New Cadillac Flagship Debuts in LA

The Cadillac XTS got its day in the lights at the recent Los Angeles Auto Show.? Arriving in showrooms in the spring of 2012, Cadillac officials call the XTS the most technologically advanced production car in the brand?s history.

Larger than the?CTS, the new?XTS?delivers space, elegance and dramatic presence, but with entirely new and technically advanced methods tuned for a new generation of luxury customers. It also marks the debut of?CUE, a customizable user interface. ?The heart of CUE, which stands for Cadillac User Experience, is the standard eight-inch screen in the center stack. ?CUE features several industry firsts, including capacitive-touch control with proximity sensing, gesture recognition and natural voice recognition.

The XTS is the only luxury sedan with standard Magnetic Ride Control ? the world?s fastest-reacting suspension. It also has advanced technologies that enhance vision.

?The Cadillac XTS represents a new formula for luxury, driven by advanced technology,? said Don Butler, vice president of Cadillac Marketing. ?XTS showcases the evolution of our Art & Science philosophy, merging the best technical ideas with the continued refinement of Cadillac design.?

Available exclusively on the XTS is the 12.3-inch reconfigurable instrument cluster. The graphic displays can be toggled between four driver-selectable themes, ranging from minimal to extensive information.

Highlights of the XTS include:

  • Advanced Haldex all-wheel-drive system with electronically controlled limited-slip differential
  • Magnetic Ride Control, rear air suspension, HiPer Strut front suspension and Brembo brakes ? all standard
  • Standard 19-inch wheels and available 20-inch wheels
  • Direct-injected 3.6L V-6 with lightweight features, including integrated cylinder heads/exhaust manifolds
  • Capless fuel tank filler for easier, cleaner refueling
  • Folding rear-seat headrests that enhance rear visibility
  • Safety Alert Seat that vibrates to alert the driver
  • Intervening braking system that lessens or avoids potential collisions

?Short- and long-range radar systems that support:

  • Adaptive Cruise Control
  • Front and Rear Automatic Brakes
  • Rear Cross Traffic Alert.

The XTS is also the most-spacious Cadillac sedan. It has offers more interior space than other midsize luxury cars and is comparable to full-size sedans, particularly in the rear seat area, where it has 40 inches of rear legroom. ?The trunk is a spacious 18 cubic feet.

StabiliTrak electronic stability control is standard on all models, along with variable-effort steering and Brembo four-wheel disc brakes with four-channel antilock brakes.

XTS is powered by a 300-hp, 3.6-liter V-6 matched with the Hydra-Matic 6T70 six-speed automatic transmission with tap-shift control.


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