Cimmawhat? The Four-Pot Caddy Lives!

cimmawhat the four pot caddy lives

“You’ll see some V-8s in trucks and high performance cars in the future, but they’ll be priced to discourage people from buying them,” GM Car Czar Bob Lutz told reporters in a recent interview. “In 5 to 10 years, the 4-cylinder will be the predominant engine.” This maximum prognostication is hardly a shocker when applied to GM’s mass-market offerings. But what about Cadillac? Motor Trend reports that The Standard of the World is working on a new model to replace the laughable, deeply unloved, front wheel-drive, Euro-spec, Saab 9-3-based Cadillac BLS. GM’s next attempt to take on the 3-Series couldn’t possibly do any worse will be based on GM’s new rear wheel-drive “Alpha” platform. According to Automotive News [sub], the new Caddy will be offered with, gasp, a turbocharged four-cylinder engine. Or not. “There is a big debate as to whether it is four only. I think that is a bridge too far,” says Cadillac General Manager Jim Taylor. “There is a piece of the team who is thinking, ‘Well, with this whole fuel economy and gas thing, we ought to go all the way, say, to fours.’ We are resisting that at this stage.” As the BLS and BLS wagon prove beyond a shadow of a doubt, at GM, resistance is futile.

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  • Adamatari Adamatari on Sep 18, 2008

    "In 5 to 10 years, the 4 cylinder will be the dominant engine". Isn't it already? Maybe not as much in the US, but worldwide, don't 4 cylinder cars outnumber pretty much everything else?

  • GS650G GS650G on Sep 18, 2008

    Looks like a Pontiac Vibe with a Caddy front end grafted on.

  • Relton Relton on Sep 18, 2008

    I would be interested to know if anyone posting in this article has actually bought a Cadillac? Anyone laid down the actual money for one? If not, how can they have any intelligent opinion about 4 cylinder Cadillacs? I've owned several Cads. Cads should be aspirational vehucles, and aspirational vehicles don't come with 4 cylinder engines, turbo or not. And, the first Cads were 1 cylinder cars, not 2s. Leland fired Henry Ford because he was fixated on 2 cylinder engines. Hence the first Ford looked just like the first Cad, except it had a 2 cylinder engine. Bob

  • Joeaverage Joeaverage on Sep 18, 2008

    The Caddy wagon above is HOT. So the car manufacturers are saying gasoline will continue to be expensive enough that people will want fuel economy? Oil prices are falling. So gas prices will follow? Will oil stay "cheap" through next year or will it start climbing again? Surely the big car makers have an inside line on the future of really, really important (to their business) information like the oil prices 5-10-15 years down the road?