The Eldorado name has been in Cadillac’s portfolio for nearly 50 years but back in 2002 due to the sloping sales it was discontinued. While currently, Cadillac does have a coupe out there with the small ATS, it is not nearly as luxurious as the Eldorado would be which will mean problems when Ford will be releasing the Thunderbird. In order to compete with that car and also offer an option for their customers, rumors about a 2017 Cadillac Eldorado started to surface ever since they released the concept car with the same name.
2017 CADILLAC ELDORADO RELEASE DATE AND PRICE
The production model is still likely half a decade away but until 2020 or later when the car is going to be released, a concept might be shown by the end of 2017. Unlike Ford which is going to build a car on a front wheel drive platform, Cadillac is actually expected to build a rear wheel drive car based on the Alpha platform. Basically, the upcoming Eldorado is expected to be the coupe version of the CT6 sedan and it might even be called accordingly. The price hasn’t been set but considering the platform and its competitor, we do expect it to start around $75,000 or slightly more than that.
DESIGN: INTERIOR AND EXTERIOR
While this would be the first Cadillac to use this recipe, there have been plenty of manufacturers doing it. Because of that we really think that the 2017 Cadillac Eldorado will be based on the same stretched Alpha as the CT6 and instead of becoming smaller, it will still be just as large as its sedan counterpart. This will mean that despite having just two doors, the Eldorado should be more than capable of offering plenty of space for up to four passengers. The stretched wheelbase also means that it will likely feature quite a bit more room than your regular coupe. Also, some even said that the car might get “suicide”-style doors but this has not been confirmed for now.
We do expect however the car to feature pillar-less doors and window-frames and no B-pillar between the door and the rear glass. This should make the coupe feel quite open and it should make for a much more striking car to look at. Unfortunately, the interior is not really going to be a surprise. We are we saying this? Well, considering all of their other models, the Eldorado will most likely be nearly identical to the CT6 in terms of a dashboard, materials and comfort and the only real differences are going to be the seats. These will recline and they will include the seatbelts due to it having no B-pillars.
Just like with their competitors, for starters, the 2017 Cadillac Eldorado is very likely going to be offered with just a single engine choice. This would be a new 4.2 liter twin-turbocharged V8 which has been developed by GM specifically for their luxury division. So far the engine hasn’t been installed in any of their cars but in the future it should power most Cadillac cars. This would easily be capable of providing more than 500 horsepower and 500 lb-ft of torque and it should make from the Eldorado a real treat to drive.
Unlike the Thunderbird which is expected to be all-wheel drive, the Eldorado is very likely going to be rear wheel drive in the base trim level. An all wheel drive version might also be added at a later date. For those not wanting a V8, in the future the car is also expected to get a 3 or 3.6 liter twin-turbocharged V6. This would be available in all wheel drive guise only and it should easily provide north of 400 horsepower while using quite a bit less fuel than the V8.
1967 Cadillac Eldorado