New Cadillac "Flagship" XTS Based on LaCrosse

Robert Farago
by Robert Farago

Flagship? I thought Caddy was going to offer an Lexus ES competitor. Turns out the sub-CTS is now on hold until 2011, after the XTS range-topper. And now we learn that the XTS will share underpinnings with the front wheel-drive Buick LaCrosse. Apparently, the new Cadillac XTS will be wider than the LaCrosse and tuned for a more luxurious ride. Whatever. Caddy is so screwed. The new, woefully underpowered, gearbox-challenged SRX is so bad Car and Driver‘s John Phillips was forced to ask “What else can we say to put a brighter face on this?” Same story here.

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  • Packard Packard on Aug 11, 2009

    Cadillac did have a DTS/STS replacement in the works, and a Northstar successor to power it. But GM canceled the engine and the car because they didn't somehow see the new mileage standards coming, had no money, and were afraid of the market. Now, it's rebadge time, in desperation. This is why Obama's GM bailout won't work. The company does not at present have the products, and it does not have enough money to both develop those products and buy time until it can bring them to market. It is undercapitalized, so it has to do anything that it can to bring cash in the door.

  • Justin.82 Justin.82 on Aug 13, 2009

    Another dumb move from GM! They can't compete with sedans from BMW, Mercedes, Audi, and Lexus! There is no way. They don't put enough engineering into technology like they used to. I remember when Cadillac had all the new technology and was constantly trying to niche that market now there just playing a cat and mouse game with the big dogs trying to outbeat them. GM has got it's money going to the wrong places. Mis-management led them to bankruptcy, you think they would learn a lesson. I don't get GM and this is coming from someone who grew up on GM when they did things right!

  • Shogun Shogun on Aug 13, 2009

    I saw this article that GM was considering stretching the CTS platform. What happened to that? XTS fighting Lexus ES? And didn't they say Buick will be "GM's Lexus fighter"? jeez.

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