Cadillac Eldorado.

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Cadillac killed the Eldorado in 2000, after 12 generations. And I think it’s time for a new one.

While the last 2 generations were basically 2 door coupe versions of the Seville sedan, some earlier models were pretty spectacular. Even the 10th generation which was smaller than before had quite a presence.

The Cadillac Eldorado illustration above seems to be influenced but the 8th generation, built from 1967 to 1970. For the first time, the Eldorado was not mechanically related to other Cadillacs but instead used the same FWD platform as the Buick Riviera and Oldsmobile Toronado.

A new Eldorado would of course be based on GM’s Ultium platform. A super quiet and fast Cadillac coupe with over 300 miles of range would surely attract a few people. It might not sell as well as their SUVs, but it would basically be a giant advertising poster for the brand. Something I’m afraid the $340,000 Celestiq won’t be. Since it’s not relatable to any but a few billionaires looking for a cool new toy.

We will soon see what the future new Cadillac sedans look like. As far as we know, they will of course be Ultium-based, and will both have a fastback profile. A big coupe based on the larger sedan would be a welcome addition to the historical brand.

Conversation 4 comments

  1. The original 1960s Riviera did share the same platform as the Eldorado and Toronado, but was never FWD until the downsized 1980s models.

  2. You are killing me with your beautiful designs. Wake up Cadillac and bring back these storied nameplates on platforms deserving of them.

  3. Honestly, I think what’s killing sedans isn’t just the fact that SUVs showed up. Its that sedans have gotten progressively more and more cramped, lower, harder to see out of, less headroom, and with fewer ementies and tech than their SUV brethren. And as progress has been made on mileage, the only thing sedans have over SUVs is ride quality. But to make them cheaper, they’re starting to sacrifice even that. There’s a self fulfilling prophesy.

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