2013 Cadillac XTS debuts in Los Angeles

Andross Moonah - CAP staff
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Cadillac's new XTS sedan went on display at the LA Auto Show and will go into production in the spring of 2012. When it arrives, the XTS will be Cadillac's most spacious sedan and is claimed to offer more rear legroom than BMW's 5 Series, Audi's A6 and the Mercedes-Benz E-Class.

Like the Cadillac CTS sport sedan, the XTS has a sculpted angular exterior design while the interior features a sumptuous leather interior with plenty of wood accents. With its bold grille, graceful minimalist lines and elegant interior design, the XTS can be described as classically modern.
Power is provided by a 3.6-litre V6 engine that produces an estimated 300 horsepower. The engine comes mated to a Hydra-Matic 6T70 six-speed automatic transmission with tap-shift control that routes power to a standard Haldex all-wheel-drive system.

Also standard is a limited-slip differential that can split torque output between the rear wheels, and Magnetic Ride Control which varies the damping resistance of the suspension. Brembo brakes come standard too, as do 19-inch wheels.

Larger 20-inch polished aluminum wheels with chrome inserts are available on the XTS Platinum which also includes a chrome or satin-chrome grille, and a "fully wrapped" leather interior with an Alcantara fabric headliner.

Cadillac refers to the new XTS as the most technologically advanced production car in its history. Helping to support this claim is the Cadillac User Experience in-vehicle control system, known as CUE for short. The system features an eight-inch screen, touch control with proximity sensing and also gesture and voice recognition.

The XTS features many technologically advanced safety systems too. They're featured in what Cadillac calls the XTS' Enhanced Safety Strategy (ESS). Available in two levels, ESS 1 features a lane departure warning system, a forward collision alert and a safety alert seat that vibrates to alert the driver to a safety concern. There's also a rear cross traffic alert, side blind zone alert and a reflected LED display. The ESS 2 package adds a colour head-up display, adaptive cruise control, front and rear automatic brakes and automatic collision preparation. The XTS also features OnStar, the in-vehicle driver assistance service, as standard.
The new all-American luxury sedan will, ironically, be assembled in Oshawa, Ontario, with production starting in early 2012. The 2013 XTS will go on sale in the spring where it will compete with rival luxury sedans from BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Audi, Lexus and Infiniti to name but a few.

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Topics: Luxury Sedan, Cadillac, 2013, XTS,

Geographic location: Los Angeles

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