The Cadillac Evoq has been cleared for production.
The General Motors strategy board approved the innovative car for the 2003 model year on the same platform as the next Chevrolet Corvette, according to two sources at GM.
Dave Hill, the vehicle line executive for the Corvette and Chevrolet Camaro, is heading up the Evoq development team. A vehicle line executive oversees all aspects of product development, including engineering, testing and production.
The Evoq, which was unveiled in January at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, will be a flagship vehicle to create a sportier, more modern brand image for Cadillac. A European racing program unveiled this month in Geneva and a forthcoming line of performance-tuned variants code-named Blackfin are part of that effort.
The Evoq, code-named GMX215, and the next Corvette, code-named GMX245, will share basic chassis architecture, but the Cadillac may incorporate components of GM's forthcoming Sigma rear-drive platform. It will be powered by a version of Cadillac's 4.2-liter, double-overhead camshaft Northstar V-8, said a GM source. The Cadillac also may use aluminum or steel for its outer panels instead of composites, as on the current Corvette, the source said.
Product developers are trying to maintain the styling of the concept car shown in Detroit, a GM source said.