Cadillac unveiled a concept of its new STS/DTS replacement, called XTS, at the Detroit auto show this past January, and the large luxury sedan has reportedly been given the green light for production.
Although we’ve known about the XTS for some time, this is the first we’ve heard of it being a go for production. An inside source told Motor Trend that the car has been confirmed, but it likely still has a few levels of management to go through before being officially confirmed by Cadillac.
The big news for the car comes in that designers are working on a production car that looks very similar to the XTS Platinum concept for production. The last Cadillac concept — the CTS Coupe — made its way into production virtually unchanged from concept form. We’re hoping the same really does apply to the XTS. Additionally, the inside source at GM who confirmed production of the XTS told Motor Trend that GM’s accountants are working to ensure the XTS concept’s stellar interior makes it to production as well.
It seems as though the exterior and interior styling of the big XTS concept won’t be the only things to carry over, as a hybrid version of the XTS is also rumored to be going into production. The XTS concept in Detroit uses a direct-injection V-6 coupled to GM’s 2-Mode hybrid system from the stillborn 2-Mode Saturn VUE to produce something around 350 horsepower and 300 pound-feet of torque. The production XTS is said to also get the plug-in hybrid system developed, once again, for the Saturn Vue. A twin-turbo 3.6-liter V-6 is said to be in the works for the XTS in order to truly compete with the Audi A8, BMW 7-Series, and Mercedes-Benz S-Class — all of which offer V-8 power. This could make Cadillac the leader in engine downsizing, or lead the company to later shoehorn a small-block V-8 into the XTS.
When asked for comment, Cadillac spokesman Nick Twork said that the information is purely speculative and the Cadillac XTS has not been officially confirmed for production despite the reported inside information.
Unfortunately, as news of the XTS’ production intent comes out, GM officially confirmed that the Cadillac Converj has been killed. The Converj was the Chevy Volt’s sexy two-door cousin, based off the same Voltec extended-range electric vehicle platform. It seems GM couldn’t make the business case for the coupe even with what likely would have been a $15,000 premium over the Chevrolet Volt.
Source: Motor Trend