The New Cadillac: All-Wheel Drive XTS, Baby Cadillac Too?

July 6, 2009

General Motors has a clear path out of bankruptcy, thanks to a Federal court's ruling this morning that the formation of a "New GM" can take place.

What lies ahead for one of the four brands that's on the winning side of GM's Chapter 11 filing? For Cadillac, the future seems to be circling around the core product that's led its revival--the CTS.

The 2009 Cadillac CTS is among the highest-rated vehicles at TheCarConnection.com, while its larger stablemate, the 2009 STS, falls below par in its segment. A replacement is coming due for the STS, and the successor could share pieces with a new full-sized Chevrolet and possibly a Buick vehicle, too.

Canadian newspaper National Post reports GM will be building a new architecture for vehicles to be assembled at the Oshawa, Ontario plant where today's Chevrolet Impala is made. That new architecture will spin off a vehicle the paper calls the Cadillac XTS. The XTS, according to the Post, will not only replace the slow-selling Caddy STS, but also the larger, front-drive DTS, a staple of limousine and hearse sellers.

Production of the new vehicle will begin late in 2011. Along with the new Cadillac, the paper adds GM will also build a replacement for the Chevrolet Impala as well as a new Buick Regal sedan that would ostensibly replace the DTS-derived Buick Lucerne. The Chevrolet Camaro, spawned from some of the same mechanicals, could share the assembly line as well.

Cadillac also has plans for a vehicle smaller than the current CTS, but it's not a sure bet for the U.S. market. The brand sells a BLS sedan in Europe, and it's derived from the Saab 9-3--but GM's plan to sell Saab to Koenigsegg ensures that relationship will end in the near future.

[Motor Authority]

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