Following the successful launch of its redesigned CTS sedan, Cadillac launched a Wagon variant of the luxury car in 2009. Created as an alternative to larger utility vehicles, the CTS Sport Wagon promises the same stylish good looks and competent handling as its sedan counterpart, but with the added utility and cargo space of a wagon.
Because of the wagon’s sedan roots, it actually rides on the same 113.4-inch wheelbase as the sedan. However, despite having a larger rear cargo area, the wagon actually measures in 0.3 inches shorter than the CTS sedan.
The Sport Wagon is highlighted by Cadillac’s signature edgy styling, including a V-shaped rear deck and liftgate. Cadillac’s integrated roof load management system allows for a little extra exterior cargo space, and also pays tribute to the brand’s iconic rear tailfins of the ’50s and ’60s. New optional 19 inch wheels round out the CTS Sport Wagon’s exterior appearance.
Inside, the Sport Wagon’s interior mirrors the CTS sedan’s, save for the extra cargo room aft of the rear seats. With the rear seats up, the wagon provides 25 cubic feet of cargo space, with that number expanding to 121.9 cubic feet when the rear seats folded away.
Because the wagon is so closely related to the sedan, drivetrain offerings reflect those offered in the sedan. That means a 263 horsepower 3.6-liter VVT V6 is standard, with a 304 horsepower version of the same engine — although equipped with direct injection — optional. EPA ratings should check in at 26 mpg highway. Both six-speed manual and automatic transmissions will be offered in the Sport Wagon, as will rear and all-wheel drive layouts.
Annual production of the wagon should total between 10,000 and 12,000 units, with half of those vehicles earmarked for markets other than the U.S.
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