CUE will debut in the 2013 XTS. Then it's slated to go into the upcoming ATS sport sedan, followed by the SRX crossover and the Volt-based ELR farther down the pipeline.
The design of the XTS’s center stack, which contains a set of capacitative (touch-sensitive) climate controls below the touch- and gesture-sensitive touch-screen, was sculpted around the new CUE system, which incorporates both sets of controls under a glossy black lens. With the press of a button, the climate controls slide up to reveal that they’re merely a thin panel, with a rubber-bottomed storage bin just behind, containing up to two liters of stow space.
As we pointed out in a first look at the XTS Concept shown at the 2010 Detroit Auto Show, the XTS’s center stack looks largely black and blank until it’s powered up. The photo also shows that GM’s head-up display will remain available.
Also of note is a new set of steering wheel controls that, like with MyLincoln Touch, allow you to toggle between dash displays (side to side) and make individual selections (up and down).
Overall, the instrument panel shows a new, more flowing and somewhat softer look. The dash has a layered look overall, with a soft top and stitched detailing, with a seam running through the middle.
Take a look at these pictures for an early look at the XTS interior, interspersed with exterior pics of the original concept, then read this for more up-close details about the CUE interface. And of course, check back for full details in November from the LA show floor.