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Cadillac Flagship Is Go

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On: Wed, Jul 25, 2012 at 5:29PM | By: Chris Weiss

Cadillac Flagship Is Go

Cadillac's current flagship, the XTS sedan, has gotten off to a good start. GM is certainly hoping that good start will continue and possibly roll over into a strong debut for a bigger flagship sedan to compete with the BMW 7 Series and Mercedes S Class.

A Cadillac flagship has been rumored for years, and this week's news is the closest we've gotten to an official confirmation. According to Automotive News, insiders have revealed that the sedan has been given the official nod by GM brass. The rear-wheel-drive sedan will be built on the Omega platform.

It's still too early for anything resembling a spec sheet, but Automotive News indicates possible V-6 and V-8 engine options, along with styling inspired by the Ciel concept (pictured) Cadillac revealed last year. We're thinking the big 16-cylinder engine from the 2003 Sixteen concept probably wouldn't work in today's climate, so we'll rule that one out - at least until more solid word about a Bentley-level Caddy materializes. An eight-speed transmission and optional all-wheel drive are also mentioned.

The new Caddy flagship may launch as early as 2015.

This isn't the first time we've heard that the Cadillac flagship is on its way. A report from GM InsideNews around this time last year said much the same. While it'll take an official announcement to know for sure, it seems like the Cadillac flagship is the real deal.

Another Cadillac under development according to the same report is a large crossover. It will be based on an upgraded version of the platform underneath the Buick Enclave, Chevy Traverse and GMC Acadia. It is rumored for 2015 model year launch.


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