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 |  Mar 30 2010, 10:03 PM

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At a private event held on the eve of the New York Auto Show we just got our first close up look of the Cadillac CTS-V Sport Wagon concept car. When it does go on sale later this year the production model won’t be quite as lavish inside. After all, the rear seats of the concept feature a tremendous amount of Alcantara – which looks deliciously good and would be nice to see on a production model. But that’s just not realistic. Heck, there’s even Alcantara coating the dash panels that are covered by the doors. Unfortunately, however, some of the switchgear is starting to look a bit old and that is sure to carry over to the street car.

As for the rest of the vehicle, it should remain pretty much intact all the way to the assembly line, offering a compelling alternative to the Mercedes E63 Wagon. While we doubt how many of these vehicles Cadillac will be able to sell in North America we were assured that it doesn’t cost the company much to build a V version of the wagon and so they decided to add it to the lineup. Initially we thought the car might be aimed more towards the European market where uber-wagons are appreciated, but Cadillac PR Rep David Caldwell assured us that wasn’t the case, as Cadillac’s market penetration is still too small in Europe to design a model specifically to fill a need (or should we say want) there.

Cadillac will still sell the car in Europe and the Middle East, but the primary target consumer is in the U.S.

Like the rest of the CTS-V models, the Sport Wagon gets the same incredibly powerful supercharged 6.2-liter V8 engine with 556-hp and 551 ft lbs of torque – which we love so much in the sedan. It also gets the now-trademark massive front grille, Brembo brakes, 19-inch wheels with Michelin Pilot Sport PS2 tires and Magnetic Ride Control. Oh, and like the rest of the CTS-V models, Caddy has made the decision to offer both a six-speed automatic and a six-speed manual transmission.

Cadillac hasn’t released any performance numbers, but with the Sedan rated at just under four seconds to 60 mph, we expect a tick over that time in wagon form. That’s a small price to pay for the functionality of 25.4 cubic feet of cargo room with a total of 58 cu.-ft. with the rear seats folded flat. That’s of course putting aside the less practical 14/19 mpg (city/highway) rating.

GALLERY: Cadillac CTS-V Sport Wagon Concept

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 |  Mar 29 2010, 12:01 AM

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It’s finally here! Almost. Cadillac has just released full details and several enticing photos of a CTS-V Sport Wagon concept that will debut at the New York Auto Show later this week. The production version has also been confirmed with sales beginning later this year in North America. Cadillac will then offer the car in Europe, competing against cars like the RS6 Avant and Mercedes E63 AMG Estate. It will also be offered in the Middle East.

Like the rest of the CTS-V models, this wagon will get the same incredibly powerful supercharged 6.2-liter V8 engine with 556-hp and 551 ft lbs of torque – which we love so much in the sedan (reviewed here).

The V Wagon will join the sedan and coupe models and follow the same pattern, offering a massive front grille, Brembo brakes, 19-inch wheels with Michelin Pilot Sport PS2 tires and Magnetic Ride Control. Oh, and like the rest of the CTS-V models, Caddy has made the decision to offer both a six-speed automatic and a six-speed manual transmission.

Cadillac hasn’t released any performance numbers, but with the Sedan rated at just under four seconds to 60 mph, we expect a tick over that time in wagon form. That’s a small price to pay for the functionality of 25.4 cubic feet of cargo room with a total of 58 cu.-ft. with the rear seats folded flat. That’s of course putting aside the less practical 14/19 mpg (city/highway) rating.

We’ll be sure to bring you plenty of photos of the concept car with live coverage of the 2010 New York Auto Show starting March 31st. We’re eager to get a look at those rear 285s on a wagon and even more eager to drive the beast – especially as Cadillac was able to retain a healthy weight distribution of 52/48 front to rear.

For more info on the Cadillac CTS-V Sport Wagon concept after its North American premiere, click the link below on or after March 31st.

2010 New York Auto Show Coverage

GALLERY: Cadillac CTS-V SportWagon Concept

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