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Cadillac XTS gets customizable gauge cluster

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December 11, 2012

Cadillac XTS gauge cluster

Cadillac XTS gauge cluster

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Drivers of top of the line cars can customize just about everything. At the touch of a button or the turn of a dial they can change the brake settings, the traction control, the suspension and even how far the boot opens. Cadillac is taking this customization up another notch in its XTS luxury sedan by making it possible to alter the arrangement of the digital gauges to suit the driver’s tastes.

The display system for the XTS consists of a 12.3-inch LCD screen that sits on the dashboard where the analog dials used to be. The driver can choose between four different layouts via a multi-directional switch on the steering wheel. Each cluster shows the car’s speed and fuel level, but other than that, they are tailored to meet the needs of a particular type of driver with details of each cluster able to be modified by the owner.

The four interchangeable gauge clusters were developed by Cadillac after studying how car owners use various features and what they wanted out of them.

“We spent time with owners of all kinds of vehicles to learn how they used the radio, navigation, phone settings, and other user connectivity features,” said Scott Martin, Cadillac’s senior creative designer in charge of building the layouts. “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.

“Drivers can also further customize each layout to their own personal liking. They can flip through all the information pages to permanently display their favorite preset radio stations, check tire pressure, navigation, fuel range, and temperature among other features.”

Cadillac XTS 'Balanced' display

The first layout is the “Balanced” display, which is the default cluster design. This resembles a traditional dial layout with the usual speedometer, tachometer, and fuel and temperature gauges. However, these get a high-tech twist with displays inside the dials for tire pressure, navigation and radio information.

Cadillac XTS 'Performance' display

The second is the “Performance” layout, which is for enthusiast drivers. This is dominated by an enlarged speedometer and tachometer while other readouts are tucked away in the margins.

Cadillac XTS 'Enhanced' display

Third is the “Enhanced” layout for the “uber-connected” driver. Instead of a speedometer, there’s a digital speed readout and the driver can pull up vehicle information in pages that can be scrolled through using the steering wheel control.

Cadillac XTS 'Simple' display

The fourth layout is the “Simple” cluster and is designed with the minimalist in mind. There’s readouts of speed, fuel and the radio, though other information is available.

The digital gauge cluster feature is available on Cadillac XTS models with the Premium or Platinum trim level.

Source: General Motors

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5 Comments

This is not a novelty....several japanese and european models already do that. For an example just check out the displays of the Nissan GT-R...(Nissan's webpage).

Charlie Channels
12th December, 2012 @ 03:25 am PST

The central part looks really messy...

Imhof Iván
12th December, 2012 @ 09:49 am PST

It's too cluttered to start with. And now leave it to the individual to clutter the most important instrument cluster even more. It's too important an area to spend more than a glance to monitor functions and speed. It'll be about as efficient and safe as trying to read those digital signs in traffic at 70 miles per hour. Contrast, size and display colors have already been optimized, tested and proven. Leave the professional designers be.

Rich

RichC
12th December, 2012 @ 10:17 am PST

Still not as functional as SYNC and My Ford Touch... Although very cool

rwalker
12th December, 2012 @ 10:42 am PST

Four choices of layout, but not the one *you* want.

Gregg Eshelman
12th December, 2012 @ 04:55 pm PST
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