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.

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