Cadillac unveiled today at the Detroit Motor Show, the XTS Platinum Concept, a new flagship premium saloon that aims to give us a glimpse at the STS and DTS replacement, set to debut in the U.S. in 2012.
Carrying a less aggressive design, the new plug-in XTS Platinum Concept features Cadillac's Art and Science design language. Under the hood this new concept carries a 3.6-liter V6 Direct Injection gas engine capable to deliver 350 hp (260 kW) and 295 lb.-ft. (400 Nm) pf torque.
Also, the new concept features Cadillac's Magnetic Ride Control in order to improve the quality of the trip as well as a new specially calibrated all-wheel-drive system that ensures optimal traction in wet and slippery conditions.
The Cadillac XTS Platinum Concept boasts of an interior that’s layered, very detailed and contemporary. Based on hand cut-and-sewn materials, the interior of the XTS Platinum Concept is similar to those found in the Escalade Platinum and the STS and DTS Platinum sedans.
Featuring contemporary forms and themes, the XTS Platinum Concept uses Organic Light-Emitting Diode (O-LED) displays in lieu of traditional gauges and screens. This is only logical as the XTS Platinum Concept provides a glimpse of Cadillac’s new integration philosophy that guides the development of future models with regards to in-car electronics.
Through the concept, Cadillac seeks to progress its intuitive in-car electronics systems, as demonstrated by the deployable touch-screen navigation system also found in CTS and SRX. The Cadillac XTS Platinum Concept previews this strategy by using minimal buttons and switches on the system.
Likewise, the display screens were seemingly mingled into a flowing instrument panel – resulting to what designers call "dead front" design. The panels appear black until the vehicle is turned on and the screens light up.
The instrument panel likewise reflects the XTS Platinum's other focus, which is uncompromising luxury and attention to interior detail. The Cadillac XTS Platinum Concept features an interior inspired by nature -- especially the layers of petals combining to form an orchid. The cabin features a light cream color contrasted with darker elements like the steering wheel and an overhead console motif.
The console itself is made from finished wood and houses lighting features. Further proof of luxury includes premium leather seats that include a new style of auto suede with a laser-etched pattern. Likewise, detailed stitching is employed on the seats, instrument panel and door panels. Rear seat passengers now have access to the XTS Platinum Concept’s connectivity feature.