direct-injection version of the same engine. The V-6 Sport Wagon’s fuel economy is expected to be similar to the peak rating of the sedan’s 26 mpg highway rating.  An efficient 2.9L turbo diesel engine is being developed for CTS models primarily in European and Asian markets. It is a compact, dual overhead cam, four-valve V-6 engine that delivers optimal fuel economy as well as reduced emissions and noise. The engine is rated at 250 horses.  Transmissions are either a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic in either rear- or all-wheel drive.

Cadillac Sport Wagon Interior
Cadillac Sport Wagon Interior

Some of the features of the Sport Wagon include a seamless roof load management system that blends with the roofline for a cleaner appearance.  The Sport Wagon also comes with a powered liftgate (engaged by key fob or in-vehicle button), adjustable in-floor containment, new 19-inch wheels and a larger available panoramic rear sunroof. The CTS Sport Wagon, like its sedan predecessor, also includes available features such as all-wheel drive, a 40-gigabyte internal hard drive, and pop-up navigation screen.  The interior of the Sport Wagon, again the same as the sport sedan, includes streamlined instrumentation, LED lighting and handcrafted accents with French stitching.

Hopefully vehicles like the Sport Wagon will replace the Escalade, etc…Those fraction of a percentage of people that need to haul their speed boat to the lake in a leather behemoth with 8 DVD players and chrome will have to suffer through somehow.

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  1. Joe says:

    WOW- narrow minded much?? SOME people actually do need seating for more than 5 on a regular basis. Are they not entitled to drive a Cadillac if they choose? Instead of criticizing the drivers, how about the automakers who have settled for pre turn of the century (that’s pre20th btw) technology with their gasoline combustion engines? CTS sedan, sure sign me up for use w/o my family, CTS Wagon? Useless for my family. What can it really hold that the sedan couldn’t? Sorry, if I’m traveling with my kids (and possbily even their friends too) I’ll be in my 9 passenger Suburban. Soon I’ll hopefully have a Tahoe (or Escalade) Hybrid instead.

  2. Joe says:

    “Remember when Cadillac built all sorts of monstrosities? Huge, grossly blinged-out SUVs? Ridiculous over-the-top trucks with little to no actual practical use? ”
    Narrow minded much? I don’t have an Escalade (wish I did) but I do have a Suburban–same truck without as much bling. It does have a practical use for me and many other people driving them around. An Escape or HIghlander or whatever other little 5 seat or even 7 seat vehicle wouldn’t cut it for me. There are others like me too. Just because you’re probably some guy with no kids and no things to move doesn’t mean the rest of the world is like you. A “Smart Car” would be a nice mirror ornament for me, not something I could actually drive!
    Instead of critcizing large vehicles (and their owners for buying/driving them) why not criticize the makers for not doing everything possible to make them more efficient? My next full size SUV will be a hybrid, and the one after will probably have a fuel cell. I’ll continue to purchase and drive full size SUV for many years to come, just like many others.

    oh, btw… Caddy should have left the CTS alone. It has no reason to become a hatchback or crossover or whatever they’d like to call it. Don’t they still make the SRX crossover??

  3. This station wagon is a great idea and one that can finally compete with the wagon that BMW made – still do, perhaps (admittedly lost track of that particular model). Let’s hope they bring a diesel powered one here to the states.

    I’ll agree with whomever wrote this post. The Escalade and that tarted out version of the Avalanche which Cadillac made – still makes? – are the two most ridiculous machines to wear the Cadillac symbol since the unlamented Cimarron of the Eighties. And as to making them “fuel efficient,” it goes back to what Colin Chapman used to preach: weight is the enemy. You might be able to make them relatively fuel efficient with completely carbon fiber bodies. But would the $100,000 price tag – no way the economies of scale could do enough – be worth it?

    You can move five people, and certainly a mix of five, that including children, in this CTS station wagon or the wagons that Volvo makes.

    The era of huge sport utes and pickups as personal fashion statements is over, folks. It’s akin to the 1959 Cadillac with those rocket taillights on the fins and other vulgarities. Be comforted that, perhaps like the ’59 Cadillac, if you keep an Escalade long enough, and keep the miles low, it might become worth something as a collectible. But I wouldn’t bank on it.

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  5. Patrick Fülop says:

    Is Beautiful the new Cadillac CTS Sport Wagon. Thank’s