Owners of the Cadillac XTS have the ability to change the design and theme of their luxury sedan’s gauge cluster thanks to an available feature of the CUE infotainment system. The industry-exclusive offering replaces traditional analog dials and offers a choice of four layouts — from simple and minimal to performance-oriented and very informative, while being controlled by an intuitive multi-directional switch on the steering wheel.
Each of the four layouts continually displays vehicle speed and fuel information, just like traditional dials, while owners can change the design of the cluster along with the type of information displayed based on their preference. The four cluster modes include:
Serving as the default layout, the Balanced Display is for drivers who prefer the look of a traditional gauge cluster. The layout consists of three “zones” across the screen that include the speedometer, tachometer, fuel level, radio station information, as well as outside temperature.
Designed specifically for enthusiasts who would rather have information on the car itself, the Performance Display offers a clean look with a large speedometer on the right and a tachometer on the left. The driver can alter the display with other performance-focused information, such as fuel consumption and tire pressure.
According to Cadillac, the Enhanced Display is for the “uber-connected” driver. The web-inspired layout displays a navigation map on the left and digital speed and fuel readings on the right. The layout is simple and clean — allowing the driver to scroll through pages of information by using the multidirectional steering wheel switch.
Designed with the minimalist in mind, the Simple Display shows speed, fuel, and audio information — with additional data available at the driver’s request.
Each of the four layouts offers a screen-within-a-screen feature, as the smaller display in the center of the speedo and tach allows the driver to view navigation routes, control the radio, and cycle through a bevy of other information.
In developing the digital gauge cluster, Cadillac studied vehicle owners and their use of the radio, navigation, phone settings, and other user connectivity features. “Most drivers fall into one of four different categories in terms of the amount of information they want to see at any given time, so we built the XTS gauge cluster layouts to appeal to any one of those drivers”, said Scott Martin, senior creative designer in charge of building the digital cluster layouts.
The 12.3″ reconfigurable color gauge cluster is standard on the Premium and Platinum trim levels of the XTS, replacing the 5.7″ Driver Information Center found on the Standard and Luxury trim levels of the vehicle. Those looking for an excuse to upgrade to the Premium or Platinum trims should know that both add a 110-volt power outlet to the Super Epsilon-based Caddy.