Traditionally Limo companies have preferred rear wheel drive vehicles as easier to modify for stretch limo service, perhaps for ease of maintenance and repair.
It strikes me that with more reliable models, and reduced maintenance, that perhaps is less of a concern. FWD models also seem easier to stretch conceptually since you don’t need to extend the drive train.
Certainly in terms of handling and performance the XTS is plenty capable. Starting a Limo or Black Car mod based on a higher end XTS package makes perfect sense — I expect a limo to be all-in.
DETROIT – Cadillac is now selling more than nine of 10 all-new XTS models to individual luxury buyers, but the new luxury sedan is also outfitted with a special package that redefines how fleet and car service operators transport their more than 400 million customers.
With the new W20 Livery Package, Cadillac XTS-based limousines no longer take a back seat to showroom models. The package, which includes elements of the XTS Platinum Edition, is exclusively offered to livery companies through Cadillac’s Professional Vehicles program.
“XTS represents a new approach to luxury, centered on advanced technology and design,” said Don Butler, vice president of Cadillac marketing. “This same approach extends to Professional Vehicles, where we are bringing a new formula to the livery customer. Every experience in a Cadillac, front seat or rear seat, meets a higher standard for luxury, performance and technology.”
Unlike many of the cars built for the livery and fleet industries in the past, the special XTS model is at the higher-end of the product range, including 19-inch wheels, exterior door handles with LED illumination, safety technology such as a rear vision camera, and a micro-fiber suede headliner included in the XTS Platinum Edition.
An available rear seat comfort package includes heated seats, window sun shades and a power inverter to charge mobile devices. Navigation, offered through Cadillac’s CUE system for connectivity and control, is also available in the W20 Livery Package.
Carey International, the world’s largest livery company, was one of the first companies to sign on, purchasing 150 new Cadillac XTS W20 Professional Services Sedans.
“Our customers wanted approachable luxury and enabling technology,” said Gary Kessler, president and CEO of Carey International. “We chose the XTS as the cornerstone of the Carey brand because it represented the perfect combination of power, luxury, technology and sophistication that our customers desire and demand today.”
Carey conducted extensive research into 24 vehicles before choosing the XTS W20. “In the end, the decision to go with the XTS was a no brainer,” Kessler said.
Cadillac’s Professional Vehicles program includes a select number of coachbuilders authorized by Cadillac to convert vehicles for use in commercial or fleet duties according to a specific set of standards. Click here for more information on this program.