Thursday, January 14, 2010

Cadillac XTS Platinum Concept - Or Preview?

The Cadillac XTS Platinum Concept was the best four door concept introduced at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, because it, like the VW NCC, looks ready to hit the streets now and it makes sense. Cadillac needs to replace the aging STS and DTS four door sedans to regain some sizzle needed to survive. Can Cadillac afford to have a concept? GM is a company coming out of bankruptcy under Government scrutiny so you can bet there will be no dice-rolling concepts, just previews. Cadillac is one of the four brands that GM is betting on to succeed - the XTS could make the Cadillac difference.

Cadillac’s top-of-the-line Platinum series of models, is designed to emphasize new expressions of luxury and technological features, including a plug-in hybrid propulsion system. The XTS Platinum Concept uses Cadillac’s 3.6L V-6 Direct Injection gas engine, paired with a plug-in hybrid system. The plug-in technology enables the battery to fully charge from a standard electrical outlet, enabling pure electric propulsion in many driving situations, especially urban commutes in which fuel efficiency may double that of a conventional hybrid.

The XTS is a big car so if my father trades in his STS for the XTS, he'll need a bumper sensor system or maybe the return of the front hood ornament to find the front of the car. Otherwise, nice job Cadillac!