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    LA 2011: Cadillac XTS

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    Cadillac is finally showing off the new XTS sedan today at the LA Auto Show.

    The XTS takes the place of the DTS and STS sedans to become Cadillac's large sedan. And large it is with a length of 202 in., width of 72.9in., height of 59.1 in., and rides on a wheelbase that is 111.7 in. Cadillac says those measurements help give the XTS 40 in. of rear legroom and a trunk capacity of 18 cubic feet.

    Styling is very close to the XTS Platinum concept shown at last years North American International Auto Show.

    Step inside the XTS and your greeted with either perforated or supple black leather with french, white stitching. The dash is covered in leather with a handful of accents ranging from a dark wood finish, to a brushed metal to a unique honeycomb-patterned surface.

    Also, the XTS gets Cadillac's CUE infotainment system that comes with an 8-inch screen in the center stack, and an available 12.3-inch reconfigurable cluster that offers four driver-selectable themes, ranging from minimal to extensive information.


    Under the skin lies GM's 3.6L V-6 DI LFX V6 producing 300 HP and 264 lb-ft of torque. GM's Hydra-Matic 6T70 six-speed automatic transmission with tap-shift control is standard. The XTS is also fitted with GM's Magnetic Ride Control, rear air suspension, HiPer Strut front suspension and Brembo brakes fitted as standard. Optional is a Haldex all-wheel-drive system with an electronic limited-slip differential.

    GM says the FWD XTS will get an estimated 17 City/28 Highway while the AWD version will get 17 City/27 Highway.

    The XTS will be built at Oshawa, Ontario in spring 2012.

    Press Release is on Page 2

    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 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 data.

    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 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:

    Ø Adaptive Cruise Control

    Ø Front and Rear Automatic Brakes

    Ø 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 – four 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.

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    Floor pics do make the XTS look better than GM's photography (anyone else recognize a trend in that? :P), but still... Comparing floor shots of both the Impala and the XTS, the Cadillac does not look leaps and bounds better than the Chevrolet, which it should... IMHO at least.

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    To me the XTS looks like it is narrower even though it is similar is size. The hood and grill make it look taller.

    With a starting price of $44,000 it should do well with the level of content it has. It also will appeal well with the livery fleets at that price. I am sure the specail edition one will be closer to $60K but the base should be a very nice car with the options it will come standard with.

    I just wish GM had one name for the touch screens. MyLink, Cue and Intellalink are just going to cloud more than clairify what they have. Ford has beat Sync into everyones head like Apple did I Pod. One name for a quality system is all that is needed.

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    To me the XTS looks like it is narrower even though it is similar is size. The hood and grill make it look taller.

    With a starting price of $44,000 it should do well with the level of content it has. It also will appeal well with the livery fleets at that price. I am sure the specail edition one will be closer to $60K but the base should be a very nice car with the options it will come standard with.

    I just wish GM had one name for the touch screens. MyLink, Cue and Intellalink are just going to cloud more than clairify what they have. Ford has beat Sync into everyones head like Apple did I Pod. One name for a quality system is all that is needed.

    I totall agree, they should have used MyLink for the standard on all lines of auto's.

    Hyper, I also get your point you are making with RWD in snow. But as it should be, we build a better way and we should move forward. AWD is a better way and now we just need to take engineering one step farther to get it to where you get at least the same MPG on AWD as you would for RWD or FWD.

    Olds thanks for the floor pics, I do think the baby boomers will really like this XTS. I know my dad cannot wait to check it out.

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    I have seen the XTS in person and the new color still gives me a new look and show up body features the darker color just hide.

    As for AWD MPG. That is a tough nut to crack. The added weight and added drag on the drivetrain is difficult to over come. Simple physics are in play and while they have made it better it is difficult to improve either of these things unless they go electric motors at each wheel.

    We have a 650 HP Lingenfleter power [The engine was built by John himself] AWD 32 Ford at work. The car was one of the first 0-60 in 3 seconds tested by Car And Driver. 0-100 was fast too but after that it drops off fast. The 1/4 mile times with the front drive shaft removed were almost a second and a half faster in RWD and two slicks. It was almost 12 sec with the driveshaft in and just cracking into the 10's with out. The drive line was a ZR1 Rear suspension and a GMC Syclone front drive with Indy style inboard Coil over suspension. Even with a car this light it still took over 150 HP just to drive the front drive system.

    As for the different Link systems. Right now they are all pretty much the same. I hope with the different names they start to offer different options with each one to set them appart. Also it would entice people to the Buic, GMC and Cadillac if they offer more on their link systems.

    I love our GMC touch screen. GM did a great job and it has really worked well with our phones and other items. I found I could pull up the Dish Network on my phone with my Sling device and then play the audio through the car system. I can see the many things that could be done. I am hoping GM offers free Firmware upgrades like Apple so we can add new features and adapt to new technology. With the USB port I should be able to plug in the lap top and down load in items if they have it set up that way.

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