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Cadillac XTS Platinum concept

Cadillac XTS Platinum concept rear view

Cadillac XTS Platinum concept side view

Cadillac XTS Platinum concept interior

Cadillac XTS Platinum concept rear seats

Cadillac XTS Platinum concept rear seats and TV screens
Make Cadillac
Model XTS Platinum
Concept year 2010
Production year -
Engine Hybrid, 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 it replaces.

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.

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