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Cadillac, Drives — August 24, 2012 at 8:34 am

GAAMA Members Drive 2013 Cadillac XTS Platinum


Cadillac brought the 2013 XTS, its all new flagship luxury sedan, to the Georgia Automotive Media Association‘s August Luncheon at Do Restaurant at King Plow Arts Center. Along with a presentation by Jim Vurpillat, Cadillac’s Global Marketing Director, GAAMA members drove the vehicle and experienced the high-tech CUE information and media control system.

CUE, which stands for Cadillac User Experience, offers an intuitive user interface similar to a tablet device to control a range of functions, from basic climate controls to connected media capabilities. The broad CUE system includes a standard 8-inch touchscreen and, below it, an array of capacitive touch controls located in the center stack as well as redundant controls mounted on the steering wheel. All but the base trim XTS also include a reconfigurable 12.3-inch display serving as the instrument cluster. That allows the driver to choose from a variety of gauge and information configurations.

Operation of CUE is not only similar to devices like the iPad, but inspired by them, too. In fact, every new XTS includes an iPad preloaded with CUE tutorials and the vehicle owner’s manual. And using the system is simple and intuitive, just like that device.

Although CUE is the clear technological highlight of the XTS, the car boasts advanced systems throughout. Its direct-injected 3.6-liter V6 is optimized for light weight and delivers a robust 304 horsepower and 264 lb-ft torque. Haldex all-wheel drive is available, and Cadillac’s much lauded Magnetic Ride Control suspension comes standard.

The 2013 Cadillac XTS is offered in three trim levels: Luxury, Premium and Platinum. GAAMA members checked out the base Luxury and top-of-the-line Platinum models. The Platinum model we drove has a distinctive, satin-chrome grille and 20-inch wheels. Inside, a panoramic moonroof, retractable rear-seat window shades, leather and sueded microfiber appointments and ambient lighting accentuate the upscale experience. As expected, the emphasis is on passenger comfort; seats are supportive and space is ample.

Safety is a priority for the flagship XTS, too. Standard front Brembo brakes provide the stopping power, aided by an available radar-based collision alert system to give the driver time to react to a potential hazard. The optional Safety Alert Seat vibrates to indicate lane departure or a potentially hazardous obstacle in the vehicle’s path.

Pricing for the 2013 Cadillac XTS starts just under $45,000, and the flagship sedan is already available in Cadillac showrooms. GAAMA thanks Araba Dowell, Jim Vurpillat and Cadillac for sponsoring our August luncheon and providing us with an opportunity to drive the exciting new XTS.

Photography courtesy of Dave May. See the full gallery.

  • wojtek

    Great writeup, Nick.

    Funny that GAAMA may be composed in different words. 😉