|2011 Cadillac XTS concept sedan|
The XTS utilizes GM's Epsilon platform (Chevy Malibu, the Saab 9-3, Opel Insignia, and the new Buick Century and LaCrosse. The XTS is based on stretched version of the front-/all-wheel-drive Epsilon platform— the Buick LaCrosse is truly its closest "cousin". The XTS’s 111.7-inch wheelbase matches that of the LaCrosse, although the XTS is about 6 inches longer in total length. The chassis has not been widened, meaning that 3 across seating will be a tight fit, although loaded with only 4 passengers, the car should have plenty of legroom and headroom.
The XTS also shares the direct-injected 3.6-liter V-6 from the Buick LaCrosse with a plug-in hybrid system; with an estimated total output of 350 horsepower. The concept vehicle is motivated by an all-wheel-drive system that will almost definitely be offered on a production XTS - possibly as the standard powertrain. The suspension will offer adjustable magnetorheological shocks that should allow the driver to choose the ride and handling characteristics.
The car looks good in a stately kind of way, but I think that Cadillac needed to widen the Epsilon platform to make this truly a Cadillac, and not just a longer version of the LaCrosse. Although the all-wheel drive should be excellent in the snow and rain. Thoughts, motorheads?