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quietly left the company's Lansing plant, and we can't help but feel sad for Caddy's middle child. Because although the mid-sized Cadillac was once an important car, now it just needed to die. More »
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. More »
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Soon enough, General Motors will pull the wraps off of Cadillac's new XTS flagship sedan, marking the official demise of both the aging DTS and STS sedans. Until then, however, the two top-end Caddies live on, albeit with fewer options than before.
According to USA Today, the STS sedan will no longer be available with GM's 4.6-liter Northstar V8 for the 2011 model year. The only mill on hand is The General's direct-injected 3.6-liter V6, cranking out 302 horsepower and 272 pound-feet of torque. Power still gets to the ground via rear- or all-wheel drive. V8 power is nice, but since the Northstar only churned out 18 more horses and 43 more pound-feet than the V6, it won't be too tearful of a goodbye, especially when you consider the six's better fuel economy. The supercharged, 469-hp STS-V was put out to pasture last year.
GM is fitting the 2011 STS with its ninth-generation OnStar technology as standard equipment, meaning better voice recognition and the latest host of safety functions are on hand. What's more, Cadillac offers the STS in a Platinum trim, which adds 18-inch wheels, an Alcantara headliner and a full leather interior.
Pricing starts at $47,280 (not including the $825 destination charge), and if you tick all of the option boxes, you'll be spending just over $65,000. We imagine that there are some pretty substantial discounts on the hood with each sale, but will they be enough to move cars off of dealer lots? All we know is, the XTS can't get here soon enough.
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It's been a good run, Northstar, but every good thing must come to an end. Yours lasted for an impressive 17 straight years, and these days, that's something to be proud of. Rest in peace.
According to Inside Line, a spokesperson from General Motors has confirmed that it will halt production of the Northstar engine, which first appeared in the 1993 Cadillac Allante, sometime near the end of July. According to GM, there will be enough engines available for a complete 2011 model year.
Of course, that would leave the longstanding DTS without its only available powerplant and the STS without its optional V8 starting in 2012. We contacted GM to see what might be in store for these models moving past the 2011 model year, but pretty much got a predictable "No comment." We were assured, though, that the DTS would be around for 2011 in its current form. After that is anybody's guess.
As General Motors' first V8 engine with overhead camshafts, the Northstar was something of a revelation when it first hit the marketplace. But times change, and GM has a bevy of excellent cam-in-block V8s as well as direct injected V6 engines that ought to be able to fill the large hole left by the Northstar's demise. Stay tuned for more as we hear it.
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