Cadillac XTS spy shots – Click above for high-res image gallery

Work is well underway on Cadillac's upcoming new flagship. The XTS is slated to replace both the STS and DTS, and while this isn't the first time we've seen a test mule out in the open, it could be our best glimpse yet.

The new sedan is said to be riding on an extended version of General Motors' Epsilon II platform – the same architecture that underpins the Buick Regal and LaCrosse, the next Chevrolet Malibu and the new Saab 9-5. Power is expected to come in naturally-aspirated and turbocharged V6 forms, driving either the front wheels or all four depending on specification, when it comes along likely sometime late next year as a 2013 model. A turbocharged four has also been rumored, and of course we'd love to see a high-output XTS-V.

Our intrepid paparazzi say the XTS prototypes are wearing very similar camouflage to the much smaller ATS – which was beefed up to disguise its form under development. Very clever, GM, but not clever enough. Take a look at the spy shots in our gallery for a closer look.


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      Manoli Katakis
      • 3 Years Ago
      This will probably be the last "traditional" Cadillac we see as the brand continues to progress to a more sport-oriented luxury portfolio. The wait continues for Omega.
      A.D.A.M
      • 3 Years Ago
      I don't understand what the big deal is with the XTS being on a FWD platform. Look at Audi. all of its cars including the flagship A8 are at their core FWD. I the A8 is still highly regarded as a world class luxury sedan (It is offered in Europe with FWD and the 2.0T), so why not the XTS under similar circumstances. Like others have said, the main demographic for this car will not care what wheels are driving, as long as it moves. Secondly, this is not a sports sedan. Its a Cadillac in the traditonal sense, with I'm sure sporting undertones, but the emphasis will be on luxury, technology, quiet, and smooth ride. One car can't be everything to everybody, so if a buyer wants, speed and sharp handling, that why they offer the CTS and the upcomming ATS. Plus, being on the Epsilon II platform, its AWD capable and may even be offered AWD only (if they're smart). As far as engines, I agree it is strange to think of a big Caddy without a V8, but times are a'changin, so it's smart that Cadillac is willing to downsize and used a turbo V6, I may be in the minority, but I'm excited to see this car.
        Manoli Katakis
        • 3 Years Ago
        @A.D.A.M
        It has everything to do with it being on a FWD platform. You mentioned the Audi A8, which is RWD-based, the XTS will be the same size. In fact, every car in the segment is RWD-based and cradles engines as big as twelve cylinders. At the moment it seems that the engineering will not be a selling point for the car. Technology and design, maybe. In Cadillac's case, the XTS seems slated to pay homage to the boomer crowd, and that's it. It doesn't line up with the CTS or the upcoming ATS, which is Cadillac's more modern direction. For brands, the more focused the portfolio is, the better. That's Marketing 101. And just because Audi uses FWD-based platforms doesn't make it right. Audi's can be looked at as leaders in styling inside and out, but the A4, A5 and A6 aren't exactly leaders in their segment when it comes to driving.
      julien
      • 3 Years Ago
      Go Cadillac! I am picking up a 2012 Cadillac CTS as soon as the refresh model arrive at the end of the summer. I am very excited. GM is doing an amazing job. If the experience with the CTS is a good one, I could be a Cadillac man for quite some time!
        • 3 Years Ago
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        EnzoHonda
        • 3 Years Ago
        @julien
        Yeah, first impressions are HUGE in the automotive world. My first Honda made me a "for life" Honda fan, but it looks like Cadillac and now Ford are producing cars that will make "for life" fans out of people. God, I love the competition that capitalism brings.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @julien
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      Evan McMiller
      • 3 Years Ago
      Sooooo...a refreshed DTS. Which is literally less exciting than gray cardboard. Literally, they screwed this one up.
        Eta Carinae
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Evan McMiller
        what the hell are you talkin about, you haven't even seen the car fully yet or what it hs to offer so how is it screwed up before the curtains are pulled ?!?!? That is the problem with people now they clown GM on what they used to have and not look forwrd to what they are going to offer......look at audi I hated all there cars 1999 - 2004 but they turned around and look at them now....tht is the attitude I am having for GM now !
