Cadillac will soon start building limousine versions of its new XTS sedan, replacing the company's prior DTS-based limousines for livery duty. The new model is scheduled to debut February 13 at the International Limousine, Charter, and Tour Show in Las Vegas.
The XTS will be offered in both extended sedan and limousine trims from late 2012. Cadillac believes the new XTS limo, like the sedan on which it is based, will help the brand promote a fresh, more youthful appearance to customers. "This new vehicle will help dispel some of the myths out there about Cadillac," Cadillac Professional Vehicles Program Manager Ray Bush said in a statement. "The XTS will further that with outstanding ride characteristics."
The 2013 XTS sedan (pictured) was unveiled at the Los Angeles auto show last fall, and takes the place of the erstwhile DTS and STS as Cadillac's flagship luxury sedan. The car is powered by a 3.6-liter V-6 engine producing 300 hp and 264 lb-ft of torque, with power routed through a six-speed automatic transmission. Both front- and all-wheel-drive variants are available.
The regular 2013 XTS seats five passengers, has a 111.7-inch wheelbase, measures 202.0 inches long overall, and weighs between 3995 and 4180 pounds depending on drivetrain. Stretching the XTS to make a limousine capable of seating more passengers will almost certainly increase the car's mass, in part because the vehicle must be reinforced when it is lengthened.
Sources: International LCT Show, Cadillac