So much for that party. Cadillac has announced that it is walking away from plans to build a high-dollar, rear-wheel-drive ultraluxury sedan. The low-volume model would have been based on the lusty Ciel Concept, and the production iteration would have carried a price tag well over $100,000. Executives with the automaker reportedly claim the model wouldn't have bolstered the brand enough to be worth the investment.

Even so, Automotive News reports Cadillac is still on track to build a range-topping four-door to go head-to-head with the BMW 7 Series and Mercedes-Benz S-Class. That model will likely be constructed on the company's upcoming Omega rear-wheel-drive platform, but we won't see it bow until at least 2016. Right now, the front-wheel-drive XTS sits at the top of the Cadillac lineup, and while that machine and its twin-turbocharged V6 variant makes a compelling argument against certain luxury entries, it falls short serving as a legitimate competitor for the likes of the 7 Series and S-Class for enthusiast drivers.

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      • 1 Year Ago
      I think Cadillac is right to put a hold (they didn't really cancel it, just postponing it) on an ultra-luxury sedan. They need to work on the BMW 7-fighter first, then get it established in the market just enough until they move on to other projects. Remember the Allante and XLR? Going after the Mercedes SL roadsters while not paying more attention to the rest of the lineup was a bad idea. Hopefully they won't make that mistake again. I know I'm beating a dead horse, but I wish Lincoln could be as bold as Cadillac. The MKZ is a good start, but it seems to compete more with Buick and Acura. But with Parent Ford neglecting Lincoln, as well as shutting down the Australian plants, whoring out the Mustang to every aftermarket tuner, and not having the balls to bring the Ranger to the US, you shouldn't expect much.
      • 1 Year Ago
      The way you build a successful luxury brand is by *building a successful luxury brand*. You cannot create automatic cachet across your whole range by adding a halo vehicle at the top. A halo vehicle adds to the brand if it emphasizes the values that all the other, lesser vehicles already have. Mercedes didn't create the SLS out of nowhere; that happened only after it had a complete range of AMG cars and a series of credible sports coupes. Same with Audi and the R8, or BMW with the upcoming i8. And note that none of those brands believes that there is a credible market for an extreme-luxury sedan under a conventional luxury nameplate. In the long run, an ultraluxury Cadillac makes sense. It would be cool to see Cadillac go up against Rolls and Bentley for the first time in half a century, perhaps with something unique like a four-door convertible (if such a thing is even feasible from a modern engineering standpoint). But right now the focus has to be on filling out the current line with a credible S-Class competitor, worthy challengers for the GL and X5, and a true sports coupe. The new large Cadillac (LTS, probably) can do all that the S-Class does. It can start at $80,000 and have high-power/high-tech variants that go all the way up to $150,000. It can be a great car--I sure hope it will be--and it can grab a lot of the style of this Ciel concept, as I expect it will do. But until Cadillac has credibility in that zone, expending a lot of resources to build a halo car way up at the top makes no sense. It would lead to another Allante and XLR...or a Lexus LFA.
      Mike Fernandez
      • 1 Year Ago
      I loved that concept, awesome mix of old and new. The front could use a little work, but overall it's an amazing machine. That interior looks incredible!
      • 1 Year Ago
      I hope this is more of a put in in the bottom drawer, rather than throw it away. There could be room in 10 years for this, barring the vehicles introduced now through the next few years are competitive/class leading, as the ATS is, as an example.
      • 1 Year Ago
      This seems to be a non-story to me. Cadillac has never talked seriously over the last 12 years about putting out an ultra-hyper-luxo barge. What they have talked about is an S/7/A8 competitor, which I wish they would just freakin' come out with. I've been hearing that since 2005.
      • 1 Year Ago
      It's too bad, because the Ciel is absolutely stunning. At least the S Class/7 Series/A8 competitor is still on its way, hopefully with more than a few of the Ciel's styling cues. Using the new range topper, maybe they could develop a top-trim V12 (twin-turbo V8?) model to break the 100k barrier & then make a coupe/convertible (a la S Class coupe) based on the new model to spread the costs. Maybe a little grand, but it's an idea! :)
      • 1 Year Ago
      Nice looking car, everything is excellent about this one........
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      Robert Fahey
      • 1 Year Ago
      Remember that 70s flick called The Car, about a murderous car piloted by Satan? If someone updates that movie, I hope they use that Caddy prototype in the photo. Problem is it will need a roof, not to mention tinted glass.
      • 1 Year Ago
      It won't be available but kudos for the wonderful design.
      • 1 Year Ago
      Amen to them making it rear wheel drive.
      • 1 Year Ago
      Smart move.
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