For a luxury car brand once riding high on mammoth-sized cars, Cadillac’s reputation for big cars has declined through the 21st century. While success for the modern Cadillac CTS level of vehicles, the car was vital in allowing Cadillac to recover from a period of stale, out-of-touch luxury. Since the 2002 genius of the mid-sized vehicle, Cadillac has tried to replicate the trend with larger vehicles. The Cadillac STS was created to the CTS design theme copying the smaller car almost too well. On the other hand, the lingering desires of old-school luxury kept the DTS in production until the spring of this year. Discontinuing both models for 2012, Cadillac bases their large car philosophy on a single product, the XTS.
After a long-awaited final presentation, the brand new large, luxury flagship for Cadillac debuts in one of the United States’ premium car magnate regions. Immediately planning to lure trendy, status-seeking buyers for when the vehicle goes on sale this upcoming spring, the all-new 2013 Cadillac XTS premieres at the 2011 Los Angeles Auto Show.
Smart and graceful, the 2013 Cadillac XTS formal presentation mimics the stunning XTS Platinum Concept in outer design. The production example of Cadillac’s “Art and Science philosophy”, the 2013 XTS features all the staple characteristics found on the brand’s luxury products including the vertical headlamps and chrome grille design. The most strikingly identifying mark on the 2013 XTS is a contoured streak along the side of the sedan.
Measuring 10.4 inches longer in total length than the Cadillac CTS at 202 inches, it’s amusingly that the 2013 Cadillac XTS design isn’t entirely the grandest proportions found in the General Motors luxury car range. The XTS sedan 1.7 inches slimmer in wheelbase length compared to the mid-sized CTS. Exterior features of note on the all-new sedan includes a capless fuel filler and the selection of 19 or 20-inch wheels. Magnetic Ride Control (fast-acting road comfort technology pioneered by Cadillac) is found as support of steady travels inside the 2013 XTS sedan.
With 104.2 feet of passenger volume for 5 passengers, the 2013 Cadillac XTS delivers the cabin comfort luxury car buyers are expecting in 21st century sedan. With electronics important to the 21st century appeal, Cadillac will introduce their new CUE technology inside of the XTS sedan. The basis of Cadillac’s CUE system is an eight-inch center screen but introduces voice and even gesture recognition for interactively. Capable of connecting with up to 10 Bluetooth enabled devices at a time, CUE features numerous loadable apps as well as Pandora Radio. Besides entertainment, the CUE system on the Cadillac XTS also allows the 12.3-inch instrument panel to be driver-customized so only the information wanted is shown.
In times of vigilance, the Cadillac XTS will be communicated additionally through the seat itself. Called the Safety Alert Seat, the enhancement vibrates the seat on either the driver’s left or right side as a warning. The Safety Alert Seat comes as an available feature along with an advanced safety equipment bundle that includes Forward Collision Alert, Side Blind Zone Alert and Lane Departure Warning. Colour Heads-up Display and adaptive cruise control is also optional safety aids found on this premium quality vehicle.
Powering the new 2013 Cadillac XTS sedan is a capable 3.6 liter V-6 featuring gasoline direct injection. An enhanced version of the General Motors High-Feature V-6 engine that powered the CTS and STS, the LFX design embodies numerous weight-saving features includes integrating the cylinder head with the exhaust manifold to form a single lightweight component. The 2013 model year XTS will be offered with front-wheel as well as all-wheel drivetrains through a six-speed automatic transmission. For the 2013 XTS sedan, Cadillac has estimated horsepower just on the 300 plateau. 300 horsepower seems a little light for a large scale vehicle like the Cadillac XTS keeping in mind that the 2012 CTS receives 318 horsepower from the exact same LFX engine. The one performance avenue where the XTS’ direct-injected 3.6 liter V-6 excels over large luxury car sedan is fuel consumption. Producing around 22 miles of travel from each gallon, the XTS tops many class rivals including the six-cylinder BMW 7 Series. For those looking for more than fuel economy, some individuals will likely need to wait for a V-Line edition of the XTS rumoured to have a twin-turbocharged powerplant.
The production of the XTS and the lavish principles shown in the Ciel Concept displayed during the summer shows that Cadillac is ready for a return to the time their biggest cars were the marvels of the world. With its pending release, Cadillac will be eager to reassume their position as a large luxury car industry mainstay.
Information and photo source: General Motors