According to an exclusive report from AutoBlog, Cadillac is set to reveal a new, flagship sedan at the 2015 New York International Auto Show. The report comes from a “Cadillac insider” who said that the new flagship rig will take design cues from the stunning Elmiraj concept car and tackle the likes of the Mercedes-Benz S-Class, Audi A8 and BMW 7 Series.
The current flagship in Caddy’s lineup is the XTS, but this front-driven sedan is not a great seller and most fans of the luxury automaker see it as the odd-car-out in the evolving Cadillac lineup. AutoBlog’s insider goes along with this feeling, saying that the XTS is simply a “placeholder” for the upcoming sedan and is not a “real” Cadillac.
Reports also claim that this new sedan already has a name: the LTS. Lending credence to the report of the name is the fact that Cadillac trademarked it back in June 2012.
What the insider didn’t dive into is what will happen to the XTS? The likely scenario is that the XTS will simply ride into the sunset, as the model stands out like a sore thumb in Caddy’s lineup and the factory it is built in is on the verge of closure. So releasing this new flagship will give the automaker a good reason to rid itself of the XTS and likely save on production costs by allowing GM to close the Oshawa assembly plant and move all production to Europe or the U.S.
Fortunately, Cadillac has plenty of time to iron out all of the details before the LTS’ debut, as the NYIAS doesn’t kick off until April 2015.