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GM CEO Drops Hints On Cadillac’s New 7-Series And S-Class Rival

 
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Realizing the folly of launching two new sedans positioned above its XTS, Cadillac has decided to focus on one instead, which it will position as a rival to the BMW 7-Series and Mercedes-Benz S-Class in the full-size luxury sedan segment. This new sedan, which is tipped to be called an LTS, will hit the streets in about two years, meaning it’s likely to launch as a 2016 model.

The latest information was revealed by General Motors CEO Dan Akerson during a recent interview with USA Today.

Akerson also revealed that the new sedan won’t resemble any of Cadillac’s recent concepts though certain elements, such as the vertical daytime running lights seen on the latest CTS, will feature in order to strengthen the family resemblance of Cadillac’s future lineup.

The car will be based on a new rear-wheel-drive platform for large cars General Motors Company [NYSE:GM] is developing. Called Omega, this platform will share much in common with the lightweight Alpha platform underpinning Cadillac’s ATS and CTS models in order to keep costs and weight down. It will also mean that Omega-based cars could potentially share production lines with those based on the Alpha platform.

In addition to rear-wheel drive, the Omega platform will also be able to accommodate an all-wheel-drive system. Hybrid capability is also expected, though the basic engines will be V-6 and V-8 units.

What’s not clear is whether Cadillac will continue to sell both the existing XTS (its current flagship) and the new rear-wheel-drive sedan, or just the latter. There’s a chance that the XTS may stick around as the car is proving popular in the Chinese market as well as in the livery business.

It’s also uncertain what other models the Omega platform will spawn; possibilities include a large luxury coupe or convertible. GM has previously said it would need more than one model to justify development of a new platform like the Omega.

Other Cadillacs in the pipeline that we know of include a redesigned Escalade, an ATS Coupe and a large crossover with third-row seating.

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