Car and Driver is back with more info on the potential future of Cadillac, having discovered that our finest domestic luxury brand has filed a trademark application for the name "LTS." The reasoned speculation: that since Cadillac tends to use the names it files to protect, LTS could be applied to one of the two rear-drive sedans expected to arrive soon – either the eventual successor to the just-introduced XTS or an Omega-platformed top-tier flagship. Another possibility is the name XLS.

More interesting are the dimensional roles that Car and Driver predicts for the coming lineup. With the CTS growing in order to put some girth between it and the ATS, making it a straighter comparison to the BMW 5 Series, the XTS replacement would fit between the 5 Series and 7 Series, and the flagship "would exceed even the long-wheelbase 7 in size." That might leave the flagship no larger than the current DTS, which is already 2.4 inches longer than the 760Li, but if the report is correct it will be interesting to see how Cadillac differentiates that middle sedan from the other two.


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      Making11s
      • 2 Years Ago
      Dear Detroit, Get real names and stop wading around in alphabet soup. Thanks, Everyone
      • 2 Years Ago
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      IBx27
      • 2 Years Ago
      How about Ciel?
      BB79826
      • 2 Years Ago
      Yeah, this type of naming is out of control. LTS just makes me think of an 80s barge. Or of a Ford LTD. Now I'm having flashbacks to the kind of crap American cars produced in the late 70s. Thanks a lot, Autoblog!
      Master Austin
      • 2 Years Ago
      Well, I thought it was funny when the CadillaC ats came in..."Cats" I call it...now we have Cadilla C LTS, hmm well you all can make out what female anatomy part that it...
      darkness
      • 2 Years Ago
      Long long long time ago back in the early 2000s cars had names like Bonneville, Seville, Grand Prix, now letters are thrown into a bingo roller and the first 3 letters are the lame ass name of your new car.......ugh!!
      Frisky_Dingo
      • 2 Years Ago
      I don't really care a great deal about what it's named, I just wanna see a Ciel with a roof slapped on go into production. THAT car is a Cadillac.
      Thipps
      • 2 Years Ago
      I would expect a Truly massive car coming from Cadillac in the near future,,,I believe they are looking past BMW and MB right to Rolls and Bently. but not at the same price point, but i expect a car that is 150k like nothing cadillac has built in 75 years. Cant wait!
      G Prodigy
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'm fine with the letters to be honest...CTS sounds a lot more cooler than Catera.... XTS and ATS sound nice also...its obvious that cadillac is aiming at a younger/newer generation and by doing this it helps ... Seville and Deville and Catera appeal to ppl who either are older or whom grew up with cadi's in the family. Eldorado sounds epic I must admit. I like number conventions like : "Audi A6" K5 > Optima M3
      Teko
      • 2 Years Ago
      Since does a car have to have a name? No one ever had a problem with Audi, Mercedes, Volvo & BMW using numbers or letters to identify their cars. Those companies have set the standard for what "luxury" is and Lincoln & Cadillac have taken note. Now you just have to wonder what will come of the Escalade name, because it really seems out of place now.
        Chris
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Teko
        "Those companies have set the standard for what "luxury" is " It's funny because there was a time when people said the same thing about Cadillac and Lincoln, and I don't ever remember BMW and MB copying their naming patterns by giving their models actual names, so why should Lincoln and Cadillac do that now? Lincoln and Cadillac have actual names linked to illustrious pasts. If put on the right vehicles, they would not only be familiar to those who remember the Cadillacs and Lincolns of the 50s and 60s, but they would also be able to relate to the younger consumers out there. At the end of the day, a name means very little, but it does make it easier to remember and differentiate models throughout a lineup better than the alphanumeric ones do.
        Synthono
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Teko
        Well there's a reason why the Germans didn't abandon names on Bentley and Rolls. A Silver Ghost is a lot more evocative than a 750iL.
        Eta Carinae
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Teko
        Thank you ! My commented got down voted cause I said the same thing........even though I have heard that the range topping model ( not flagship) will have a specific name.
      The Wasp
      • 2 Years Ago
      I would like if Cadillac and/or Lincoln would abandon the letter naming. Cadillac has some success with the CTS but I don't think Lincoln has much to stand on right now. This horse is not dead yet. Also, for those supporting letter naming because the other brands do it -- that doesn't make it right. Those other brands have very confusing naming patterns that are often stupidly inconsistent -- specifically BMW and M-B.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @The Wasp
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      caddy-v
      • 2 Years Ago
      Good grief get over the naming. Last I checked MB, BMW, Lincoln, Audi, Lexus and Infinity have limited or no use of names. If you want a name for a car then give your own car it's own name.
        Nemebean
        • 2 Years Ago
        @caddy-v
        So "everybody else is doing it" is a valid argument now? Even auto journalists have complained about some of the alphanumeric schemes. If people who follow the industry for a living can't keep them straight, how is the average consumer supposed to?
        darkness
        • 2 Years Ago
        @caddy-v
        Boooo this man
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