Here’s another GM concept car from the Detroit show that was a little unexpected: The Cadillac XTS Platinum Concept. No, it’s not as out of the ordinary as the GMC Granite, but it is noteworthy in a number of respects. GM says that the XTS Platinum Concept is a re-imagining the luxury sedan, with an emphasis on the interface between the driver and the auto electronics.
Oh, and it also just happens to be a plug-in hybrid mated to a 3.6L V-6 and all-wheel drive.
\”The XTS Platinum concept is the next expression of Cadillac\’s Art and Science execution philosophy, reflecting our drive to deliver the latest innovations in the most artful manner. We envisioned this concept as an automotive personal headquarters, using advanced technology to enable new levels of connectivity and luxury,\” said Bryan Nesbitt, Cadillac general manager.
Caddy stresses not only the traditional nature of this concept, but also the fact that the XTS Platinum Concept was designed “from the inside out”. Sure, this is not a new concept in general, but for a brand that has been trying to find itself, design-wise, since tail fins went out of fashion, this is a good sign. For too long, it has seemed like the driver came last on the list for Caddy.
And on the inside of the XTS Platinum you’ll find such modern niceties as organic light-emitting diode (OLED) displays in place of traditional gauges and screens and traditional appointments like hand cut-and-sewn materials from current Platinum Edition products, such as Escalade Platinum and the STS and DTS Platinum sedans.
As mentioned the XTS Platinum is propelled by a Cadillac 3.6L V-6 Direct Injection gas engine, mated to a plug-in hybrid system. Being a plug-in means you can fully charge the battery from a standard electrical outlet in your home or at the office. And you can also run the XTS Platinum on pure electric propulsion in many driving situations, such as urban commutes in which fuel efficiency may double that of a conventional hybrid.
\”The Platinum distinction in Cadillac means the fullest extent of luxury and technology and we\’ve tried to reach even further with this concept,\” said Clay Dean, Cadillac design director. \”Just as the technology pushes the boundaries of what a Cadillac can offer, so do the details that make the XTS Platinum Concept an uncompromising experience.\”
Now, you really shouldn’t participate in wild speculation or things of that nature, but let me just ask you this: Is there a reason General Motors SHOULDN’T produce the XTS Platinum Concept?