Cadillac XTS Platinum concept – Click above for high-res image gallery

Recent spy photos show us that the all-new Cadillac XTS is already well on its way. But while the XTS will be the biggest Cadillac sedan in years, it won't be the top dog in the Wreath and Crest lineup for long.

GM Inside News reports that sources familiar with General Motors' product plans claim that a rear-drive flagship Cadillac has been approved for production. The green-lighted rear-wheel-drive platform has reportedly been given the internal name "Omega," playing off of the "Alpha" designation for the smaller rear-drive platform set to underpin the ATS and the next-gen CTS. The top-dog Caddy, which we've heard about plenty of times over the years, will reportedly receive plenty of Zeta bits, while at the same time using plenty of lightweight materials like aluminum. GMI also speculates that the fifth generation small-block V8 could find its way underhood, though we think powertrain speculation is a bit premature at this time.

The next generation Caddy flagship will reportedly see the light of day between 2015 and 2017, and GMI claims that the model may replace the forthcoming (front-drive based) all-wheel drive XTS. GMI says that its sources claim that current management isn't all that thrilled with how the XTS is shaping up, though we should point out that we haven't heard anything along those lines.

A big, luxurious rear-drive Cadillac sounds plenty good to us, but 2015 is a long way away...


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      icharlie
      • 3 Years Ago
      Dear GM, it has been awhile since you've released a mediocre product.... Please don't **** that up! If you aren't thrilled with it, neither will your customers be. Just don't release it until the real deal is ready.
      Hazdaz
      • 3 Years Ago
      This is good news. Proves that GM realizes that a FWD-based top-tier sedan just won't cut it. Hopefully this Omega sedan uses styling cues from the Sixteen concept from a few years ago. That's the type of outlandish styling that Cadillac used to be famous for. Now lets just hope that this XTS isn't some huge embarrassment that kills the hard-fought progress that Cadillac has made over the last couple of years.
        Tone
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Hazdaz
        Don't worry about the XTS too much. Even though they're not internally 100% satisified with it, it will be a very competitive large, luxury sedan. Still though, the effort is to be MORE than competitive, hence the dissatisfaction.
      Tone
      • 3 Years Ago
      "GMI says that its sources claim that current management isn't all that thrilled with how the XTS is shaping up, though we should point out that we haven't heard anything along those lines." Yes, you did hear it AB. Dan Ackerson himself recently said of the upcoming Caddies, "They're not going to blow the doors off (the competition), but they will be very competitive." What exactly do you think that means??? No, they're NOT 100% happy with what's coming. That said, the fact that the flagship sedan is coming is particularly old news...
      Kuro Houou
      • 3 Years Ago
      Very nice looking car, hopefully they don't change the outside or inside one bit. The old cadillac style of super sharp corners and chrome is long overdue for getting thrown out the design window. I love how it is a little smoother flowing and no more chrome all over the inside. brushed aluminum interior is much much much much bette!
        Kevin
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Kuro Houou
        The picture is not the new flagship being described, it's the FWD-based AWD XTS which is coming soon and already potentially being replaced by the flagship mentioned.
      Kenwood
      • 3 Years Ago
      Ugh. Somebody wake up the editor... It's not "the biggest Cadillac sedan in years", it will simply be the biggest Cadillac sedan AVAILABLE after the DTS but before the new flagship. The XTS is actually smaller than the 06-11 DTS, and 1994-2005 Devilles.
      Mike K
      • 3 Years Ago
      Well considering GM has no plans of moving into the 21st century when it comes to engines, look for this to have the camaro DI V6 standard, with an optional 5.3L, with a V series boasting the ZL-1 drivetrain... juss sayin, they're a bit predictable.
        Papi L-Gee
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Mike K
        You do know that that Camaro DI V6 found a home in the Cadillac CTS and STS first, right?
        Discerning
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Mike K
        The DI V6 was in the CTS BEFORE the Camaro, in 2008. Also, GM is supposedly redesigning the Vortec engines (the LS and truck versions). Even so, the existing vortec motors are excellent. Also, most manufacturers are predictable when it comes to engine options. You mean to tell me GM is putting their best engines in their flagship sedan? What's next, BMW, Audi, and MB are going to use their best engines across their model line up?!?! Oh, wait... they already do.
        Adrian
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Mike K
        What are you talking about? The Regal Turbo's engine has been hailed as one of the most sophisticated engines around, the Cruze's Ecotec motor gets higher MPG than most competitors, and even the CTS-V/ZL-1 motor you mentioned has been hailed for its output compared to mpg. So, what's your point here? Listen, blindly bashing GM because of it's past doesn't really hold ground today. They're making some great products in a lot of segments, and that's good for us as consumers.....competition never hurts consumers.
          Matt
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Adrian
          Agreed. The example of the 3.6L V6 is also pretty silly considering the LLT was on Ward's Ten Best list in '09, has DOHC, VVT, variable intake manifold, and DI and the revised LFX adds integrated exhaust manifolds cast into the heads... is 20lb lighter and makes 323HP in the Camaro. What tech are you going to add to move it into the 21st Century exactly?
      • 3 Years Ago
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      Muttons
      • 3 Years Ago
      The proportion really is off for this size of vehicle. A-pillar forward it looks much smaller than a CTS. The dash to axle distance is alarmingly short. Then A-pillar back it's like a behemoth. Not good. It's not ugly. But it doesn't look right.
        citidriver
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Muttons
        You are so right, GM rehashing existing stuff as something new. This is an extended and inflated CTS, that's how they can pursue that big RWD platform later on, which I welcome. We need a big American RWD sedan and coupe (de Ville) with a V8 (maybe a small one: 3.5 - 4.5 liter).
      • 3 Years Ago
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        Discerning
        • 3 Years Ago
        You're implying the base CTS is a bad car? That's pretty silly. Nearly every car editorial has praised the CTS with the DI V6. I guess you know better than them, yeah?
          Tone
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Discerning
          Of course that's what he's implying. It's pretty much his job to bash GM products whenever possible...
      • 3 Years Ago
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      Rotation
      • 3 Years Ago
      Sounds great. Can't wait to see it. I have to imagine there will be a small block under the hood. GM has no other V8 anymore. And as good as the DI V6 is (or even a turbo version might) there will just have to be at least one model with moar power than the V6s provide. It's the nature of a flagship. To those talking about the appearance of the car based upon this pic, the pic is of an XTS concept, not of the flagship the article is speaking of.
      SpeedDemon93
      • 3 Years Ago
      looks awesome , especially the interior.
        Rick
        • 3 Years Ago
        @SpeedDemon93
        The front end looks like a Pug. The lights are huge and are on the fenders too much while flanking a GIGANTIC grill. The front end is a fail, the rest looks decent.
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