Cadillac wants a family look based on the Evoq concept, but it will modify the look when it restyles the STS and DTS.
The STS and DTS were formerly the Seville and DeVille, respectively. With the demise of the Eldorado and Catera, they will be the only carryover vehicles from the pre-Evoq Cadillac.
And they are likely to be more subdued versions of the design theme, in part to keep existing Cadillac buyers in the fold.
Designer Kip Wasenko describes what comes next:
1. STS. Design is virtually complete. The STS will be positioned as "much more of a sport sedan than it is today," in hopes of competing with the Mercedes-Benz E class and BMW 5 series. The STS will be redesigned for the 2005 model year.
General Motors Vice Chairman Robert Lutz halted the project to lower the roof and increase the degree to which sides slope inward from the belt line to the roof. Though sporty, the STS will be "more refined, a little slicker" than the youth-oriented CTS.
2. DTS. "The team is working on the DTS right now. To be honest, we don't have a final design on that right now." The DTS will be redesigned for the 2006 model year.
GM has not said when either nameplate will be in showrooms.
But Wasenko says the DTS and the STS will be "two different cars. What I call the appropriate differentiation will be obvious," with Cadillac aiming to make DTS more sophisticated in keeping with the tastes of current owners.