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Tony O'Kane | Feb, 06 2015 | 0 Comments

A great many of Cadillac's problems, like those of rival Infiniti, can be attributed to a lack of product in key areas.

The American luxury icon is not wanting for large sedans or SUVs, but it's lacking in options at the other end of the size scale. If you want a Cadillac that's easier to live with on a day-to-day basis, you're fresh out of luck.

New boss Johan de Nysschen has publicly stated that a small sedan and compact SUV are high on the wishlist, but neither exist in Cadillac's product portfolio at this time. That said, the compact SUV will likely arrive in 2017, followed by the sedan.

The sedan, interestingly enough, is expected to be RWD. That will make it unique in its segment, considering the Audi A3, next-gen BMW 1 Series sedan and Benz's CLA are all front-wheel drive.

Will RWD be a big enough a unique selling point to give Cadillac a foothold in the booming small luxury sedan segment? Time will tell, but given there isn't even a glimpse of a concept as yet there may be plenty of time yet to elapse until we see it.

Until then, graphic artist and serial renderer Theophilus Chin has had a stab at what Caddy's upcoming small sedan could look like.

Chin's take on the formula has proper RWD proportions, but the blocky CTS-inspired design may well look hopelessly out of date by the time the real deal arrives sometime in late 2017.

In a segment where design and desirability plays a huge part in sales success, Cadillac will need to aim pretty high if its small sedan is to succeed - RWD or not.

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