Cadillac confirmed Friday morning it will build its new flagship sedan, expected to be called the LTS, starting in late in 2015 in Detroit.
"The objective for this upcoming model is to lift the Cadillac range by entering the elite class of top-level luxury cars." – Johan de Nysschen
Possibly coming as a 2016 model, the LTS will slot above the CTS and XTS in size and price. Based on a rear-wheel-drive platform, the LTS will be positioned as Cadillac's answer to the Mercedes-Benz S-Class, Audi A8 and BMW 7 Series. The final name will be "announced soon" Cadillac said, and it will debut early next year, likely at the New York Auto Show.
The flagship sedan is also expected to feature General Motors' new semi-autonomous driving technology, called Super Cruise. It will also be used on the 2017 Cadillac CTS, GM CEO Mary Barra confirmed earlier this month.
Cadillac has shown a pair of eye-catching concept cars in recent years, the Ciel and the Elmiraj, which have hinted at new, demonstrative design language for the brand, and cues from these showcars will likely show up on the LTS.
"The objective for this upcoming model is to lift the Cadillac range by entering the elite class of top-level luxury cars," Cadillac president Johan de Nysschen said in a statement.
The LTS will be assembled at GM's Detroit-Hamtramck factory as part of a $384-million investment. The plant also makes the Cadillac ELR and Chevrolet Volt, Impala and Malibu, plus the Opel Ampera for overseas markets. A spokesman couldn't say if the factory would need to add more workers.
Cadillac has a long history of building cars at the factory, which sits on the border of Detroit and the neighboring community of Hamtramck. The first car to roll off the assembly line in 1985 was an Eldorado. Scroll down for the full press release.