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The 2013 Cadillac XTS sedan embodies the classical sophistication of clean lines, innovative design, the latest technology, and premium quality interior materials, invigorating the brand for a new generation.
Cadillac jump-starts a changing limousine vehicle market next month with a long-awaited sedan it hopes will catapult it ahead of longtime livery luxury rival Lincoln.
Once unveiled Feb. 13 at the 2012 International LCT Show in Las Vegas, the Cadillac XTS will go head-to-head with the crossover-styled Lincoln MKT Town Car as the two flagship livery vehicles enter a new round in their decades-long industry legacy brand match.
While a successor to the former DTS/DeVille line of luxury sedans, the XTS heralds a revamped design ethos at the storied automaker that emphasizes a sportier, younger luxury image suffused with technological gadgets and amenities. Cadillac is positioning the XTS, its largest sedan, as the latest entry in an invigorated product line-up that joins the popular Escalade and CTS models in capturing a much broader buyers’ market beyond Cadillac’s traditional niche of older luxury customers.
“This new vehicle will help dispel some of the myths out there about Cadillac,” said Ray Bush, Cadillac Professional Vehicles Program Manager. “The Cadillac of old was from the standpoint of large, floaty vehicles. Cadillac has moved away from that with its new products launched over the last 10 years. The XTS will further that with outstanding ride characteristics that compare [favorably] with Cadillac vehicles of the past. This is a great improvement over the DTS.”
The XTS “W20 livery package” sedan to be unveiled at the Show will virtually replicate the XTS sedan that debuted at the Los Angeles Auto Show on Nov. 16, 2011. It features the same V-6/300hp engine, interior dimensions, and amenities, including Cadillac’s signature CUE onboard technology and navigation system. A final price was not available before this article went to print, but Cadillac officials strongly hinted that it will be “extremely” price-competitive with E-Class Mercedes, the Audi A6, and Lexus GS sedans — somewhere in the low $50,000s.
Cadillac Professional Vehicles, the limousine/livery arm of GM-owned Cadillac, also has announced two other versions of the XTS that Cadillac Master Coachbuilder (CMC) licensed manufacturers can build for the chauffeured transportation market by the end of 2012:
- A “V4U” XTS stretch limousine chassis that can be stretched up to a maximum of 70 inches by CMC coachbuilders.
- A “W30” XTS-L sedan version that authorized CMC builders can stretch five to eight inches for additional rear seat legroom.
The V4U and W30 will not be on display with the XTS base model at the International LCT Show. Both chassis — to include mechanical enhancements that accommodate heavier loads — will be available for prototype construction and general production in the fourth quarter of 2012.
There are four key differences in dimensions of the XTS compared to the former DTS that are of particular interest to chauffeured transportation operators:
- Rear seat legroom: 40 in. in the XTS versus 41.6 in. in the DTS
- Cargo/luggage room: 18 cu.ft. in the XTS versus 18.8 cu.ft. in the DTS
- Body/platform width: XTS, 72.9 in.; DTS, 74.8 in.
- Turning radius: The XTS has a turning circle 2 meters smaller than the DTS
The XTS livery warranty plan remains unchanged from that of the DTS: 3 years/150,000 miles. The XTS livery version will not offer an AWD feature, but that option is available on the XTS retail version.