Cadillac XTS Platinum Concept - the future of the high-end luxury
Teased almost one month ago, the Cadillac XTS Platinum Concept made its official appearance today at the 2010 North American International Auto Show, offering brand-new illustration for the luxury sedan of the near future. Boasting the top-of-the-line Platinum series design cues, the newcomer underlines the future expressions of luxury and technological features, including a plug-in hybrid propulsion system.
Engineered from inside out, the all-new XTS Platinum Concept stands for efficiency, luxury and connectivity. It incorporates a new approach to in-car electronics that improves the form and function of the car's entertainment, navigation and information systems.
"The XTS Platinum concept is the next expression of Cadillac's Art and Science execution philosophy, reflecting our drive to deliver the latest innovations in the most artful manner," said Bryan Nesbitt, Cadillac general manager. "We envisioned this concept as an automotive personal headquarters, using advanced technology to enable new levels of connectivity and luxury."
The new Cadillac concept's power comes from a 3.6L V-6 Direct Injection gas engine, connected with a plug-in hybrid system. The fitted plug-in technology enables the battery to fully charge from a standard electrical outlet, enabling pure electric propulsion in many driving situations. The whole system provides an estimated 350 horsepower (260 kW) and 295 lb.-ft. of torque (400 Nm).
Its interior takes to a whole new level the traditional luxury sedan's one, it delivers new approaches to luxury within a design that combines fine craftsmanship with customer-driven innovation. Mainly styled of hand cut-and-sewn materials, the XTS Platinum Concept packs more contemporary forms and themes into its interior design, including Organic Light-Emitting Diode (O-LED) displays in place of traditional gauges and screens.
"The Platinum distinction in Cadillac means the fullest extent of luxury and technology and we've tried to reach even further with this concept," said Clay Dean, Cadillac design director. "Just as the technology pushes the boundaries of what a Cadillac can offer, so do the details that make the XTS Platinum Concept an uncompromising experience."
Like the interior, the exterior vision exclels in exactness and elegance. The aerodynamic stance hosts the Cadillac's Art and Science design language, which include vertical headlamp and taillamps, with integrated light pipes and richly detailed lighting components. Furthermore, the concept has a rear spoiler mounted on the deck lid, incorporating the center high-mounted stop lamp, a high beltline and 20-inch wheels and tires.