Thursday, May 19, 2011

Cadillac replaces two old models with the new XTS

Cadillac’s new XTS model is supposed to come out next year. The XTS will replace both the STS and DTS models. The date for production to begin has yet to be declared. GM plans to sell off the remaining DTS and STS first, however.

Auto show reveals concept automobile to start with

The Platinum concept vehicle at the 2010 Detroit Auto Show was what Cadillac used to start its XTS. The auto will be built on a stretched form of GM’s front-wheel-drive Epsilon II platform (which underpins vehicles as diverse as the Chevy Malibu and the Buick LaCrosse) and will be built at GM’s Grand River plant in Lansing, Mich.

Many like the convenience and comfort in the auto

The production model will evidently be slightly narrower than the concept vehicle and feature a slightly longer rear overhang. The features will have connectivity and infotainment. Both the rear-seat and front seat passengers will get this. GM’s direct-injection, 3.6 liter V-6, will power the vehicle. It will have controlled shock absorbers so the ride is gentle.

If the production model remains true to the concept, the XTS could come with an all-wheel-drive option, various V-6 power plants and potentially a plug-in hybrid drive line. There has been no confirmation, but a rumor is that there could be 8-cylinder engine choices.

Cadillac goes up against BMW

Now that both the DTS and STS models are being changed in Cadillac’s lineup, the current entry-level CTS can move slightly up-market in an attempt to become a rival to BMW’s 5-series and the Mercedes E-class. This in turn will make room for the new, smaller ATS sedan (which is slated to arrive in the summer of 2012) to go up against the BMW C-class and the 3-series.

Old leaves so new can stay

Cadillac has already ceased production of the six-year-old STS. DTS is almost done too. The last will be built in the next month. Before the XTS replacement is built, Cadillac plans on selling the 900 STS models and 3,000 DTS models left.

Citations

Car and Driver

caranddriver.com/features/10q1/2012_cadillac_xts-feature

Autoblog

autoblog.com/2011/03/11/spy-shots-latest-cadillac-xts-prototype-caught-inside-and-out/

Automotive.com

blogs.automotive.com/6737284/miscellaneous/saying-goodbye-to-cadillac-sts-dts-sedans/index.html



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