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Thursday, January 14, 2010

Cadillac XTS Platinum Concept: Pictures and video interview with interior designer

Cadillac XTS Platinum Concept (Courtesy:  MSheena)
Cadillac's big news yesterday at the Detroit Auto Show was the introduction of the Cadillac XTS Platinum Concept.  To learn more about the XTS, view this linked slideshow.

The XTS foreshadows the STS / DTS replacement model that will unify Cadillac's large sedan portfolio.  The "Platinum" part of the title is a sub-brand that combined with the V-Series will mean that each Cadillac model will have either a more premium or sporty variant throughout the lineup.  For example, there is an Escalade Platinum, but do not look for a V-Series to appear.  However, a production XTS could theoretically spawn both Platinum and V-Series editions.

The concept sports both AWD and hybrid technologies.  All wheel drive is almost mandatory as a front wheel drive flagship sedan would not be the image the Cadillac wishes to convey.  I sincerely doubt that FWD will be available on any trim level.  A hybrid option would also be important match the competition.
When asked how close this concept is to the production model, GM Design Chief Ed Welburn answered simply "We don't have time to mess around."

I had a chance to interview the XTS's interior designer Christine Park.  She did such a great job of presenting everything that we discussed in the video clip embedded below that I will not bother to recap it here.

General Motors covered my expenses so that I could attend the Detroit Auto Show.
For more info: Read the full press release from Cadillac.
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