If you were disappointed when you found out the soon-to-be flagship Cadillac XTS sedan would be more of a next-generation DTS with its front-wheel-drive layout and V-6 engine options than a Mercedes-Benz S-Class fighter, we’re happy to report that the Wreath and Crest brand will be unveiling a world-fighting, rear-wheel drive luxury flagship sometime between 2015 and 2017.
GM Inside News sources say the new Cadillac flagship will be built upon a heavily modified version of the rear-wheel drive Zeta platform that underpins the Chevrolet Camaro and police-only Caprice sedan called the “Omega” platform. Powertrain options are likely to be General Motors’ next generation of small block V-8 engines as well as hybrid versions.
Approved within the last few weeks, sources report that the program has actually been in the works for some time now with a goodwill commitment from GM executives to put the program officially in motion. Rumor has it that, like us, they were not happy with the idea of the same Epsilon II platform found in the $27,030 Buick LaCrosse sedan serving as the basis of the top-of-the-line Cadillac sedan, and GM Inside News has even suggested that the XTS was seen as a stopgap vehicle before a new flagship could arrive.
Since Cadillac debuted its ultra luxury car concept, the Sixteen (Pictured above), at the January 2003 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, on-again, off-again rumors have come from GM about whether it would create a flagship luxury car in the vein of the 19-foot-long, 1000-horsepower cruiser, even if just in spirit. While nowhere close to certain, the rumblings around GM give us hope that a proper full-size Cadillac flagship could be hitting showrooms sooner than we had thought.
Source: GM Inside News