Cadillac is using the opening days of the annual North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit to showcase a number of new luxury automobiles, including a plug-in hybrid design called the XTS Platinum Concept. As with other concepts, it is hard to say if this will ever actually be made into a production vehicle, but one might at least see some of the technologies integrated into future new models.
The Cadillac XTS Platinum Concept builds, according to Cadillac, upon the experience the luxury brand has “gained with the Escalade Hybrid and Escalade Platinum Hybrid flagship models.” While a lot may scoff at this, given the less than stellar fuel ratings of the luxury SUVs, one can at least hope the XTS Platinum Concept will at least eek out a few more miles per gallon. The plug-in hybrid design of this vehicle is typical of similar vehicles, sporting an electric-only drive mode, a battery that can charged via an overnight plug-in in one’s garage and a gas powered engine/plug-in combination which can deliver an estimated 350 horsepower (260 kW) and 295 lb.-ft. of torque (400 Nm).
In terms of features, the XTS Platinum Concept certainly is not out done by any other Cadillac in terms of luxury. The interior of the vehicle is based on hand-cut and sewn materials, Organic Light-Emitting Diode (O-LED) displays are used in place of traditional gauges and screens and passengers in the rear have access to the car’s connectivity feature, along with a range of infotainment choices.