LAS VEGAS — Cadillac Professional Vehicles will host a ride and drive event of the 2013 Cadillac XTS livery sedan during the 2013 International LCT Show at the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino on Wednesday and Thursday, Feb. 6-7.
Four XTS W20 livery sedans will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Participants can sign up at the Cadillac booth during the opening reception and trade show floor hours on Tuesday, Feb. 5, but there will be no test drives until the following day since alcohol is being served during the opening reception on the Show floor from 3:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
The test drives will be scheduled during Show floor hours from 1 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 6, and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 7.
Get ready to see a version of this XTS livery sedan extended by seven inches on the trade show floor at ILCT 2013 in Las Vegas.
CPV will offer two established routes for the test drives: 1) In the city, to include rough surfaces and potholes to demonstrate the rear seat comfort; and 2) On the freeway to demonstrate the horsepower and quiet ride.
There will be five Cadillac limousine/livery vehicles on display on the Show floor during the three-day trade show: Two XTS W20 sedans with rear seat comfort packages and an Escalade ESV by Cadillac Professional Vehicles; a Federal W30 Extended XTS Sedan brought by Penske Cadillac; and a W30 Extended Sedan by Lehmann-Peterson.
Manufacturer Lehmann Peterson, based in Arlington Heights, Ill., will display an XTS-L stretched seven inches, said Bill Kennedy, vice president of Lehmann Peterson. Kennedy and company founder Earle F. Maloney will be on hand to answer questions and take orders. Lehmann Peterson is still working on final photos and pricing.
The XTS-L can be extended five to eight inches, according to Cadillac Master Coachbuilder guidelines. It will provide added legroom reminiscent of the retired Lincoln Town Car Executive L, which was stretched an additional six inches.
The XTS Limousine, ideal for corporate and funeral markets, can be stretched up to 70 inches. Production on extended XTS livery models starts in mid-November. First deliveries to customers, along with the start of fleet service, are expected during the first quarter of 2013.
Cadillac Professional Vehicles opened order banks on Oct. 18 for the (W30) XTS-L Extended Sedan and the (V4U) XTS Limousine. A recent poll of CMC coachbuilders indicates it is highly unlikely that one of them will be able to complete a finished prototype of the XTS stretch limousine in time for the ILCT Show, according to Cadillac Professional Vehicles.
— Martin Romjue, LCT editor