The 2013 Cadillac XTS is an important car for the brand--though perhaps not as important as the higher-volume ATS--and accordingly, a lot of attention has gone into design and features. This new series of short videos highlights some of the XTS's key offerings.
The presence of high-tech ingredients in the XTS is no accident. Cadillac knows that it must not only match, but in many cases, lead the luxury full-size segment in driving aids and safety technology in order to even gain the consideration of the rather small pool of buyers.
Using the CTS-V Coupe race car to illustrate the importance and capability of very good brakes, Cadillac compares the Brembo brakes on the XTS to the lack thereof on the Mercedes E Class and Audi A6. A bit misleading in some ways? Perhaps, but it's a brave statement.
The second video shows off the optional automatic front braking system, which uses sensors to detect obstacles in the road ahead, automatically applying the brakes if necessary.
Next, we get an look at the XTS's magnetic ride control sytsem, which helps keep the wheels in contact with the road while providing variable suspension settings for sportier or more relaxed driving.
Bumpers? Yes, bumpers. In modern cars, the bumpers are where a lot of the high-tech sensors, like radar, are housed. Here, we see how those sensors work in action, including the optional automatic rear braking feature.
Finally, an overview of the safety features offered in the new XTS. From blind spot monitoring to road hazard alerts to active radar, there's a lot going on in the XTS to keep drivers safe.