• Jan 12th 2010 at 11:27AM
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Cadillac XTS Platinum concept – Click above for high-res image gallery

Let's just call this one the Cadillac XTS Platinum "Concept." For reals y'all, this is one of, if not the most production ready "concepts" we've ever seen. For its part, Cadillac stuck to the "It's just a concept" mantra. Though they might as well have all been nodding, elbowing and winking. If When the new XTS sees production it, will replace both the STS and the DTS.

For you tech geeks out there, this new Caddy is fairly intriguing. The all-wheel-drive powertrain is motivated by a plug-in two-mode hybrid consisting of the brand's 3.6-liter direct-injected V6 coupled to an electric motor. Cadillac was tight-lipped on the power rating, hemming and hawing before saying "around 350 horsepower."

That may not sound like buckets of oomph, but when compared to the Mercedes-Benz S400 Hybrid – the XTS's probable direct competitor – makes 295 hp. The XTS theoretically makes 295 pound-feet of torque, too. For those of you not geeked on the hybrid bandwagon, Cadillac's general manager Bryan Nesbitt posed an interesting hypothetical question, "Is the largest displacement engine the only symbol of luxury?"

As for the XTS itself, it looks like a big Cadillac., which if you stop and think about is is a good thing. Cadillacs should be big, and this sucker is large – within a couple of inches of the Mercedes-Benz S-Class, according to both Caddy and our highly unscientific eyeball-based measuring system. We also thought the XTS was significantly better looking in person than in the preview pictures that broke last night. Supposedly there are lots of design cues borrowed from Cadillac's legendary Sixteen Concept, but aside from the grille we're not seeing it.

The XTS has its own mojo going on, especially when it comes to the interior. Here's where the Platinum part comes in. Nesbitt explained that Cadillac intends the XTS Platinum to be a "personal headquarters." We're not going to buy into the CEO and wannabe CEO pandering, but lordy is the interior fabulous. Featuring intricate laser-perforated stitching on the leather and synthetic-suede bits with sharp looking burled wood covering everything else, we have to say that with the exception of the Bentley Mulsanne, the XTS Platinum Concept has the best interior at the show. Call it the Cadillac of interiors. Video of the live reveal is available after the jump.

Photos by Drew Phillips / Copyright ©2010 Weblogs, Inc.


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      • 5 Years Ago
      Features seem nice but damn that car looks odd. It seriously looks like the front is so bulbous and heavy that its pulling it down. That's emphasized even more by the body lines seeming to rake down towards the front.

      • 5 Years Ago
      • 5 Years Ago
      " OMG its full of stars .." with this I say 'caddilac, welcome back!'
      • 5 Years Ago
      I think it looks nice but also bland and not exciting. Given that Cadillac has to bring products that really "wow" the crowd in order to bring buyers back and merely stay above water, they should have made the car more bling-bling. First of all, the car should be a couple of inches bigger and go straight at the large-wheelbase BMWs and Mercedeses . Put in wood flooring if you have to. Make the car decadent and extravagant, worthy of being the standard of the world. This is the least one can expect for a car that is supposedly the flagship car of the flagship brand of GM.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I can just barely accept a full size Caddy with AWD instead of RWD. FWD is unacceptable.

      A full size without a V8 is another No-No. Check the competition please. It's okay to offer a V6 or turbo V6 as options though.

      Platinum? I don't think so. It looks too plain Jane for my taste. Maybe it's different in the wild though.

      The interior is pure Cadillac cushy comfort. I hope the V series has more Ooommph! to it. I am surprised to hear that Ed Whitacre can fit comfortably into that rather cramped looking cockpit. My eyes must be deceiving me.

      BTW, yes, I wish GM would restore the Deville or Seville nameplate to this offering and dump the XTS moniker.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I don't need a vehicle this big, but after seeing it I wish I did! On the downside, isn't about time this silly idea of identifying cars with 3 letters instead of a name run it's course?
        • 5 Years Ago
        I agree, Ron. To me, it seems that when you start naming your vehicles with letters or numbers or a combination of the both, you've really run out of ideas.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Really dude, get a life.

      I have been following this blog for the better part of 3 years and you have become quite the nuisance as of late.

      Unless Toyota or some other company is paying you to post 10 times per article, im more than sure you are wasting your time. And more importantly, ours.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Dont take your alien broadcast absorbing Faraday hat off just yet caddy. I don't work for anyone actually lol.

        And didn't you read that article about the whole acceleration/braking thing? The Camry stopped shorter, under full throttle, than the brand new Ford Taurus does normally.

        The whole upside down floor mat idiocy of a few owners and dealers has just given morons like you ammunition to ATTEMPT to tarnish Toyota's reputation of quality. You hope that by mudslinging, you can get the brands reputation as filthy as the American automakers' has been, up until recently, when people finally had enough and so many people jumped ship that they ALL either went bankrupt, outsourced to Mexico or got bailed out by the taxpayers.

        You find that necessary to diminish the glaring oversights that the big three have made in the areas of safety and quality. Yet, you'll rabidly defend your rust buckets in a vain attempt to make reality what you say it is. Facts are facts, and there's a reason that GM went down the toilet, and almost dragged their only half-way decent brand, Cadillac, down the toilet with them.

