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GM confirms big RWD Cadillac sedan

Flagship sedan built on a new rear-wheel-drive platform would arrive late in 2015

Published: August 20, 2014, 1:00 PM
Updated: April 29, 2018, 2:32 PM

Cadillac Elmiraj Concept Coupe

According to reports in Automotive News and The Detroit News, General Motors' global product chief, Mark Reuss, has confirmed that Cadillac will launch a large luxury sedan, built on a new rear-wheel drive (RWD) platform, for the 2016 model year.

Reuss made the disclosure to reporters while attending a local event in Detroit to honour high-school students who worked for GM as interns during the summer.

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The long-rumoured flagship sedan, reportedly code-named LTS, is intended to compete with the Audi A8, BMW 7 Series, Lexus LS and Mercedes-Benz S-Class.

The Cadillac Elmiraj concept car, introduced at last year's Pebble Beach Concours, could provide clues to the LTS's appearance. Reuss characterized the car as defining the brand in terms of innovation and excellence.

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"If we're a serious luxury carmaker, it's really important to us," he's quoted as saying.

According to Bloomberg, Cadillac’s chief engineer, Dave Leone, told reporters at the Pebble Beach Concours last weekend that the car will arrive in late 2015.

Reuss reportedly also suggested that Cadillac could move down-market as well, with a model smaller than the ATS – a strategy already being implemented by its key competitors.