You won’t hear it from Cadillac officials, but the brand is working on a proper full-size flagship sedan; and when we say proper full-size sedan, we don’t mean a transverse-engined FWD-based XTS with a dash-to-axle ratio and driving dynamics of a Chevy Malibu, on which the XTS is based. Instead, we’re specifically referring to a “proper” luxury sedan with a longitudinally-mounted engine and rear-wheel-drive (based on the Omega architecture) that can battle the Mercedes-Benz S-Class, BMW 7 Series, and Lexus LS. Such a vehicle was previewed by the stunning and gorgeous Ciel concept last year — yet considering the vast amount of non-production material on the Ciel, it’s not very likely to reach production — at least not in the way that it exists as a show car. But the car you see pictured, or rather rendered, above — is.
Those paying particular attention to Cadillac over the last several years will recognize that our rendering bears some resemblance to the XTS concept car that debuted at the 2010 Detroit Auto Show, as well as the renowned Cadillac Sixteen concept first presented in 2003. Frankly speaking, the design of the currently in-production XTS is very appealing, attractive, and stylish, but the production car’s front-wheel-drive architecture leaves little flexibility in designing a luxury sedan or coupe worthy of $80,000-$150,000 prices.
So, we took an XTS, changed its body color, increased its dash-to-axle ratio (that’s become a hallmark design element of today’s luxury vehicles), and gave it two doors. Then, we added the cab-rearward greenhouse of the Cadillac Sixteen concept, while maintaining its B pillar-less elegance.
Now, we’re not delusional enough to recommend that a full-size luxury coupe such as the one we’ve rendered will make its way into the Cadillac lineup in the near future; instead, a sedan variant of such a car is likely to be introduced first (as with ATS/CTS sedans), while carrying the LTS nomenclature. But a full-sized coupe based on the LTS sedan might follow, and if it does — it could look like our interpretation, while battling the Mercedes-Benz CL (S-Class coupe).
Rendering inspired by Casey Shain.