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Cadillac XTS Platinum Concept: Detroit 2010 AUTO show

By luanpa in | January 13, 2010 | (2) Comments

Cadillac XTS Platinum concept makes its first world debut at the 2010 Detroit auto show. It is a big car application of Cadillac’s  design language which would complete the brand transformation should it replace the STS/DTS.

The Cadillac XTS Platinum concept isn’t lacking the latter. Cadillac’s taken to putting “Platinum” badges on its most upscale vehicles, and it’s safe to say this show car takes the nameplate to a whole new level. Cut-and-sewn materials (a hallmark of the Platinum range) run rampant throughout the car, as does laser-etched suede. The dashboard sports few physical buttons or gauges, relying instead on touch-screen organic LED displays instead.

Despite the attention paid to the cabin, designers thankfully didn’t neglect the exterior, either. Billed by Cadillac, as the “active evolution” of its design language, the XTS incorporates the aggressive edges found on the likes of the CTS and SRX, but mixes them with longer lines, which help to soften the sedan’s form ever so slightly. Although technically a large sedan, the XTS show car is approximately four inches longer than an STS, and four inches shorter than a normal-wheelbase DTS. Outside a quartet of 20-inch, 11-spoke wheels wrapped in Bridgestone tyres adorns the body. LED adaptive headlamps, flared fenders and a rear spoiler mounted on the deck lid speak about the type of design language being aspired to.

The 5.1 metre (200.8 inches) long XTS Platinum has a plug-in hybrid system for electric-only driving capabilities. Its battery can be recharged in about five hours from empty. The accompanying 3.6-litre Direct Injection V6 petrol engine helps put out an estimated 260kW (354hp) and 400Nm (295 lb-ft) of torque. Drive is through all four wheels.

Cadillac XTS Platinum front view

Cadillac XTS Platinum interior view

Cadillac XTS Platinum rear view

Cadillac XTS Platinum side view



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