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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Cadillac got its mojo back with the CTS but now has to prove it can sustain the momentum. Next up is the all new XTS sedan, which goes into production in 2012. If history is a guide, there's a good chance we'll see this one on display at either the 2012 Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance or Jacksonville International Car and Truck Show.
General Motors Vice President of Global Design Ed Welburn unveiled the 2013 XTS at the Los Angeles Auto Show. The XTS updates Cadillac's "Art and Science" styling cues with sharp creases.
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It's too soon to know, but handling is likely to be less precise than the CTS, due to the XTS's front-wheel drive design. GM says the XTS will be available with a 303-horsepower 3.6-liter gas direct-injection V-6, with all-wheel-drive available as an option.
Inside is where things really get interesting. Cadillac is unveiling its next generation infotainment, navigation and communication system, call CUE, which stands for Cadillac User Experience. Caddy says the system has 3.5 times more processing power than current auto industry systems.
“CUE will transform personal transportation by simply and efficiently integrating luxury design and instinctive technology with unparalleled levels of customized in-vehicle connectivity,” Don Butler, Vice President, Cadillac Marketing.
CUE will be no doubt measured against Ford's SYNC, which has been praised but also criticized as being too complex. Cadillac claims, despite controlling a wealth of information, CUE will also be simple.
“CUE doesn’t replace your smartphone or your iPod,” said Micky Bly, executive director, Global Electric Systems, Infotainment and Electrification. “Rather it allows consumers to securely store those mobile devices while channeling the information on those devices, along with your navigation tools, weather maps with Doppler radar, AM/FM and XM radio, instant messages and emails, through a central portal in your Cadillac, keeping hands on the wheel and eyes on the road.”
To hammer home the point, Bly points out most luxury cars have about 20 buttons controlling the radio and entertainment functions. CUE has just four.
Taking a page from Chevy's Volt, the main gauge cluster trades mechanical needles for a reconfigurable 12.3 inch LCD gauge. CUE can mix data like a speedometer and fuel gauge with navigation and entertainment. It will also come with apps such as weather, Pandora and Stitcher.
CUE also includes a text-to-speed feature for email and text messages. Unlike SYNC or Toyota's ENTUNE, which are based on Microsoft Windows Embedded Automotive, CUE is based on the open Linux operating system.
It supports up to ten Bluetooth devices, including two at once and based on the videos, really feels almost like a tablet.