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(from Cadillac Press
Release) Cadillac DTS - 2011
Cadillac DTS extends its
heritage of technologically advanced luxury and leading safety into
2011, including the DTS Platinum Edition that adds premium features
and special paint options to its hand-crafted elegance.
Among the DTS’ advanced safety features are Lane Departure Warning
and Side Blind Zone Alert. Lane Departure Warning uses a camera to
provide visual and audible alerts in the event of an inadvertent
lane change. Side Blind Zone Alert extends driver vision, using
radar sensors to detect objects adjacent to the car in a driver’s
traditional “blind spot.”
Like all Cadillac models, DTS now includes standard Cadillac Premium
Care Maintenance, covering scheduled oil changes, tire rotations,
replacement of engine and cabin air filters and multi-point vehicle
inspections for four years or 50,000 miles. The 2011 DTS also debuts
ninth generation OnStar technology, which includes significantly
improved voice recognition capabilities.
The DTS Platinum returns
for 2011, offering a distinctly higher level of premium luxury, with
bright chrome details including 18-inch chrome wheels, chrome
grille, chrome inserts on the exterior door handle lift bars, and an
exclusive Platinum badge. It features the Northstar 4.6L V-8 engine,
rated at 292-horsepower (218 kW)*, and other performance-oriented
features such as Magnetic Ride Control and Performance Algorithm
The DTS interior is distinguished by subtle details that complement
each other to create a luxurious and inviting environment. A choice
of two unique interiors, Light Linen over Cocoa and all-Ebony, are
complemented by light ash burl wood with decorative inlay, Tuscany
full leather upholstery, French seams on the door panel inserts and
hand-cut-and-sewn leather on the instrument panel top pad, console
and door trim.
This extensive luxury package extends underfoot and even to the
trunk, with unique floor mats and a richer trunk mat made of
upgraded materials. A sunroof and DVD navigation system are
standard, as is LED interior ambient footwell lighting.
A handcrafted, leather-wrapped heated steering wheel with authentic
light ash burl wood and chrome rings – as well as chrome
appointments, Alcantara headliner and visors, and an illuminated
Platinum badge on the door sill plate – complete the package.
Based on the DTS livery
sedan, the DTS-L is a long-wheelbase model that provides a great
choice for executive transport customers and those who seek more
privacy in the rear passenger area. It is eight inches (315 mm)
longer than the standard DTS (extension completed by a certified
Cadillac Master Coachbuilder) and, with the added length inserted
behind the rear doors, provides an executive privacy seating
position. The rear-seat passengers are concealed behind the
C-pillar, rearward of the side windows.
The DTS-L is equipped with the 275-horsepower (205 kW) 4.6L
Northstar V-8 engine and is available with most of the DTS’ luxury
features, including heated and cooled driver and passenger front
seats with memory settings; heated rear outboard seats; rear
four-way power lumbar controls and adjustable headrests; Adaptive
Remote Start; OnStar; XM Satellite Radio; DVD navigation and a
rear-seat DVD entertainment system.
Lane Departure Warning system
The Lane Departure
Warning system uses a camera located between the inside rearview
mirror and the windshield to detect lane markings on the road and
alert drivers when they inadvertently stray from the lane.
When the Lane Departure Warning System is engaged, a driver
traveling at 35 mph or more who crosses a detected lane marking
without signaling is alerted in two ways: The system’s telltale
light flashes amber, and an alerting sound of three beeps is played.
The system is designed to alert drivers so they can take appropriate
action to move the vehicle back into the lane.
A distinguishing feature of Cadillac’s lane departure system over
competitive systems is its telltale light with the “LDW” symbol that
indicates whether the system is ready to assist the driver. If the
light is green, the system is able to detect lane markings and
provide alerts. If the light is off, it will not. To avoid nuisance
alerts, the system is designed to not provide an alert if the turn
signal is on or if the driver makes a sharp maneuver.
Side Blind Zone Alert system
Side Blind Zone Alert
uses radar sensors behind the rear fascia on both sides of the
vehicle that signal an audible and visual alert if objects are
detected in “blind zones.” The outside rearview mirrors feature turn
signal LEDs and bold Side Blind Zone Alert icons.
Alternating radar beams in GM’s Side Blind Zone Alert system “sweep”
adjacent areas, covering a zone of about one lane over from both
sides of the vehicle, or 11 feet (3.5 m). The zone starts at each
side mirror and goes back about 16 feet (5 m).
