Cadillac says that the XTS offers a glimpse into the next generation of interior design for The Wreath and Crest brand. In styling the cabin and selecting interior finishes of the Super Epsilon-based vehicle, designers drew inspiration from the fast-paced and often-changing fashion and home furnishings industries.
For instance, the cut-and-sew treatment of the XTS’ leather is a component that designers acquired from fashion; one of their intentions, in fact, was to make the interior an extension of products with which the luxury consumer interacts. To do this, designers studied how the fashion industry chooses leathers for handbags and shoes.
“As automotive designers we can draw parallels, especially from luxury fashion, in the way materials like leather are selected and treated,” said Erin Crossley, a design manager who helped style the XTS’s interior. “We applied small details, such as stitching touches, from fashion to deliver a refined interior with finishes that a customer can appreciate for its attention to detail.”
Unlike fashion, automotive interiors don’t change with the seasons. But the use of premium materials remains a key component to delivering a durable and chic product. Besides having a leather-wrapped steering wheel, front dash, top door trim, and center console, the XTS Platinum uses Opus full-leather seats with subtle hints of purple visible through mini-perforated inserts. Opus leather, according to Caddy, is the highest-quality leather sourced for Cadillac and has a limited finishing and light embossed grain for a soft feel. Purple stitching around the cabin’s trim areas complements the purple mini-perforated inserts.
“With the XTS we really looked for soft and supple leathers and used pops of color to add an element of contrast and drama,” said Crossley. “We used really fine grains in order to see the richness of the natural material and also make sure it feels high end to the touch.”
Since its launch, the XTS has been recognized throughout the industry for its design, one of which was a Ward’s 10 Best Interiors award.
The GM Authority Take
The high-quality and luxurious interior is most definitely the strongpoint of the XTS. In fact, we couldn’t find one thing wrong with the car’s cabin after driving the car for a combined two weeks (stay tuned for the review). In fact, yours truly absolutely loves the XTS’s high-quality materials; but what really mesmerized me was the car’s interior and exterior lighting elements: