The Cadillac DTS has been consigned to history, leaving Cadillac without a full-size luxury vehicle for the first time in many years. General Motors will rectify that problem with the all-new 2013 Cadillac XTS. The XTS features dramatic "Art and Science" styling cues, with sharp, distinctive lines and the next iteration of Cadillac's trademark chrome grille.

At 202 inches in length, the XTS is one big sedan, and its 111 inch wheelbase enables that size to translate into plenty of room for up to five passengers. The XTS delivers 40 inches of rear-seat leg room, or four inches more than the BMW 5 Series and two more inches than the Audi A6. The XTS also features a cavernous 18 cubic feet of trunk space, more storage capacity than the Audi A8L. As large as the XTS is, its designers needed to add big wheels to fill in those wheel wells. Cadillac opted for standard 19-inch wheels, with 20-inch rollers available as an option or standard on the top-end Platinum trim.

GM engineers also poured plenty of technology into the XTS, including the automaker's new Cadillac CUE infotainment system. The XTS makes use of a massive 12.3-inch LCD screen to display its data, with a choice of four different display options that offer varying degrees of features to cater to individual needs. In other words, if your dad doesn't want to fuss with tons of options, he can opt for the least complicated interface. If you like your center stack uncluttered, the XTS features only seven buttons in total, with three allocated to audio controls.

Cadillac threw the technology book at the XTS' chassis, too, adding its HiPer Strut suspension up front, air suspension out back and magnetic ride control. The available all-wheel-drive system comes from Haldex and features an electronically controlled limited slip differential for optimal grip regardless of conditions.

Power comes courtesy of GM's ubiquitous 3.6-liter V6 mated to a standard Hydra-Matic 6T70 six-speed automatic transmission with tap-shift capability. The V6 will pump out an estimated 300 horsepower at 6,800 RPM and 264 pound-feet of torque at 5,300 revolutions. Cadillac estimates that the front-wheel-drive XTS will deliver 17 miles per gallon in the city and 28 mpg on the highway, while the AWD model should return 17/27 numbers.

The 2013 Cadillac XTS will be officially unveiled at the LA Auto Show later today, and GM says the production XTS will hit the streets in Spring 2012.
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2013 Cadillac XTS Introduces a New Formula for Luxury

LOS ANGELES – Cadillac unveiled the 2013 XTS today, the newest addition to the Cadillac luxury sedan lineup. It arrives in U.S. and Canadian showrooms in the spring of 2012 as the most technologically advanced production car in the brand's history.

Larger than the CTS, the new XTS delivers the space, elegance and dramatic presence that are Cadillac signatures, but with entirely new and technically advanced methods tuned for a new generation of luxury customers. It also marks the debut of CUE, a comprehensive in-vehicle experience that merges intuitive design with auto industry-first controls and commands for information and media control.

In addition to the CUE interface and connectivity, many other advanced technologies are integral to the new XTS. It will be the only luxury sedan with standard Magnetic Ride Control – the world's fastest-reacting suspension. Advanced technologies that enhance vision and safety surround the driver are available as well.

Positioned directly above the centerpiece CTS family in Cadillac's revamped lineup, the new XTS features a 3.6L direct injection engine and advanced all-wheel drive system, marking a shift to more-efficient performance in a spacious luxury sedan.

"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."

Cadillac CUE is the highly customizable user interface that exemplifies XTS' blend of advanced technology and artistic design. The heart of CUE, which stands for Cadillac User Experience, is the standard eight-inch (203 mm) screen in the "center stack," the faceplate below the screen and the steering wheel controls. CUE features several industry firsts, including capacitive-touch control with proximity sensing, gesture recognition and natural voice recognition.

Available exclusively on the XTS is the 12.3-inch (312 mm) reconfigurable cluster. It features vibrant graphic displays showcased among four driver-selectable themes, ranging from minimal to extensive information. And while it is the prominent element in the XTS' technological character, CUE is part of a more comprehensive and layered approach to the car's design, capabilities and performance

"The more you look, the more layers you see in XTS," said Butler. "They aren't always apparent to the eye, but they build on one another in important ways to reinforce the car's strength of design, comfort and driving experience."

Highlights 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, tailored to provide roominess in a more efficiently sized package. It offers more interior space than midsize luxury cars and comparable to full-size sedans, particularly in the rear seat area, where it has 40 inches (1,016 mm) of rear legroom. That's about four more inches than the BMW 5 Series, and Mercedes-Benz E-Class and about two more inches than the Audi A6 – and comparable to larger sedans.

And when it comes to trunk space, the XTS is in a league of its own, with 18 cubic feet (509 L), exceeding both midsize and full-size competitors – more than Audi A6 and A8L, BMW 5 and 7 Series and Mercedes-Benz E- and S-Class. For XTS customers, the cargo advantage means room for five or more suitcases.

Technology reinforces multidimensional design philosophy
XTS' hardware and spatial dimensions are the foundational layers that support a new level of surface detail. Multidimensional exterior and interior elements, including the grille, headlamps and new use of accent lighting, coalesce to give the XTS a presence and attention to detail unlike any Cadillac that has come before it.

"The XTS' technology is woven into its design in ways that affirm the driving experience is of primary importance to a new generation of luxury customers," said Clay Dean, design director and Cadillac brand champion. "This is the new expression of luxury at Cadillac and it shows in the multilayered details, authentic materials and unprecedented connectivity."

CUE, for example, represents the pinnacle of technology, but it is being showcased using a subtle and sophisticated interior appearance that blends with other features to create a soothing and inviting feel. It offers more capability and driver-selectable choices than ever before from Cadillac, but the center stack has only seven buttons – three of them for the radio. That's less than half the controls found on the center stack of the typical car.

"Technology helps the XTS deliver more with less," said Dean. "Choreographed interior lighting and other unique features tailored to individual driver preferences complement CUE to create an exceptionally refined and advanced ambience."

The XTS' surface details also convey a more-nuanced design philosophy, with elements that support the long, sleek proportion that is a welcome return to Cadillac. They bring forward more beauty and elegance with refined, graceful forms and surfaces working harmoniously with established Cadillac linear forms. It is a car that conveys the next step in Cadillac form and surface vocabulary.

"It is a bold, elegant design and also very efficient in the ways it encompasses passengers and cargo," said Dean. "It's a new proportion for Cadillac and a new era in luxury."

The XTS Platinum is the fullest expression of Cadillac's multidimensional philosophy, with features that include a chrome/satin-chrome grille finish, polished 20-inch aluminum wheels with chrome inserts, a fully wrapped leather interior with Alcantara headliner and more.

Advanced safety features based on 'control and alert' strategy
The XTS' technology fundamentally supports a suite of advanced safety features, based on a "control and alert" strategy that extends the vision around the vehicle. It helps drivers identify potential crash situations and even intervenes when a crash threat appears more imminent, employing layers of visual, audible and tactile (vibration) alerts, depending on the alert feature.

The alerts are designed to identify obstacles with sufficient warning to give the driver time to react and make changes – including the Safety Alert Seat feature, which vibrates either the left or right side of the driver's seat cushion, depending on the location of the impending concern. The intervening features, including Automatic Collision Preparation, take over if the threat appears more immediate or the driver does not react to previous alerts.

Two levels of control-and-alert protection are offered in the XTS' Enhanced Safety Strategy (ESS) packages.

ESS I includes:
• Lane Departure Warning
• Forward Collision Alert
• Safety Alert Seat
• Side Blind Zone Alert
• Rear Cross Traffic Alert
• Reflected LED display.

ESS II includes all ESS I content plus:
• Head-up display (in color)
• Front and Rear Automatic Brake
• Adaptive Cruise Control
• Automatic Collision Preparation

XTS also features OnStar as standard. OnStar service also includes myCadillac and OnStar myLink mobile apps, which offer vehicle information and OnStar services via the customer's smartphone.

AWD and Magnetic Ride Control support new driving experience
A layered approach to the driving experience relies on new and established technologies – all rooted in a stiff structure. The body is infused with strategically placed ultra-high-strength steel for strength and crash protection and serves as the foundation for the advanced-chassis system.

A smart Haldex all-wheel-drive system – with an electronic limited-slip differential that splits torque between the rear wheels – complements an advanced HiPer Strut front suspension and standard Magnetic Ride Control real-time damping to give the XTS sure-footed, confident and comfortable ride and handling traits. A linked H-arm design with "air springs" comprises the rear suspension.

HiPer Strut is based on the MacPherson strut front suspension design and features dual-path top mountings that separate the transfer of spring and damper loads to the body structure. It improves ride-and-handling characteristics in four significant ways:
• Provides more linear and communicative steering through improved camber control
• Improves impact isolation on bumps and rough surfaces
• Reduces torque steer
• Improves vehicle sensitivity to tire irregularities and wheel imbalance.

Magnetic Ride Control delivers precise body motion control – "reading" the road every millisecond and changing damping in just five milliseconds. It replaces conventional mechanical-valve shocks with electronically controlled shocks filled with a magneto-rheological fluid containing minute iron particles. Under the presence of magnetic charge, the iron particles align to provide damping resistance almost instantly.

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 – all features that add important layers of control to the driving experience. Like Magnetic Ride Control, XTS borrows the Brembo braking technology from Cadillac's V-Series of high performance models.

Horsepower for the XTS comes from an advanced 3.6L V-6 that's known by its "LFX" engine code. It is rated at an estimated 300 horsepower (224 kW). Lightweight features help reduce overall weight for greater efficiency and a more favorable front-to-rear weight balance. Examples include a composite intake manifold saves approximately 5.5 pounds (2.5 kg) over the weight of a comparable aluminum intake and an integrated cylinder head/exhaust manifold design that saves approximately 13 pounds (6 kg) per engine.

The LFX engine is matched with the Hydra-Matic 6T70 six-speed automatic transmission with tap-shift control.

The XTS will begin production in Oshawa, Ontario in spring 2012.

About Cadillac
Cadillac has been a leading luxury auto brand since 1902. In recent years, Cadillac has engineered a historic renaissance led by artful engineering and advanced technology. More information on Cadillac can be found at media.cadillac.com.


