Chicago 2010: Cadillac XTS Platinum Concept
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Initially revealed at the Detroit Show last year, this flagship sedan, the Cadillac XTS Platinum, is a conventional hybrid vehicle powered by a 3.6-liter V-6 and an electric drive motor, both of which can be used to propel the car. The car can achieve a total output of 350 horsepower and 295 pounds-feet of torque. The wheelbase is 115 inches, length 203.5 inches and width 74.8 inches.
The design is more mature than the CTS sedan and suitably adapted for a full size luxury car. The chassis is 1.5 inches taller than the older sedans. The car is also armed with a smooth all-wheel drive. On the looks side of things, the car has a powerful presence, with blue-tinted LED headlights flanking the large grille. The interior has a customizable LED screen display that blends well with the wood and earth tones as well as the piano-black finishing. The cabin materials are handcrafted, the backseats have two displays for passenger entertainment and connectivity features.
As of now, the car allows pure electric drive only at speeds below 40 mph. Increased electric power blending can be provided at higher accelerations or at higher speeds. The battery pack can be recharged in five hours. Cadillac scores higher in the aspects of length, height and engine capacity than its rival Mercedes S400 Hybrid. Cadillac’s General Manager Bryan Nesbitt has explained that Cadillac wants the XTS Platinum to be a “personal headquarters.”
Overall, the XTS Platinum concept looks promising enough to take over two of Cadillac’s biggest cars. We shall look forward to see how well this car can integrate the brand’s Art & Science design language.