Vehicle Preview: The 2013 Cadillac XTS
Set for release this spring, the 2013 XTS, the newest release from Cadillac, is the perfect embodiment of duality in motion. For something so bold and modern, the XTS is impressively classic and sophisticated. For something so rooted in tradition, the sedan is generations ahead of its time.
Riding atop available 19- or 20-inch wheels and aerodynamically chiseled from high-strength steel like the iconic Cadillac CTS, the larger, more spacious 2013 XTS is a marvel of both modern art and modern engineering; even its attractive features have attractive features of their own. The oversized emblem on the sedan’s gorgeous, satin chrome grille hides the radar system for an adaptive cruise control and collision avoidance system. Vertical LED lights in the headlamps double as daytime running lights. Rear passengers get an additional pair of windows (cut into the more narrow C-pillars) for enhanced visibility. Even the door handles, attractive and stylish on their own, get a light pipe on the exterior instead of the pockets to be far more visible at night.
The 2013 XTS arrives with a standard 3.6-liter direct-injection V6 engine beneath its shapely aluminum hood. With an estimated 300 hp and 264 lb/ft of torque, the sedan’s 24-valve powerplant is paireda six-speed automatic transmission and should see somewhere near 28 highway mpg. Standard with front-wheel drive, the impressive Cadillac torque-vectoring All-Wheel Drive system is also available, along with a dynamic suspension setup and the smooth, comfortable precision of dual-mode Magnetic Ride Control. The XTS is engineered to exhibit tight, responsive steering with ride and handling that are firmly anchored in luxury.
Promising cavernous trunk space – up to 18 cubic feet with rear seats in their upright positions – along with generous front and rear passenger space (including more rear legroom than competitors from Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz), the XTS is as nicely proportioned as it is impeccably styled. Inside, expect soft, premium leather, rich exotic wood trim and modern brushed metal highlights accompanying features like front and rear heated seats, delicate stitch work and an innovative, customizable LCD gauge readout in front of the steering wheel.
The most enticing feature of the upcoming XTS is undoubtedly its dash-integrated Cadillac User Experience (CUE) system, a remarkable touch-screen or voice-controlled infotainment system that would have to be stripped of some of its features in order to be called “next-generation.” Built handsomely into the center stack, CUE utilizes an eight-inch color touch-screen that not only senses an approaching hand, but also determines whose hand (driver or passenger) it is. With the easy customization and interactivity of a tablet device, CUE’s intuitive menu system allows for complete control over everything from 3D GPS navigation and Pandora Internet Radio to real-time weather and hands-free phone contacts. The system itself even flips up at the push of a button, revealing a hidden storage compartment – yet another example of the Cadillac emphasis on features within features.
Expect an impressive array of advanced safety features in the new XTS including 10 advanced airbags, front and rear park assist systems, the radar-controlled cruise control and accident avoidance system mentioned earlier, (which determines when the vehicle is approaching an object too rapidly and actively applies the standard Brembo brakes) and blind spot, cross traffic and lane-departure warning systems.
Beautifully styled, brilliantly engineered and ripe with spaciousness, luxury and technology, the 2013 Cadillac XTS is due to arrive in dealerships this spring.