• Nov 22nd 2006 at 12:08PM
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We told you last week that reports of Cadillac building a long-wheelbase version of the DTS were true, and now we have confirmation in the form of official shots of the long legged sedan released by General Motors today. While no information accompanied the images, you can clearly see about 6 to 8 inches of extra wheelbase that makes itself evident behind the rear doors. That extra length also gets added to the C-Pillar, which will both protect important back seat passengers from prying eyes and be a challenging blindspot for chauffeurs to see around. It's also clear from these pictures that, as we reported, a high-performance V-Series of the DTS-L will not be offered. One is clearly meant to be driven in this car, not to drive it himself (or herself). The rear-seat legroom is ample, as we would expect, with enough space behind the front seats to park an Aveo.

Will the Cadillac DTS-L give the aged Lincoln Town Car a run for its money? It might, if Cadillac can keep the cost down and find enough livery outlets looking to switch. Keep in mind, however, that we haven't heard much about the Chrysler 300 Long Wheelbase making any waves in the human delivery market. The Town Car is a tough cookie to beat due to its total entrenchment in this market, relatively low cost and a library of maintenance that's well known and tolerated. We'll likely see the Cadillac DTS-L at the L.A. Auto Show next week in person where we'll certainly climb in back and kick our feet up.

Check out the interior shot after the jump.

[Source: GM]

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      • 8 Years Ago
      That blind spot stunk for the passengers in the town car.
      How come Ford could not just have made the new doors from day one?

      The 300 stretched has bigger doors so you don't have to 'crawl' to the rear seats, Although that bigger C pillar can provide privacy, if that is what you are looking for.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Re styling comments above -- the huge C pillar says "limo" to the passenger, the person who is supposed to be impressed: I think it works.
      BUT-- the totality of the design has less surface interest and complexity, by far, than the 2007 Camry. Cadillac lost it when they tried to "de-Cadillac" and attempted to look European. Put back the showy opulence, guys, and you will have real Cadillacs.
      (PS--don't worry if the cars are too big for Europe. You probably sold more 1959s there than 2006s, but the point is being right as a leader in THIS market.)
      • 8 Years Ago
      Looks a LOT better than a Town Car. Classy.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Meh. A minivan with the middle seats removed has got this one beat.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Realy great Cadillac after Fleetwood. This is superb car and knockout germans. The best car in the world!
      • 8 Years Ago
      They could benchmark the LS460 if they offered a folding ottoman for the back passenger with heated seats & massage feature.
      • 8 Years Ago
      It would look sweet with a bubble window or port hole on that C-pillar.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Check out the size of that C-pillar!
      • 8 Years Ago
      Hmmm, I think Cadillac missed something. Being the flagship nameplate for GM, you'd think they'd have spend the few extra engineering dollars to make a rear door body side moulding that stretched the length of the rear door?
      • 8 Years Ago
      Looks good. However it is FWD platform. Do the livery businesses prefer RWD cars?
      • 8 Years Ago
      I like this approach better than the Lincoln's bulky B-pillars and longer doors.

      Also, if I was a passenger, I'd prefer the privacy of being tucked within the C-pillar like that. Also, for certain "markets", I'm betting that those C-pillars could be significantly reinforced from a ballistic standpoint, which might appeal to certain customers.
      • 8 Years Ago
      This is an interesting development from Cadillac. Reminds me of the stretched fwd "Sixty Special" they did in the late '80s, when they realized the newly downsized DeVilles and Fleetwoods of 1985 were shrunk too far. Back then, the rwd Brougham was still available also.
      I wonder if the livery owners will accept fwd?
      Why doesn't Cadillac just bring back the Fleetwood rwd, and even a Fleetwood 75 factory limo, jump seats and all!?
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