LTS is believed to be the name upcoming full-size flagship sedan from Cadillac due in or around 2015.
A full-size, rear-wheel-drive (with available all-wheel-drive) sedan from Cadillac to become the brand’s flagship vehicle. The vehicle would offer a sporty, agile, and dynamic driving experience while offering unparalleled luxury and refinement.
For years, Cadillac has not offered a full-size no-compromises flagship sedan that would compete with the finest offerings from Germany. Such vehicles were originally engineered to travel at high speeds on the Autobahn, while protecting their occupants from the byproducts and negative effects of high speed, such as unpleasant NVH levels.
In June 2012, GM Authority reported that General Motors was in the process of acquiring the trademark for LTS and Cadillac LTS — supplying the first clues as to the possible name of the brand’s flagship vehicle that would join the compact ATS and midsize CTS sedans.
While the Cadillac XTS is currently the biggest Cadillac sedan on the market, the brand’s executives have stated that it is not the brand’s flagship vehicle, and GM Authority believes that the XTS is a stop-gap product offering that will be phased out once or shortly after the LTS comes to market.
Moreover, GM President of North America Mark Reuss was quoted as saying that General Motors has to make “very careful decisions” about vehicles such as a full-size Cadillac sedan.
Cadillac LTS Platform
The Cadillac LTS is expected to use General Motors’ upcoming full-size rear-wheel-drive vehicle architecture dubbed Omega. It should be noted that even though General Motors hasn’t officially announced the architecture or the Cadillac LTS, sources have told GM Authority that the automaker is actively developing the platform for use in a full-size flagship Cadillac sedan.
The architecture is expected to utilize lightweight materials such as aluminum and magnesium, among others.
Cadillac LTS Powertrain
Although not announced, it is expected that the Cadillac LTS will utilize a Cadillac-specific variant of GM’s new V8 small block range, along with an all-new hybrid system being developed by General Motors.
Cadillac LTS Competitors
The Cadillac LTS would compete with sports-oriented full-size luxury sedans such as the BMW 7 Series, Mercedes-Benz S-Class, Audi A8, and Lexus LS.
Cadillac LTS Release Date
Although neither Cadillac nor General Motors have officially confirmed the LTS or the Omega vehicle architecture, the overall timing of Cadillac’s product development cycle, along with intel from sources place the vehicle’s launch for 2015.
Cadillac LTS Price
We expect the Cadillac LTS to carry a base price of $70,000, and offer trim levels that would carry the vehicle into the mid-$100,000 range.