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Spy Shots—Cadillac El Mirage 4-Door Prototype


The El Mirage lives in four-door form! Behold the first photos of a production-intent IVER for Cadillac's full-size rear-wheel-drive flagship sedan.

Caught testing in the sub-zero climes of GM's Canadian winter-testing grounds, the big RWD caddy shows a lean, chiseled shape that takes cues from the lovely El Mirage coupe concept that debuted last August at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance. According to sources, only sedan prototypes have been built to date, but a coupe is a possibility later in the model's lifecycle. The design is a clear break from the pudgy, inflated shape found on the front-wheel-drive Cadillac XTS, and has the potential to get noticed amid high-end luxury nameplates in ways that the XTS never could. The El Mirage sedan prototypes were testing alongside a BMW 740i and a Kia K9 still wearing its European plates.

GM's new rear-wheel-drive Omega architecture underpins this new flagship Cadillac, which is said to share nothing with the ATS or CTS. Cadillac has reportedly trademarked the name "LTS" which is thought to be a possible moniker for this range-topping, rear-driven luxury sedan. A Buick variant is also said to be in the works, which is destined primarily for the Chinese market. Whether Buick's Omega variant will ever see U.S. dealerships is still reportedly undecided.

Cadillac's new flagship sedan is due for the ’16 model-year.


Photo credit: KGP Photography