Preview: 2013 Cadillac XTS

August 11, 2009
2009 Cadillac DTS

2009 Cadillac DTS

GM has confirmed that a new sedan will replace its DTS and STS luxury sedans, and the new car could be in showrooms by 2013.

GM showed the new sedan being developed under the code-name XTS today at a background session in GM's design dome. With influences ranging from the Cadillac Sixteen show car to today's Audi A8, the new big Cadillac sedan strikes a more conservative pose than the latest offerings from GM's top-line brand--from the CTS Coupe, to the new 2010 Cadillac SRX Turbo. No photos or sketches were provided, and no cameras were allowed at the session.

Yesterday, the new 2013 Cadillac XTS was shown in concept form to a group of "consumers" in a session held today in Detroit. Consumers, by GM's definition, ran the gamut from interested shoppers to seasoned social-media pros with huge followings.

The new XTS sedan will bring the reshuffling of product at Cadillac to a close. Before bankruptcy, GM's top brand offered the small CTS, a larger STS sedan and SRX crossover, and the large DTS full-size sedan, which is often the basis for hearses and presidential limousines.

As it speeds up new products in the wake of Chapter 11, GM and Cadillac will be streaming out a new, smaller line of vehicles. The 2010 Cadillac SRX Turbo hits the market later this year, with a CTS Sport Wagon yet to come. A revamped Buick lineup is on the way, too.

Buick will play a role with the new Cadillac XTS, as sources report the new top-drawer luxury sedan will share running gear with the 2010 Buick LaCrosse. Differences will include a new body and interior, and a possible increase in wheelbase. Given its initials, the 2013 XTS may also offer standard all-wheel drive.

Cadillac also confirms it will build a new small-car range to compete against the BMW 3-Series, although it already offers a 3-Series competitor with the current CTS sedan.

Automotive News reports the GM plant in Oshawa, Ontario, is a likely source for the new XTS. Representatives tell the weekly that Oshawa is due to build a new hybrid sedan in 2011 and a long-wheelbase version in 2013. Those two vehicles could be the upcoming replacement for the Chevrolet Impala and the new Cadillac XTS.

Other details noted from today's exclusive preview of the XTS: a concept model wore "XTS4" badging, implying all-wheel drive is planned. Whether base versions would be front-wheel or rear-wheel drive has not been disclosed. GM has said in the past that the "Zeta" rear-drive architecture that underpins the Chevrolet Camaro was adapted prior to launch, so that bigger vehicles could share some of its components.

There's more to come from Cadillac this fall--stay tuned.

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