Range-Topping Cadillac LTS PHEV in the Works?

JAN 29 2014 BY ERIC LOVEDAY 8

There’s so few details on this one that we’re left winging it a bit.

Cadillac Ciel Concept

Cadillac Ciel Concept

Autocar recently snapped some spy photos of a full-size Cadillac sedan that it says will replace the Cadillac XTS.

It’s believed that this range-topping Cadillac will be positioned at rivals like the Mercedes S-Class and BMW 7 Series.

Likely to be called the LTS, the large Caddy will be rear-wheel-drive with AWD as an option.  A long-wheelbase version could be offered in the Chinese market.

The LTS’s design direction was previewed by both the Cadillac Elmiraj and Cadillac Ciel Concepts.

None of this info excites us.

Here’s what does:

“As well as offering a range of downsized turbocharged V6 engines to power the model, Cadillac will also offer a hybrid drivetrain with an electric-only mode, as expected by modern executive buyers.”

It’s believed that the LTS will have a lithium-ion battery pack and be offered as a PHEV.

The first LTS is expected to make its worldwide debut at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show.  It will launch shortly after its debut.

The PHEV version will likely launch a few months to a year after the conventional LTS goes on sale.

To look at spy shots of the Cadillca LTS, follow this link to Autocar.

Cadillac Ciel Concept

Cadillac Ciel Concept

Source: Autocar

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8 Comments on "Range-Topping Cadillac LTS PHEV in the Works?"

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After seeing the price tag on the ELR, I’m finding it hard to get excited by this one either.

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater

I’ll believe it when I see it.

Cool looking but I’ll stick with the MS!

Hybrid?
What hybrid.
GM doesn’t have a hybrid tranny except the Volt.
They already cancelled the big 2 mode silverado tranny,
The Volt’s tranny is the only other hybrid GM has. it was derived from the little saturn 2 mode that they cancelled as well
e-assist doesn’t qualify

They have a hybrid power train ready for production, based on the various mules that have been testing over the past year.

Base Price on a MB CL coupe is $116k and a MB AMG CL 65 is $215k.

Given that Cadillac believes a tarted up Volt should start at $76k how much will this coup/convertible be priced at?

I bet in the $$$ that GM still has available for these things, they could go to their Japanese synergy drive supplier and cook up a dual synergy drive/ v6 powertrain, since they’d have the width in this larger model to accomplish it. 400 hp total drive power might not sound much to a Gear Head these days, but for Luxury buyers wanting a nice big luxurious car for $125,000 or so that also happens to plug in, and have 60 miles or so range with a 30 kwh battery pack (more would be nice if they have the room) that would mean the vast majority of Luxury Car buyers would find that acceptible. As well as dual synergy drives please also include dual (6.6 kwh total) chargers so we can charge it up to the tippy top in a 5 hour overnight stay.

Glad you guys included the pics. So beautiful it almost sells itself.

It’s not a Tesla. It can’t be any good.