Cadillac has unveiled the XTS Platinum Concept sedan at the NAIAS in Detroit. The plug-in hybrid system makes a useful 350hp.

A new concept car from the house of Cadillac has appeared at the 2010 North American International Auto Show. The XTS Platinum Concept previews a possible future Cadillac luxury sedan that incorporates current technologies.

"The XTS Platinum concept is the next expression of Cadillac's Art and Science execution philosophy," said Bryan Nesbitt, Cadillac general manager, "reflecting our drive to deliver the latest innovations in the most artful manner. We envisioned this concept as an automotive personal headquarters, using advanced technology to enable new levels of connectivity and luxury."

The 5.1 metre (200.8 inches) long XTS Platinum has a plug-in hybrid system for electric-only driving capabilities. Its battery can be recharged in about five hours from empty. The accompanying 3.6-litre Direct Injection V6 petrol engine helps put out an estimated 260kW (354hp) and 400Nm (295 lb-ft) of torque. Drive is through all four wheels.

Nature is reportedly the inspirational factor when it comes to the interior. The console is finished in wood while premium leather seats are dipped in a light cream colour. Cadillac aims to join a growing band of premium automakers who want to minimise buttons and consequently interior clutter. Thus a deployable touch-screen navigation system is utilised. It features something called a "dead front" design which appears black until the car is turned on and screens illuminate. A system of Organic Light-Emitting Diode (O-LED) displays is featured instead of traditional gauges.

Outside a quartet of 20-inch, 11-spoke wheels wrapped in Bridgestone tyres adorns the body. LED adaptive headlamps, flared fenders and a rear spoiler mounted on the deck lid speak about the type of design language being aspired to.

"The XTS Platinum Concept was designed to deliver an engaging driving experience without compromising the functional features, space and comfort customers seek in a luxury car," said Nesbitt. "It is a new vision of luxury that uses advanced technology to deliver functionality efficiently and rewardingly."


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