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      L1011
      • 3 Years Ago
      This is one very cool car. I like it a lot! Cadillac's are no longer old fudmobiles. I'm 38 and loving this car. Great job, Cadillac!
      Dump
      • 3 Years Ago
      Beautiful car...large. Can't wait to see it on the streets...it will make a huge impact. My only gripe --- where's the V8 or a twin-turbo V6 at launch. It will sell. But in order for the XTS to be taken seriously as a near-flagship vehicle, it must have a V8 or equivalent power. We know the the AWD system is an updated version of the XWD system from the newest Saab 9-5...Cadillac just needs a brawny powerplant under the hood.
        transam
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Dump
        forget about "equivalent power" it needs a new Northstar V8 with at least 400 hp.
      pixid4
      • 3 Years Ago
      i love how everybody is trying to pick apart the flaws in this car; it's stance is odd, it's not a REAL flagship, it looks like it weighs too much. Wait til it gets on the road and this thing passes you going the other way. It's about presence, and this thing has a lot of it. Especially when you see it person, which i guarantee a good majority of you haven't.
      Anthony
      • 3 Years Ago
      Nice work Cadillac. This car will be Cadillac's bread and butter vehicle as it replaces the old DTS. The interior looks cavernous and the CUE system looks really top notch. Too many people here who are attacking this car dont know or understand the massive customer base Cadillac is going after. Cadillac will maintain the DTS buyers and capture Lincoln buyers who are plainly fed up with that brand not to mention senior and mid level executives and diplomatic officials. This car isnt a super sports sedan that will corner at 0.98g. Its a traditional luxury FWD car for smooth cruising and comfort for both driver and passenger. The RWD Omega based Cadillac is on its way as well as updated CTS and new ATS sports sedans, wait for those before cussing a car that strikes right in the bullseye of its target market.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Anthony
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      Oceanblue78
      • 3 Years Ago
      This thing looks really nice. Finally a proper full size Cadi to be proud of again!
      TriShield
      • 3 Years Ago
      Why they bothered to change the name of this car to XTS I don't know. This car is a brand new DTS for all intents and purposes. No different than the DTS/Deville they've been producing for the last 20 years and the same set of people will be buying it. The real flagships of Cadillac remain the CTS-V range and Escalade range. This is the Cadillac for the Arizona/Las Vegas/Florida retiree set.
        vince
        • 3 Years Ago
        @TriShield
        Agree. This should be the DTS, save the XTS name for an Omega based flagship.
          • 3 Years Ago
          @vince
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      Raymond
      • 3 Years Ago
      Hyper strut will solve any FWD issues and AWD will be for those that want the rear to work also. Magnetic ride control will give a ride out of this world in the segment. On the inside it will be the most plush Cadillac to date and the one with the most technology of anyone in the segment. We will have to wait to hear about what all the powertrains are because you must realize that they haven't released all of that information yet.
        DB
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Raymond
        Raymond: "one with the most technology of anyone in the segment." What segment is that? FWD luxo cruisers made by Cadillac. Don't get me wrong, I like the fact that Cadillac is starting to bring technology back into their vehicles, but the list of features still pales in comparison to the Luxury segments. No nightvision? No Pedestrian Detection? No Stop and Go ACC (just regular ACC)? No lane keeping? No web access? No traffic sign recognition? No remote autoparking? No active front steering? No rear steering? No 7-8-9-10 speed transmission? No GPS predictive shifting? No collision avoidance by steering? No torque vectoring AWD? Only Semi-active suspension? No split view display (i.e. driver and passenger see different images on the same display)? No drowsy driver monitoring? No steering integrated ESC? You may not want all of these features, but its what the competition's got. The only thing that appears to be Cadillac unique is the capacitive multi-touch screen, which is great, unless you wear gloves in the winter. If Cadillac still wants to compete in Europe, its safety features alone are outdone by the Euro version of the Ford Focus, which has all of the XTS's safety features (although autobraking only in front) but adds traffic sign recognition, lane keeping, and autoparking (ok, not really a safety, but it still has it).
      blue
      • 3 Years Ago
      Love it!
      thegreatsb
      • 3 Years Ago
      The interior of this car looks positively sumptuous....especially the light beige contrast with the dark wood trim. Nice job!
      XJ Yamaha
      • 3 Years Ago
      I like the interior much more than the Buick Sibling.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @XJ Yamaha
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      artandcolour2010
      • 3 Years Ago
      Seriously, people here have to stop referring to the XTS as Cadillac's "large" flagship. The wheelbase is two inches LESS than the CTS. The car is 11 inches longer, but is mostly in the overhangs, and it's still just 5 meters long. This is a DTS replacement, that's all. And it's enough. It's a fully contemporary FWD luxury car in the American sense. There are plenty of buyers looking for exactly that, especially in areas that see snow in the winter.
      Chopper
      • 3 Years Ago
      Long overdue, and looks like its built to compete. My only knock based on the photos is the seats. While they look "cool", the look like they have zero support. Much like my newer Escalade, the seats suck. You sit ON them, instead of IN them.
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