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2012 North American International Auto Show

Friday, 13 January, 2012 7:55 PM

2013 Cadillac XTS4 looks to make driving options a tad more digitized

PHOTO BY GLORIA RZUCIDLO / ©AMERICAJR.com

A blue 2013 Cadillac XTS4 luxury sedan

 

by Pete Bublitz
petblitz@yahoo.com

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DETROIT -- With the first day of the 2012 North American International Auto Show dedicated to private guests and media, Monday at Cobo Hall presented a marathon of specially unveiled automotive innovation amid the wine glasses, company signs and not fully noticeable steps.

Throughout the main floor, examples of technological breakthroughs came either as alternative power sources, digital attachments, or otherwise.

In the Cadillac section, perched atop a rotating platform, one vehicle model stood out for its breakthrough in computerized assistance: the 2013 Cadillac XTS4. It’s make and engine capabilities influenced great impression from Cliff Marriot, Products Presenter and Trainer. “[It will have] a base engine of 300 to 315 horsepower at launch, but after launch there might be one of 425 to 450.” The format of such an engine was a “3.6 liter V6 direct inject and variable valve timing.”

In terms of fuel consumption, Marriot specified that the XTS4 could run on 18 miles per gallon (on front wheel drive plus an all-wheel 19) in a city location and close to 25 on the highway. In terms of tank fill, the vehicle can run on an estimate of 400 miles to empty.
In terms of brake capabilities, Marriot mentioned that the frame featured an “H-link rear suspension and magnetic ride control,” while the model featured tires marked as “Potenza RE97A5.”

The outer coating of the vehicle was of a light charcoal gray tone, while the interior seating and lower padding consisted of a darker charcoal gray and light beige padding along the door interiors.

The standout innovation within the car’s operation systems is its inclusion of what Marriot called “capacity touch.” It would feature an 8-inch touch screen that would feature hand-chosen application features and maneuver options, also coming equipped with voice command among other features. Nestled behind the wheel is a second albeit 12-inch screen displaying digitally rendered gauges in their traditional appearance.

This type of capability presents a hybrid of access earlier and elsewhere at the Auto Show as infotainment, yet Marriot confirmed the identity of such a system in Cadillac models as the Cadillac User Experience (or CUE for short).

Production of the XTS4 begins in the middle of this March, according to Marriot. In regards to price, he added that the opening tag should range somewhere between $40,000 and $60,000.

Compared to other Cadillac models like the 2012 Escalade, the XTS4 and its CUE system serve as a model for satisfying future concern on over indulgence by featuring multi-option vehicle in a slim body.

For more information on the Cadillac XTS4, click here.

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It is is powered by a 3.6L V6 capable of producing 300 horsepower at 6.800rpm and a torque of 357Nm at 5.300rpm.

 

 

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