DETROIT -- Cadillac is rolling out its lightest car ever, the ATS compact. Next year it will launch a sporty plug-in hybrid coupe, the ELR.
But before you begin thinking that the brand historically known for floaty boats and tail fins has lost its go-big roots, there's this: We'll see the next-generation Escalade within the next 12 months.
That's per Caddy marketing chief Don Butler, implying that the redesigned big SUV will debut at an auto show within a year. It's not expected in showrooms until late 2013.
Given Cadillac's methodical march toward nimble performance, a la the German makes, the Escalade's big bling and body-on-frame brawn might seem incongruous. It's not.
Cadillac drivers love to make a statement -- whether in a chrome-laden gas guzzler or a sleek extended-range electric. With the brand's fast-expanding lineup, there soon will be more room under the Cadillac tent for divergent tastes.