Cadillac XTS to debut at Los Angeles Auto Show

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Cadillac XTS concept

The Cadillac XTS production model is debuting soon at the Los Angeles Auto Show. Image from Wikimedia Commons.

Cadillac is debuting its new sedan, the XTS, at the Los Angeles Auto Show soon, and some pictures were leaked of the production model. The car will be replacing the STS and DTS sedans as the new full-size luxury car in the Cadillac lineup.

New land-going yacht from Cadillac

Cadillac has always been known for large but luxurious cars that mixed a pleasurable ride with power. Often dismissed by some for being “granny cars” or “land yachts” due to their size, the cars are still among the standards by which luxury vehicles are judged.

Cadillac is debuting a new full-size car in early 2012, according to Automobile magazine, the XTS. The XTS is a replacement for Cadillac’s two outgoing full-size sedans, the DTS and STS.

Pics leak of production model before debut

The production model is debuting at the 2011 Los Angeles Auto Show, which starts on Nov. 18. Only a few details are available so far, but a few pictures were mistakenly, or perhaps deliberately, posted to the Cadillac website recently, according to AutoBlog. The pictures have been posted on various websites. (See links at the bottom of this page.) The car appears to be a larger version of the standard CTS, though it is much curvier.

General Motors revealed in 2009 that the XTS would be based on a modified version the Epsilon II platform, according to LeftLaneNews. Epsilon II is also the basis for European models such as the Opel Insignia and the Chevrolet Malibu and Buick LaCrosse. The XTS is going to be manufactured in GM’s plant in Ontario.

Various websites, such as MotorAuthority, suggest that it will probably come with a V-6. If so, it’s likely the 3.6-liter V-6 that comes in the CTS, STS and SRX. Cadillac also showed off the XTS Platinum concept, which is a plug-in hybrid version of the XTS.

Do no miss the CUE

The new Cadillac User Experience system will be debuting in the XTS, according to Automobile magazine. CUE, as it’s being called, is a touchscreen display in the center console, similar to the MyFord Touch. However, it is said to be far more responsive and uses haptic feedback, or the same vibrating sensations produced by smartphone touchscreens. The CUE will also integrate multimedia devices such as smartphones and mp3 players and respond to voice commands.

New small sedan as well

Cadillac will also be debuting the ATS sedan in 2012. The ATS will be smaller than the CTS and is aimed at competing directly with the Mercedes C-class, BMW 3 series and Audi A4 range. The ATS will debut at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show and will also have the CUE system standard.



AutoBlog (Includes pictures leaked from Cadillac)






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