GM announced today that the 2013 Cadillac XTS, which will be available this later this spring, will have a starting price of $44,995 including destination. According to Cadillac, the XTS will be available in three versions: Luxury, Premium and Platinum. As expected, the Platinum model will offer the highest level of technology and luxury, and will feature a unique front appearance, wheels and interior colors, materials and trim.
An advanced all-wheel-drive system, using Haldex technology to transfer power front-to-back, and side-to-side along the rear axle, will be offered on all three trim levels above the standard model. Cadillac also prepared a new CUE iPad Application, which looks just like the center screen that is the hub of the system in order to familiarize dealers with the experience but also to provide videos and information.
XTS owners will use the OnStar live assistance for CUE owners. “The all-new XTS redefines our approach to the luxury sedan by combining advanced technology, stunning design and confident performance,” said Don Butler, vice president Cadillac marketing. “XTS brings new and exclusive technology, while still delivering the space and elegance that is Cadillac’s DNA.”
The spatial dimensions and hardware present in the Cadillac XTS are the base layers of what would serve as the support of the model’s new level of surface detail.
There are different elements on the interior, as well as multi-dimensional ones on the exterior. They combine to give this newest model from the brand a level of ttention to detail and presence never before seen in its history. Examples of this include having the new accent lighting, headlamps, and even the grille. These surface details also show a design philosophy that is more nuanced.
The various elements that help the smooth and long proportion indeed mark an important return to the brand. It reveals elegance and beauty not through forms that are more graceful and refined but also on surfaces that mix well with the usual linear shapes of the brand. The XTS is a model that shows the next step when it comes to the form of the brand and its surface vocabulary.
For those who want to get the best of this multi-dimensional principle, the best choice would be the XTS Platinum. On the exterior, it has that grille with the satin-chrome/chrome finish with the aluminum 20-inch wheels having chrome insert and polished as well. On the inside, the interior is wrapped completely in leather through an Alcantara headliner.
Speaking of the interior, an interesting feature is the CUE. Despite being the symbol of the heights technology can reach, the XTS instead utilizes an appearance for the interior that is classier albeit being a little subtler. It manages to combine with other features to give the cabin a more inviting, if not comforting, feel. Compared to other models that come from Cadillac, the XTS has more capability and even more driver-selectable options.
Even then, there are only seven buttons that can be seen on the center stack, and three of them appear to be for controlling the radio. However, it also means that the controls on the XTS are fewer than the usual seen on many Cadillacs.