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Report: Cadillac XTS Production To Start In 2012 At Oshawa Plant

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2010 Cadillac concept teaser

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Reports of a single replacement for Cadillac's aging DTS and STS sedans have circulated the web for ages now, with news that the car would be called the XTS and could even share a front-wheel drive platform with the Buick LaCrosse all making the rounds.

Then, late last month, Cadillac revealed a teaser shot (pictured) of a new concept planned for next week’s 2010 Detroit Auto Show that it confirmed was a preview for the upcoming XTS flagship sedan.

Today, CTV News is reporting that production of the XTS is scheduled to start at GM’s Oshawa, Ontario plant in early 2012. This will likely see the XTS introduced as a 2013 model.

The same site will also be responsible for production of the 2011 Buick Regal this year and the replacement for the Chevrolet Impala in 2013.

Not much is known about the XTS but there are rumors that it will ride on a modified version of GM’s front-wheel drive Epsilon II platform found in the 2010 Buick LaCrosse and the 2011 Buick Regal. However, for application in the XTS, the platform is expected to be made wider and longer and converted to all-wheel drive.

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  1. Just what Caddy needs, an Epsilon based model
     
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  2. Now the answer is more fully out.

    This could really be a good thing, looking at the well-engineered and flexible Epsilon-2, which can be resized and can even accommodate a V8 (mounted transversly) and AWD.

    Of course, you have the smaller Epsilon-2, which is the Insignia, which would have arrived initially in the USDM as a new-generation Saturn Aura, but is now confirmed to be a Buick Regal for the USA instead, as it already is for China. You also have a LWB version, which is used for the beautifully designed new-generation Buick LaCrosse, and the similiarly sized, 5-meter, upcoming new-generation Saab 9-5 (which is owned now by Koenigsegg), and I believe that the next-generation Chevrolet Malibu (currently based on an Epsilon-1), from what some reports have indicated, will be based on the LWB Epsilon-2, which would put it to the size of the new LaCrosse.

    Now, getting to the just announced Cadillac XTS Epsilon-2 based large sedan, I figure (unless I'm corrected and/or proven wrong) that this model, being a Cadillac, would probably be on a further expanded version of the Epsilon-2 chassis, perhaps sized overall to the Lincoln MKS, which to me appears to be a main competitor. It could likely sport a 304 or so HP 3.6L D.I. V6 as a base powerplant, and with standard FWD, and have a likely upgrade to an LS V8, putting the power to AWD, and this would be a great competitor to the Lincoln MKS with EcoBoost! I see that configuration for it is a flagship, and would have to also stand up against European and Asian competition, which is RWD-bias.

    I'm sure that the styling will be expressive and bold, taking the new SRX crossover into account (I saw it at NYIAS-NY last spring and it's beautiful in person) and it would likey be a tall and stately sedan with perhaps hints of tailfins as the SRX carries. I feel that this could work out very well and beautifully succeed the aging DTS, which would not likely be missed, and I don't really know the case of the STS.

    As far as an Impala successor, to also be an Epsilon-2, now we know more, but it shouldn't be so long in waiting, I would point out. The current Impala is so Jurassic, based on an ancient chassis which started life as a GM-10 in MY1988. It appears to be primarily a fleet car as it is, an answer of sorts to the Ford Crown-Vic, and overshadowed by the current Malibu.

    If the next-generation, Epsilon-2 based Malibu is based on the LWB version, than the next Impala would have to be upsized to the XTS's size, and it would also be a great comeptitor the the highly-acclaimed new-generation Ford Taurus. I could also see a higher end edition sporting an LS V8 with AWD, an Impala SS, which would pit well with the Taurus SHO!

    This is based on my own take and perception, but, I find it pretty credible and logical. I'm sure well hear more reports as time goes on.
     
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  3. I read the first two lines of your comment, but it is way too long.
     
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  4. The Equinox, Camero and now the new Cadillac. Talk about taking chances, these are all new models. We don't know how well any of these cars work or for how long. It will be interesting to see how well these cars sell after the consumers have put them through their own test. A few days ago there was a commenter bragging about how great the Equinox was with its fantastic gas consumption. I say it's a sad day, when you have to use the dealers brochure prove a cars quality.
     
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  5. looks great but, why not just buld the actual car and really make it look like the concept but on a smaller scale pretty the size that you have.....
     
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