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While we still have no insight as to it being named Elmiraj, STS or some other permutation of the –TS nomenclature ("LTS" has apparently been registered by GM, as well), new spy shots give us proof positive that Cadillac is indeed hard at work on a rear-wheel-drive flagship model. Spied for the very first time in some north country testing, these shots provide a first look at the upcoming range-topper from Cadillac.

Impressively long and large bodywork ride atop new General Motors' corporate Omega rear-drive architecture here. Heavy cladding over camouflage may discourage finding any details, but the overall, sharp-edged and blocky design is clearly reminiscent of what we've seen on the new CTS and the recently debuted ATS coupe. A strong, wheels-at-each-corner stance helps emphasize the length of this stretched Caddy, and everything about the proportions seem spot-on for a new fullsize flagship for the brand.

It's quite possible that Cadillac will ultimately festoon this large sedan with detailing reminiscent of the original Elmiraj coupe, though thus far we've only seen prototypes wearing four-doors.

Cadillac has been dropping turbocharged engines all over its range, like the 410-horsepower, 3.6-liter V6 found in the XTS and CTS. We have no clue as to what mill might currently live under that broad hood, but anything from that potent V6 to any number of the company's updated V8 range would be appropriate for taking on the likes of the BMW 7 Series and Mercedes-Benz S-Class. We do expect a production version of this car to hit dealers for the 2016 model year.

Does this first glimpse of the Elmiraj sedan/Cadillac flagship get your motor running? Tell us what you think, in Comments.


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      Jason
      • 1 Year Ago
      God bless America. I think I'm more excited about seeing this than any other car I likely can't afford. Cadillac and the US makers as a whole need this. And they need for it to be a winner.
      Brian Regan
      • 1 Year Ago
      Excellent news. I think as long as this car stays true to the Elmiraj/Ciel it'll be a winner.
      no1bondfan
      • 1 Year Ago
      I know it's probably not going to happen, but those long proportions would look amazing with rear suicide doors. That would be an incredible way to differentiate the car from the competition. Also, I love the Elmiraj name. Get a Selma Hayek or Penelope Cruz to voice the commercial, and that name will have plenty of sex appeal.
        Ian D.
        • 1 Year Ago
        @no1bondfan
        Don't you think suicide doors would look a bit "pretentious" after the novelty wears off?
      Eta Carinae
      • 1 Year Ago
      Even though I see a sunroof in this car......I would love if GM made an option for the wood inlaid roof from the elmiraj concept....that was one of the best design feature from that concept car.....
      TheU
      • 1 Year Ago
      This Cadillac looks promising, like others have said it looks to have great road presence, nice wheel base, and proportionate overhangs. Lets hope they put an engine in this car that will give it another level of exclusivity and set it further apart from is Cadillac siblings. Twin turbo v8?!?! If Cadillac hope to compete in the upper end of the luxury cars (s-class, 7 series, A8) it really needs to see this project through from start to finish and not cut any corners, being the new comer in this market it can't afford to get subpar reviews.
        Brex
        • 1 Year Ago
        @TheU
        I'm guessing that the twin-turbo V6 will be the mid-range engine with the Z06's LT4 being the range topper.. after a year.
          Brex
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Brex
          btw, I wasn't terribly serious.
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Brex
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      Bernard
      • 1 Year Ago
      Hopefully it is faithful the Elmiraj concept, just with four doors. Although the real Caddy flagship is the Escalade, I hope they took this one just a seriously as the ATS and CTS.
      raughle1
      • 1 Year Ago
      A few comments asking if this is really a caddy. You can usually tell the manufacturer (if not the actual make or model) by looking at the wheels, since they just grab them from the parts bin. These wheels are really familiar, but I can't recall what they're from. Buick? Maybe somebody else knows.
        • 1 Year Ago
        @raughle1
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      KaBoomBOX
      • 1 Year Ago
      Cadillac seems to have really learned to apply what they've learned from the CTS line over the last 10 years. Even what should be their lamest car, the XTS, is really a very good car. I'm sure this has been benchmarked against the best in the class. Look forward to seeing how this plays out.
      cpmanx
      • 1 Year Ago
      As we all said when Autoblog ran its troll-baiting articles about how Cadillac is not building the Elmiraj...Cadillac basically *is* building the Elmiraj, or at least a large, high-end RWD flagship that shared many of the Elmiraj's styling cues. Nice to see that Autoblog has finally caught up with the reporting skills of its commenters. As for the car, all we can really tell at this stage are the proportions--but they look great. Long, taut, purposeful. Sure would be nice to see a proud, history-laden badge like Fleetwood on this vehicle...
      Michael Pratt
      • 1 Year Ago
      I think these new breeds of Cadillac will bring back pride in owning an American vehicle. I adore Cadillacs and would love a 90's Fleetwood. However, I never thought in a million years, that I would pray to God that I could someday own a new Cadillac; it does looks like I may have to sell my soul to the Devil here before long.
        ammca66564
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Michael Pratt
        The 90s Fleetwoods were gorgeous. I agree. I'd love a black one with no vinyl top.
      Ken Mam
      • 1 Year Ago
      Looking forward to seeing this at the 2015 Detroit auto show!!!
      Aaron Mosley
      • 1 Year Ago
      indeed, this is what's up!
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