        And really, in this day and age, it's only the hangers-on to the glory days past who buy Caddy's and defend them like you do. They haven't been competitive for years, with the exception of the CTS, which is basically a poor man's M5.

        Caddy's lineup is pretty pathetic when you look at it. The XLR is a total joke, and costs as much as a real car like the SL550. The Escalade is a garish choice that, until recently, I thought wouldn't be more than 55K fully loaded. Much to my surprise that a junk heap rebage of a Yukon starts out at over 60,000! Why would anyone take that piece of trash over a Land Cruiser or MB GL? Both are luxurious, and both are more offroad worthy than an Escalade. The DTS and STS are archaic relics, and their replacement is the XTS... Way to go GM.

        How many people shopping the LS and S Class will seriously buy a hybrid without rear headrests instead? LOL!

        • 5 Years Ago
        Nice job replying to me at nearly 4 am Pigeon.
        • 5 Years Ago
        They keep him around for laughs. One might think he's actually employed by GM to stir up more hatred for Kamakazee Motors. AKA Toyolex.
        • 5 Years Ago
        HAHAHA. Probably true!

        Maybe hes an covert agent of Government Motors..

        • 5 Years Ago
        Apparently you can't read. Where did I make fun of the family that died? It wasn't their fault. It was the IDIOTS at the dealership who put the RX floor mat in the ES in the first place, and then when the SAME car had the problem that ended up killing that family, they ignored it.

        Someone had already cooked the brakes on that car trying to stop it, and did successfully. The DEALER chose to ignore the fact that the accelerator kept getting stuck by the RX RX RX READ IT!!! RX floor mat that was installed in the ES.

        Now, TRY to use what vestigial reading comprehension ability you've got to understand that!
        • 5 Years Ago
        What's your point about the time? Don't you have some kind of reply other than that or do you agree with everything I said?
        • 5 Years Ago
        The situation with Toyota's sudden acceleration problem, and lately their stalling problem as well is rather serious.

        Its also garish that you would make fun of the family that died in that Lexus accident. Fanboy-ism must have its limits im sure.

        Try buying some class, you obviously lack it.

        • 5 Years Ago
        Nobody has to "attempt" anything to tarnish Toyota's reputation. They're doing it quite well by themselves. Build enough bull$hit and eventually all the damage control in the world won't save you.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Ok i have been looking at these pics over the last day or two and have finally made up my mind. This car is by far the biggest disappointment from Cadillac in years. Since they started their restructuring with the Evoq concept they have had stunning concept and production cars. This looks like a glitzed up Toyota Avalon. In all honesty I would take the current STS over this any day.

      On the bright side, that interior is stunning. But how do you expect to get someone inside to see it when it looks like an overbloated Buick (before this recent renaissance mind you).

      I agree with the earlier comments. Why the hell did GM ignore using the G8's RWD platform in favor of an already stretched FWD. As a die hard GM fan I am utterly disappointed. Thank god they got it right with the Aveo RS and Regal GS. Jury is still out on the GMC.....
      • 5 Years Ago
      I don't like how the trunk looks longer than the hood. It's proportions are a bit awkward.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I should rephrase that - the rear end looks longer than the front. Not necessarily the trunk, but from the window back. It looks FWD.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I thought the same thing

        I love the interior, but the exterior is just not right
        and this is a FWD but i'm sure they could have made it look more like a RWD car

        definitely not on par with a S-class/7-series/LS on the exterior, interior wise it's right there with all of them
      • 5 Years Ago
      So where were all the spy photos of this during what appears to be a pretty complete development period???

      Looks like a Malibu and an Avalon got busy.

      This looks great - there's no way the full-width rear headrest and all that wood make it into production though. I hope it does, 'cause I'd want it, but I doubt it.
        • 5 Years Ago
        The wood will make it, the XLR has a similar look to it in the interior.

        The mirrors and headlights are not final though, the mirrors are joke small and the headlights are not US legal. So this is firmly a concept, despite how AB makes it out.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'm actually pleasantly surprised by the XTS. I think it's blunt nose is far from attractive (but I really don't like the over-the-top front fascia of any modern Cadillac), but the rest of the car is truly elegant in a very Audi-esque way. The side profile makes me think of the love-child of a Bentley Flying Spur and Audi A8, which is no bad thing. The interior is over-styled but looks phenomenal from quality standpoint, too bad very little of it will make into production. If they have any hope of selling this at a competitive price all that gimmicky stuff will have to be dropped.

      I will be interested to see how it performs. If it's decent then they may have a good shot at stealing some buyers away from Lexus. It's going to have to be phenomenal to cut into S-Class and 7-Series sales, though, because brand identity is huge at this price point. I'm afraid that with a heavy hybrid drivetrain and only 350-hp it won't perform as well as it needs to to have the success the CTS has.
      • 5 Years Ago
      It could be the pictures but something doesn't seem right with the proportions of the car. The hood area just seems to short, sebring'ishly short for such a large car. And for a flagship it doesn't really have the presence of a 7 series, S class, or even a LS. Interior looks great though but work is needed on the exterior.
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