The all-new Cadillac XTS is being targeted at Audi A6, BMW 5-series and Mercedes E-class owners, according to its makers, who officially unveiled the car at the Los Angeles motor show today.
However, the emphasis of the Cadillac XTS is firmly on interior space and luxury rather than driving dynamics, which the US car firm hopes will pull in its traditional, older customers in America while also appealing to the Chinese market.
The XTS sits above the CTS in Cadillac's range and is intended to be the 'face of future luxury sedans'. The new machine is front-wheel drive, although all-wheel drive will be an option.
The model replaces the DTS and STS models in Cadillac’s line-up, and closely mirrors the look of 2010’s XTS Concept, which you can read about here. It’s a bold move by Cadillac, because the DTS and STS accounted for almost 40 per cent of all its sales in America last year.
The Cadillac XTS sits on a stretched version of GM’s Epsilon architecture, modified with an extra 75mm in the rear to give it a huge boot and more rear legroom. The position of the base of the windscreen is unique, so the dash is very deep and the bonnet short.