The demise of the Lincoln Town Car may prove a boon for Cadillac, which will be targeting fleet buyers looking for a replacement for the iconic large sedans in the livery market with its own range of XTS models. The lineup includes a regular XTS livery model, as well as a stretch limo and even a hearse.
Developed by the special Cadillac Professional Vehicles division, with a little help from some aftermarket firms, the XTS livery range has been designed and engineered to withstand the rigors of commercial use, which often can entail having to cart around thousands of guests per year.
Unlike the outgoing Town Car, which Lincoln is replacing with an MKT livery model
, the XTS livery range is based on a much more modern and fuel efficient platform. And while it only offers front-wheel drive, we doubt anyone sitting up back will care which wheels are doing the driving. To make sure the ride is as smooth as possible, the cars also get air-leveling rear suspension with Magnetic Ride Control.
All XTS livery models are powered by a 3.6-liter V-6 rated at 300 horsepower and with a fuel economy of approximately 17/28 mpg city/highway. They also come with 19-inch alloys housing a set of Brembo brakes.
For the driver, there’s Cadillac’s CUE infotainment system, satellite navigation, a backup camera and remote start. Passengers in the back, meanwhile, benefit from 56.3 inches in shoulder room, 54.3 inches in hip room and 40 inches in legroom, as well as a premium sound system and heated seats.
According to Ray Bush, Cadillac's Professional Vehicles program manager, “The Cadillac of old was from the standpoint of large, floaty vehicles. Cadillac has moved away from that with its new products launched over the last 10 years. The XTS will further that with outstanding ride characteristics that compare favorably with Cadillac vehicles of the past.”