Cadillac planning to use the Omega platform

Article by Christian Andrei, on April 26, 2011

Cadillac is planning the Omega, a rear-wheel drive luxury sedan built on a totally new platform, according to Car and Driver. The Sixteen concept from Cadillac was presented in 2003 but it had remained a concept. However, Cadillac is reportedly serious about producing a flagship model to directly rival top limousines like BMW’s 7-Series and Mercedes’ S-Klasse.

It hasn’t been determined yet if the new model will share any features with the Sixteen concept but it’s likely that the new car will feature a six or eight-cylinder engine, as well as all-wheel drive as optional.

Aside from the gasoline power plants, the model will have a hybrid version and it will later have a diesel one. The new luxury sedan powered by gasoline engines is expected to debut in 2014. It will be presented as a 2015 model.

To rival the best limousines in the market, the new model needs to offer the latest safety and comfort technology, as well as interior design, features and comfort. It is speculated that General Motors has bigger plans for the Omega's platform, like creating a luxurious and advanced limousine to go up against Rolls-Royce’s Phantom model.

The Sixteen concept has been installed with a V16 power plant that features 13,600 cc, enabling the unit to deliver 1,000 hp (745 kW) and a maximum torque level of 1000 lb-ft (1,355 Nm) at 4,000 rpm. But then, it’s not probable that the Sixteen concept power plant will be used in the Omega model.

Way back in 2003, Cadillac presented a stylish, high-performance automobile, by which the prototype Cadillac Sixteen was built.

It was powered by a 32-valve, 13.6-liter, and V-16 engine as well as mated to a 4-speed electronic automatic transmission. The engine included fuel-economy Displacement on Demand, which was first introduced in 2004 on a number of 2005 GM models. This feature turns off 50% of the cylinders in most driving situations then automatically and effortlessly reactivates them to face more challenging situations, similar to a quick acceleration or load hauling whenever the driver requires full engine power.

In concept, the car was related to the 1930s Cadillac V-16. The car’s actual design was a mix of Cadillac's present "Art and Science" design theme plus cues of the 1967 Cadillac Eldorado. Robert Lutz, vice president of General Motors, leads the in-house design competition that provided more original design elements.

The steering wheel of the Cadillac Sixteen comes with a logo carved from solid crystal while the dashboard has a Bulgari clock.

The Sixteen may have fallen short (narrow by few accounts) of production approval but the legacy stays alive in the company’s product planning for the future. The next-generation Cadillac products are anticipated to integrate elements from the Sixteen’s design.

These influences include styling clues and the possible scaled- down version, which may either be powered by a V8 or V12. The top-of-the-range vehicle has not been publicly announced but is often mentioned as the ultra luxury sedan (ULS) in conversations among GM executives and automotive media sources. In case it is built, it would be a competitor of the BMW 7-Series and Mercedes-Benz S-Class. The company is planning to launch a very similar car in 2009 with the basic model having a V8 and the top model bearing a V12.

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