2021 Cadillac Eldorado, How about a Chevrolet Suburban ZR2 and Nissan and Star Wars? [Ask Nathan]

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    • 2021 Cadillac Eldorado?
    • Chevrolet Suburban ZR2?
    • Nissan and Star Wars?

The first question comes from a fan who wants to know if there will be a 2021 Cadillac Eldorado.

Cadillac Elmiraj Concept

Q:TFL is epic! Love watching you guys! I have a Cadillac question for all of you.

I heard that car names are going back from stupid numbers and letters like XLR, CTS and stuff. Lincoln is doing it now and maybe Cadillac soon? So my question is. will there be a Cadillac Eldorado in 2021? That would be cool. Do you think it will happen or will they ruin the name and connect it to a suv?


A: Howdy!

Thanks for the email and your support.

The bottom line is: nothing solid from Cadillac. There are a few rumors floating around, but the idea of a return of the Eldorado name to a conventional luxury sedan seems doubtful right now. Some say the name will return stamped on a crossover in the near future, but once again, nothing solid.

I wish I had more news for you.

It would be great to see a modern-day Cadillac Eldorado.


This next question comes from a viewer who wants a Chevrolet Suburban ZR2.

Country music superstar Luke Bryan has teamed up with Chevrolet to create a bold, stylized Suburban concept introduced at the 2017 SEMA Show. The concept speaks to Luke’s “Huntin, Fishin’ and Lovin’ Every Day” outlook.

Q:(Via Twitter) Just want your opinion on the possibility of a Chevy Suburban ZR2 or other off road package.

A: Hi!

I talked to a few people who thought it would be a good idea to do a limited run on a off-road-worthy Suburban before Ford made the new Expedition better off-road. That never happened. As of right now, there are no expectations for GM to produce an off-road version of the Suburban over the current model.

Still, like the photo above, there’s a lot of interest from the consumer and gearheads alike.

Only time will tell.


The last question comes from a fan who wants to know about Nissan’s connection to Star Wars the Last Jedi.

Q:Can you tell me why Nissan is connected to Star Wars the Last Jedi?

I’ve seen lots of commercials and media about the movie and various Nissan cars. But the cars could never be in the movies, like ever. Does Luke Skywalker drive a Maxima? No.
So can you tell me why my social media is constantly bombarded with Nissans connection to Jabba the Hutt?

Blanca from ‘Bama

A: Hi Blanca!

Honestly, it’s just good PR. They know a guy who worked in that world (Hollywood) and he helped put the pieces together. It’s been lucrative for both sides and Star Wars geeks can get special editions from the franchise to show off their geekiness.

I have friends who attended both the Los Angeles Auto Show and the Hollywood premiere, both were excellent and Nissan is pulling out all the stops to make the most of the connection. The new Nissan Leaf is cleverly attached to Star Wars the Last Jedi.

Expect this hype to continue for some time.

Who knows? Maybe they will build new vehicles called the “Maxa-Falcon,” “Sentra-Speeder” or, perhaps a new “Nissan Jedi Quest minivan?”

Oh, we have fun…


Speaking of Nissan (and the automakers who are part of them)…

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