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New concept at Detroit motor show, alongside production CTS-V Coupe

Cadillac isn’t saying what the car in this teaser picture released this morning is, but it’s likely to reveal the brand’s new flagship saloon currently known as XTS, the name used inside GM.

If that proves accurate, it takes the new saloon a step closer to production, probably as a 2012 model, when it would replace Cadillac’s US market STS and DTS. Neither of these models have fared well in the hotly competitive luxury market.

See the Cadillac concept picture in hi-res

The XTS will continue the Art and Science design language used most notably in the smaller CTS, but will feature a more elegant and less edgy overall shape. It will bring a definite move up-market from the current STS, but maintain that car’s rear-wheel-drive layout.

Cadillac will also use the Detroit show to reveal its latest performance model, the CTS V Coupe.

If it follows the path of the CTS V saloon, the two-door will be powered by a supercharged, Corvette-derived LSA 6.2-litre V8, which produces 548bhp and 551lb ft of torque. Expect a 0-60mph time of under 4 seconds and a top speed – for the manual transmission model – of at least 191mph.

Caddy is expected to use both the XTS and new CTS Coupe to help it expand overseas, particularly in the fast-growing Chinese market.

The car will go on sale next summer.

Paul Eisenstein

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HyundaiSmoke 23 December 2009

Re: New Cadillac concept teased

Hyundai is moving upmarket in your market as well, youll see. Yeah we are budget upmarket cars. Hyundai has a lot to learn about the Euro market, think. It will take a lot longer in Europe to gain as Acceptance outside of the budget make status The US market is the test.

fhp11 23 December 2009

Re: New Cadillac concept teased

Saab has nothing really to offer at the moment - essentially, they only have two cars to offer, the 9-3 and the 9-5. Granted, there are different varients of the models, Estate etc but fundementally, its only two models. A manufacturer cannot survive with only two cars. Especially when they are both so old. OK, the 9-5 will be replaced with a new model but they will still only have two models. To be competitive they need more models, small car, SUV etc.

Theres a reason why GM wants to kill the brand as unfortunately, it just isnt a viable company.

Oh, and to: HyundaiSmoke - You need to stop telling us that Hyundai is a luxury brand. OK in the US they do sell some luxury cars, over here they do not. Hyundai is basically as cheap as cars get here. Budget and Cheap. You won't get anywhere by saying they are luxury. Be aware of the companies status in the local market.

HyundaiSmoke 23 December 2009

Re: New Cadillac concept teased

TsTag, if SAAB was so good then they would be teasing Detroit with what looks to be a small car, and Cadillac would be shutting down, right?

SAAB=Near Luxury (Tier 3)

Near Luxury=Buick, Opel, Hyundai, MINI, Mercury, VW, Volvo, Chrysler.

Cadillac=Upper Tier Luxury (Tier 1)

Upper Tier Luxury=BMW, Benz, Cadillac, Lexus, Audi

(Tier 2)=Citroen, Lincoln, Infiniti, Acura

(Top Echelon)=Aston, Jaguar, Maserrati, Rolls, Bentley

Hey 1UAW, you see how that Sonata is going for the throat of your Regal.