Between 2012 and 2016 Shanghai-GM would each year add one model to its Cadillac product line, which currently features only the SLS, as we learned from GM CEO Dan Akerson at the 2012 Beijing auto show in April. The first to come will be the XTS, scheduled to roll off line before the year end. According to Internet Info Agency, which released today a group of spyshots of the upcoming car (shown below), the Chinese-made XTS will be powered by either a turbo 2.0L or 3.0L V6 engine.
Built on the Super Epsilon platform (an upgraded version of the Epsilon II), Cadillac XTS is closely related to Buick LaCrosse and Regal as well as Chevy Malibu. It has a 2837mm wheelbase, same as that of Buick LaCrosse, and is 5131mm long, 1852mm wide, and 1501mm high The MRC (Magnetic Ride Control) suspension system is expected to come standard, featuring HiPer Strut in the front and air springs in the rear.
The turbo 2.0 liter (LTG), a new member of the EcoTech II series, made its debut in the ATS. It can deliver up to 198kW (270hp) of power and 352.5 Nm of torque. The 3.0L V6 (LFX), also powering the CTS, can put out a maximum of 227kW (318hp) and 362Nm. The V6 will be mated to a 6-speed auto transmission (Hydra-Matic 6T70).
In the first seven months of this year, Cadillac delivered 16,000 units in China (including the SLS and imported models), 3.6% more than the same period a year ago. In both sales volume and growth rate, it lags far behind BMW, Audi, and Mercedes-Benz.