SEMA News—September 2012
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Next-Gen Cadillac CTS
What Priddy Says: This camo-clad Cadillac is believed to be the ’14 CTS. On a new rear-wheel-drive, stretched Alpha platform, the all-new CTS appears to be a bit larger than the current version. Sources told Priddy that power will come from a base 2.0L four-cylinder turbo offering 270 hp, with options to include a 3.6L V6 and a turbocharged six-cylinder.
When It Hits: Based heavily on the Holden Commodore and built in Australia, the U.S. version—named SS—will arrive for the ’14 model year. An official debut isn’t expected until early next year.
What Priddy Says: The V8-powered, rear-wheel-drive new SS—riding on the Zeta platform—is already the talk of all the blogs and forums. These photos highlight the rear of the SS and large Brembo brakes.
Lexus LFA, Final Edition
When It Hits: Reports of a new special-edition Lexus LFA circulated late last year. It was referred to as the “Tokyo Edition” due to its expected arrival at the 2011 Tokyo Motor Show, however, there was no such model. This could be the car.
What Priddy Says: Looking similar to the previous Nürburgring Edition, new elements, such as an additional air intake, boot-lid spoilers and quad exhaust tips, suggest that this is a wilder version. An engine more powerful than the current LFA powerplant is also expected.
Impala Eco Model
When It Hits: Unknown at press time.
What Priddy Says: Although this version of the upcoming Impala has been misidentified many times as a possible high-performance SS model, it’s actually the Eco version. The Impala Eco will offer a four-cylinder engine mated to a low-energy hybrid system, with an anticipated 35 mpg highway. Cosmetic-wise, the most obvious difference is the plastic grille, giving it a bit of family resemblance to the Chevy Volt.