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Cadillac said to green-light rear-wheel-drive flagship sedan

by Andrew Ganz

GM sources say that the automaker has reportedly given the go-ahead to a new rear-wheel-drive Cadillac flagship sedan

According to sources within General Motors, Cadillac will now get the flagship sedan many critics said it deserved. Cadillac's decision to use a transverse engined all-wheel-drive platform for its upcoming XTS sedan, a model that will replace the now-discontinued STS and DTS, seemed out of sync with the brand's plans to compete directly against BMW and Mercedes-Benz.

But GMInsideNews reports that the rear-drive Cadillac based on GM's upcoming Zeta-based Omega large car platform has been given the go-ahead.

The site doesn't name any sources specifically, although it refers to "sources familiar with GM product planning." Product planners are responsible for a variety of tasks within an automaker and they are usually involved in projects from conceptualization to launch.

The rear-drive flagship's platform might be new to GM, but it will utilize the Zeta underpinnings used in the Chevrolet Camaro and Caprice PPV, as well as the departed Pontiac G8 and a host of Holden products in Australia. As a result, it should provide significantly more performance-oriented credentials than the Epsilon II-based XTS.

Look for more details to make their way public once the XTS finally bows at the Los Angeles Auto Show in November.

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