Cadillac has been a leading luxury auto brand since 1902, and their recent unveiling of the XTS Platinum series at the New York auto show suggests a new paradigm for the luxury sedan of the future. The XTS Platinum was designed by re-imagining a new approach to in-car electronics that improve both the form and function of the car's entertainment, navigation and information systems.
"We envisioned this concept as an automotive personal headquarters, using advanced technology to enable new levels of connectivity and luxury," said Bryan Nesbitt, Cadillac general manager.
Traditional luxury sedans were defined by elegant interiors and Cadillac's XTS Platinum Concept takes that a step further with a design that combines fine craftsmanship with customer-driven innovation. The interior is based on hand cut and sewn materials and injects contemporary forms and themes, including the use of Organic Light-Emitting Diode (O-LED) displays in place of traditional gauges and screens.
Designers blended the display screens into a flowing instrument panel, called a "dead front" design, because the panels appear black until the car is turned on and the screens illuminate.
The cabin's primary color is light cream, and is contrasted with darker elements such as the steering wheel and the console, which is made of a richly finished wood and houses lighting features.
Bridgewater Cadillac shoppers will enjoy the premium leather seats that include a new style of automotive suede with a laser-etched pattern. Passengers in the spacious rear compartment of the XTS Platinum Concept also have access to the car's connectivity feature, along with a range of infotainment choices.
Like the interior, exterior elements are precisely tailored and elegantly detailed. Brushed billet aluminum trim is used selectively on the vehicle and the 20-inch six-spoke wheels feature a machined aluminum face accented with bright inserts within the spokes.
Signature elements of the 2012 Cadillac XTS Platinum will include vertical headlamp and tail lamps, with integrated light pipes and richly detailed lighting components. The headlamps feature light-emitting diode technology for bright illumination that requires less energy, as well as Cadillac's Adaptive Forward Lighting technology, which turns the headlamps in the direction of the front wheels for greater visibility in turns.
The XTS Platinum concept's plug-in hybrid electric propulsion system (PHEV) will boost the car's electric-only driving capability, offering additional battery energy capacity and enabling it to recharge from a standard external electrical outlet. The key benefit of external plug-in recharging is that in many situations, such as overnight parking, the battery can fully recharge in roughly five hours while the car is not in use.
Magnetic Ride Control (MRC) will allow the XTS Platinum to deliver superior road-holding performance while maintaining luxury car composure in normal driving conditions. It will use shocks controlled by advanced magneto-rheological technology, rather than mechanical valves, to greatly accelerate response time and precision.
Bridgewater Cadillac shoppers will find that an advanced and specially calibrated all-wheel-drive system ensures optimal traction in wet and slippery conditions and helps deliver maximum traction while cornering. Four-wheel disc brakes, with four-channel ABS, StabiliTrak stability control and full-function traction control complete the drive train details.
To learn more about this modern version of the popular luxury car, call Crown Cadillac at (866) 971-3090 or visit the dealership located at 1584 Route 22 E, Watchung, NJ.