• Jun 11, 2010
According to Car and Driver's Jens Meiners, Cadillac is poised to get a new full-size, rear-wheel drive sedan to slot in above the forthcoming XTS – a model that itself will sit above the CTS when it bows to serve as a combined replacement for the STS and DTS.

To hear C/D's moles tell it, the flagship sedan is still in the early planning stages, but the model is being built at the directive of none other than GM CEO Ed Whitacre. If the rumor is accurate, the forthcoming model is apparently likely to be derived from a stretched Sigma platform, the same architecture that underpins the CTS family. Meiners dismisses thoughts that the car could be built on the much-used Zeta platform that underpins the Chevrolet Camaro, suggesting that it's too heavy and old to support such a vehicle.

With word that a Lambda-based three-row crossover and the BMW 3-Series fighting ATS are on the way for General Motors' Wreath and Crest division, it's becoming increasingly clear that the boys down at The Tubes have hit the product accelerator pedal for their luxury brand. We just hope that this mystery offering means that Cadillac is finally going to cook up something that looks like 2003's showstopping Sixteen concept (above), albeit likely in a scaled-down format.

[Source: Car and Driver]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Meiners says the Zeta Platform is too Old?

      Does he realise that back when planning to build the new Commodore; Holden engineers knocked back the Sigma platform, which at the time was being used by Pontiac and decided to have a go at building a car from scratch.

      The decision shocked [then Pontiac CEO] Denny Mooney. Yet when he became CEO at Holden and actually got to drive a VE SS Commodore which is built on the all new Zeta platform he said that they [Holden] made the right decision. and that the Zeta platform should be used in future GM RWD projects




      • 4 Years Ago
      Go for it,Caddy.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I can't complain about anyone's attempts to bring more RWD vehicles to market. And although I miss the G8, I think RWD makes more sense, from a business perspective anyway, for a more upscale and exclusive brand like Cadillac.
      • 4 Years Ago
      That was the most badass concept car. Too bad gas prices, the economy, and EPA in the future would have limited the car's capabilities and won't ever be produced.
      • 4 Years Ago
      GEEEEEEZ Thats horrible
      • 4 Years Ago
      Amazing news I hope it's true. Maybe GM will come to it's senses and bring Caddy back to it's core- large luxury automobiles.
      • 4 Years Ago
      All Praise Ed Wittacre!

      He should know what its intended audience would want.
      • 4 Years Ago
      good. I always thought there should be some respect to decades-old nameplates like the DTS(D stands for DeVille, so it is about 60 years old right?), and dumping DeVille for the unheard XTS name was just ridiculous. I hope this new replacement retains DTS nameplate.
      • 4 Years Ago
      About time.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Build it!!!!!!!!!! Use the next gen small block V8! 2-Mode Hybrid?
      • 4 Years Ago
      How many times does GM need to be told? Build it already!!!!

      The Sixteen (or something similar) is and was long overdue even back 2003. It dripped of style and American-ness when it first came out without looking contrived and derivative of something European.

      The CTS is a great car but it's not enough to make Cadillac a real competitor with the European brands. Cadillac really needs a full portfolio complete with a halo car that will serve as gold standard...something that makes competitors aspire to be the "Cadillac" of that segment.

      Don't screw it up. Don't hold back. Build it!
        • 4 Years Ago
        I think they should make it EXACTLY like the concept. All 13.6 liters of it. Only make 16 of them (see what I did there), then price it to be profitable.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I hear ya, Sue! So do many of us Cadillac enthusiasts. You're not alone...

        Sal Collaziano
        The Cadillac Owners Group
        CadillacOwners.com
      • 4 Years Ago
      Can their sales really support two large sedans? I think this could be more a sign the XTS is a one generation only stopgap while the RWD flagship is developed.
        • 4 Years Ago
        People keep saying over and over that Cadillac can't be considered a world class luxury brand unless they build a big RWD sedan that goes toe to toe with the 7, the LS and the S. So if the rumors are true maybe its more important for it to exist in small niche capacity as a halo rather then actually add significant sales numbers to the bottom line. They'll have the ATS and CTS to do that.
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