Cadillac still working on S-Class-fighting flagship

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Although Cadillac has talked about building a real flagship sedan for years (heck, we'd heard they were talking about it in 2006), a world-beating full-size sedan hasn't been a part of the lineup in, like, forever. And while the Cadillac XTS, a stretched version of the front-wheel-drive Epsilon platform underneath the Buick LaCrosse and Saab 9-5, is nice, it's not enough to compete with the S-Class or 7 Series.

According to Car and Driver insiders, Cadillac is still working on a bigger flagship model to be built on a standalone rear-drive platform, dubbed Omega, rather than sharing underpinnings with the CTS or upcoming ATS.

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They also believe it will be powered by six- and eight-cylinder engines, with all-wheel drive as an option. A hybrid version could follow later, but a diesel won't. The new sedan they're talking about would be launched in 2014 as a 2015 model.

A Cadillac flagship competing directly with the Mercedes-Benz S-class and BMW 7 Series will need a level of technology that just doesn't currently exist in any product made by General Motors.

But wait, there's more. Car and Driver also insists they're hearing Caddy's really looking to travel in style, by building a super-luxury sedan designed to compete head-on with the— wait for it — Rolls-Royce Phantom. Seriously. I'll believe that when we see it. And by "it" I mean the Sixteen concept — because that's the only vehicle design I've seen out of the Detroit titan that can compete with a vehicle like the Phantom.

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Cadillac NEEDS this. The American auto industry needs this. I would love to consider a large American luxury sedan for my next DD purchase, but honestly...right now unless you're looking for just something boring to eat up miles, there is nothing. NOTHING.

Lincolns are all unbelievably ugly. The CTS is decent but my dad has one and the back seat and trunk space are so cramped and small. The STS is a tool to get the AARP crowd back and forth to Country Kitchen. Buick has been making better looking cars but nothing in the heavyweight division and nothing RWD. I wanted to like the new Taurus but I just don't, it's a fatty and it's still impossible for me to get the jellybean disgrace out of my head. So we've got the 300, whose reputation has been essentially ruined by the people that ended up buying them. Let's not mince words...I don't want a drug dealer's car. The 'Imported From Detroit' slogan is nice and all but we all know that the 200 is a joke. If anything, people are going to say 'THIS?! This is what you think will change people's minds about American cars?'. It's honestly sad.

This used to be our wheelhouse. Huge bombastic American luxury sedans. When the Germans came with their fantastic engineering and technology we just totally waved the white flag and moved on to making giant SUVs and rental cars. Japan responded with Lexus and Infiniti. Korea is getting stronger by the minute...the Genesis sedan is a fantastic car and still undercuts the 5, A6 and E class.

We've got nothing.