When the system is engaged, a driver will know that following
vehicles in the adjacent lanes are entering the side blind zone when
an amber symbol, located in the outside rearview mirror, is
illuminated. The system is not designed to detect vehicles outside
of the side blind zone that may be rapidly approaching, or detect
pedestrians, bicyclists or animals. It’s designed to ignore
infrastructure such as fire hydrants or parked cars. In addition,
the system displays do not come on while the vehicle is approaching
or passing other vehicles.
The DTS is equipped with
the technologically advanced Northstar 4.6L V-8 engine and mated to
the Hydra-Matic 4T80 four-speed automatic transmission – a proven
combination that assures powerful, sophisticated performance.
The Northstar 4.6L V-8 engine is available in two configurations:
the 292-horsepower (218 kW)* L37 and the 275-horsepower (205 kW)*
LD8. The L37 version is responsive, with more peak horsepower. The
LD8 puts more emphasis on quick launch and part-throttle response
with greater peak torque.
Refined chassis and Magnetic Ride
The DTS chassis combines
performance and luxury capabilities to a degree never before reached
on a full-size Cadillac sedan. Chassis tuning on the four-wheel
independent suspension system achieves a smooth, quiet, refined
ride. The DTS features a front cradle design, with the engine
mounted to the cradle, and the cradle mounted to the body rails.
Integrated chassis control technologies include four-channel
anti-lock brakes and traction control, four-channel StabiliTrak with
Brake Assist, and Magnetic Ride Control (MRC). It is the world’s
fastest reacting suspension, controlling body motions to a precise
MRC provides electronically controlled, magnetic-fluid based
real-time damping. It uses four wheel-to-body displacement sensors
to measure wheel motion over the road surface and responds by
adjusting the shock damping at speeds approaching one millisecond.
The system’s secret is the magneto-rheological fluid contained in
its dampers, replacing traditional mechanical valves. Suspended in
this fluid are tiny iron particles that respond to an
electromagnetic charge. A revised piston profile introduced in 2008
improves damping capability and decreases shock temperatures,
resulting in improved ride and handling.
Comfort, convenience and security
The DTS is loaded with a
broad range of helpful feature that enhance comfort, convenience and
security. The features included:
• Heated and
cooled front seats
• Heated rear seats
• Heated steering wheel
• Standard dual-zone climate control on base packages and
standard tri-zone climate control on uplevel packages
• Factory-installed Adaptive Remote Start with
• Rain-sensing wipers
• Power folding outside rearview mirrors
• Front and rear ultrasonic park assist
• IntelliBeam automatic high-beam headlamps
• In-dash six-CD changer and MP3 player
• Radar-based adaptive cruise control (ACC) with audible and
• DVD navigation system
• Safety features
The DTS is equipped with
a host of safety and security features, beginning with its body
frame integral (BFI) construction; strategically engineered crumple
zones in front and rear; and comprehensive use of high-strength
steel. The vehicle’s crashworthiness is enhanced with structural
foam and nylon structural inserts strategically placed in areas of
the vehicle’s structure.
The DTS has six standard air bags, including an industry-first dual
depth front passenger air bag and GM’s passenger sensing system. The
GM co-patented technology deploys either a small or large air bag
depending upon crash severity, seat belt usage and seat position.
Additional standard features include a dual-stage driver frontal air
bag, roof-rail curtain air bags, and front-seat side-impact thorax
As with other Cadillac models, all 2011 DTS models are now equipped
with ninth-generation OnStar technology. The flexible speech
recognition system interprets different sentences or phrases without
actually hearing the exact two-to-three-word commands from the user.
For example, a subscriber who wants to place a call using the Hands
Free Calling System simply says: “I would like to make a phone call”
or “Need to make a phone call” instead of saying the exact “dial” or
“call” command. The system will understand that the user wants to
place a call and process the command. The system is capable of
recognizing thousands of sentences that users may say.
Additionally, significant improvements have been made to the
flexible speech recognition system to allow it to better understand
many regional dialects. This means that a subscriber in southern
Louisiana will be just as easily understood as a subscriber in Long
Island or Minnesota. OnStar engineers in North America and China
performed extensive validation testing across four languages
(English, French, Spanish and Mandarin), more than 30 different
dialects and vehicle models in a wide range of driving and noise
Cadillac has been a
leading luxury auto brand since 1902. In recent years, Cadillac has
engineered an historic renaissance led by artful engineering and