- Cadillac's rear-drive flagship sedan goes into production late next year.
- The redesigned Buick LaCrosse will bow in 2016.
- Both vehicles are expected to be built at GM's Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly plant.
DETROIT — General Motors will prepare its Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly plant for what is expected to be Cadillac's big, new rear-drive flagship sedan and the redesigned Buick LaCrosse.
Earlier this month, GM announced it would invest $384 million in the Michigan plant for the next-generation Chevrolet Volt and two new unnamed vehicles that will be assembled there. The automaker did not provide a timetable or name the future products.
"We expect the Cadillac flagship to be built there beginning in late 2015 and the redesigned LaCrosse in 2016," Stephanie Brinley told Edmunds. Brinley is a senior analyst at IHS Automotive.
While GM has not confirmed that a Cadillac flagship is under development, industry sources expect the large sedan to target the Audi A8, BMW 7 Series, Lexus LS and Mercedes-Benz S-Class sedans. Depending on powertrain, those vehicles have sticker prices that can easily top $100,000.
"LTS" has surfaced as a possible name for the Cadillac model.
Last year Cadillac unveiled the Elmiraj, a stunning two-door concept that shows the styling direction for the brand's flagship. The automaker invited owners of top-end German and Japanese luxury cars to consumer clinics to review the concept.
Meanwhile, GM is expected to shift LaCrosse production to the Michigan plant in 2016. LaCrosse is currently assembled in Fairfax, Kansas.
The Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly investment will be used for body-shop tooling, equipment and additional plant upgrades, the automaker said. The plant currently assembles GM's extended range electric vehicles — the Chevrolet Volt, Cadillac ELR and the Opel Ampera. It also assembles the Chevrolet Malibu and Impala.
Edmunds says: Car shoppers get a better picture of what Cadillac has in mind for the future and can anticipate getting behind the wheel of a redesigned Buick LaCrosse in a couple of years. Both cars will have deep Detroit roots.