It might look like a crude Chevrolet Caprice, but upon further inspection, we realize that this particular vehicle is hiding something. And it seems to be the makings of a new, full-sized rear-wheel drive vehicle. The only vehicle of that nature on the radar is the upcoming Omega platform Cadillac flagship sedan, which we believe will be called LTS.
Due out in 2015 as a 2016 model, the program is known internally within GM as O1SL, and it’s designed to combat the sacred Mercedes-Benz S-Class, along with the BMW 7 Series, Audi A8, and the like. There was also a larger, more luxurious O1LL program in the works, which was reported to target the likes of Bentley, but that program has since been cancelled.
Now, based on what we’ve seen with both the Cadillac Ciel and Elmiraj concepts — both of which are driveable — the powertrains of the upcoming Cadillac LTS may be unique from the rest of the current Cadillac lineup. The Ciel featured a twin-turbo 3.6L V6 (LF3) mated to a hybrid system. In concept form, Cadillac said the Ciel was pushing 425 horsepower and 430 pound-feet of torque, with what we can only imagine as being impressive fuel economy numbers to accompany the power. That sounds like a great powertrain for a full-sized luxury sedan, doesn’t it?
Meanwhile, the Cadillac Elmiraj concept cradled a 4.5L twin-turbocharged V8 that is said to be pushing out 500 horsepower, though it’s unclear whether or not the engine is a member of the Gen.V Small Block V8 family that we’re coming to know with the Corvette Stingray’s 6.2L LT1. To note, the Elmiraj also featured what will possibly become the new logo for the Cadillac brand, and a Vsport badge, as Cadillac aims to grow the Vsport sub-brand.
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