By on January 31, 2012

Panther fans, grab your heart medication. Cadillac and Lincoln will be unveiling their entrants into the livery car market next week at the International LCT show in Las Vegas, based on the front-drive Cadillac XTS sedan and Lincoln MKT crossover.

The “W20 Livery Sedan Package” appears to be a trim level on its own, with distinct extended wheelbase and sedan chassis variants offered later this year. The W20 looks like  comes loaded with every option available, including the Brembo brake package. Lincoln has previously shown their MKT livery car concept. For my money, nothing beats a nice Signature L. The full press release is below.

Cadillac, Premier Sponsor at 28th Annual International LCT Show Produced by LCT (Limousine, Charter and Tour) Magazine, Set to Debut New Livery Vehicle

LAS VEGAS, NV–(Marketwire – Jan 26, 2012) – Annual International LCT Show produced by Bobit Business Media, with media sponsor, LCT (Limousine, Charter and Tour) Magazine announced a Premier Sponsor, Cadillac, will debut new their newest livery vehicle during the event, taking place February 13-15 at the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.

Cadillac jump-starts a changing limousine market with a long-awaited premier luxury sedan it hopes will catapult it ahead of longtime livery rival Lincoln. Once unveiled Feb. 13, the Cadillac XTS will go head-to-head with other luxury brand sedans in the industry. Buyers will need to choose between the multiple luxury sedan offerings and the crossover-styled MKT Town Car that Lincoln is showing.

While a successor to the former DTS/DeVille line of luxury sedans, the XTS heralds a revamped design that emphasizes a sportier, younger luxury image suffused with advanced technology and intuitive connectivity. “This new vehicle will help dispel some of the myths out there about Cadillac,” said Ray Bush, Cadillac Professional Vehicles Program Manager. “The Cadillac of old was from the standpoint of large, floaty vehicles. Cadillac has moved away from that with its new products launched over the last 10 years. The XTS will further that with outstanding ride characteristics that compare favorably with Cadillac vehicles of the past.”

Standard features include: illuminated door handles, push-button start, Brembo brakes, rear vision camera and obstacle detection, and OnStar. Optional features include: Navigation system; a Luxury Package with a memory driver’s seat, heated/cooled front seats and a premium audio system with surround sound; and a Rear Comfort package with heated seats, side-window and backlight sun shades and Tri-zone HVAC controls.

The XTS “W20 Livery Sedan Package” will be unveiled in the Cadillac booth at the International LCT Show, with the extended sedan and limousine chassis available later this year. Special pricing and incentives are expected be announced at the show as well. All vehicles for the chauffeured transportation industry are covered with PVPP extended warranty for 3 years or 150,000 miles, whichever comes first.

For more information on the International LCT Show, visit www.LCTSHOW.com.

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6 Comments on “Cadillac XTS, Lincoln MKT Livery Cars On Display Next Week In Las Vegas...”


  • avatar
    red60r

    Mommy, when I grow up, can I be a Mercedes SC? Look at the profile and side creases. Call it homage, or just a ripoff.

  • avatar
    Rental Man

    I have an issue with Lincoln thinking their current MKS should not have been streched China style and made into a Livery Limo. The MKT has been not selling. KILL IT. Don’t just make it into a Livery you hope will sell.

    A friend of mine works for a major NY Black Cab operator. He drives an Escalade as they don’t cost much more per month yet allow a higher asking trip price then a Sedan. With the demise of the Towncar they have a few issues.

    Customers DEMAND TownCars and demand refund if one did not arrive.
    The current replacement for the TownCar in the Mercedes R Class. Problem is it is not yet loved by customers, does not get Escalade $ and when the vehicle will need replacing no one will guarentee resale value on an old German car. Towncar had buyers even if very used because of cheap operating and parts on a reliable car.

    If GM built this thing to last and be easy on the operators the way it should be, We can see the Town Car’s Viewing and RIP Panther.

  • avatar

    It’s hard for me to get excited about the XTS cause’ I already know it’s just a guzzied up Buick Lacrosse. I leased an EXT years ago and I wasn’t (nor have I been) satisfied with Cadillac’s interior feel.

    Not to mention the ridiculously difficult to understand navigation/radio/ driver’s computer buttons they used to have.

    It looks better than the STS, but, I hope the interior includes staple comfort features:

    -heated/cooled/ massaging lumbar front seats.
    -heated rear seats

    Everything else: rainsense wipers, dual zone HVAC,rear sunshade, etc is probably already in the package. i just hate how Cadillac tries to bump up the price for features that should be standard on a $50,000 Buick.

  • avatar
    dtremit

    Were I an enterprising livery driver, I think I’d be looking pretty hard at the Hyundai Equus. Tons of rear seat amenities, the traditional sedan form factor car service customers are looking for, a reasonable price, and a great warranty.

    That said, I feel like the MKT has the potential to be a great livery vehicle — just not in the configuration Lincoln is selling. They’ve put in an upgraded second-row seat — but it still seems like it’d be a bit cramped.

    If you look at a “real” limousine from the factory limousine days, the position of the rear door is in about the same place as the MKT. E.g., http://elviscadillacs.tripod.com/58limo.jpg — the passenger seat was *behind* the rear door, and was a nice private cocoon. This is something that’s been lost in the era of the “stretch.”

    The MKT could become that pretty easily — take out the middle row entirely, put in an extra-comfy rear seat, and put in a partition with rear-facing jump seats for the rare occasion when more passengers are in the car. That would give the car a really spacious feel that would differentiate it from sedans.

  • avatar
    jerseydevil

    the hyundai would be perfection, except for the hyundai name. sad to say, those who use these services are sensitive to these details, simply not a “prestege” nameplate.

  • avatar
    ponchoman49

    The MKT looks like someone threw up on a chassis and installed 4 wheels and door handles. How they think this is a replacement for the Town Car is beyond me.


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