There are big changes afoot at Cadillac, with dealers prepping for the arrival of the all-electric Lyriq crossover next year, and the debut of the new Blackwing sedans ushering in a next-level performance option for enthusiasts. However, among all these headlines, there is still one missing element to the luxury marque’s lineup – no Cadillac convertible.
According to Cadillac National Dealer Council chairman, David Butler, a new Cadillac convertible would be a welcome addition to the lineup, per a recent interview with Automotive News.
Although a new Cadillac convertible would be appreciated, Butler said that he currently sees no “big hole” when considering the current Cadillac product lineup.
“We’ve got most of the segments covered right now,” Butler said. “It’s very different [from a few years ago]. It’s really nice having an XT4, CT5, XT6 and an Escalade.”
“Now we have three cool crossovers,” Butler added. “With the CT4, CT5, I would like to see more variants on those vehicles, like Blackwing. We’d always like to have a convertible.”
As fans will no doubt remember, the last production Cadillac convertible offered was the XLR, a front-engine, RWD roadster produced between between 2003 and 2009. Offered as Caddy’s flagship model, the XLR was based on the same Y-body platform as the Chevrolet Corvette, and featured a 4.6L Northstar V8 engine. Cadillac also offered a high-performance variant called the XLR-V, which cradled the same supercharged 4.4L Northstar V8 as the STS-V, producing 445 horsepower and 414 pound-feet of torque, good enough for a sprint to 60 mph in 4.6 seconds.
More recently, in 2011, Cadillac unveiled the Ciel hybrid electric concept, a full-size, four-door luxury drop-top powered by an electrified twin-turbo 3.6L V6 good for 425 horsepower. Unfortunately, the Ciel never made it to production.
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