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More Juice Behind Cadillac Flagship Rumor

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On: Thu, Jul 14, 2011 at 8:06AM | By: Chris Weiss

More Juice Behind Cadillac Flagship Rumor

Rumors that Cadillac has a super-XTS flagship sedan planned are warming up. The latest speculation indicates that GM is developing a new, rear-wheel platform for an XTS topper to be debuted within about 5 years. It supports some information that we've already heard.

Whispers about a super-Caddy have been audible for several years. Most recently, about two and a half months ago, Car and Driver reported that Cadillac is interested in competing at Rolls Royce and Bentley's stadiums with an ultra-premium sedan. Before it does that, it would build a lower-level flagship above the XTS but below the Rolls/Bentley benchmark. The car would go after the Mercedes-Benz S-Class and BMW 7 Series, and would be built on a new, RWD Omega platform.

Today's rumor comes from GM Inside News and essentially supports the idea of the Omega platform and latter flagship. According to a post on the forum based upon "sources familiar with GM product planning," GM has officially given the Omega platform and Cadillac flagship the green light. The platform will be a spin-off of the Zeta architecture and will rely heavily on lightweight materials like aluminum. Engine options are likely to include a new V-8 and a possible hybrid powertrain.

Apparently, GM big wigs are less than enthralled with the XTS and consider it a stop-gap until a more suitable flagship can be readied. And current indications are that they're hope to have it ready by 2015 to 2017.

Unfortunately, the new report doesn't make any mention of a Rolls Royce-level Caddy, so we'll still have to assume that the decision for that hasn't been made one way or the other. Or that it's just a crazy rumor that will never come true.



dwalter | 3:59PM (Fri, Jul 15, 2011)

"the Cadillac of Rolls Royces"

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