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Edmunds.com 2012 Cadillac XTS Overview
The 2012 Cadillac XTS is expected in the spring of 2011. It will be based on the all-wheel-drive XTS Platinum concept version that debuted to critical acclaim at the 2010 North American International Auto Show. It will likely replace Cadillac's current DTS and STS sedans. The XTS Platinum concept is said to be pretty close to being in production form. It's based on the same platform as the midsize Buick LaCrosse. Engine selection for the production XTS hasn't been officially announced, but the concept is powered by a plug-in hybrid powertrain using a 3.6-liter V6, plus at least one electric motor and a lithium-ion battery pack. Cadillac says it produces 350 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque. Exterior highlights include a sleeker evolution of Cadillac's current styling theme, with 20-inch wheels and vertical headlights and taillights. But the real news is inside, where the XTS concept's cabin provides an eye-opening insight into what Cadillac is envisioning for its future products. Relying on a "dead front" design, the instrument panel appears black until the car is turned on and the screens light up. The artful dash previews a new integration philosophy by minimizing traditional buttons and switches, and blends smoothly into the front doors. If the Platinum concept is any indication, the 2012 Cadillac XTS promises to provide a new direction and all the requisite elements of a modern, standard-setting luxury automobile. Check back later for a full review of the XTS with driving impressions and buying advice.