Cadillac officially reveals flagship sedan launch date image

The largest model in the US automaker’s portfolio has been rumored, discussed and reported numerous times, and we even exclusively told you it would be launched next year and become available later in Europe too.

Late Friday the GM luxury brand released a statement to shed some light on the upcoming model – tentatively called by the media the “LTS” – as it will become a new introduction, not a replacement for an existing line.

The production of the car, a new “top-end, high-technology car” has now been slated for late 2015, in line with the latest announcement from CEO Mary Barra who said the new flagship sedan would also feature the near-autonomous “Super Drive” feature.

The new model will slot “above today’s CTS and XTS product lines,” and “will add to rather than replace any model in the portfolio,” being in “the elite class of top-level luxury cars,” said Cadillac President Johan de Nysschen in the statement. The car will also use “completely new, custom-designed materials on a unique vehicle architecture.”

The rear-wheel drive oriented flagship sedan is to be unveiled in the first part of 2015, after it was previewed extensively by concepts such as the Ciel and Elmiraj – we’re expecting the North American International Show in Detroit to be the venue. We do know its production will be handled by the GM Detroit-Hamtramck factory, which already builds the plug-in electric Chevrolet Volt, Opel Ampera and Cadillac ELR trio, as well as the Chevrolet Malibu and Impala.