Monday, February 8, 2010

2012 Cadillac Converj Review and Prices

The concept featured an all-glass solar-cell roof to help power accessories and--because this is a hybrid--electro-hydraulic brakes and steering. It's one of several showcar gizmos that might nevertheless carry into showrooms. So, too, other futuristic features detailed in "Notable Feature" below.

The 2012 Cadillac Converj should also mimic the concept in wearing Cadillac's signature "Art & Science" styling tailored to decidedly cab-forward proportions. It's reminiscent of the 2002 Cadillac Cien showcar, and got generally good reviews at Detroit. The angular theme carries to the interior, which is all V-shapes and triangles save flowing, gently indented door panels and curvy door-pulls spilling down from the upper dash rail.

Beneath the concept's Stealth-fighter looks lies the same basic chassis developed for the Chevy Volt. That means the 2012 Cadillac Converj will have a strut-type front suspension, a simple twist-beam rear axle and four coil springs. It should also get GM's "magnetic ride" auto-adjust shock absorbers, a premium feature apparently denied the Volt. Brakes are predictably four-wheel discs with ABS. Look for standard GM Stabilitrak antiskid system and traction control as upgrades over the Volt. We're less certain about the concept's 21-inch front wheels and 22-inch rears, all premium forged-aluminum rims, but don't be surprised if they also make production, at least as optional equipment. Tires should definitely be of the fuel-saving low-rolling-resistance type.