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GM To Launch 2013 Cadillac XTS In LA

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On: Mon, Oct 24, 2011 at 2:37PM | By: Chris Weiss

GM To Launch 2013 Cadillac XTS In LA

Though the auto world has quieted a lot since Frankfurt, there are still two major auto shows left in 2011: Tokyo and LA. GM announced that it will use the latter to launch the production version of the XTS sedan, which will hit the market as a 2013 model.

The XTS will serve as a fresh replacement for the DTS and STS full-sized sedans, which just look a little outdated and weary in a line with sexier cars like the CTS-V. The XTS will bring the sedan's styling more in line with the rest of the range and will serve as a flagship sedan.

The XTS was originally launched as the XTS Platinum concept at the 2010 Detroit Motor Show. In addition to updating Caddie's "Art and Science" design language, the XTS Platinum offered a variety of technological advances such as OLED displays and a plug-in hybrid system with 350-hp worth of 3.6-liter V-6 and electric motor. Unlike the Cadillac Converj concept, the system was not a Volt-esque series hybrid system, but a plug-in series parallel hybrid system designed to operate in EV, EV + gas or gas-only configurations.

We don't necessarily expect GM to launch the model with a hybrid system. It could get added as an option sometime in the future, however.

The production XTS will follow the concept's lead in bringing new technology to market. GM stated the XTS (along with the upcoming ATS and SRX) will feature the new Cue (Cadillac User Experience) system that it detailed a couple weeks ago. The infotainment system streamlines information from up to 10 Bluetooth-enabled devices, giving drivers voice-activated access to things like email and messages, maps and navigation, and radio.


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