A seriously stretched Cadillac XTS has been snapped during cold-weather testing doing what appeared to be checks of its traction-control, braking and stability systems, according to our spy photographers. With the Lincoln Town Car having left the building, Cadillac probably sees a huge opportunity not only in the livery market, but also in the celebs-and-prom-kids segment.

More than once the spy photogs mentioned the size of this car, and it looks massive even from its best angle. Another option for its use is as a new presidential limo to replace the rolling Imperial Starship that is the current Cadillac One, though while that vehicle does have the body of a Cadillac, its underpinnings come from a medium-duty Chevrolet Kodiak truck.


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      artandcolour2010
      • 2 Years Ago
      I wish limo makers would arch the middle window a bit, so that stretches don't visually sag in the middle. It takes away all hope of being elegant like factory limousines of yore.
      Alex
      • 2 Years Ago
      So Obama's a Sith lord?
      axiomatik
      • 2 Years Ago
      It's big, but nothing really suggests Presidential. The glass isn't thick, the pillars aren't thick, and the wheels and tires look like a regular sedan package. For reference, here's a pic of the current Presidential limo: http://cosa.lunaloca.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/01/limo-agent.jpg Big ole truck wheels and tires. Can't do handling tests with out the correct tires on it. If it were just a mule, there's be no need for camo, because they could just re-use old sheetmetal.
        Dipstick!
        • 2 Years Ago
        @axiomatik
        They'll just graft the current body panels on that beast if they wanted to update it. Otherwise it'll just be an insane waste of money.
      Tiberius1701
      • 2 Years Ago
      Especially since Lincoln/Ford abandoned it..and before anyone spouts off I am fully aware of the MKT/MKS livery vehicles..they do not cut it.
      bouljf
      • 2 Years Ago
      I seriously doubt the XTS would ever be used as a base for the presidential limo. There’s a reason the current one uses a truck base; it’s because it needs to. The doors are 8” thick for example. At this weight (+/- 10,000 lbs) it requires a big, powerful diesel engine and a sturdy frame to move it along.
        TMTexas
        • 2 Years Ago
        @bouljf
        And yet, the current limo has the appearance of a DTS. Despite what resides UNDERNEATH, I very much believe the next gen presidential limo will look like an XTS on the outside. Unless the much rumored ULS ever comes to fruition.
      Chase
      • 2 Years Ago
      Executives and prom queens everywhere will enjoy this upgrade.
      Avinash Machado
      • 2 Years Ago
      Looks much better than the ugly Linoln MKS flagship.
      dohc73
      • 2 Years Ago
      Presidential limo for sure. That was my first thought. Even though it may be only testing and not the final suspension, the ride height alone makes that obvious.
      TMTexas
      • 2 Years Ago
      Looks like the new presidential ride, to me. 6-lug wheels and overall proportions, plus the huge b and c pillars to support the armor. Probably going to be given to the winner of the election in November, would be my guess.
        Elmo
        • 2 Years Ago
        @TMTexas
        A stretched Epsilon II platform isn't built to take on over 10,000lbs. So no, it'll be the same GMT900-based limo that is currently being used.
          Termin8
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Elmo
          GMT 900 is the full-size light-duty pickup platform. The one used for "The Beast" is the medium-duty truck platform.
          TMTexas
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Elmo
          I agree, which is why the "Beast" is built on the Kodiak chassis. The current limo, though draped in DTS clothes, isn't merely a "stretched" DTS. I'd wager the same thing here. Though I some of the items in the photo are questionable let's remember, it is a test mule . . .
        Termin8
        • 2 Years Ago
        @TMTexas
        They have been using 6-lug wheels for years on the Cadillac limos and hearses.
      calcomjoe
      • 2 Years Ago
      Ford doesn't get it. when i call for a limo for pick up, it's for a town car not an suv. when celebs ask for a limo for the award shows, it better be a town car. looks like caddy will pick up the slack and Ford will lose out.
        Basil Exposition
        • 2 Years Ago
        @calcomjoe
        Agreed Ford is out of the game. Caddy will be the replacement, but Chrysler should be about to snap up some of that market too. The stretched 300 is quite sharp.
      Dump
      • 2 Years Ago
      Seems like another no-brainer. With the glut of new Lincoln Town Cars almost disappearing, Cadillac should slip in and relieve the livery industry of this pinned-up demand. It's been kinda silly though...seeing all these millionaires being whisked away in Lincoln Town Cars?! And then some have resorted to Cadillac SUVs - not very "green" conscious I guess.
      • 2 Years Ago
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        TMTexas
        • 2 Years Ago
        Perhaps so, it's also a test mule and armored glass ain't cheap. Lots of ways to test systems and weight handling without using the expensive materials to do it. It's a MULE.
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