• Nov 16, 2006
UPDATE 1 - Motor Trend's blog confirms the rest of the details that were floating around. 8-inch stretch, privacy seating, etc.

A couple of sites have posted reports that Cadillac will be unveiling a long-wheelbase version of the DTS at the Los Angeles Auto Show. Intrigued, we checked with some of our sources and have it on good authority that the General will indeed have a long-wheelbase DTS in LA. We think we can also quell speculation about the possibility of a V-Series edition of said car, as our understanding is that this stretched DTS is primarily oriented toward the livery market. That means that the recently saved-from-execution Lincoln Town Car is about to have a serious new competitor breathing down its neck in the executive sedan segment. We expect to hear full details on the new Caddy towards the end of the month. Stay tuned.

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      • 8 Years Ago
      I work in the financial district (Wall Street) in Manhattan. There is a need for these cars, thousands of them. When I use a car service, I do like a car that allows me and my companion(s) to be comfortable.

      The DTS however, should be put out of it's misery. It has such a matronly look about it, fattish older woman in ill-fitting suits with sensible shoes. The SLS is the car that they should build to replace it.

      • 8 Years Ago
      forget the LWB DTS... LWB STS(SLS) For the Win!!!!
      • 8 Years Ago
      To all you nay-sayers: If you're gonna ride around in a big luxury sedan, you want a BIG luxury sedan. Just because YOU don't want one, doesn't mean there aren't plenty of people who do. If I was to decide between a regular and an extended version of the 300 or Caddy (the lincoln is just too anemic), I would pick the lwb model hands down. Its only logical to do this streach for the car-service market. Lincoln has it. Chrysler has it (although its very pricey). The big advantage the caddy has is that through its FWD lay-out, it has a much flatter foot compartment, which makes sliding accross the back seat much easier. While it would be easiest, I don't think the streach will be all door, since this makes it tough on the structure and for one whonkin' huge door.
      SLS- I suppose there shouldn't be any reason not to offer this, unless some of the crash worthiness was compromised in the change (china doesn't have the same requirements, as I recall)
      • 8 Years Ago
      I wouldn't waste my time with this livery silliness because it's only relevant to cities and the cab market. They should have put a large Buick up against Lincoln, because real luxury shouldn't be banging around getting abuse from city potholes at 100,000 miles/year!
      • 8 Years Ago
      ---Guenther Wrote:---> SLS- I suppose there shouldn't be any reason not to offer this, unless some of the crash worthiness was compromised in the change (china doesn't have the same requirements, as I recall)

      There is some truth to that, watched a documentary on this. They are employing some really archaic safety standards, Late 60s to mid-70s. I guess over time, they'll catch up.
      • 8 Years Ago
      There's one thing GM is REALLY good at. Building cars no one asks for.
      • 8 Years Ago
      REPLIES

      2-- As in earlier post, the STS is very likely too closely coupled in a marketing attempt that tried for a European size. Note Autoblog last week on the LWB STS shown in China. Many STS drivers seldom use the back seat, but 100% of livery drivers do, so that eight inches of stretch out room is good -- but we have not seen yet where the stretch goes, hoping it is not all in the doors.

      3--If you go to New York, etc, and see the hundreds and hundreds of livery cars, you will see the demand.
      Of course, a Deville replacement that looked like a true Cadillac would be better, but they can stretch this Plain Jane in the middle of its life span and sell some cars.