Cadillac XTS Platinum concept
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Cadillac XTS Platinum concept

Detroit, Michigan – Cadillac has unveiled the XTS Platinum Concept at the 2010 North American International Show in Detroit, showcasing Cadillac’s emerging top-of-the-line Platinum series of models and featuring new luxury and technological features, including a plug-in hybrid propulsion system.

The XTS Platinum Concept was designed from the inside out, re-imagining the luxury sedan as a personal headquarters for efficiency, luxury and connectivity. The concept introduces 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 concept uses Cadillac’s 3.6-litre V6 direct-injection gasoline engine, paired with a plug-in hybrid system. The technology enables the battery to fully charge from a standard electrical outlet, enabling pure electric propulsion in many driving situations, especially urban commutes in which fuel efficiency may double that of a conventional hybrid.

Like the current Escalade, STS and DTS Platinum models, the concept’s interior is based on hand-cut and hand-sewn materials. The XTS Platinum Concept injects more contemporary forms and themes into the interior design, including the use of organic LED displays in place of traditional gauges and screens.

The concept previews a new integration philosophy guiding the development of in-car electronics in future models. Designers blended the touch-screen displays into a flowing instrument panel that appears black until the car is turned on and the screens illuminate.

Other features include vertical LED headlamps and tail lamps, Magnetic Ride Control, and an advanced all-wheel drive system.

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