For many years, the US auto industry has made great cars. However, the attention to details was not so high, and in most cases, US limousines were below the Europeans like the Mercedes S Class or Audi’s A8.
But now Cadillac is coming with this concept – the XTS, which is just phenomenal. The attention to details for this concept is exceptional. Just look at those seat belts – even them are in leather. The wood inside is wood not a plastic. Take a look at the profile of this car. It’s a heavy, serious limousine. It’s a Cadillac indeed. And if this car will enter in production, in our opinion, will be a great success.
“The XTS Platinum concept is the next expression of Cadillac’s Art and Science execution philosophy, reflecting our drive to deliver the latest innovations in the most artful manner,” said Bryan Nesbitt, Cadillac general manager. “We envisioned this concept as an automotive personal headquarters, using advanced technology to enable new levels of connectivity and luxury.”
The Cadillac XTS Platinum Concept uses Cadillac’s 3.6L V-6 Direct Injection gas engine, paired with a plug-in hybrid system. The plug-in technology enables the battery to fully charge from a standard electrical outlet, enabling pure electric propulsion in many driving situations, especially urban commutes in which fuel efficiency may double that of a conventional hybrid. The system provides an estimated 350 horsepower (260 kW) and 295 lb.-ft. of torque (400 Nm).
A high, sloping beltline gestures the vehicle forward, suggesting motion, while the fenders flare outward wrapping tightly around 20-inch wheels and tires. The wheel-to-body proportion was carefully tailored to visually communicate the car’s all-wheel-drive chassis. Like the interior, the exterior elements are precisely tailored and elegantly detailed. Brushed billet aluminum trim is used selectively and the 20-inch, 11-spoke wheels feature a brushed aluminum face accented with bright inserts within the spokes. The wheels are wrapped with special Bridgestone tires that were created specifically for the XTS Platinum Concept.
Signature elements essential to Cadillac’s Art and Science design language include vertical headlamp and taillamps, with integrated light pipes and richly detailed lighting components. The headlamps feature light-emitting diode technology for bright illumination that requires less energy, as well as Cadillac’s Adaptive Forward Lighting technology, which turns the headlamps with the direction of the front wheels for greater visibility in turns.
Magnetic Ride Control (MRC) enables the XTS Platinum Concept to deliver superior road-holding performance while maintaining luxury car composure in “regular” driving conditions. It uses shocks controlled by advanced magneto-rheological technology, rather than mechanical valves, to greatly accelerate response time and precision.
MRC uses electronic sensors at all four wheels to literally “read the road” every millisecond, making constant adjustments to damping to create virtually instantaneous and extremely precise control of body motions.
An advanced, specially calibrated all-wheel-drive system ensures optimal traction in wet and slippery conditions, and helps deliver maximum traction while cornering. Four-wheel disc brakes, with four-channel ABS, StabiliTrak stability control and full-function traction control complete the drivetrain details.
CADILLAC XTS PLATINUM CONCEPT SPECIFICATIONS
|Vehicle type:||luxury sedan concept|
|Wheelbase (in / mm):||111.7 / 2837|
|Length (in / mm):||203.5 / 5170|
|Width (in / mm):||74.8 / 1900|
|Height (in / mm):||59.1 / 1500|
|Track (in / mm):||62.6 / 1589 (front); 62.8 / 1594 (rear)|
|Powertrain:||plug-in hybrid system with 3.6L Direct Injection gas engine (with variable valve timing); lithium ion battery|
|Suspension:||four-wheel independent with Magnetic Ride Control.|
|Brakes:||four-wheel disc with electric park brake system|
|Wheels:||20-in front / 20-in rear|
|Estimated power:||350 hp (260 kW) / 295 lb.-ft. (400 Nm)|