Cadillac XTS Confirmed For Spring 2012

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The Cadillac XTS Platinum Concept will officially spawn a production car. Due in spring 2012, the Cadillac XTS will precede the ATS in fleshing out Cadillac's sedan lineup to include models both larger and smaller than the current CTS.

The XTS, which will be available with both front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive, could well be a plug-in hybrid--or at least available as such. The XTS Platinum Concept showed GM's 3.6-liter V-6 mated with a plug-in hybrid system and all-wheel drive. Together, the system generates 350 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque. Ride is handled by a similar Magnetic Ride Control as found on current Corvettes and CTS-V models. As we previously reported, the car will be built at the Oshawa plant.

Design elements are also likely to closely mirror the concept, as Cadillac presented the car at the 2010 Detroit Auto Show as the next evolution of its Art & Science design language. As Cadillac's general manager Bryan Nesbitt put it, the XTS is meant to be "an automotive personal headquarters, using advanced technology to enable new levels of connectivity and luxury."

If that sounds like a lot of the same buzzwords you'll find in other recent luxury flagships, you're not wrong. The XTS Platinum Concept, however, featured some technologies not seen elsewhere, including OLED displays taking the place of traditional gauges. OLED, or organic LEDs, offer richer, brighter colors and darker blacks--you've probably seen one form of the technology on some of Samsung's higher-end phones.

Also key in the XTS's design is passenger space. The luxurious and high-tech interior still needs to offer plenty of room for its occupants, and GM says headroom, legroom, and knee space are all generous.

We'll have to wait to see exactly what the production XTS looks like, but given the not-so-impossible design and form of the XTS Platinum Concept, we don't expect the production model to veer far from that path. No announcements about a possible flagship beyond XTS were made today.

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