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Press Release: 2013 Cadillac XTS Unveiled in Los Angeles

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On: Tue, Nov 22, 2011 at 9:27AM | By: Peter C Sessler

Press Release: 2013 Cadillac XTS Unveiled in Los Angeles

Cadillac unveiled the 2013 XTS on November 16 in Los Angeles, the newest addition to the Cadillac luxury sedan lineup. It arrives in showrooms in the spring of 2012 as the most technologically advanced production car in the Cadillac’s history.

Larger than the Cadillac CTS, it also marks the debut of CUE, a comprehensive in-vehicle experience that combines intuitive design with auto industry-first controls and commands for information and media data.

And it will be the only luxury sedan with standard Magnetic Ride Control– the world’s fastest-reacting suspension. Advanced technologies that enhance vision are available as well.

The new XTS features a 3.6l direct injection engine and advanced all-wheel drive system, marking a shift to more-efficient performance in a luxury sedan.

The heart of CUE, which stands for Cadillac User Experience, is the standard eight-inch (203 mm) screen in the “center stack,” the faceplate below the screen and the steering wheel controls. CUE features several industry firsts, including capacitive-touch control with proximity sensing, gesture recognition and natural voice recognition.

Available exclusively on the XTS is the 12.3-inch (312 mm) reconfigurable cluster. It features graphic displays showcased among four driver-selectable themes, ranging from minimal to extensive information. CUE is part of a more comprehensive and layered approach to the car’s design, capabilities and performance

Highlights include:

Advanced Haldex all-wheel-drive system with electronically controlled limited-slip differential

Magnetic Ride Control, rear air suspension, HiPer Strut front suspension and Brembo brakes– all standard

Standard 19-inch wheels and available 20-inch wheels

Direct-injected 3.6l V-6 with lightweight features, including integrated cylinder heads/exhaust manifolds

Capless fuel tank filler for easier, cleaner refueling

Folding rear-seat headrests that enhance rear visibility

Safety Alert Seat that vibrates to alert the driver

Intervening braking system that lessens or avoids potential collisions

Short- and long-range radar systems that support:

Adaptive Cruise Control

Front and Rear Automatic Brakes

Rear Cross Traffic Alert.

The XTS is also the most-spacious Cadillac sedan, tailored to provide roominess in a more efficiently sized package. It offers more interior space than midsize luxury cars and comparable to full-size sedans, particularly in the rear seat area, where it has 40 inches (1,016 mm) of rear legroom. That’s about four more inches than the BMW 5 Series, and Mercedes-Benz E-Class and about two more inches than the Audi A6– and comparable to larger sedans.

The trunk space, with 18 cubic feet, exceeding both midsize and full-size competitors– more than Audi A6 and A8L, BMW 5 and 7 Series and Mercedes-Benz E- and S-Class. For XTS customers, the cargo advantage means room for five or more suitcases.

The XTS’ technology fundamentally supports a suite of advanced safety features, based on a “control and alert” strategy that extends the vision around the vehicle. It helps drivers identify potential crash situations and even intervenes when a crash threat appears more imminent, employing layers of visual, audible and tactile (vibration) alerts, depending on the alert feature.

The alerts are designed to identify obstacles with sufficient warning to give the driver time to react and make changes– including the Safety Alert Seat feature, which vibrates either the left or right side of the driver’s seat cushion, depending on the location of the impending concern. The intervening features, including Automatic Collision Preparation, take over if the threat appears more immediate or the driver does not react to previous alerts.

XTS also features OnStar as standard. OnStar service also includes myCadillac and OnStar myLink mobile apps, which offer vehicle information and OnStar services via the customer’s smartphone.

Horsepower for the XTS comes from an advanced 3.6l V-6 that’s known by its “LFX” engine code. It is rated at an estimated 300 horsepower. Lightweight features help reduce overall weight for greater efficiency and a more favorable front-to-rear weight balance. Examples include a composite intake manifold saves approximately 5.5 pounds over the weight of a comparable aluminum intake and an integrated cylinder head/exhaust manifold design that saves approximately 13 pounds per engine.

The LFX engine is matched with the Hydra-Matic 6T70 six-speed automatic transmission with tap-shift control.

The XTS will begin production in Oshawa, Ontario in spring 2012.

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Stephy21 | 10:18AM (Tue, Nov 22, 2011)

This car sure is going to be nice cant wait to see it.

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