• Jan 26th 2011 at 11:29AM
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Cadillac XTS spy shots – Click above for high-res image gallery

Cadillac is preparing to launch a new flagship sedan based on the XTS Platinum concept that will replace both the STS and DTS sedans in the luxury automaker's lineup. Our trusty spy photographers recently caught this camouflaged prototype within GM's testing facility, showing that the car has skipped the normal test mule phase and gone right to what's called the IVER – Integration Vehicle Engineering Release – stage.

During its move from concept to production, the XTS has lots its frameless window design in favor of more traditional pillars, including a proper B-pillar construction. Still, the shape and placement of the door cut lines seem to be identical to the concept, as does the rake of the C-pillar.

Since the production XTS will ride on the same Epsilon II architecture that underpins the Buick LaCrosse, expect the production car to be front-wheel drive, though it's likely that an all-wheel-drive variant will be offered once the car hits showrooms. See the prototype for yourself in our high-res gallery below.


Spy Shots: Cadillac XTS
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  • Spy Shots: Cadillac XTS

  • Spy Shots: Cadillac XTS
  • Spy Shots: Cadillac XTS

  • Spy Shots: Cadillac XTS
  • Spy Shots: Cadillac XTS

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  • Spy Shots: Cadillac XTS

  • Spy Shots: Cadillac XTS
  • Spy Shots: Cadillac XTS


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Definitely has an RWD look to it. Whatever it is, here's hoping!
      • 4 Years Ago
      its definitely a caddy...the rear and trunk come to the same peak that the CTS has.
        • 4 Years Ago
        the malibu mules have the same peak as this car
      • 4 Years Ago
      I don't think that's an XTS... I would guess ATS maybe. The greenhouse looks too small for XTS - as well as the rear doors....
        • 4 Years Ago
        +1 It really does not look like the xts show car at all. Especially the C-pillar.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Looks FR to me
      • 4 Years Ago
      A lost opportunity. They don't need THIS type of car for a flagship. Move the traditional customers who want STS and DTS-like transportation over to Buick, and reserve this slot for a RWD 7-series/S-class competitor that actually continues to advance the Cadillac styling language rather than this bloated, awkward, last-gen Camry.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I've begrudgingly admitted that there is a market for the FWD DTS. But expanding it just drives me nuts. Especially on the top-end of Cadillac's range.

      This just feels like a Jaguar X-Type disaster to me.

      I think the ATS or BTS would be a lot better place to try to introduce new FWD cars in Cadillac's lineup, not the top end.
      • 4 Years Ago
      If you take one look at the A pillar, you'll see it's RWD. It looks way too small to be an S-class competitor. And the rear headlights don't fit the Cadillac design theme.

      All of these things suggest that this is not in fact an XTS, but probably that Alpha based Chevy we've been hearing about.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I am a Cadillac owner of a FWD STS. I would have bought a new RWD STS except it was too small and cramped. Going out for am evening with friends was too uncomfortable in the back. Going golfing was impossible as the RWD STS would not hold two big bags of clubs never mind more, whereas the FWD STS could easily accommodate two and an overnight bag for a resort.

      IOW, for all you juvenile, non-Cadillac owners, please cease and desist telling me what I ought to buy. I know my needs.
        • 4 Years Ago
        but I thought Cadillac was trying to compete with the world competition (you know, the entire GM rebirth thing). It seems kinda counterintuitive to compete against rwd competition with a fwd car. If it was awd only, that would be a slightly different story.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Audi has tore up the luxury space with the A6 and A8, both of which are available with FWD in Europe and the A6 is available FWD here.

        As a non-juvenile, Cadillac owner, I'd rather see you buy a Buick if you want luxury but don't need the sportiness of RWD.
      • 4 Years Ago
      This is clearly an ATS mule. Its obviously not a large sedan and the DLO and rear door shape indicates its smaller than the CTS. Also, mule = non-production light groups.
      • 4 Years Ago
      i'm sorry about the double post, autoblog please give us an edit/delete button
      goodlife3204
      • 4 Years Ago
      MAN thats to nice for a cadillac!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Also, look at where the front brake calipers are. Front-drive vehicles have the calipers ahead of the front axle centerline; they are BEHIND the front axle centerline on this mule.
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