The already popular Cadillac design language, with sharp lines and an intimidating size, is continued by the Detroit carmaker’s new car, the XTS. The new model is the successor of the former Cadillac flagship, the DTS, a high security version being used even by the American president at some point.
The exterior follows the most recent interpretation of Cadillac’s design language, called “Art and Science”, which takes traditional elements like the chromed grille and the long headlights and taillights and offered them a new styling approach. What’s impressive is that even though almost everything about this car is new, Cadillac managed to keep the familiar feeling surrounding the new model.
On the interior, Cadillac promises it will rise up to even the highest comfort standards that are so appreciated by Cadillac owners. The new central console’s main highlight is the foldable 12.3 inch LCD display, whose interface can be personalized according to the passengers’ preferences. In the official press release, the Detroit carmaker says that the interior space offered to passengers will be more than enough, while the luggage space is 509 liters, a value that will definitely please most customers. Other standard or optional features include OnStar, the CUE (Cadillac User Experience) multimedia system, Lane Departure Warning, Side Blind Zone, Safety Alert Seat, color head-up display, Forward Collision Alert and Automatic Collision Preparation.
The car’s dynamic features has been improved using the latest Cadillac technologies, such as the HiPer Strut suspension system for the front axle and pneumatic one for the rear axle, while more sporty behavior is possible thanks to the car’s Magnetic Ride Control system. An all wheel drive system is also available as an option and it uses a Haldex limited slip differential.
Under the bonnet, Cadillac’s engineers equipped the new XTS with a 3.6-liter V6 engine that delivers 300 hp (224 kW), available starting with 6,800 rpm. Peak torque is 357 Nm (264 lb-ft), available from 5,300 rpm and the car is available with a six speed Hydra-Matic automatic transmission that sends the power to the front axle.
The car has just made its official debut at the 2011 edition of the Los Angeles Auto Show and Cadillac has revealed that production is scheduled to start in spring 2012 at the company’s assembly facility in Oshawa, Ontario, Canada and the Detroit carmaker will unveil more details about the car’s pricing closer to market launch date (the DTS was priced starting with $47,000).