Official: Cadillac XTS coming in 2012

Article by Christian Andrei, on August 4, 2011

The production version of the Cadillac XTS Platinum Concept will arrive in 2012. The XTS will be offered as front-wheel drive, all-wheel drive, or as a plug-in hybrid. The XTS Platinum Concept had been powered by a 3.6 liter engine that’s mated to a plug-in hybrid system. This system resulted to an output of 350hp and 295 pound-feet of torque (400 Nm).

The car’s handling is improved with the use of a Magnetic Ride Control that was also used on the existing Corvettes and CTS-V models.

The XTS Platinum Concept made use of technologies such as OLED displays that replace the traditional gauges. OLED, also known as organic LED, provides brighter colors and its blacks are darker blacks, similar to what’s featured on the newest high-end phones. When it comes to passenger space, the XTS scores high points. The interior offers plenty of luxurious and advanced features but still provides a big room for passengers.

GM guarantees a generous amount of headroom, legroom, and knee space. GM hasn’t revealed its images or its specs of the XTS production version but considering that the XTS Platinum Concept already appears realistic, not many differences are expected.

Bryn Nesbitt, Cadillac’s general manager, said that the XTS is intended to be "an automotive personal headquarters,” which will use advanced technology to reach unprecedented levels of luxury and connectivity.

Cadillac XTS makes use of spatial dimensions and hardware to give its surface details a new spin. The new model has multifaceted elements in both the exterior and the interior. That includes the headlights, the grille, and the introduction of accent lighting, all of which give the XTS an aura and appearance that you have never before seen in a Cadillac.

Cadillac’s brand champion and design director, Clay Dean, says that the technology and design of the new Cadillac XTS affirm one’s driving experience and that is what the new generation of luxury car buyers are looking for. Dean remarks that the multidimensional details, unparalleled connectivity and the use of authentic materials are how the brand expresses luxury.

Cadillac User Experience, or CUE, combines top-notch technology with world-class and intelligent design. CUE is seen in the subtle and elegant interior elements that highlight the car’s other features, all in all giving it an inviting and relaxing feel. CUE also gives the car more capabilities and personalization options, more than any Cadillac that came before it. The XTS’ center stack has seven buttons, and three of these buttons are for the radio, meaning that even with the added functionality, you still have to deal with less than half of the controls that you find in other cars.

Dean adds that technology allows the XTS to do more and offer unique features such as the “choreographed interior lighting.” These features are customized to the driver’s preferences, helping CUE to give Cadillac owners an outstandingly advanced and refined ambience.

The Cadillac XTS has surface details that follow a more refined design philosophy. It features elements that complement the sleek look that the Cadillac is known for. It also brings to fore more elegance and beauty with its graceful and harmonious forms. The XTS is seen to be pioneering the next generation form and surface of every Cadillac that will come out.

Dean remarks that the design is both bold and elegant and very effective in the manner in which it "encompasses passengers and cargo." Dean adds that it is a new design proportion for the brand, as well as a new age in luxury.

If you want to get the fullest extent of the car brand’s new design policy, then check out the Cadillac XTS Platinum, which has buffed 20-inch aluminum wheels that feature chrome inserts, chrome or satin-chrome grille finish, leather interiors, and the Alcantara headliner, among other premium design elements.

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