Cadillac has been clear in stating that the current XTS sedan is a placeholder until a proper flagship model joins its premium lineup. But as it turns out, the XTS will be more than a placeholder — new reports suggest it’ll be part of the brand’s lineup for the foreseeable future.
The XTS will be a permanent part of Cadillac’s lineup so much so that the next-generation model is scheduled to launch before the anticipated flagship model goes on sale. The large sedan will ride on Cadillac’s upcoming rear and all-wheel-drive Omega platform, which is being designed to underpin vehicles as large as the long-wheelbase BMW 7-Series to as small as the BMW 5-Series. A long-wheelbase XTS, likely aimed at the Chinese market, is guaranteed.
The XTS successor will reportedly go on sale in two and half years and will likely be powered by a 3.6-liter V6 engine making approximately 310-hp (231 kW / 314 PS). An optional V8, as well as a hybrid powertrain, are also said to be on the table. All powertrains will likely be tied to an eight-speed automatic transmission.
In addition to the XTS, the Omega platform will also be used for a large crossover, as well as a coupe that may effectively revive the Eldorado. As for Cadillac’s flagship, it may be a completely different model or an iteration of the XTS. Let’s hope it’s the former.
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Reference: Car and Driver