What is it? The latest addition to the Cadillac line, the XTS is positioned above the CTS. The larger sedan is touted as the “most technologically advanced production car in the brand’s history” with such features as a new Cue infotainment system.
The XTS will be powered by a 3.6-liter V6 with an estimated 300-hp. It will be offered in front- and all-wheel drive, with fuel economy estimated at 17 mpg city, 28 mpg highway and 17 mpg city, 27 mpg highway, respectively. XTS fuel economy is aided by the direct-injection system on the high-line engine, six-speed automatic transmission, and attention to weight savings.
The Cue driver interface system will appear on a standard eight-inch screen and use touch control, gesture, and voice recognition. A 12.3-inch reconfigurable screen is available. The interior center stack only has seven buttons with three for the radio.
Standard features include magnetic ride control, rear air suspension, Brembo brakes, 19-inch wheels (20-inch optional), capless fuel filler, and folding rear headrests.
Advanced safety features are available in two packages and include a driver alert seat that vibrates to notify the driver a potential hazard, lane departure warning, forward collision warning, blind-spot alert, adaptive cruise control, and rear crossing traffic alert.
CR’s take: User-configured touch screens carry great promise, as well as the risk that simple controls can be made complicated. We look forward to evaluating the car and the Cue system, in particular.
When will it be available? Spring 2012