A New Sedan Based on the Chevy Cruze is Not Coming from Cadillac
Back in April, multiple websites reported that Cadillac was in the process of developing a new compact sedan based on the platform found in the 2016 Chevy Cruze, but Cadillac quickly took action and refuted this story.
According to Jalopnik, “a GM spokesperson reached out to strongly deny that the company was planning on anything like a Cruze-derived hatchback for Cadillac.”
In the initial report, which came from GM Inside News, an unnamed source allegedly told the publication that Cadillac was designing a new compact luxury sedan, which was expected to command a $6,000 to $9,000 premium over the Cruze. This rumored vehicle would have been Cadillac’s response to the Mercedes-Benz CLA. The report also suggested the Cruze-based sedan would come standard with a 1.5-liter turbo engine, while a more powerful 2.0-liter turbo-four motor would be available on higher-end models. An eight-speed automatic transmission would have been paired with both engines.
While Cadillac has strongly denied this report, it wouldn’t have been the first time the company has borrowed from Chevy, as the luxury automaker offered the Cimarron compact luxury car during the 1980s. If you don’t remember, the Cadillac Cimarron shared many of its parts with the Chevy Cavalier, but was sold at a significantly higher price.
Without a new sedan based on the Chevy Cruze, buyers are left with the ATS sedan as the most affordable sedan option currently in Cadillac’s model lineup, but its starting MSRP of $33,215 is nearly double the ‘16 Chevy Cruze’s starting MSRP of $16,620.
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