2008 Paris Auto Show: 2010 Cadillac CTS Sport Wagon
Europeans love station wagons, so Cadillac's first foray into the segment got lots of attention. Echoing the edgy styling of the CTS sedan, the wagon is actually a bit shorter than its stablemate even though it offers up to 121.0 cubic feet of storage room when the rear seats are folded down. Standard power is a 3.6-liter V-6 with 263 horses, and a direct-injection version of the same engine with 304 horsepower will be an option. Europeans also will get a 2.9-liter diesel with 250 horsepower, but it won't be available to North Americans when the Sport Wagon goes on sale early in 2009.
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Why it Matters
David Hasselhoff, employers providing vacation days, and wagons are all things that find greater popularity in Europe than in the United States. The 2010 Cadillac CTS Sport Wagon is sure to increase wagon interest in the US (and perhaps the new Knight Rider series will rekindle fond memories of The Hoff too). The CTS Sport Wagon is for those that love the styling and driving dynamics of the CTS, but need more cargo room without sacrificing mileage. Compared with the CTS sedan's 13.6 cubic feet of maximum cargo space, the wagon version gets 25 cubic feat behind the rear seats, and 54 with the seats flat. Did we mention gas mileage is expected to be identical to the CTS sedan?
What it Looks Like
One of the more attractive elements that really pull off the wagon adaptation for the CTS are the light-pipe enhanced vertical taillamps, which recall the days when Cadillacs had fins. Also distinguishing the CTS Sport Wagon are new 19-inch wheels, an available panoramic rear sunroof, and a subtle roof spoiler that doubles as a roof-mounted brake light. The inside of the CTS Sport Wagon is identical to the sedan with the exception of the rear cargo area which can be accessed through the power-opening liftgate.
What's Under the Skin
Mechanically the CTS Sport Wagon is very similar to the CTS sedan. It shares the sedan's two engine options, the 3.6-liter direct injection option V-6 producing 304-horsepower, and the standard 3.6-liter non-direct injection V6 producing 263-horsepower. The engines can be matched to the CTS sedan's six-speed automatic or six-speed manual. All-wheel drive is optional on the Sport Wagon as well. With an identical wheelbase and a slightly shorter length, the driving dynamics should match those of the CTS sedan.
What We Think
While it's inevitable we will all end up in a Cadillac wagon at some point or another, with the CTS Sport Wagon we now actually can't wait for that day to come. The design was executed in a way that retains the attractive lines of the CTS sedan while complementing them with a rear that makes the wagon's design look evolutionary, not like an after thought. Considering that the extra cargo room comes with no sacrifice in mileage, and the availability of AWD, we think those looking at upscale crossovers might want to give this hot wagon a look.
By Elliot Darvick and Greg Brown
Photo credit: Greg Brown