Previously, we reported the Cadillac XTS will not see a second generation after it lives out its current product lifestyle, according to a report from GM Inside News. Now, it’s widely speculated Cadillac will not offer any vehicle suitable for coach builders.
The Cadillac XTS was a lukewarm stop-gap measure to ensure Cadillac had some sort of large sedan to round out its portfolio, largely based on the Epsilon II platform. It was quite clear this car shared its bones with its Buick and Chevrolet cousins, but the car appealed to Cadillac’s long standing customer base.
“Ultimately, a car like XTS when it reaches the end of its lifecycle will not be replaced,” Cadillac President, Johan de Nysschen, was quoted as saying.
This will leave the livery market high and dry for an offering from General Motors, where the XTS currently includes a stretch limousine and hearse option.
Currently, the only other major player in the livery market is Lincoln, which offers the MKT in a limousine and “MKT Town Car” format, but even that vehicle has been slow to adapt to.
Who knows, maybe it’s not so outlandish to think the POTUS will one day ride in a Buick limousine. One thing is certain, though. Cadillac is keen on reinterpreting its brand image, and a livery vehicle doesn’t sound like it’s part of that plan.