Things have changed since a century ago when Cadillac brought the first ‘electric self starter’ to market and today, shoppers after the very latest in high-tech utilized for efficiency, performance, connectivity and confidence will find the all-new Cadillac XTS a must-have vehicle.
“The Cadillac XTS represents a new formula for luxury, driven by advanced technology,” said Don Butler, vice president of Cadillac Marketing. “XTS showcases the evolution of our Art & Science philosophy, merging the best technical ideas with the continued refinement of Cadillac design.
“The more you look, the more layers you see in XTS,” Butler continues, referencing the finely honed combination of technology, luxury and style available in the XTS. “They aren’t always apparent to the eye, but they build on one another in important ways to reinforce the car’s strength of design, comfort and driving experience.”
Part of that driving experience is advanced safety and peace of mind, made available by a new suite of technology that helps the XTS to virtually ‘see’ its surroundings. Under Cadillac’s Control and Alert strategy, the XTS will be fitted with a network of cameras, radar and ultrasonic sensors that help drivers avoid crashes by improving their vision and awareness.
Packaged into the Driver Awareness Package (which will also be available on the new Cadillac ATS) are several unique systems. Forward Collision Alert uses inputs from front-mounted radar and cameras to detect a possible front-end collision threat. By monitoring traffic conditions and the vehicle’s closing rate on the car in front of it, the system can alert the driver of the threat, providing more time to react. Drivers can customize the system’s sensitivity with far, medium or near distance settings.
Safety Seat Alert is an industry-first system that uses directional seat vibrations to the left and/or right side of the driver’s seat, depending on the location of the impending threat. Research shows that a quick, directional vibration in the seat quickly draws the driver’s attention to the direction of the potential hazard.
Lane Departure Warning is a camera-based system that constantly references the position of the XTS to the lane markings on the road. If the vehicle leaves its lane without its turn signal engaged, the system alerts the driver.
Side-mounted radar concealed within the body of the XTS powers up systems like Side Blind Zone Alert and Rear Cross Traffic Alert. By monitoring the area adjacent to the rear of the XTS, these systems can alert drivers of a vehicle hiding in their blind spot, or of an unseen vehicle approaching from either side while they back up.
Automatic braking is also available, allowing the XTS to apply its own brakes in some situations to prevent a crash if other warnings are ignored. There is even an Automatic Collision Preparation system used as a last resort to help reduce vehicle speed ahead of an unavoidable impact.
Powering it all up is an approach Cadillac calls ‘Sensor Fusion,’ which effectively lets the network of camera and radar technologies communicate with one another.
“A system that combines the strengths of multiple sensing technologies and expertly manages those inputs can provide advisory, warning, and control interventions to help drivers avoid collisions and save lives,” said Bakhtiar Litkouhi, GM Research and Development lab group manager for perception and vehicle control systems.
Check with your local Cadillac sales centre for more information.