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Cadillac's Near Future Plans Include Flagship Sedan, More Crossovers


Cadillac is already in the process of adding more models to its lineup to better compete with German luxury brands. Following on previous reports, a new round-up from Reuters says that Cadillac hopes to bolster its lineup with more crossovers and a full-size sedan by 2017.

As we’ve previously reported, the new sedan will likely be called LTS, will ride on a rear-wheel drive platform, and will compete against the Audi A8, BMW 7 Series, and Mercedes-Benz S-Class. It will take styling cues from the Elmiraj concept Cadillac unveiled at Pebble Beach.

Cadillac may also expand further upmarket with an LTS-based halo car; most likely a large coupe based on the aforementioned Elmiraj. If it gets built, it will likely cost at least $100,000, lending plenty of prestige to the brand.

To better compete with the Germans, Cadillac will also expand its lineup of crossovers. A new SRX is expected in 2016, and two more CUVs––one smaller than the SRX, one larger––could arrive by 2017.

With the German brands going crossover crazy, building genre-bending models like the BMW X4 and Mercedes-Benz GLA, Cadillac’s strategy seems sensible.

For now, though, Cadillac will focus on cars. The redesigned 2014 CTS sedan and all-new 2014 ELR plug-in hybrid coupe are set to launch before the end of the year.

Rounding out Cadillac’s plans are a redesigned Escalade, which hits dealers next spring, and an ATS coupe scheduled for the 2015 model year.

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