Expecting THE Sedan: the Cadillac XTS

Cadillac has not released much actual news about the upcoming DTS/STS replacement sedan.  It may or may not be named “XTS”.  The internal designation is probably GM 166.

2003 Cadillac Sixteen Concept

2003 Cadillac Sixteen Concept photo courtesy Marika Buchberger

Logically, let’s look at what is likely:

Engines:

  • Base model 3.6L DOHC DI V6, with 304 hp.  Hybrid model to follow after release.
  • Performance Sedan: L99 6.2L V8 with 390 hp.  The return of Active Fuel Management to Cadillac. AFM Lifters in cylinders 1,4,6, and 7 and the AFM control system enables V4 operation at engine operating conditions where V4 mode is more efficient.

Chassis: Long wheel base Epsilon II w/ 115″ wheelbase, or 3″ more rear leg room than the CTS sedan. FWD or optional AWD, so it should definitely be an all-season selection.  Ultra-high strength steel in a premium chassis for super rigidity.

Interior: Hand stitched leather. Elegant, sweeping interior with infotainment system, and navigation.

Exterior:  Styling hints from the Cadillac Sixteen concept.  Love it or hate it elegance.

Pricing:  US$45-$65K, with later Hybrid and Platinum lines at a premium.


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