The 21st century has proven that eco-friendly drivetrains can peacefully coexist with high-end design: witness the E85-compatible Bentley Continental
Supersport, the Fisker Karma plug-in hybrid, and the fact that Rolls Royce
is even considering an all-electric version of the imposing Phantom.Riffing on the not-so-outlandish concept of a luxurious alt-fuels future, Cadillac's XTS combines plug-in hybrid technology and plush, modern design. The XTS Platinum Concept is powered by Cadillac's direct injected, 3.6 liter V6, which works in conjunction with a plug-in hybrid system to deliver an estimated 350 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque to all four wheels. When plugged in to a standard electrical outlet, its lithium-ion battery is capable of fully recharging in about five hours. During urban commutes, Cadillac
reckons this powertrain arrangement could achieve double the efficiency of a conventional hybrid.On-road performance is aided by a magneto-rheological Magnetic Ride Control system that adjusts damping based on road conditions. The concept also incorporates four-channel ABS, StabiliTrak stability control, and adaptive LED headlamps.The XTS's exterior design is windswept and muscular, with an aerodynamically inspired short, high deck lid. We're guessing, however, that the flared fenders wrapped around 20 inch, 11 spoke wheels don't do much for slipperiness. Incidentally, those plus-sized rims are mounted with Bridgestone tires specifically designed for the concept. The XTS Platinum Concept's interior takes handmade details from CADILLAC STS
and CADILLAC DTS
Platinum sedans and applies a futuristic twist, using the layered petals of an orchid as inspiration. The light cream interior is set off by darker components like the steering wheel and overhead console constructed of wood, which incorporates lighting elements. A laser-etched suede surface trims the door panels and center sections of the leather seats. And like Caddies of yore, the interior is roomy.