Beneath that sloping roof and behind the 60/40 fold-flat rear seats is 25 cu ft of cargo space. This compares favorably with the BMW 535xi Sports Wagon and Mercedes-Benz E350 4MATIC wagon (17.6 and 24.4 cu ft, respectively), but not with the Audi A6 Avant or Cadillac's outgoing SRX (33.9 and 32.4 cu ft, respectively). Actually, the CTS Sport wagon's cargo capacity with the rear seats up is almost identical to the Infiniti FX's 24.8 cubes. Cadillac has yet to release cargo capacity figures for when the rear seats are folded down. In the cockpit, expect the wagon to carry over the design and layout of its CTS sedan sibling.

While the new wagon's styling may compromise some visibility (if you fill the wagon to the roof with stuff) and cargo capacity, when has buying a vehicle from Cadillac or any other premium automaker for that matter been a truly practical purchase?

Nineteen-inch wheels are an option, and an attractive one at that. The wheels make their debut on the five-passenger wagon, which is actually 0.3 in. shorter than the sedan.

While Cadillac will surely sell more than a few CTS Sport Wagons in the U.S. market, its real mission is strengthening Cadillac's reputation around the world, especially in Europe, where it will go head-to-head against the formidable German competition.

Will we ever see a Cadillac CTS-V Sport Wagon? It would not be too difficult to create, but with the development of the SRX replacement (scheduled to launch in mid-2009) and the soon-to-arrive CTS coupe -- not to mention the present economic situation within GM -- Cadillac probably has its hands full.

2010 Cadillac CTS Sport Wagon
Base Price $36,000-$39,000 (est)
Vehicle Layout Front engine, RWD or AWD, 5-pass, 4-door wagon
Engine 3.6L/263-hp/253-lb-ft DOHC 24-valve V-6; 3.6L/304-hp/273-lb-ft DOHC 24-valve V-6
Transmission 6-speed manual; 6-speed automatic
Curb Weight 3900-4200 (est)
Wheelbase 113.4 in
Length x Width x Height 191.3 x 72.6 x 59.1 in
0-60 mph N/A
EPA City/Hwy Econ 16-18/25-26 mpg (mfr est)
CO2 Emissions 0.93-1.02 lb/mile (est)
On Sale In U.S. Spring 2009