Missing from the stack of press photos GM released of the vehicles it intends to showcase at the 2009 NAIAS next week is The General’s new electric-hybrid concept, the Cadillac E-Flex. Although GM sources caution that the E-Flex concept is merely a demonstration vehicle, rumors have been swirling for months that Cadillac was planning for the addition of a smaller, more fuel-efficient vehicle to its model lineup. Initially, reports indicated that the fuel sipping Caddy would be little more than a next-gen Cadillac CTS outfitted with a newly-developed 4-cylinder engine, but now all sensors seem to indicate that Caddy’s talks of a 4-banger were nothing more than The General throwing out a red herring. According to Businessweek, the Cadillac E-Flex concept will debut in Detroit next week as a dramatically-designed 2-door coupe luxury coupe, powered by the same electric-propulsion powertrain as the Chevy Volt.
In the past, we’ve experienced enough “big surprises” to know that when an automaker insists a vehicle is purely for display purposes and will never reach production, that usually means precisely the opposite (we’re looking at you, GTbyCITROEN). Given the difficulties the advancement of electric-hybrid technology has been met with, however, we seriously doubt any plug-in Cadillac’s will be hitting dealer lots anytime in the near future.