General Motors dropped plans to build an ultra luxury sedan for its Cadillac brand, according to internal sources. Apparently, the rear-wheel-drive car, which could cost up to $100,000 didn’t offer enough brand-building pizzazz in order to justify the investment. As a result, designers were taken off the program and reassigned to other projects.
Still, GM didn’t abandon its plans to build a large rear-wheel-drive sedan to take on the Mercedes-Benz S-Class and the Bmw 7-Series. Autonews says that the development of that future Cadillac that will be built on the new rwd platform dubbed Omega, is expected to be launched for the 2016 or 2017 model year.
The so-called flagship Cadillac was not a big enough departure from the large rwd sedan that is already in the works, according to our sources. Back in 2003 at the Detroit Auto Show, Cadillac unveiled the V16-powered Sixteen Concept while in 2011 at the Concours d'Elegance classic-car show in Pebble Beach presented the Ciel Concept. Both cars are expected to bring design elements to the upcoming S-Class competitor.
The latest member of Cadillac’s luxury sedan family has finally been unveiled in the guise of the new 2013 Cadillac XTS. Regarded as Cadillac’s most technologically advanced production car so far, the new XTS will go on sale in the United States and Canada starting spring 2012.
The new XTS is larger than the CTS sedan, allowing it to offer a combination of space, elegance and assertive presence – as packaged in a luxurious offering along with advanced elements and features that the new generation of luxury customers would surely love. Moreover, the new XTS will be the first Cadillac model to be installed with CUE, an in-vehicle experience that intelligently fuses intuitive design with industry-first controls and commands for managing information and media.
Aside from CUE, the new XTS is also provided with an array of new advanced technologies like the standard Magnetic Ride Control, which is regarded as the fastest-reacting suspension in the world. The new XTS will also be available with advanced technologies to improve both driver’s vision and safety.
Serving as the core of the new Cadillac XTS is a powerful 3.6-liter direct injection engine and advanced all-wheel drive system, allowing this luxury sedan to offer performance in a more efficient manner.