When people talk of a “flagship vehicle,” it generally means a full-size luxury sedan that is both prestigious and uncompromising. Like the Mercedes-Benz S-Class, and the like. But it could also mean a niche halo model, like the Lexus LFA, or the upcoming BMW i8. The same type of concept may be in the works for Cadillac, according to a source from an Edmunds report.
Word of such a project comes just after GM tossed out plans for a tier-one full-sized luxury sedan aimed at Bentley, one that would start above $100,000. The program was based on the Omega platform and was internally known as O1LL, and because it was shaping to be too similar to the upcoming S-Class-fighting O1SL (what’s expected to eventually known as the Cadillac LTS), developers aborted the project before the company sank any more money into it.
With O1LL as it was known being scrapped, it opens the door up for something different, though equally mouth watering. According to the Edmunds source, it could be completely unconventional:
“There was a contingent (at GM) saying that a super ELR that uses a really leading-edge technology drivetrain could be a flagship, and they are right, it could,” the industry source said. “I am not saying an ELR, but I am saying a fuel-cell car or whatever.”
“Your options for a flagship are multiple,” the industry source continued. “You don’t have to do an S-Class Mercedes or a (Rolls-Royce) Phantom. You don’t have to do that car. There are other options.”
A fuel-cell Cadillac? Considering GM’s latest deal with Honda, there just might be some weight to those words.