Cadillac prices all-new range-topping XTS from $44,995

Posted by A'eddo Suseno Rabu, 11 April 2012 0 komentar
Cadillac prices all-new range-topping XTS from $44,995 - General Motors unveiled its Cadillac flagship sedan, the XTS, at the 2011 Los Angeles Auto Show – but today as the New York Auto Show winds down, the automaker has decided to reveal pricing for its large sedan.

Filling the role of the now departed DTS and slotting above the CTS in the Cadillac lineup, the XTS will start from $44,995, including destination fees. The XTS will be available in basic form, as well as with three option collections: Luxury, Premium and Platinum.

The XTS will come standard with front-wheel drive, but buyers can opt for all-wheel drive on all models above the standard model. Pricing for all-wheel drive-equipped models isn’t available yet, but it is known that the FWD models will achieve 17 city, 28 highway miles per gallon.

What we know
The road-going version of the XTS remains true to its concept counterpart, sporting Cadillac’s latest interpretation of its ‘Art & Science’ design language. The XTS is highlighted by its bold egg-crate grille and vertical taillights.

Inside the XTS places a heavy emphasis on technology and design, including the luxury division’s new Cadillac User Experience, or CUE for short. The CUE system includes an eight-inch screen in the center stack, a 12.3-inch reconfigurable gauge cluster and a unique touchscreen interface that mimics today’s tablets.

Other technologies available on the XTS include Lane Departure Warning, Forward Collision Alert, Adaptive Cruise Control and a color Head-up display.

Power for the XTS is provided by a direct-injection 3.6L V6 delivering 300 horsepower. Shifting duties are handled by a six-speed automatic, which routes power to the front wheels on the base model, or up to all four wheels via a Haldex all-wheel-drive system with electronically controlled limited-slip differential on the higher trim levels.

Although the previous DTS was known strictly as a boulevard cruiser, the XTS should be able to hold its own in the corners thanks to GM’s Magnetic Ride Control, a rear air suspension, HiPer Strut front suspension and Brembo brakes. Standard wheels measure 19-inches but 20s are also on offer.

The XTS will go up against cars like the BMW 5-Series, Mercedes-Benz E-Class and Audi A6, but the Caddy holds a size advantage over its German rivals — about four inches in the cases of the 5-Series and E-Class and two-inches over the Audi.

The 2013 Cadillac XTS will begin production at GM’s Oshawa, Ontario production plant in spring 2012.
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