Spicing up the summer doldrums, General Motors announced today that Cadillac will launch the XTS large luxury sedan in spring 2012.
Making the announcement, GM North America President Mark Reuss said that the XTS and an all-new compact luxury sports sedan, codenamed ATS, will bracket the current CTS sedan, coupe and wagon family.
What will the XTS look like? The GM announcement says the XTS is based on the XTS Platinum Concept first shown at the 2010 Detroit Auto Show. What that means is that some of the same design elements will probably make it into the production vehicle, along with a number of advanced technology and luxury features appropriate for a Cadillac that’s the next step up from the CTS. Roominess and comfort for all passengers will likely be key selling points as GM says the headroom, legroom and knee space are all generous.
Look for the XTS to be available in both front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive, possibly even a plug-in hybrid version. The XTS Platinum Concept showed off GM’s 3.6-liter V-6 paired with a plug-in hybrid system, along with all-wheel drive, producing 350 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque. In addition, Magnetic Ride Control – like that in the current CTS-V and Corvette – was also part of the concept’s handling technology.
The XTS sedan will be built at the Oshawa assembly plant in Ontario, Canada. GM is investing $117 million to ready the plant for the vehicle and says this will create or save 400 jobs.
Will there be a flagship beyond the XTS? There’s no word yet, but any forthcoming news on this front will receive our utmost attention – and we’ll bring all the details to you when and if it does.