• Mar 24th 2010 at 10:57AM
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Cadillac XTS Platinum concept unveiled at 2010 Detroit Auto Show – Click above for high-res image gallery

Back in January, we watched as Cadillac took the wraps off of its big XTS Platinum sedan concept under the Detroit Auto Show lights. And while parent company General Motors insisted on slapping the word "concept" behind the car's name, we were pretty sure that the XTS we saw in Cobo Hall was very close to being production-ready.

Now, a new report from Motor Trend states that GM has, in fact, given the Cadillac XTS the go-ahead. When it hits the streets, the XTS will replace both the aging STS and DTS in the Cadillac lineup, and will feature a plug-in hybrid system mated to a 3.6-liter direct-injection V6 – the system originally developed for the Saturn Vue. MT also reports that a twin-turbocharged version of the 3.6-liter V6 could be in the works, and that GM hasn't necessarily ruled out the option of shoving a big ol' V8 under the Caddy's hood.

GM is also working hard to ensure that the XTS's high-zoot interior remains intact for the production car (or, as close as it can get). Cadillac is hoping to offer some proper competition for top-end German luxury cars with the XTS, and we'll know how it fares when it hits the road next year, badged as a 2012 model.

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[Source: Motor Trend]

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      I wish Cadillac would get rid of those ugly-ass headlights they've been putting on their cars for too long. They make several handsome cars, other than that.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I had heard the were working on a twin turbo 3.0L V6 instead of any V8. But I think an upgraded Northstar or LS with DOHC heads would be better for marketing. I personally like the the idea of a twin turbo V6 AWD Cadillac, but that's just me.
      • 5 Years Ago
      It looks great but it has a ways to go before it would be up there with a Benz.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I have owned 2 caddies and have had good experiences with both, luxury and performance. I would like to see this with a v-8 and a litttle larger than shown. This is why we buy caddies - the size, ride, quality and performance. We have not had any mechanical problems with either car and hope to own a new one next year. Don't change it too much.
      • 5 Years Ago
      RWD is a must in a world class lux performance car, who do these people think they're kidding. I'll take the cheaper, better CTS every time. Why are we having such a difficult time building rear wheel drive cars?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Help is on the way for RWD fans, the new Chrysler 300 is but a few months away and probably looks better.
        • 5 Years Ago
        we can't even build a decent cop car anymore, the cops are driving around in virtual antique crown vics, while BMW and Mercedes and Lexus and Infiniti, Jag, etc, etc are selling thousands of very high dollar cars. Are we stupid? I'm not sure how Mopar is going to update the long in the tooth retro styled 300 series' Is there anything tackier than a Chrystler? And can someone PLEASE tell Ford that the Taurus name has no cachet whatsoever unless you're talking about a rental cars.
      • 5 Years Ago
      This car is gorgeous. But when the hell are we going to see it? Knowing GM, they'll put it in commercials starting next week but it won't hit the streets until 2019. They need to take a note from the Japanese and have a car hit the market fresh just a few months after it's design unveiling.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I'm with Willie on this one. I don't get why people visit a site that gives up-to-the-minute car news and then they complain because they get too much information about a car.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I realize in this day and age of instant-everything and 24/7 news people think that products just materialize out of thin air, but that's not how it works. I would suggest you learn to the see the difference between a ready-for-production concept and a let's-see-what-kind-of-reaction-we'll-get concept.

        GM is no farther behind any other carmaker to bring cars to market. By the time a car gets it's Green Light for production to the time it hits showroom floors is about the same in most of the top-tier carmakers.

        Some cars have two levels of unveiling... +/-6 months before the production car gets released, the carmaker might tease us with a slightly over-exaggerated "concept" version of a car that is already being worked on. The carmaker might have already had 2 years of development work on the production model and can use feedback from that pseudo-concept to slightly tweak the production version. Then a few months later, they will introduce the actual production-ready model.

        On the flip side are the concepts that are purely speculative and are introduced to get some reaction - if they garner enough positive feedback, they might Green Light that car. But it's going to take years to bring a car like that to production.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yeah so they can have a boatload of problems like unintended acceleration, bad brakes, fuel gauge problems, and all the other stuff japanese autos are being recalled for.

        I would rather GM take its time and deliver a quality product than rush it to the market for the purpose of making a quick sale.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Grandma! Your new Caddy is ready!
      • 5 Years Ago
      I like the styling, but I just wish it was being built on a RWD platform.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Acura, with one of the most sophisticated AWD platforms in motordom, will confirm a luxury car can't compete with the big boys unless it's RWD.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Even Hyundai can field a true V8, RWD near-luxury car and they aren't even a luxury brand (in the US).

      What exactly is GM's excuse? I thought they learned their lesson over a decade ago and were going to make good on their quest to restore Cadillac's luster? We all know that's just smoke and mirrors (as if the last ten years haven't already clued anyone in). This is embarrassing.

      Like the Lincoln MKmeaningless-alphabet-soup car this is another poor excuse for an American luxury car that will be purchased by blue hairs and nobody else.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Is this the same Hyundai who just dumped the V6 out of their mainline sedan?

        The present isn't the same as the future. V8s will be a lot less viable in 5 years due to emissions and fuel economy regulations in the US and Europe. Can you blame Cadillac for getting ahead of the curve instead of being caught back?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Nice car. I wonder why they didn't stretch the STS's current platform? It would have been RWD and AWD.

      Not sure why? Expense?

      Great looking vehicle though. Next XTS should be a V series to compete with BMW, Mercedes, etc.

      Great move GM!!!
        • 5 Years Ago
        This car will make great target practice for the new Chrysler 300
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