V6 + electric motor
The Cadillac XTS Platinum concept which was revealed at
the 2010 Detroit Motor Show is a preview of the all-new
flagship model which is set to replace both the STS and
aging DTS models.
The XTS has been designed from scratch to provide genuine
competition to the German luxury sedans - and also provide
a worthy addition to the Cadillac range following in the
footsteps of the acclaimed CTS. Everything from the upgraded
version of GM's Epsilon II platform, magnetic ride damping
system (like that on the CTS-V and Corvette ZR1), and
torque vectoring all-wheel-drive system is designed to
make the XTS a significantly superior vehicle to the models
The styling of the XTS follows the same angular format
of other vehicles in the company's model range, however
for the XTS Cadillac's designers have employed a more
conservative approach to design. The front end with its
stacked, narrow lights and bold grille is the most interesting
angle. In profile and from the rear the XTS Platinum concept
has a much more reserved appearance. Viewed from the side
its not even immediately apparent that this is a Cadillac
- however one glimpse of the rear panel or front end instantly
solves that problem.
The interior, which is one of the most important parts
of an executive luxury vehicle has been designed to be
luxurious, stylish and high tech. The XTS concept previews
a new integration philosophy guiding the development of
future models with respect to in-car electronics. Cadillac's
designers blended the display screens into a flowing instrument
panel. They call it a "dead front" design, because
the panels appear black until the car is turned on and
the screens illuminate.
The interior of the XTS takes inspiration from nature,
specifically the intricate layers of petals that combine
to form an orchid. Cadillac designers translated that
into a layered and detailed interior. Light cream is the
cabin's primary color and is contrasted with darker elements,
such as the steering wheel and an overhead console motif
that runs the length of interior's roof. The console is
made of a richly finished wood and houses lighting features.
Powering the XTS Platinum concept is a plug-in rechargeable
hybrid drivetrain (PHEV) which utilizes a V6 direct injection
engine and an electric motor.
At higher speeds or when conditions demand it, such as
brisk acceleration, a combination of engine power and
electric power or engine power only, propels the vehicle.
The system provides an estimated 350 horsepower (260 kW)
and 295 lb.-ft. of torque (400 Nm).
The plug-in capability boosts the car's electric-only
driving capability, offering additional battery energy
capacity and enabling it to recharge from a standard external
electrical outlet. The key benefit of external plug-in
recharging is that in many situations such as overnight
parking the battery can fully recharge in roughly
five hours while the car is not in use. The plug-in system
operates at maximum efficiency when operating on power
the battery has drawn from the electric grid. In some
conditions, such as urban commutes, drivers can experience
efficiency that doubles that of conventional hybrids.
Similar and related vehicles:
Cadillac CTS Coupe