According to Auto-News.de, Opel is considering using Cadillac's all-new big sedan, the XTS, as the base for its new flagship car, which would likely carry the name Omega.

WorldCarFans.com speculates that Opel could use GM's 3.6-liter direct-injection V6 that generates 304 horsepower or, possibly, a 2.8-liter turbocharged six-cylinder engine that creates 321 horsepower to power the vehicle. The European automaker could even use a 195-horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder engine in this application – fine, since many of Europe's largest sedans are powered by smaller, more efficient engines.

Regardless of power, the Omega could arrive at dealerships by the end of 2013.


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      Justin Campanale
      • 2 Years Ago
      Correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't Buick supposed to be the equivalent of Opel in the States? Wouldn't the Lacrosse be a better choice for rebadging as an Omega? I think its design language would fit the Opel badge better than the Art and Science XTS.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Justin Campanale
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        • 2 Years Ago
        @Justin Campanale
        I certainly hope this Epsilon platform is way roomier (and the Impala too) that the Buick version, the Buick is CRAMPED, a bad thing for such a car at it's price point.
        Banf_1
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Justin Campanale
        The XTS is already the lacrosse / Implala. They are all on the Epsilon II platform; that's why they have that long face and oddly small rear-wheel wells.
      timber
      • 2 Years Ago
      As others have said, it just won't sell. BMW, MB and Audi own this segment in Europe. Not even Volvo, Alfa Romeo or other "near-luxury" brands have had significant success. Lexus is a different case because they don't want to sell in Europe, If they wanted they would have a range of 2 and 3 liter turbo and bi turbo diesel engines instead of the hydrids nobody cares about in Europe. All the mainstream euro manufacturers used to have a car in this segment and nowadays they are gone or kept just for halo effect. When I was a kid Opel Omegas, Peugeot 60x, Citroens XM, AR 165, Honda Legend,... were a common sight. Nowadays there's 5er, E-class, A6. From times to times a 607 or and old AR 166 The only car in this segment GM should bring to Europe would be the Chevrolet Impala and just because they can just import it on order without any development costs.
      JonathanBond
      • 2 Years Ago
      Damn I love GM over Ford
      Hazdaz
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'd be very curious how they style this car. There is no way this is going to be a big seller, so they probably can't afford to dump a lot of money into a restyling, but at the same time, they need to make it look at least a little like the rest of the Opel lineup. Seems as though a version of the ATS (with all unique sheetmetal) would be a better fit in Europe. Then again, I guess there is no reason we can't get both. The ATS platform will be spawning off a variety of cars (including the next-gen Camaro, and I would guess some Chevy sedan), so Opel could very well get to use that platform as well.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Hazdaz
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      CarCrazy24
      • 2 Years Ago
      Bring the diesel here! A 30+mpg AWD luxury car would do great for them and be a major selling point
      VDuB
      • 2 Years Ago
      A lot of people say cars look different in person than they do in the pictures. I saw one of these on the road the other day. It's as boring in person as it is in the picture.
      Phillip
      • 2 Years Ago
      The Oldsmobile Omega was some sorry x body car, the Cadillac Catera was some sorry Opel rebadge. Opel deserves this spongecake with no icing.
      Pete
      • 2 Years Ago
      What on Earth are they thinking at GM? They are going down that same road again of rebadging- dilluting and confusing brand identies just as the World is getting to be a much smaller palce. Bad Bad move GM. I'll say it again, Opel is probably the strongest brand in the stable and they don't even know it.
      scott3
      • 2 Years Ago
      I think someone has goofed here. So they say the XTS would become a Opel Omega? The Same car that Cadillac knows has no place in Europe? How about the new RWD Omega platform for the LTS being shared with Opel as a flagship in Europe. Cadillac need to share this platform but not with anyone in North America and a lower grade version would fit Opel well. I may be wrong but this should be Omega platfrom based LTS will be used by Opel as the Omega in Europe. Since the Omega platfrom just got the green light this anouncement would make more sense.
        StevieJacks
        • 2 Years Ago
        @scott3
        I think you may be onto something here. So long as the Omega (whatever it's based on) is significantly larger and distanced from the Insignia, without looking/feeling like an oversized American saloon.
      RobbieP
      • 2 Years Ago
      Gotta cry foul at this one ... a Cadillac is a Cadillac not a lowly Opel!
      throwback
      • 2 Years Ago
      Why dilute the cadillac brand with this move? Opel serves no purpose in GM's portfolio.
        Hazdaz
        • 2 Years Ago
        @throwback
        What are you talking about? Opel *IS* GM in Europe. Without them, they would barely have a presence on the continent. Sure, they are trying to bring Cadillac as well as Chevy there, but those are tiny sales numbers right now.
          throwback
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Hazdaz
          GM has committed to having Chevy as their global entry level brand. The Chevy brand is growing in Europe, Opel is not. Where does that leave Opel in the GM pecking order?
          aatbloke1967
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Hazdaz
          Americans don't seem to understand that to Europeans, most Chevrolets are still budget models from Korea, having replaced Daewoo in the High Street. Of course, Europeans still view historic nameplates such as Corvette and Camaro as American, but not the likes of the Aveo (aka Sonic) or Cruze - those are Korean and meant to be priced below any equivalent Opel.
        true_enthusiast
        • 2 Years Ago
        @throwback
        It be in the US market so it shouldn't be a problem.
      • 2 Years Ago
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        wilkegm
        • 2 Years Ago
        You do know the XTS is a FWD/AWD trasnverse vehicle, right? CO2 based taxation will only favor diesel until everyone is on Euro6- when fuel economy takes a big dump. If you want a RWD alternative to an S or 7, get an LS460 and never look back.
        aatbloke1967
        • 2 Years Ago
        Rick - nice sentiments, but a large RWD Opel simply won't sell.
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