        autoplaybook
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Evan McMiller
        Totally new and different platform. No more a "refreshed DTS" than the new M35 is a "refreshed J30".
          avatar-ds
          • 3 Years Ago
          @autoplaybook
          No, it's an evolved Opel/Chevrolet economy FWD platform, just stretched. Infinitis use luxury RWD platforms.
      Randy Stern
      • 3 Years Ago
      I thought the XTS was based on a RWD platform, such as an extended CTS? I know it's not on the Zeta platform, though that would seriously be awesome. Understandably, the choice of V6s are a giveaway that it might be FWD - serious fail, if you ask me.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Randy Stern
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        autoplaybook
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Randy Stern
        You weren't paying attention. The STS was an "extended" CTS that flopped miserably on the market. The XTS - ever since the concept debuted in Detroit a year an a half ago - was known to be FWD/AWD. While I, too, question the FWD/AWD route, Cadillac will be hardly alone - the MKS, TL, RL, A6, 9-5, and S80 all use FWD and FWD-based AWD.
      Rotation
      • 3 Years Ago
      Moving the STS to FWD is a crime.
        Chris
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Rotation
        Im sorry, but GM in the Cadillac Division needs to move away from FWD. BMW doesn't have any, Mercedes the same thing.
          Dwight Bynum Jr.
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Chris
          Um, the Mercedes A-Class and B-Class are FWD...
          mdrieling
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Chris
          Autoblog has reported that BMW is considering FWD for their smaller cars too. From a packaging standpoint it makes sense. With AWD these Cadilllacs might be the perfect American luxury car.
      Unni
      • 3 Years Ago
      Sorry , XTS-V may be for some, but for me, when it lost its concept plugin hybrid power train, its only a glorified impala/malibu. Sorry guys :-(
        noahbalboa
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Unni
        I don't get it. If its a good platform, and the Caddy version performs very well against the competition, what is wrong with that? As long as it works, imo.
      avatar-ds
      • 3 Years Ago
      It totally escapes me how GM is hoping to make money with a front wheel drive limousine based on a stretched Chevrolet. It's not even a Legend (Acura RL) which used a special platform with a diabolically crafty AWD system. Doomed to fail, except, maybe, in China.
      onewayroll
      • 3 Years Ago
      FWD???? Really? That can't be right?
        dukeisduke
        • 3 Years Ago
        @onewayroll
        Nope, that's right. It's FWD (yeah, I know, it's disappointing). There have been rumors that Cadillac is working on a RWD flagship, though.
      Quest
      • 3 Years Ago
      When I see this car and think what the true renaissance of Cadillac was supposed to be about I feel for the engineers that were denied... a three that can't even be dressed as a nine... wasting everyone's time Considering that this car is nothing but an epsilon II stretch there is no reason it shouldn't be out now - as a Buick!!
        noahbalboa
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Quest
        It shouldn't be out now b/c the whole platform isn't done yet. RWD would be nice, yes, but why not wait to see the reviews before you nail down the coffin lid? It might embarrass the competition for all we know.
      onewayroll
      • 3 Years Ago
      FWD???? Really? That can't be right?
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          Quest
          • 3 Years Ago
          Only if they bring back the "d'elegance" trim. It would then be: The flagship could be called the "Fleetfwood Brougham d'elegance" The XTS should be renamed the "Fleetwood d'elegance." The next gen CTS should be renamed the "Sedan Deville d'elegance." The ATS should be renamed the "Seville d'elegance." Then make 'em all FWD and then Cadillac will be able to fully compete with the 7 new and improved Lincoln's that Ford has promised us. BTW, most retired old timers I know drive Lexus, MB etc. especially Luxury CUV's not DTS's and/or FWD Cadillac and Lincoln's. Avis and Hertz are the connoisseurs of the large pseudo lux domestics.
          Tourian
          • 3 Years Ago
          The very first Cadillacs were "named" as letters like Model A and Model S. The ones after that and for a significant period of time were numbers like Series 60 and Series 75 - so historically they have been alphanumeric almost all along. Its only young guys who think Fleetwood and Seville are ancient and historic names used from the beginning.
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