2013 Cadillac XTS — the world at your fingertips

Cadillac has more details available for the Cadillac XTS.   It is arriving with every gadget possible, and some new ones.  The basic car appears to be a larger , all-wheel drive model with the LFX 3.6L V6 for 300 hp.  The show car was a hybrid, so hopefully we’ll see that to follow.  Releases posted here and here.

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A key feature will be a 12.3″ reconfigurable cluster — the part where the gauges are is all an electronic screen.  Cadillac CUE is the highly customizable user interface that exemplifies XTS’ blend of advanced technology and artistic design. The heart of CUE, which stands for Cadillac User Experience, is the standard eight-inch (203 mm) screen in the “center stack,” the faceplate below the screen and the steering wheel controls. CUE features several industry firsts, including capacitive-touch control with proximity sensing, gesture recognition and natural voice recognition.

Two levels of control-and-alert protection are offered in the XTS’ Enhanced Safety Strategy (ESS) packages.

ESS I includes:

  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Forward Collision Alert
  • Safety Alert Seat
  • Side Blind Zone Alert
  • Rear Cross Traffic Alert
  • Reflected LED display.

ESS II includes all ESS I content plus:

  • Head-up display (in color)
  • Front and Rear Automatic Brake
  • Adaptive Cruise Control
  • Automatic Collision Preparation

The  Cadillac XTS will be priced above the CTS.  Initial pricing has not been announced but it will perhaps start at $44K.

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