Cadillac’s big, rear-wheel drive flagship sedan, which will likely be called LTS, along with the redesigned 2016 Buick LaCrosse, will be built at General Motors’ Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly plant in Michigan, according to a report from Edmunds.
GM’s Detroit-Hamtramck plant currently produces the automaker’s line of extended range electric vehicles, the Chevrolet Volt, Cadillac ELR, and Opel Ampera, as well as the mid-size Chevrolet Malibu and and full-size Impala sedans. The automaker announced earlier this month that it would invest $384 million in the plant to accommodate production of its next generation of electric vehicles, including the second-generation Volt.
“We expect the Cadillac flagship to be built there (Detroit-Hamtramck) beginning in late 2015 and the redesigned LaCrosse in 2016,” Stephanie Brinley, a senior analyst at IHS Automotive told Edmunds.
GM has not acknowledged that it has a Cadillac flagship under development, although prototypes of the model were caught testing in the wild earlier this year. The full-size sedan is expected to go head-to-head with the Audi A8, BMW 7 Series, Lexus LS, and Mercedes-Benz S-Class. Meanwhile, the Buick LaCrosse currently competes with mid-size premium competitors such as the Lexus ES350, Lincoln MKZ, along with premium/luxury compacts such as the BMW 3 Series, Mercedes-Benz C-Class, Audi A4, Lexus IS, Infiniti Q50, and Volvo S60, among others.
The current second-generation LaCrosse is produced at GM’s Fairfax Assembly Plant in Fairfax, Kansas.