ULS? I thought that was the designation of a six figure car. Wasn't FTS or LTS supposed to be the Omega Cadillac?
GRRR!!! (I'm so lost)
I would imagine if the information is correct, then there will be a slew of cars and crossovers from this platform; other than the two mentioned. The Cadillac could be the XTS or also a Q7 fighter. If the XTS continues, I would expect it to be the larger model with the largest trunk. The Regal, Malibu, and Insignia would be midsizers and the LaCrosse would be closer the XTS as today.
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It could mean that
1) 2018-2019 Opel Insignia moves to the long wheelbase Premium EpsilonII (P1Lx), and so does the Buick Regal and maybe the Chevrolet Malibu - which probably makes 2018-2019 Buick LaCrosse and Chevrolet Impala move to a rear-drive platform such as long wheelbase Alpha (A1Lx)
2) Cadillac is considering a new design language, which would better blend with other GM brands, to replace the current "Art and science"
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XTS and Insignia are already sister cars. They ride on the same basic platform. Nothing new under the sun there. The think is, will there be another XTS? Me doubt it, especially since Buick does not have its impala.
I fully expect the XTS to stick around after the Omega Cadillac is launched... Not only does it cater to a certain demographic at the retail level, it will allow Cadillac to continue to sell livery vehicles at an affordable price, which GM most certainly does not want to do with the Omega.
My take on this is Insignia will be the LaCrosse for Europe. The LaCrosse is basically a sister car to the XTS. Slightly smaller, slightly less advanced and sophisticated. I may be wrong, but I don't think I am. We will see though. These will be interesting times.
are we sure on XTS and not a crossover vehicle for cadillac?
strange things are afoot at the circle k.
Personally, I think this is just shoddy writing. Just WHERE did Mr. Sedran say this? It's pretty big future product news and I HIGHLY doubt they'd allow the head of Opel to casually mention it.Opel interim CEO Thomas Sedran has revealed the next-gen Insignia and Cadillac XTS replacement will be sister cars.
And, as many have said, the XTS is already a sister to the Insignia.
Plus, I think Mr. Ackerson, Mr. Sedrans boss, has said the XTS won't be with us very long, anyway.
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The Encore and Enclave are over 32" apart. One Delta II-based CUV, somewhere in the 180-190" range won't step on either CUV's toes.
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I think the Insignia will move to the same wheelbase as the Impala/LaCrosse/XTS, the current SBW Epsilon Regal/Insignia will be dropped, and the only SBW Epsilon will be the Malibu.
I wonder if EPII will grow in width? Because that is one weak point of this platform although it is not readily apparent in the XTS. I have said it before, and I will say it again GM needs to pare platforms post haste.
I bet the future product lineup will look something like this:
Malibu/Regal/Insignia - 107" short Epi II
Lacrosse/Opel 'Lacrosse'/Impala/Lucerne long Epi II
Equinox/Captiva/Buick (now SRX) med SUV Delta II
Cadillac ATS/CTS/SRX off Alpha
Cadillac 'Ciel'/DTS/ULS(?) Maybe large SUV/XUV off Omega
There's not much difference to long and short Epi. The SRX and XTS are really models that should be Buicks and were before they were snaffled to plug the yawning chasm at Cadillac following Sigma's failure as STS and SRX, and the cancellation of the DT7; I think will be replaced by Alpha for the SRX and DTS off Omega by the XTS - Whitacre and others have already said the XTS is a stopgap, one gen vehicle. Lacklustre sales combined with the fact it is never going to twin-turbo, or hybrid versions show that it has achieved all it is ever likely to. It's just not big or wide enough, or long enough wheelbase.
Insignia is already as big as a Euro sedan needs be - they did announce some time ago Lacrosse would be going to Europe as a Opel, presumably a low-volume luxury range-topper - which makes sense.
IMO they should source Regal from Opel as it will likely always sell in low 1000s, and vice versa Opel 'Lacrosse' from the US.
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