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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 showrooms 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 XTScustomers, 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.
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    Re: 2013 Cadillac XTS Introduces a New Formula for Luxury

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    Re: 2013 Cadillac XTS Introduces a New Formula for Luxury

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    The introduction video! Hold on to your socks. This will knock them off!


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    Re: 2013 Cadillac XTS Introduces a New Formula for Luxury

    Standard MRC and 19" wheels, bigger trunk than an A8L, only 1" less backseat legroom than a DTS and a whole suite of features that catches up to and exceeds the imports like cross traffic warnings and safety alert seat.

    As long as they can get a decent amount of them into dealerships and the quality is there, Cadillac's going to KILL with this car.
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    Re: 2013 Cadillac XTS Introduces a New Formula for Luxury

    All I can say is WOW. About time cadillac updates there big car line up. This car will be a game changer for sure. I wonder if they will offer a bigger engine in the future though.

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    Re: 2013 Cadillac XTS Introduces a New Formula for Luxury

    It's obvious exterior styling made concessions to interior space. Makes sense, given the people who will want this car. Look at Subaru; for years now their exterior styling has suffered because their interior packaging is second to none.

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    Re: 2013 Cadillac XTS Introduces a New Formula for Luxury

    I have never been a fan of the DTS (minus the interior comfort which is obviously a major aspect of the vehicle) but I am really looking forward to checking this car out. Can't wait to hear the price on this to know if I am trading in the CTS for one of these.

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    Re: 2013 Cadillac XTS Introduces a New Formula for Luxury

    The only thing wrong with the XTS is the roofline. That and no FWD V8. Although the Twin Turbo may be the new V8 so we shall see.

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    Re: 2013 Cadillac XTS Introduces a New Formula for Luxury

    Yeah, I would LIKE more power out of the car but without driving it, I can't dismiss it. One thing I think looks kind of strange is how the rear wheels look smaller because of the curves on the car. I almost feel you would need larger rear wheels just to make the car look right. Maybe that's a photo only problem and won't look strange to me in person.

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    Re: 2013 Cadillac XTS Introduces a New Formula for Luxury

    This car is the modern day Seville STS. It's not as elegant as the Seville, but all the technology is there.

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    Re: 2013 Cadillac XTS Introduces a New Formula for Luxury

    Having seen these in person, the back end is a lot higher than it looks, and the rear window has a kind of a squished look.

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    Re: 2013 Cadillac XTS Introduces a New Formula for Luxury

    Looks like a Buick Lacrosse with a different grill and a whole bunch of bells and whistles.

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    Re: 2013 Cadillac XTS Introduces a New Formula for Luxury

    The inside is nice but looks narrow, at least much more so than a DTS. The features are all great and I am a huge fan of magnetic ride, most people have no comprehension of what that can do to a car.

    However, the exterior I am going to hold off any comments until I see them in real life. It looks a too bulked up for me, but will wait to see.

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    Re: 2013 Cadillac XTS Introduces a New Formula for Luxury

    I have been driving v8 sts for 20 years, you think i will like the v6 direct injection?

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