Smaller-than-a-CTS due in 24 to 28 months? So 2012 or 2013?

The Detroit Bureau blog has this quote from Steve Shannon (GM Premium Channel Marketing) about the upcoming Cadillac model that will slot below the CTS (Background on “Alpha” Cadillac) :

The project is well underway, he hints, and could reach market “probably in 24 to 30 months.”  Beyond that, Shannon goes mum, though he concedes a variety of body styles are under study, including the requisite sedan, and alternatives including a 3-door hatchback, a 5-door wagon and a convertible.

hmm.  That appears to make the Alpha Cadillac a 2012 or 2013 model.  This is disappointingly slow from my point of view, but may be ‘rapid’ development for GM.

Here was the Motor Trend concept drawing for what the Alpha might look like:

Alpha Cadillac

Alpha Cadillac

So we got the new CTS-V and Sport Wagon in 2009, the SRX in 2010.  2011 perhaps will bring the CTS Coupe, then if 2012 the Alpha Cadillac premiers I suppose that keeps the product release momentum rolling along.

We have more parts in place for the Alpha now, with the new DI 3.0 V6 engine released at 260hp, and a nice 2.8L Turbo V6 on the way at 300hp.

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