Cadillac Returns to Australia with Electric Cars After Over 50 Years; Drive Team Speculates on Ideal Combinations
In a surprising turn of events, luxury car brand Cadillac has announced its return to Australia after an absence of more than 50 years. This news has generated significant excitement among Australian car enthusiasts, with many eagerly anticipating the arrival of the brand’s electric vehicles.
Cadillac, which is a division of General Motors, has stated that it will focus exclusively on electric vehicles for the Australian market, with the Lyriq large SUV being the first model to be made available. This means that iconic vehicles such as the CT4-V and CT5-V Blackwing sports sedans, as well as the Escalade V8 4WD, will not be available to Australian buyers.
The announcement of Cadillac’s return has prompted the Drive editorial team to contemplate what they would choose to purchase, given the opportunity to select any model from the brand’s entire US showroom. Members of the team have taken on the challenge of using the manufacturer’s website configurator to create their ideal Cadillac model.
James Ward, Chief Content Officer for Drive, expressed excitement about the prospect of embracing the American luxury brand with traditional green and gold hospitality. He mentioned that while he would love to buy a Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing with a 6.2-liter supercharged V8 and manual transmission, he ultimately chose to configure a Lyriq Sport electric SUV in Emerald Lake Metallic with a light brown Oxford Stone leather interior and a panoramic sunroof.
Rob Margeit, Features Editor for Drive, highlighted his preference for full-size sedans and chose to configure a 2024 Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing with a striking shade of Cyber Yellow, paired with 19-inch alloy wheels and a Sky Cool Gray and Jet Black interior. The high-performance, manual, rear-drive, supercharged V8 selected by Margeit reflects his passion for classic Cadillac vehicles.
Kez Casey, Production Editor for Drive, expressed his excitement about the new generation Cadillac models, which he believes are the spiritual successors to the iconic and elegant Cadillacs of the ’60s. He stated that his personal configuration for the Lyriq reflects a tribute to the brand’s rich heritage, opting for color-blocking treatment in Emerald Lake Metallic and a Juniper-colored interior.
Ben Zachariah, journalist for Drive, shared his desire to own a Cadillac CT4-V Blackwing, which he had the opportunity to drive at a recent event. His configuration featured a black exterior and interior, equipped with a 3.6-litre twin-turbo V6 and a manual transmission. Zachariah’s preference for a high-performance sedan reflects his love for midsize luxury sedans with quick six-speed gears, making it a unique choice from the team’s configurations.
Jordan Mulach, journalist for Drive, embraced the excess of an Escalade-V, configuring an all-black SUV with dark chestnut leather interior and a 6.2-litre supercharged V8 petrol engine. His bold choice exemplifies the iconic luxury and power associated with the Escalade-V, creating a striking presence on the road.
Alex Misoyannis, journalist for Drive, expressed his preference for the Blackwing Series V, opting for a CT4-V Blackwing. His configuration reflected his interest in gasoline-powered high-performance sedans, featuring a powerful engine and sleek design.
The Drive editorial team’s diverse preferences and configurations underscore the exciting prospect of Cadillac’s return to Australia, offering luxury electric vehicles that cater to a wide range of consumer tastes and preferences. The anticipation for Cadillac’s arrival in the Australian market continues to grow, generating significant excitement and speculation about the brand’s future offerings. As Cadillac prepares to make its comeback, consumers will undoubtedly be eager to explore the brand’s electric vehicles and configure their ideal combinations, paving the way for a new era of luxury automotive experiences in Australia.