Cadillac is hoping to raise the bar for in-car infotainment with CUE, which integrates touch technology, apps, proximity sensors, voice control, and all sorts of other goodies to make your ride more fun–without being distracting. We got to spend a good 20 minutes with the new Cadillac User Experience and came away impressed with the features Cadillac packed into this elegantly designed system. Check out more details and hands-on video below.
CUE is essentially three parts in one including an 8-inch capacitive touchscreen infotainment system, a capacitive HVAC cluster located directly below that, and a fully customizable instrument panel. It’s the 8-inch capacitive touchscreen that really got our attention. Cadillac loaded it up with a slew of industry firsts including haptic feedback, multi-touch gestures, and proximity sensing features.
CUE’s capacitive HVAC cluster was also an impressive feature. Like the touchscreen display located above it, the cluster offers haptic feedback. Making the cluster all digital means that Cadillac could hollow out the back of it. As a result, you get a 1.8 liter storage area that includes two USB ports for importing media.
One of the coolest features included in CUE is the fully customizable 12.3-inch. digital instrument cluster. Users can switch between simple, enhanced, performance, and balanced themed displays. Switching between the themes brought up a cool looking animation, that spun the tachometer and speedometer until the new theme was selected. It’s a simple trick, but it works.
Overall, we came out impressed with Cadillac’s new offering. If you’re in the market for a new Caddy, we would suggest holding off until the 2012 model year, when CUE will debut in the XTS and ATS luxury sedans and SRX luxury crossover.