One of the biggest debuts at the Monterey car week, both literally and figuratively, was the Cadillac Elmiraj Concept. The massive coupe made quite a splash with the show's well-heeled guests. Now, we have what might be the very first images of the Elmiraj, or whatever it may be called when it reaches production, out testing.

Don't let that modified Chevrolet Caprice body fool you, this car is about four to six inches longer than Chevy's US-spec cop car, from the A-pillar forward. According to our spy, with the Caprice at 203 inches and the concept at 205, adding a few extra inches here and there fits the bill for the four-door Elmiraj that was hinted at in Jay Leno's Garage.

There are a number of other classic mule signs on this car, including a cover over the fuel door and heavily modified front and rear fascias, each of which serves to hide some significant change from the standard Caprice. Using a Caprice for development also, hopefully, hints at something that big Cadillacs like the XTS have lacked - rear-wheel drive.

This is quite an exciting development for Cadillac fans. A new flagship, with a stylish, four-door-coupe body that will take aim at the Mercedes S-Class is something that Caddy enthusiasts have been begging for. With a debut set for sometime in 2015, though, there's still plenty of waiting and a lot that can change. Watch this space.


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      transam
      • 1 Year Ago
      Please Caddy give it a proper name, like Eldorado, and not a 3-letter combination.
        KC
        • 1 Year Ago
        @transam
        A rose by any other name...
      cpmanx
      • 1 Year Ago
      Allegedly the flagship Cadillac will be called LTS, and it could very well come in 4-door and true coupe (2-door) form to parallel the S-Class lineup...maybe even in an long-wheelbase version. If if wears something resembling the Elmiraj or Ciel sheetmetal it will be spectacular, finally a worthy Cadillac flagship. As for the engine, a V12 (or anything with a completely new architecture) is unlikely; something like the twin-turbo V8 in the Elmiraj is a much better bet. Cadillac claims 500hp for that engine, which would certainly put the LTS in the hunt with the other elites. And who knows, maybe it will even get a real name. Automobile mag claims Cadillac management is now leaning toward getting rid of the letters. It's hard to miss that the ultimate luxury rides--Bentley and Rolls--stick with the elegant tradition of named vehicles.
      Greg
      • 1 Year Ago
      It's a good thing it has that camo over the fuel door. I can't make out any details of this car because of that. (shakes fist in the air) Curse you GM!
      bK
      • 1 Year Ago
      Cadillac could steal everybody's hearts if this flagship looks anything close to the Elmiraj.
      Mike Stephenson
      • 1 Year Ago
      from this 3/4 angle, there is now way I should be able to see that offside front tire. WTF? Photoshop? Look at the drivers side tire then the offside, tell me I\'m wrong.
        EJD1984
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Mike Stephenson
        The track width of the Omega platform is a few inches wider than the Zeta Caprice. That is where the apparent distortion/optical-illusion is coming from.
      lrx301
      • 1 Year Ago
      this awkward looking thing will be the flagship of Caddy? I'm speechless.
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        @lrx301
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        transam
        • 1 Year Ago
        @lrx301
        I dont think you get it.
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        @lrx301
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        atvman
        • 1 Year Ago
        @lrx301
        I know, because it's obviously going to look exactly like a Caprice with poorly fitted sheet metal additions to the fenders.
          imoore
          • 1 Year Ago
          @atvman
          Wishful thinking on your part.
      bootsnchaps60
      • 1 Year Ago
      Further proof that Caddys are just overdressed Chevys now. Will there be a Buick version too?
        Tourian
        • 1 Year Ago
        @bootsnchaps60
        It is not a fair question if you knew what you were talking about or read the article.
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        @bootsnchaps60
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          bootsnchaps60
          • 1 Year Ago
          Did you take your meds today? Given the history of Badge Engineering Motors (formerly GM) its a fair question.
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      wrestleprocbt
      • 1 Year Ago
      Something bigger than the XTS is definately needed and hopefully will be produced, as long as Gov't motors gets the ok from the WH! I would be more enthusiatic about it had it had a camo covering versus putting some cheap chevy stuff all over it. Now I find it uninteresting even with the possibility of it having a 12 under the hood. They just cheapened it's appeal.
        imoore
        • 1 Year Ago
        @wrestleprocbt
        wrestleprocbt is Laser's new cover name. He just doesn't quit.
      ihatemacs9
      • 1 Year Ago
      judging by the panel gap, GM's quality assurance actually improved!
      Bill
      • 1 Year Ago
      Guess the XTS was just a stop-gap measure for this. Yup, Cadillac is slowly but surely improving their luxury credentials.
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Bill
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        Brodz
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Bill
        They know what the recipe for luxury is. Lincoln does not.
      Tbilisi
      • 1 Year Ago
      After this car's release if an single american will buy BMW 7 Series, Audi A8, Jaguar XJ, Lexus LS, Hyundai Equus. just headshot them
        no1bondfan
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Tbilisi
        I cannot imagine why anybody would buy any of those when the Tesla Model S is available. Having the most exclusive, cutting edge technology really is the epitome of luxury.
          • 1 Year Ago
          @no1bondfan
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          OptimusPrimeRib
          • 1 Year Ago
          @no1bondfan
          Maybe because some people like to take long road trips. I drive 900 miles every year to my old home state and do you know how long it would take to do that in a Tesla?It would be pointless.
        Jai
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Tbilisi
        They still buy all those brands despite the existence of Cadillac. Are you not familiar with the word "choice"? Isn't freedom what America is all about? It's also funny how you decided it's a better car before it's out. Lol
        btulliani
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Tbilisi
        That's right......no more excuses......unfortunately people are brainwashed!
      muspod
      • 1 Year Ago
      Who says this is a Cadirac?? Maybe it's a caprice livery car...
        hgeorgech
        • 1 Year Ago
        @muspod
        exactly .. it is what it is ... perhaps, a bonafide 2015 mainstream taxi
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