Newport Convertible Engineering has announced that It will produce limited productions of Cadillac XTS Convertible and It will distribute through selected Cadillac dealerships worldwide.
The XTS will be available in basic form, as well as with three option collections: Luxury, Premium and Platinum.
The XTS comes standard with front-wheel drive and optional all-wheel drive on all models above the standard model. The FWD models achieve 17 city, 28 highway miles per gallon.
The road-going version of the XTS remains true to its concept counterpart, sporting Cadillac’s latest interpretation of its ‘Art & Science’ design language. The XTS convertible is highlighted by its bold egg-crate grille and vertical taillights.
Inside the XTS places a heavy emphasis on technology and design, including the luxury division’s new Cadillac User Experience, or CUE for short. The CUE system includes an eight-inch screen in the center stack, a 12.3-inch reconfigurable gauge cluster and a unique touchscreen interface that mimics today’s tablets.
Other technologies available on the XTS convertible include Lane Departure Warning, Forward Collision Alert, Adaptive Cruise Control and a color Head-up display.
Power for the XTS convertible is provided by a direct-injection 3.6L V6 delivering 300 horsepower. Shifting duties are handled by a six-speed automatic, which routes power to the front wheels on the base model, or up to all four wheels via a Haldex all-wheel-drive system with electronically controlled limited-slip differential on the higher trim levels.
The XTS convertible should be able to hold its own in the corners thanks to GM’s Magnetic Ride Control, a rear air suspension, HiPer Strut front suspension and Brembo brakes. Standard wheels measure 19-inches but 20s are also on offer.
The Cadillac XTS convertible top by NCE is built in California, USA.
The XTS is up against cars like the BMW 5-Series, Mercedes-Benz E-Class and Audi A6, but the Caddy holds a size advantage over its German rivals — about four inches in the cases of the 5-Series and E-Class and two-inches over the Audi.