Cadillac relying on the XTS to do the job of the discontinued STS and DTS sedans

Article by Christian Andrei, on May 30, 2012

The Cadillac STS and DTS sedans were discontinued last year but the company is now relying on the Cadillac XTS to accomplish the job of two sedans. The XTS arrives this June in showrooms. This front-wheel-drive sedan comes with a roomy interior covered in soft-touch leather even on the base model.

However, the XTS is more agile than the STS and DTS filled with plenty of technology, which includes a new infotainment system that GM executives think is a big jump from rivals' systems. GM is counting on these models to go up against imports like the Audi A6 and BMW 5 series, which are preferred by consumers who want more space but still want to have a smooth ride.

Cadillac launched the XTS nationally last week. The XTS was built in Oshawa, Ontario, and uses the large-sedan architecture that is shared with the Buick LaCrosse and Chevrolet Impala.

It has an elegant style and has more features than its corporate siblings. It has a long and sleek body with sufficient creases and a large, aluminum mesh grille. Some of its exterior modifications include vertical LED headlights and LED piping in the door handle. Its interior comes with the infotainment system, named Cadillac User Experience (CUE). This system is standard on the XTS and it will later appear in Cadillac's lineup. The system features an 8-inch touch screen in the center stack.

Large icons are found on its main menu to control navigation, audio and climate. Powering the XTS is GM's 3.6-liter V-6, which delivers 304 hp and 264 pounds-feet of torque. It is equipped with a six-speed automatic transmission with tap-shift control. Optional on all but the base model is the all-wheel drive with an electronic limited-slip differential.

To make the XTS distinct from the LaCrosse, GM gave it a few Cadillac-exclusive ride-and-handling features, such as front Brembo brakes. In addition, the XTS gets standard magnetic ride control to manage vehicle damping. Its safety features are a further differentiator. The higher trim levels feature a safety-alert seat that vibrates to inform the driver about an impending collision or a departure from the lane.

According to Cadillac Marketing’s Vice-President Don Butler, the Cadillac XTS is the new recipe when it comes to advanced technology and luxury. He adds that the XTS is the best example when it comes to how the brand has evolved its Art & Science values. This has allowed the brand to make use of the best technical ideas as well as ensuring that the design of the Cadillac continues to be refined.

This statement was made in line with the official debut of the 2013 XTS, the newest model in the brand’s luxury sedan range. With the XTS being larger compared to the CTS, it manages to offer the trademarked signatures of the brand which are elegance, space, and a more dramatic presence. In addition, the 2013 XTS utilizes new and more technically advanced processes aimed at satisfying a new generation of consumers who prefer luxury.

Considering that the new XTS is set to become the highlight of the CTS range of the updated lineup, it will be equipped with an all-wheel drive system and powered with the direct injection 3.6-liter engine. This signals a change by the brand to deliver a sedan that not only offers space and luxury but performance that is more efficient. In addition to the debut of the 2013 XTS, the brand is presenting as well the CUE which refers to its comprehensive in-vehicle experience.

What this does is use intuitive design and then combine it with media control and information with a method of control considered as a pioneer in the automotive field. CUE stands for Cadillac User Experience which is a user interface that allows for personalization and represents the mix of artistic design and advanced technology. At the core of the CUE is the 8-inch (203 mm) screen in the center stack with the faceplate that is just under the screen and the controls of the steering wheel.

It is recognized for having achieved a number of firsts in the industry like natural voice recognition, gesture recognition, and the capacitive-touch control that includes proximity sensing. Aside from the connectivity and interface offered by CUE, there are also a number of innovative technologies included in the XTS. For example, the STX will be the sole luxury sedan that has the Magnetic Ride Control, fitted as standard.

It also offers the fastest reaction suspension there is. Other such technologies include ones that help improve vision and even those that enhance the safety of the driver. The new 2013 XTS is expected to be delivered to different showrooms by the spring of 2012 across the U.S. and Canada. Once delivered, it will officially become the most technologically advanced production car in the history of the brand.

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