Report: Cadillac ponders platform for new RWD flagship pinned above XTS

2012 Cadillac Ciel Concept

At the introduction of the all new 2013 Cadillac XTS, I honestly felt like I was let down a little because me, as well as many others, were expecting a nice, rear-wheel drive full-size sedan from America’s top-brass to possibly duke it out from the top dogs from Germany and Britain. However, instead, they gave us the 2013 Cadillac XTS, a front-wheel drive-based full-sizer.

However, the real news about this car lies in its future, which according some reports, the XTS might potentially have a short life. In those reports, word says that Cadillac will be ready to introduce a proper full-size rear-wheel drive sedan n about two and a half years. Additionally, Cadillac also supposedly said that this rear-wheel driver will be pinned above the XTS.

Though, there are many challenges too that Cadillac has been facing when planning for future models, particularly a new rear-wheel drive flagship. Apparently, Cadillac is still trying to figure out what to build for this new flagship and so far, they’re only still in the process of finding a proper platform for the car.

The first modern rear-wheel drive platform for Cadillac was the GM Sigma platform, which underpinned the original CTS, the STS, and the original SRX crossover. However, with the new SRX gone to a different front-wheel drive Theta Premium platform and the next generation CTS platform heading to the more updated Alpha platform that underpins the new ATS, that leaves either their Sigma platform or GM’s new Omega platform. But since the Sigma platform is getting outdated, that leaves with Cadillac’s new Omega platform, which is their new rear-wheel drive platform that was showcased with the new Ciel Concept.

– By: Chris Chin

Source: CARandDRIVER