• Mar 11, 2011
Cadillac XTS spy shots – Click above for high-res image gallery

We've seen spy photos of Cadillac's upcoming XTS before, but only from far away. Now, our intrepid spy photographers have managed to get up-close and personal with the new Caddy flagship, giving us a sneak peak at the sedan's interior in the process.

Based on the XTS Platinum concept shown at the 2010 Detroit Auto Show, this new Cadillac sedan will replace both the STS and DTS within the automaker's lineup. This way, the current entry-level CTS can move slightly upmarket to allow for a new, smaller ATS sedan (alphabet soup, we know) that is slated to arrive in the summer of 2012. The XTS is expected to use the same Epsilon II platform that underpins the Buick LaCrosse, and we expect both front- and all-wheel-drive variants to be available.

A quick glimpse at this prototype's interior shows that it will be very similarly designed to the CTS, though we certainly hope that higher-quality materials will be in place. (Let's be honest – the CTS' interior was fine for 2008, but it's ready for an update). Other new details spotted on this test car include a set of Brembo brakes up front (is an XTS-V in the works?) and large, 19-ish-inch wheels. See the full slate of photos in our high-res image gallery below.



[Sources: Jeremy Kupfer/Brenda Priddy & Company]


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      • 3 Years Ago
      Can't see much... But the little I see is taking a nice shape.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I just love how everyone on the internet can look at photos of a prototype car in full camo and in ELPO grey and make judgments on how the car will look. What do you have photographic x-ray vision? It provides much amusement for me. And even funnier that you can make judgements on proportion. LOL
      • 3 Years Ago
      When are they going to build a car that will go against the LS A8 S-Class . . . . gesh
      • 3 Years Ago
      Officially front wheel drive. Great day! Great day for Chrysler!

      Nonetheless, probably a good Lexus killer. Would be much cooler if they called it "Sedan deVille". Even cooler if they built a few a "Coupe deVille's". Anybody listening?
      • 3 Years Ago
      This thing will be a homerun, mark my words! That interior is looking rather sexy, just like the show car. Caddy can't screw this one up and they won't.
      htekwo
      • 3 Years Ago
      Front wheel drive does not a premium car make! This is the same mistake they made with the old SRX. Go from a very nicely proportioned premium chassis, to a FWD Cheby, Saturn chassis, and call it world class! What a joke (and I like Cadillac).
      • 3 Years Ago
      That grille is so 2008 as well. Yeesh.
        • 3 Years Ago
        MKT grill? I hate that as well.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Downrate this one well. I love the MKT grille. But I hate Caddy's.
      • 3 Years Ago
      GM up to their same old bloated excesses.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Saminlp: Where is this a fullsize like a B-Body Fleetwood?
        • 3 Years Ago
        Uh, in what way? It's a full sized car. Their large by nature. Where's the bloat? Where's the excess.

        All I see so far is a pretty frickin' awesome looking interior...
        • 3 Years Ago
        Scott: That was the "Duh" comment of the day. From the looks of it, this car is nowhere near as bloated as the XJ, and I don't hear you crying about that.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Is it me or is the rear end of this vehicle extremely high off the ground? I hope is doesn't suffer from the J-Lo syndrome that the rear of the cts coupe does.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Notice the brakelights & big gap above the rear tires?

        The car is clearly stopping short - and the rear is pitched up as a result.
      • 3 Years Ago
      So much changes throughout development, I think I'll just wait to see the production version before I start passing judgments.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Yes, especially with GM you never know what your going to get in production trim. However this one is looking promising, it does look like they stuck pretty close to the concept.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Lets all raise our glasses in hopes that when the wraps come off, we'll rejoice rather than laugh. Cheers!
      • 3 Years Ago
      I don't get it. The last spy shot of what was supposedly the XTS was clearly a RWD vehicle judging by the distance between the door opening and the front wheels. This is obviously FWD. Without a true profile shot it's hard to judge the wheelbase on here, but it feels shorter than the "XTS" we saw a couple months ago. So either Cadillac has a true RWD flagship planned to slot in above this, we saw some other future RWD GM vehicle from afar (Impala?), or it wasn't even a GM vehicle at all.
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