After years, of patent leaks, spy shots, and endless rumors about its feasibility, the Cadillac LTS flagship sedan may finally become a reality. That’s the sentiment within the ranks at Cadillac after a high-level source told Autoblog that the RWD, flagship, luxury sedan is being developed in time to make its debut at the New York Auto Show in April 2015. That’s still a long ways away, so it should give Cadillac enough time to prepare its long-awaited answer to the likes of the Mercedes S-Class , the Audi A8 , and the BMW 7 Series .
Autoblog is also reporting certain design elements of the Elmiraj Coupe Concept we saw at the 2013 Pebble Beach Concours d’ Elegance will make their way to the LTS sedan. That’s a great way to establish a luxury identity for the LTS, because the Elmiraj is everything we hoped a Cadillac flagship sedan would be. While we don’t expect the LTS to be identical to the Elmiraj, we’re looking forward to seeing what Cadillac has in store for the model.
If anything, the company needs to be on its A game in developing the LTS. Last we checked, the S-Class, A8, and 7 Series were all heavyweights of the luxury sedan market. The 2015 S-Class, in particular, was a dramatic improvement from its own predecessor, re-validating Mercedes ’ place in the pecking order of the segment. Cadillac will definitely have a lot of pressure on its hands, although the Caddy source did tell Autoblog that the company is prepared to embrace the challenge.
At this point, we’re holding our judgment on that one, at least not until we see the LTS in the flesh in April 2015. You still have time on your hands, Cadillac. You better make the most out of it if the LTS wants to live up to the hype.
Updated 09/09/2014: Cadillac is preparing a competitor for the Mercedes S-Class and while we’re still waiting for an official debut, we created a rendering of what we thing the future LTS will look like. Check it out after the jump.
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As expected, our rendering borrows heavy styling cues from the Elmiraj concept and we added a super-long wheelbase, four seats, huge wheels and basically everything you can imagine in a competitor for the S-Class.
Mercedes finally did something right with the 2015 S-Class after years of letting it sink amidst the intense competition brought by BMW and Audi. The new model looks classy and elegant, a far departure from its rather boring predecessor.
It also has a powerful, 4.7-liter, V-8 engine that produces 455 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque, allowing it to sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just 4.8 seconds to go with a top speed of 155 mph.
All the criticisms Mercedes received with the old S-Class were justified. It became too stagnant for its own good, but Mercedes did the model right with the new S-Class, bringing back the level of prestige we thought we’d never see again.
Gallery Mercedes S-Class Coupe
Force me to make a choice on any one of these luxury sedans and I’m picking the A8. While I do recognize all the impressive qualities of both the S-Class, the A8 just speaks to another level of style and elegance that I don’t see with the Merc.
Some people will have a problem with the A8’s lack of engine choices, but I’m not sweating it as much because the 4.0-liter, TFSI V-8 it has that produces 435 horsepower and 444 pound-feet of torque is more than enough for me.
It remains to be seen how Cadillac will develop the LTS to address the competition, but I’m hopeful that it’ll have a sedan that lives up to its self-generated hype.
Gallery Audi A8
The Cadillac Elmiraj Concept made its debut at the 2013 Pebble Beach Concours d’ Elegance and it nearly caused a metaphorical riot.
The design of the Elmiraj was just unspeakably stunning. It had the dimensions of a flagship luxury sedan, yet still carried a sporty and aggressive design, highlighted by the thin, vertical LED headlights.
The Elmiraj also came with a 4.5-liter, twin-turbocharged, V-8 engine that pumped out 500 horsepower and 500 pound-feet of torque. Is this an indication on what we can expect from the LTS? Hopefully, it’s at least close to the 500 ponies of the concept.