It was announced today that General Motors will introduce the production version of the 2013 Cadillac XTS this November, at the 2011 LA Auto Show. The car will be inspired by the XTS Platinum Concept, revealed back in January 2010 at the Detroit Auto Show, and will replace the aging DTS. Moreover, the new 2013 Cadillac XTS will also be the first car to receive the new CUE infotainment system.
The new CUE promises to offer several industry firsts, such as proximity sensing, haptic feedback, multi-touch hand gestures, 12.3 inc. LCD, natural speech recognition as well as a Linux operating system.
Regarding the powertrain of the upcoming XTS we have no details, but we do know that in the concept form, the XTS was powered by a 3.6-liter V6 direct-injection gasoline engine and plug-in hybrid propulsion system.
The concept delivered a total output of 350 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque. The production version of the car is also expected to offer a hybrid version in order to deliver a better fuel consumption but also to meet the tougher U.S. fuel economy standards.
The new Cadillac XTS offers the spaciousness, emotional presence and the elegance typical of any Cadillac while adding new technologies and elements that would further enhance the luxury experience of its customers.
This new offering from Cadillac marks the first employment of the so-called Cadillac User Experience or CUE, a highly customizable user interface that allows for an all-inclusive in-vehicle experience by fusing intuitive and artistic design with pioneering controls and commands for information as well as media control. Serving as the core of the CUE is a standard eight-inch (203 mm) screen located in the "center stack," which is basically the faceplate below the screen and the steering wheel controls.
CUE marks the debut of a number of auto-industry first features like gesture recognition, natural voice recognition and capacitive-touch control with proximity sensing. Aside from the CUE connectivity and interface, the new Cadillac XTS is fitted with several integral yet advanced technologies, like the Magnetic Ride Control suspension system and other available innovations that improve the driver’s vision and vehicle safety.
Powering the new Cadillac XTS is a 3.6L direct injection engine as complemented by an advanced all-wheel drive system. Don Butler, vice president of Cadillac Marketing, remarked that the new Cadillac XTS is an embodiment of a new formula for luxury, driven by advanced technology as this new offering – positioned just above the CTS – underscores the evolution of the brand’s Art & Science philosophy by combining the refinement of Cadillac design and the best technical ideas.