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Old 10-12-2011, 06:59 AM
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Looks like we have the new XTS interior revealed by way of Cadillac unveiling it's new "CUE" system...

http://www.engadget.com/2011/10/12/c...ted-driving-e/

I really like it though I really hope the fact that the whole button panel below the screen can flip up doesn't mean that the panel will creak or flex in any way. I don't think that storage solution is really appropriate here in a luxury car that is less about fun and more about solidity and power. Maybe they should have left that on the Orlando...

Overall though I think this fits its market segment wonderfully. It's not going to scare away the old guard but the new guard will look at it as very progressive in a subdued way. Clever job Cadillac.
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Old 10-12-2011, 11:44 AM
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Can't say i am loving the interior. It looks nice and classy but unoriginal IMO. For a brand such as Cadillac i was hoping for a more stand-out, out of the box interior as their exteriors would suggest. They just look so modern from the outside and quite conservative in the inside
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Old 10-12-2011, 11:54 AM
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Wow! What original thinking GM! :)

(*cough* MyLincoln Touch *cough*) Oh, right. Scrap that...

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Old 10-12-2011, 12:39 PM
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Overall though I think this fits its market segment wonderfully. It's not going to scare away the old guard but the new guard will look at it as very progressive in a subdued way. Clever job Cadillac.
Exactly, that's what I find remarkable about this interior: it's modern and clearly tech-laden, but is extremely approachable (and thus appropriate for older buyers) in that everything seems very simple and unintimidating (in contrast to, say, many modern Mercedes and BMWs). I'm sure some people may take that simplicity to connote cheapness, but I for one think it's very well done. I expect the ATS to be a little more daring.

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Can't say i am loving the interior. It looks nice and classy but unoriginal IMO. For a brand such as Cadillac i was hoping for a more stand-out, out of the box interior as their exteriors would suggest. They just look so modern from the outside and quite conservative in the inside
You have to remember, though, that the XTS is essentially the replacement for the two models--DTS and STS--which were popular with older buyers. And even though Cadillac wants this car to appeal to a much broader spectrum, those buyers will clearly gravitate towards Cadillac's larger, smoother, more comfortable model. Those buyers might be put off by too edgy an interior; they expect comfort and simplicity and I think in that respect this interior delivers. As I said, I think the ATS will have a little more flair.

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Wow! What original thinking GM! :)

(*cough* MyLincoln Touch *cough*) Oh, right. Scrap that...

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Right, since Ford was the first to come up with a comprehensive touch-screen multimedia interface, they should have a complete monopoly on the concept...

You may recall that Ford's MyFord Touch/MyLincoln Touch system has been derided as clumsy and unintuitive...perhaps we should wait to see what GM's system can do before summarily dismissing it as a copycat.
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Looks like we have the new XTS interior revealed by way of Cadillac unveiling it's new "CUE" system...

http://www.engadget.com/2011/10/12/c...ted-driving-e/

I really like it though I really hope the fact that the whole button panel below the screen can flip up doesn't mean that the panel will creak or flex in any way. I don't think that storage solution is really appropriate here in a luxury car that is less about fun and more about solidity and power. Maybe they should have left that on the Orlando...

Overall though I think this fits its market segment wonderfully. It's not going to scare away the old guard but the new guard will look at it as very progressive in a subdued way. Clever job Cadillac.
I like it. Clean, elegant, approachable. I hate to say it - but this is another GM product that I like?!? I feel dirty now...must go shower.
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Old 10-12-2011, 03:04 PM
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Right, since Ford was the first to come up with a comprehensive touch-screen multimedia interface, they should have a complete monopoly on the concept...

You may recall that Ford's MyFord Touch/MyLincoln Touch system has been derided as clumsy and unintuitive...perhaps we should wait to see what GM's system can do before summarily dismissing it as a copycat.
a) Nowhere did I say that Ford developed this type of infotainment. But the media are all over Cue like GM's developed something radically unique and above all else, which it's only the next step over what everyone else already has (had, some for years) and will only play second fiddle in the near future anyway. It's about time GM spent some money on their interiors!

And b) actual owners of Fords / Lincolns with MFT / MLT are saying the opposite to reviews - they love it! Know why? They live with it and learn how to use/adapt to it and it to them and therefore get the most out of it for their needs - kind of like that shoddy bathroom door handle you learn to use (not the best example for this point, but you know what I mean.) Also, all the reviews I have read seem to be written like the reviewer has only spent 5 minutes with the system, not going into detail and whinging about taking eyes off the road to do stuff that you can actually do via Sync or the steering wheel buttons...
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a) Nowhere did I say that Ford developed this type of infotainment. But the media are all over Cue like GM's developed something radically unique and above all else, which it's only the next step over what everyone else already has (had, some for years) and will only play second fiddle in the near future anyway. It's about time GM spent some money on their interiors!
have you read the information about their system? there ARE things unique with this system that haven't been used before. :nono:
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I think the customizable gauges are pretty cool. If you look over them - there is one there that is VERY 'Volt' in nature - so we're likely looking at the Caddy version of the confirmed Volt-eque car - cool.
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Exactly, that's what I find remarkable about this interior: it's modern and clearly tech-laden, but is extremely approachable (and thus appropriate for older buyers) in that everything seems very simple and unintimidating (in contrast to, say, many modern Mercedes and BMWs). I'm sure some people may take that simplicity to connote cheapness, but I for one think it's very well done. I expect the ATS to be a little more daring.



You have to remember, though, that the XTS is essentially the replacement for the two models--DTS and STS--which were popular with older buyers. And even though Cadillac wants this car to appeal to a much broader spectrum, those buyers will clearly gravitate towards Cadillac's larger, smoother, more comfortable model. Those buyers might be put off by too edgy an interior; they expect comfort and simplicity and I think in that respect this interior delivers. As I said, I think the ATS will have a little more flair.



Right, since Ford was the first to come up with a comprehensive touch-screen multimedia interface, they should have a complete monopoly on the concept...

You may recall that Ford's MyFord Touch/MyLincoln Touch system has been derided as clumsy and unintuitive...perhaps we should wait to see what GM's system can do before summarily dismissing it as a copycat.
Very well said Domino.

I think MyLincoln Touch is a great concept and I applaud them for being the first ones out the gate with something so comprehensive. It is however not entirely intuitive and the resistive touchscreen they are using on the system is horrible. The big news here is that Cadillac is employing a capacative touchscreen (like the iPhone) which will make everything more fluid and natural. That's a huge step.

This interior is very calculated in it's execution. Calculatedly restrained. People who want more "bang" can play around with all of the customization screens but the brilliance here is that if you want something more traditional you have the option as well. It's all about options in the luxury market...
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have you read the information about their system? there ARE things unique with this system that haven't been used before. :nono:
A capacitive screen and....?
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