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    Rumorpile: Cadillac's Three-Row Crossover Is A Go


    William Maley

    Staff Writer - CheersandGears.com

    October 30, 2013

    For many years, the rumor of a seven-seat crossover from Cadillac have been floating around. Now it seems the rumor could be coming true.

    Car and Driver is reporting that three-row Cadillac crossover that will sit between the SRX and Escalade has been given the green light. This information comes from two GM employees.

    The new crossover will use an updated version of GM's Lambda platform named Lambda II. Lambda II is currently underpinning the current Buick Enclave, Chevrolet Traverse, and GMC Acadia. Expect the Cadillac version to come with some improvement such as less weight and more rigidity with the use of either high-strength steel or aluminum.

    Source: Car and Driver

    William Maley is a staff writer for Cheers & Gears. He can be reached at william.maley@cheersandgears.com or you can follow him on twitter at @realmudmonster.

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    Interesting to see the people vent about how GM is screwing up Caddy with this CUV. I think people need to wait and see what GM brings to the table as lately they have done very well and have learned that a re-badge is a failure. I think the CUV will be very different than anything else they have ever done on this same platform.

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    Lambda was designed from the start to be so much more than what it is today. I was supposed to spawn mini-vans, and a sedan version of it was supposed to replace the DTS and Lucerne. There is hidden flexibility in this chassis that we simply haven't seen yet.... don't expect it to be an Acadia Denali with the badges scraped off.

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    The path to Cadillac's success is to convert as many Chevys into Cadillac's as possible. This strategy has worked very well with Lincoln and Acura.

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    I'd like to see the second row floor get more legroom, kneeroom and footspace. And perhaps a much improved seat moving mechanism. The floor is too high in this rig. They could drop the floor pan 2-3 inches no problem.

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    I think this is a good idea and will be more practical for a lot of people than an Escalade. I have faith in GM that it won't be a simple badge job.

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    I'd like to see the second row floor get more legroom, kneeroom and footspace. And perhaps a much improved seat moving mechanism. The floor is too high in this rig. They could drop the floor pan 2-3 inches no problem.

    I have to disagree, if you drop it that much you have a station wagon at car ride height. CUV's should ride higher than cars.

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    they would be able to and still keep plenty of ground clearance. the hip point determines more if it is a station wagon or not. My taurus X has a lower hip point and less ground clearance, its a wagon (also why i bought it). traverse etc. has a nice hip point but the second row floor is too high. If GM could ever learn to get the seat mounts out of the way it would help. Even so, 2 inches would not be tough and would make a boatload of diff in comfort.

    there's some inefficiency in there. there always is in a GM product. (i.e. see 9 inches of nothing under the hood of the malibu between the engine and the radiator etc. sure would have made good rear seat leg room.

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    That inefficiency is present in any vehicle on a platform that offers engines with variable number of cylinders. That same inefficiency is there in an Accord or Passat.... it is simply the nature of offering Inline engines and V engines in the same platform.

    edit: Even true for BMWs... a Turbo-4 is shorter than an I-6... thus there is "wasted space" under the hood of every 4-cylinder BMW.

    You can't just transfer that space to the rear seat passengers... the hardpoints for the engine and transmission and everything else are still there.

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    My 94 GMC Suburban has wasted space with my 350 bored out 402 in there and yet you put in the 454 and all of a sudden you have tight space and wish for more room to work on the engine.

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    That inefficiency is present in any vehicle on a platform that offers engines with variable number of cylinders. That same inefficiency is there in an Accord or Passat.... it is simply the nature of offering Inline engines and V engines in the same platform.

    edit: Even true for BMWs... a Turbo-4 is shorter than an I-6... thus there is "wasted space" under the hood of every 4-cylinder BMW.

    You can't just transfer that space to the rear seat passengers... the hardpoints for the engine and transmission and everything else are still there.

    sure you can. redesign the platform with proper wheelbase, and an engine bay to contain 4 cylinder engines only. in that case. this is why the malibu has gotten ripped in the press.

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    The Malibu has many faults, your rear leg room fixation is among them, but relatively minor in comparison to the other faults on the list. Furthermore, if the wheelbase were to be extended, it would be from moving the rear wheels back, not the front wheels forward. I agree with you that the rear seat room is tight on the malibu... but you're not going to get an increase in rear seat room from the engine bay.

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    The Malibu has many faults, your rear leg room fixation is among them, but relatively minor in comparison to the other faults on the list. Furthermore, if the wheelbase were to be extended, it would be from moving the rear wheels back, not the front wheels forward. I agree with you that the rear seat room is tight on the malibu... but you're not going to get an increase in rear seat room from the engine bay.

    The problem is they inexplicably cut the wheelbase by around 5 inches from Epsilon to Epsilon II. Big mistake.

    I'd like to see the second row floor get more legroom, kneeroom and footspace. And perhaps a much improved seat moving mechanism. The floor is too high in this rig. They could drop the floor pan 2-3 inches no problem.

    I have to disagree, if you drop it that much you have a station wagon at car ride height. CUV's should ride higher than cars.

    Or have height adjustable suspension. For on-road good weather driving it's better to have it as low as possible, and to ease ingress/egress..remember, this is a CUV, not an SUV...closer to a minivan in function and purpose.

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