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2010 Detroit Auto Show: 2012 Cadillac XTS Platinum Concept

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Cadillac XTS Platinum Concept

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Under the blanket of winter, Detroit is smoking hot, caught in the throes of the 2010 Detroit Auto Show. And the latest hot concept to hit the Web is the 2012 Cadillac XTS Platinum Concept.

The XTS Platinum Concept is a preview of the upcoming Cadillac flagship sedan, intended as a range-topper to top the CTS in its many forms. But can it live up to the hype? Excellent question. Styling is the first potential stumbling block--first impressions are everything when it comes to cars, and the first inkling is that XTS isn't the stunner Cadillac may have hoped for. It's not an objectionable design, but it's more of an increment on the DTS/STS than a revolutionary re-take. From some angles it even brings the new Buick LaCrosse to mind.

Cadillac XTS Platinum Concept

Cadillac XTS Platinum Concept

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It is, however, a plug-in hybrid powered by a 3.6-liter V-6 engine and a hybrid system that can charge via a standard electrical outlet. Because the XTS can run exclusively on electricity, this enables shorter trips--Cadillac hasn't revealed how far--can be done without any on-board use of fossil fuels. That's not exactly revolutionary, but it does put Cadillac on the heels of Mercedes-Benz's S400 Hybrid and the upcoming BMW ActiveHybrid7

Cadillac XTS Platinum Concept

Cadillac XTS Platinum Concept

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But the powertrain technology isn't the only interesting aspect of the XTS Platinum concept. It also has a high-tech and contemporary interior that incorporates bright, clear Organic Light-Emitting Diode (OLED) display panels in place of traditional gauges and standard LCD screens. Part of the theme behind the XTS's interior design is the "dead front" concept: the dash looks largely blank, and black, until the car is turned on. This highly integrated use of panels as instrumentation and input devices is also part of a strategy to make interaction with the car more intuitive by minimizing the number of buttons and switches.

And that's before you get to the lacquered burl wood trim, brushed metal accents, and plush leather upholstery. The dashboard layout itself is familiar to anyone that's been in a recent Cadillac and well-executed, and the seats, especially the rear, look spacious.

Cadillac XTS Platinum Concept

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Overall, it's a stylish and high-tech vehicle, presenting a fresh yet familiar face at a time when Cadillac needs a winning design. So far the XTS isn't officially confirmed for production, and its model-year appellation is not yet certain, but Construction is expected to start in GM's Oshawa, Ontario plant in late 2011 or early 2012.

For a much more detailed report, check out Viknesh Vijayenthiran’s article over at MotorAuthority.com.

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Comments (8)
  1. I think it is a nice conservative design that would compare well with the competition. The Lexus, BMW and Audi flagship models are not style marvels and their design theme is more on the conservative side. I think it is smart to not look too garish with your flagship model (listen up Jag with the upcoming XJ). The only issue I have with the design is the front end - the grill looks to high and not large enough.
     
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  2. There was an error in this article. It states that the XTS isnt confirmed for production when indeed it is.
     
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  3. Maybe it looks different in person, many cars do, but actually think it is a nice design by Cadillac. For these kind of cars you don't necessarily want to be too adventurous. It looks, to me, like a Caddy should look
     
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  4. I hope the production model doesn't get those ugly, garish front fender blings. Also, nice to see that the fuel filler cap is on the correct, driver's side. My old Deville DTS needs to be traded soon, but the CTS, though not bad, doen't do anything for me. Don't even get me started on the SRX.... I'd rather walk than be seen in that monstrosity.
     
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  5. It looks like the Ford 500 or the Buick LaCrosse. It need to be adventurous and not on the conservative side. I was hoping GM would be brave enough to go for the Cadillac 16 concept. It looks like they are pulling up short again.
     
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  6. Nice concept. I guess we can make good products if we really have to.
    But I see that even this car will be manufactured IN CANADA.
    In order to help support American jobs, will one HAVE to buy a Japanese or Korean car assembled in the U.S.????
    This is absurd.
     
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  7. I spoke to cadillac Customer service about bringing back the Sixteen as the new Fleetwood put some chrome
    and wings on it revive a design that kept cadillac standard of the world. im sure you all know what they said. Lincoln is going far and beyond with there designs. Gm is about do the same as always bite the dust. keep the concept design .
     
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  8. This is what happens when Bob Lutz leaves. Oh Gosh. Please bring some excitement.
     
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