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2010 Detroit Auto Show: 2012 Cadillac XTS Plugs Into A Hybrid Future

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Despite some models costing upwards of $100,000, the luxury flagship sedan segment is one of the most hotly contested in the industry and is currently dominated by five main players: the Lexus LS, BMW 7-Series, Jaguar XJ, Audi A8 and Mercedes-Benz S-Class.

We’ll soon be able to add a sixth challenger to that list in the form of the 2012 Cadillac XTS, which was previewed today in concept form at the 2010 Detroit Auto Show and is destined to serve as the replacement for the STS and DTS lines when it arrives in early 2012.

Officially titled the XTS Platinum Concept, the Detroit concept vehicle emphasizes the Cadillac's Platinum line of range-topping models while also reigniting interest in GM’s plug-in hybrid technology.

That’s because the XTS Platinum Concept using Cadillac’s existing 3.6-liter V-6 direct injection engine and pairs it with a plug-in hybrid system. This combination allows the vehicle to coast effortlessly along on electric power alone, while at higher speeds or when conditions demand it, such as brisk acceleration, a combination of engine power and electric power or engine power only propels the vehicle.

The combined output of the advanced powertrain is a respectable 350-horsepower and 295-pound-feet of torque. When not in use, the vehicle can be charged at any standard external electrical outlet and takes about five hours to fully recharge.

In this way, drivers can experience efficiency that doubles that of conventional hybrids--not bad for a large luxury sedan. Note that this set-up is different to one in the 2011 Chevrolet Volt, which relies solely on its electric motor for propulsion and uses its internal combustion engine to top up the battery.

It’s not all about the powertrain, however, as the XTS Platinum Concept also features Magnetic Ride Control (MRC) adjustable shocks and an all-wheel drive system. Four-wheel disc brakes, with four-channel ABS, StabiliTrak stability control and full-function traction control complete the chassis details.

Cadillac XTS Platinum Concept

Cadillac XTS Platinum Concept

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Of course, no luxury flagship sedan is complete without an opulent and technologically advanced interior to pamper passengers and the XTS Platinum Concept certainly doesn’t disappoint in this area.

The vehicle was designed from the inside out, re-imagining the luxury sedan as a personal headquarters, built for efficiency, luxury and connectivity. For example, the cabin features organic-LED displays in place of traditional gauges and screens, hand crafted leather surfaces and a touchcreen interface for the navigation system.

Light cream is the cabin’s primary color and is contrasted with darker elements, such as the steering wheel and an overhead console motif that runs the length of interior’s roof. The console is made of a richly finished wood and is detailed with ambient lighting features. Designers have also added a touch of flair by applying lots of suede throughout the cabin.

Production of the 2012 Cadillac XTS is scheduled to start at GM’s Oshawa, Ontario plant in early 2012, with first sales to start shortly after.

[Cadillac]

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  1. i believe that there's a mistake in the first sentence: the lexus to which you are referring is the "LS" not the "IS"
     
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  2. Love the way it looks hate the very American dashboard yuck
     
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  3. Looking at the height of the front fenders, fire wall and the placement of the front wheels I assume this is front wheel drive. Customer's who pay $100,000 for a luxury car don't want torque steer thrown in for free!
    Just when Cadillac was getting it right they come up this power train. I hope its rear wheel drive I really do!!!!
     
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  4. Let me get this straight. According to the specification charts I have seen the XTS is the “Flagship” and is going to ride on a 111.7 inch wheelbase, approxiametly two inches shorter than the CTS? And it is expected to compete against European and Japanese fullsize luxury cars that ride on 119 inch to 126 inch wheelbases that have approxiametly the same body length as the XTS? Plus the XTS is based on front drive architecture which has east/west engine placement vs. north/south in all of the competition. I am not a GM or American car “hater.” I sincerely want to see them succeed. However, I am concerned how “competitive” the XTS will actually be in the big leagues.
    To be competitive the XTS needs to ride on at least a 124 inch wheelbase with an overall length of no more than 205 inches and should use rear wheel drive with an all wheel drive option.
    The look is great, nice lines with a beautiful interior. The dimensions and mechanicals are not going to cut it against the German and Japanese fullsize luxury cars.
     
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  5. I've been waitin'- Like I said only without all the math!!!
    If your going to build a small car build a small car, if your going to build a big car build a big. Never though build a big car on a small car as that never works!!!
     
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  6. Home run! That must be the technology they were talking about 5 years a go where the electric engine is linked to the trans. Wow GM is on the move! Keep em coming!
     
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  7. That gorgeous design + RWD w/opt AWD + V8 engine = Successful Competitor in the luxury flagship segment for Cadillac. Besides, think of how monstrous a XTS-V would be with a slightly lessened tune of the LS9 from the ZR1!
     
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  8. Nice Malibu!
     
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  9. Hi Guy's,
    it is expected to compete against European and Japanese fullsize luxury cars that ride on 119 inch to 126 inch wheelbases that have approxiametly the same body length as the XTS? Plus the XTS is based on front drive architecture which has east/west engine placement vs. north/south in all of the competition. I am not a GM or American car “hater.”
     
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  10. I have only bought American cars, mostly GM, for the last 45 years - the last 3 being 8 cylinder STS's. Now that option is gone is it time to consider ALL of the other options out there.
     
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