Cadillac’s new XTS model is due out next year. The XTS will replace both the STS and DTS models. No date has yet been announced for production to begin. General Motors first wants to sell off the DTS and STS car models still in stock on its dealer’s showroom floors.
2010 concept vehicle used
The Platinum concept vehicle at the 2010 Detroit Auto Show was what Cadillac used to start its XTS. General Motors will use a stretched form of the Epsilon II platform for the automobile to be built on. This platform is under vehicles such as the Chevy Malibu and Buick LaCrosse. The vehicle will also be built in GM’s plant in Lansing, Mich., called Grand River.
Many like the convenience and comfort in the automobile
There will be a longer rear overhang than the concept car while being a little bit narrower. The features will have connectivity and infotainment. Both the rear-seat and front seat passengers will get this. The vehicle likely will be powered by GM’s direct-injection 3.6-liter V-6. It will have controlled shock absorbers so the ride is gentle.
The XTS may have different V-6 power plants, a choice for all-wheel drive and possibly a drive line for a plug-in hybrid if the model is true to the concept. There has been no confirmation, however a rumor is that there could be 8-cylinder engine options.
Cadillac goes up against BMW
Now that both the DTS and STS models are being replaced in Cadillac’s lineup, the current entry-level CTS can move slightly up-market in an attempt to become a rival to BMW’s 5-series and the Mercedes E-class. The Bavarian Motor Works c-class and 3 series may end up with new competition in summer 2012 with this change. A smaller ATS sedan will be coming soon.
Old car leaves so new can stay
Cadillac has already ceased production of the six-year-old STS. The final DTS models will be built in the next three to four weeks. However with an inventory of 3000 DTS models and less than 900 STS models, Cadillac intends to sell the last of its big sedans before building production models of the XTS replacement.
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