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These crystal-clear photos of the forthcoming 2010 Cadillac CTS wagon instantly caught our attention. Cadillac already spilled the beans on the CTS coupe heading for production, so it makes sense that this wagon will join the CTS family for serious competition with the likes of Audi, BMW, and Mercedes, especially in Europe.
Slated for production in spring of 2009, the wagon will be built alongside the CTS coupe and sedan at General Motors' Lansing Grand River Assembly Plant. Production should be around 10,000 to 12,000 units per year, and most of these wagons will head for Europe after they are built. Once the SRX is killed off in 2009, Cadillac hopes the CTS wagon and the BRX will fill the void in the Cadillac line. The production car could debut as early as the Paris Motor Show this October.
There's no reason to believe the engine or transmission choices will differ from those of the 2008 Cadillac CTS sedan. Expect to find a 300-hp, 3.6-liter V-6, and possibly a 2.9-liter diesel engine in the U.S.-market cars. European buyers should see both those engines as well as a 2.8-liter V-6. Any of the engines can be backed by a six-speed automatic or manual transmission.
It's no surprise the CTS family will grow to include a station wagon now that the CTS is otherwise a worthy adversary to the German competitors. It'll be even less surprising to see spy shots of a CTS convertible in the future. With a wagon, coupe, and sedan in the mix, all Cadillac needs is a convertible version of the CTS to go head-to-head with Germany's best, namely the BMW 3-series.