Cadillac XTS gets capless fueling

Cadillac says it paid very close attention when building its XTS sedan, going over every aspect of the vehicle with a fine-toothed comb. One of the details the automaker chose to improve upon is the fuel filler assembly, completely changing it from the traditional system.

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There is no twist off cap with the new fuel filler, which allowed Cadillac to give it a smaller and less noticeable design. Still needing to meet all fuel system sealing regulations, the XTS operates with two doors that get pushed apart when the nozzle is inserted. Both doors lock fuel in with a rubber-sealed edge that remains air tight.

Other automakers that have implemented similar technology have so far used only one door, what Cadillac opted for two to ensure durability. There is also no internal drain to avoid any excess dripping.

The fuel filler system makes it cleaner to pump fuel, and also avoids scratches to the car’s paint by doing away with the hanging cap.

“We ignored no detail in making XTS the most advanced Cadillac sedan yet,” said chief engineer Sheri Hickok. “Even things taken for granted, like a fuel cap, deserved and received a full rethink.”

Refresher: Power for the 2013 Cadillac XTS comes from a 3.6 liter V6 (LFX) engine making an estimated 300-hp. The engine is mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission and a front or all-wheel-drive layout. The Haldex all-wheel-drive system has an electronic limited-slip differential that splits torque between the rear wheels. Along with Magnetic Ride Control, the 2013 XTS borrows the Brembo braking from Caddy’s V-Series high performance models. Prices start at $44,995.

By: Alexandra Koken