Cadillac unveils the CTS Sport Wagon

Cadillac shows off a wagon version of its 2010 CTS sedan, based on the same Art and Science design as the CTS sedan.

Cadillac CTS Sport Wagon rear quarter
Cadillac applies its design language to a wagon. Cadillac

With its CTS sedan proving so successful, Cadillac designed a coupe concept version for the Detroit auto show. And now GM's luxury brand takes it a step further by unveiling a wagon version, slated for production as a 2010 model, at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance.

Cadillac CTS Sport Wagon rear quarter
The rear seats fold down to add cargo area. Cadillac

The 2010 Cadillac CTS Sport Wagon uses the same Cadillac Art and Science design as the CTS sedan, including LED pipes in the headlight enclosures and starkly cut edges, but adds a hatchback and fold-down second-row seats, creating ample cargo room. Ever since reviewing the Jetta SportWagen we've anticipated a renaissance for wagon, a trend Cadillac seems to be helping lead. In the news release, Jim Taylor, Cadillac's general manager, said "The addition of this dramatically-designed Sport Wagon is well synchronized with today's changing consumer tastes as a compelling alternative to SUVs or other larger vehicles." Wagons as a replacement for SUVs makes a lot of sense.

Cadillac CTS Sport Wagon rear quarter
Rear pillars are wide, echoing the sedan version's C pillars. Cadillac

We were very impressed with the 2008 Cadillac CTS, naming it our Tech Car of the Year for 2007. It won because of impressive cabin electronics that included innovative features, such as the capability to record radio. We also liked that its traffic reporting system proactively warned us about traffic snarls on the road ahead. It proved an excellent performance vehicle, so the coupe concept wasn't much of a surprise. However, we didn't expect the Sport Wagon, although it should do well in Europe, where many performance cars have wagon, or estate, versions. The 2010 Cadillac CTS Sport Wagon hits showrooms in spring of 2009.

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Wayne Cunningham reviews cars and writes about automotive technology for CNET. Prior to the Car Tech beat, he covered spyware, Web building technologies, and computer hardware. He began covering technology and the Web in 1994 as an editor of The Net magazine. He's also the author of "Vaporware," a novel that's available as a Nook e-book.

 

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