A new report indicates Cadillac is planning a duo of very expensive, ultra-luxurious models.
According to GM Inside News, Cadillac is analyzing the prospects of coming out with an “XT9” flagship SUV set to be positioned above the Escalade-replacing XT8. While the latter is not due until at least the end of the decade, the rumored XT9 will apparently be out around 2027 and will carry a starting price of $250,000. It will serve as GM’s answer to a variety of luxo-barges, such as the Bentley Bentayga and the forthcoming Rolls-Royce Cullinan.
Cadillac’s attempt to grab a piece of the action at the highest end of the premium segment will also include a posh sedan that will be even more expensive. Tentatively called “CT9,” the fullsize luxury sedan will kick off at close to $300,000 and will be out about two years after the XT9, so it should hit dealerships around 2029.
Since we’re talking about two cars that won’t be out in the next ten years, a lot could change until then. Most likely, the plans to introduce the XT9 and CT9 will depend on the success of models such as the CT6 and the aforementioned Escalade successor.
Bridging the gap between the already available CT6 and the rumored CT9 will be a CT7 (likely a coupe) and a CT8 that will cost more than $100,000. The latter is shaping up to be a direct adversary for the long-wheelbase Mercedes S Class and the BMW 7 Series and should come out around the end of the decade. At the other end of the spectrum, it's worth mentioning Cadillac executive chief engineer Dave Leone hinted at the beginning of the year about the possibility of a new entry-level sedan slotting below the ATS.
All in all, it looks like General Motors wants Cadillac to attack the premium market in a wide variety of segments and to do so it's working on several models with different sizes and body styles.
Source: GM Inside News