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RICK KRANZ

Cadillac moves forward with next flagship sedan

Cadillac believes the XTS will be a true luxury alternative to Audi BMW and Mercedes-Benz sedans. All-wheel drive will be available possibly standard. Photo credit: GM
Rick Kranz is product editor for Automotive News

What do the Cadillac XTS Platinum concept and the 2003 Cadillac Seville have in common?

Dimensions.

The XTS is Cadillac's upcoming large luxury sedan expected in showrooms next year. The XTS concept debuted in January 2010 at the Detroit auto show.

The consensus is that General Motors hit a home run with the concept's styling. The styling of the production sedan is pretty close to that of the concept, I've heard.

The 2013 XTS is being developed on GM's Epsilon front-wheel-drive platform. The concept features a 3.6-liter V-6 combined with a plug-in hybrid system, a powertrain expected to be used in the production car.

To make room in the Cadillac lineup, the DTS and STS will be dropped. The DTS, and before that the DeVille, catered to older buyers. The STS, cursed with exterior styling that was too similar to the lower-priced CTS, never reached its sales potential. Cadillac believes the XTS will be a true luxury alternative to Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz sedans. All-wheel drive will be available, possibly standard.

Photos of the XTS concept have appeared in buff books and all over the Internet. But unless the car has been seen in person, close up, the concept's size is difficult to gauge from the photos. So here's some help:

• XTS wheelbase: 112.2 inches, 0.5 inches longer than the Seville's.

• XTS length: 201.0 inches, 2.5 inches shorter.

• XTS width: 75.0 inches, 0.2 inches wider.

Although these are not final dimensions, they are close to those of the production car.

The bottom line: Next time you see the last generation fwd Seville rolling down the freeway, you will have a pretty good idea of the size of Cadillac's upcoming flagship sedan.

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