Cadillac plans to replace both the DTS and STS models with the new XTS model, due out next year. As of this time, however, no date has been given for production to begin. GM first wants to sell off the DTS and STS models still in stock on its dealers’ showroom floors.
Based on concept car unveiled in 2010
Cadillac’s new flagship, the XTS, is based on the Platinum concept car shown at the 2010 Detroit Auto Show. The car will be built on a stretched form of GM’s front-wheel-drive Epsilon II platform (which underpins cars as diverse as the Chevy Malibu and the Buick LaCrosse) and will be built at GM’s Grand River plant in Lansing, Mich.
Built for comfort and convenience
The production model will apparently be slightly narrower than the concept car and feature a slightly longer rear overhang. It will also feature infotainment and connectivity features for both front and rear-seat passengers. The car likely will be powered by GM’s direct-injection 3.6-liter V-6. For a gentler ride, it will employ electronically controlled shock absorbers.
If the production model remains true to the concept, the XTS could come with an all-wheel-drive option, various V-6 powerplants and potentially a plug-in hybrid drive line. Eight-cylinder engine options have been also been rumored but have not been confirmed at this time.
Cadillac goes up against BMW
Now that both the DTS and STS models are being replaced in Cadillac’s lineup, the current entry-level CTS can move slightly upmarket in an attempt to become a rival to BMW’s 5-series and the Mercedes E-class. This in turn will make room for the new, smaller ATS sedan (which is slated to arrive in the summer of 2012) to go up against the BMW C-class and the 3-series.
Out with the old to make way for the new
Cadillac has already ceased production of the six-year-old STS. The final DTS models will be built within the next three to four weeks. But with an inventory of 3000 DTS models and less than 900 STS models, Cadillac intends to sell the last of its big sedans before building production models of the XTS replacement.