Op-Ed by MonaroSS
GMI Contributor – 11 June 2010
Everyone is assuming that any new Cadillac Flagship will be a large sedan. But even the story breaking the idea said the vehicle was not specified yet. Even though it probably will be a sedan, it's not certain that such will be the case. It could be a large Coupe instead.
I did the above chop to represent a Coupe that GM Design had already done based on the Sixteen and which had received some media reports several years back. I sent this chop to Bob Lutz some time back and discussed the idea that when Camaro moves to the Alpha platform then there exists the cost effective opportunity to leave the current Camaro production on Zeta in place and redesign it. Using the latest mods from Holden on Zeta II and stretching the hood even further, it could be a good base to re-body as the Cadillac Flagship Coupe form of the Sixteen. Fit it with an XTS Platinum type luxury interior with even higher levels of custom hides, woods and semi precious stone finishes and it could be extraordinary.Originally Posted by Car&Driver
Given the work already done making the Camaro Zeta a Convertible as well, then a Convertible version of this Cadillac Flagship could also be offered.
Bob thought it was very attractive, and of course we know the styling clay and some studies at least already existed inside GM Design. So perhaps they tossed around the idea of a Zeta Camaro being reborn as a luxury Cadillac? We can only but speculate. The Zeta platform is going to get upgrades from Holden and the manufacturing already is in place in Canada. So it does not have to be an expensive option with most of the costs already paid for by Commodore and Camaro sales. It’s a comprehensive re-body and new interior upgrade, not a clean sheet design that Cadillac could not really justify on the small numbers. We have already seen how the Chinese upgraded the Holden interior for a limited run Flagship Buick Park Avenue, so the next generation Caprice interior I’m sure could get a Cadillac makeover with lavishings of luxury for a Flagship and go into the Camaro inner shell with a new stylish exterior. The Zeta under Camaro handles very well and is comfortable and, with the Magnetic Ride Control (MRC) already on high end Holden's, can be more so. But while it is also a heavy, strong platform, that some regret being used under Camaro, such weight and strength is actually a positive in a Flagship Luxury Coupe.
Power-wise we know an LS9 can slip under the hood to match the Germans and be mated to a new 8-speed auto or the next generation 2-Mode drive train. The frame can take it as Holden’s already run around England and OZ with supercharged V8’s in them making big power. I think that this new Cadillac Flagship could well be a powerful luxury Coupe based on Zeta and Camaro. However if not, then a Cadillac Sedan Flagship could easily have a Coupe companion paired with it as described above. What do you think? And what should Cadillac call it if they do it?
Below is a variation of the styling to incorporate a sharper more Converj style rising bodyline and fins. A well-known GMI member requested it…