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Cadillac Gets Sporty

Except perhaps to funeral directors, Cadillac is not an automaker known for its station wagons. That may change (a little) with the arrival of the 2010 CTS Sport Wagon, unveiled at this year’s Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in Monterey, California. The Sport Wagon builds handsomely on the sharp style of the CTS sedan (far-and-away Cadillac’s most popular model), with fin-like tail lamps that extend from bumper level to roofline and an edgily sculpted lift back that echoes the car’s V-shaped grille. Concealed cargo rails with removable crossbars help manage larger loads, and the longer profile accommodates a new panoramic glass moonroof. The Sport Wagon will share the CTS sedan’s engine and drivetrain choices, including a 304-horsepower 3.6-liter V-6 with direct fuel injection and available all-wheel drive. Unfortunately, Cadillac’s fuel-efficient and torque-rich 2.9-liter turbocharged diesel engine, which was developed for European and Asian markets, isn’t destined for American showrooms. The Sport Wagon reaches dealerships next spring and, in the autumn of ’09, a third CTS model—a dramatic two-door inspired by the CT Coupe Concept from January’s Detroit auto show— joins the family. (www.cadillac.com)

—Matthew Phenix

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