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Cadillac considers SUV to compete against BMW X3

Rumors | January 22nd, 2012 by 4
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Cadillac is already targeting BMW with the new compact ATS, but GM’s plans for its luxury-brand doesn’t stop here. According to BusinessWeek, the Detroit-based automaker …

Cadillac is already targeting BMW with the new compact ATS, but GM’s plans for its luxury-brand doesn’t stop here. According to BusinessWeek, the Detroit-based automaker is planning to launch a small sport-utility vehicle to compete against BMW’s popular X3 SAV.

“We’re looking at options there,” Kurt McNeil, Cadillac’s vice president of sales, said in an interview for the magazine. “I think it would go a little bit more head-to-head with like the X3.” Mcneil also says that GM hasn’t yet greenlighted the small Cadillac SUV.

“The fact that Cadillac is becoming more of a global brand will certainly play a role in that decision,” he said.

Cadillac considers SUV to compete against BMW X3

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The ambitious plans come from the success of the larger SRX sport-utility vehicle which increased U.S. sales 11 percent last year. BMW’s second generation X3 has also proven to be a successful model for the Munich-based automaker making the Spartanburg plant in South Carolina run at full capacity.

The aforementioned Cadillac ATS goes on sale in 2013 and will be offered with both rear-wheel and all-drive options. The company describes the ATS as being “nimble, fun and quick,” traits typical of a midsize, sport and luxurious car.

As an ending point, McNeil said that Cadillac “has to be as good or better than our main competitors.”

 

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  • InvincibleM5

    This is interesting.. Let it roll and see what they can do.

  • LaMa

    The CTS and XRS are both pretty good.  The XRS cross-over is more of a X5 competition in side but the X3 has sure grown a lot, its actually larger then the original X5 was.
    There is market for the X1 but BMW has no capacity to build more at the moment. They should have shifted the production to Sp.Burg and build X1’s X3’s and X5//X6’s here.
    The X4 is coming soon, I already saw a few prototypes running around with heavy camouflage.
    They look large imho, based on the X3 but they seem longer to me. at least with those idiot black/white stickers on.

    • BMW13

      This is kind of a dumb article since right on the Cadillac SRX website it has the X3 as its competitor along with the Q5 and RX350. It hjas to be about the worst website I’v ever seen because when it list the competitors and it doesn’t like the comparison it simply says unavailable. Doesn’t show 0-60 or gas milage verses competitors.

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