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    Ladies & Gents, I Give You The Cadillac XTS


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    The picture you see here is the brand new 2013 Cadillac XTS. The picture was accidentally posted on Cadillac's home page today before being taken off. Luckily, a reader from Jalopnik captured the picture for all of us to see. Since then, Cadillac has confirmed this will be the XTS we see next week at the LA Auto Show.

    The production model is almost a carbon copy of the XTS Platinum concept shown at last year's Detroit Auto Show, with a different design for head and foglights. The XTS will also have Cadillac's new CUE infotainment system.

    Source: Jalopnik

    Edit: GM has since officially released the XTS photograph. I've updated the photo in this article with the GM Media supplied one - DD

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    Reminds a lot of the Sonata but with Cadillac styling cues..I'm wondering about the dimensions..is the wheelbase as short as the LaCrosse or longer? I see differences from the concept in the greenhouse (now a 6-light design) and side contours...

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    I like the grille and headlamp treatment but there are a couple things (since the concept really) that I'm not as big a fan of, mainly the short rear deck and the opera windows behind the door. The former takes away from the presence of the car and the latter is an un-Cadillac styling cue. Nonetheless, if that's all I've got to complain about all in all it's probably a pretty good car LOL. Freakishly better looking than that sack of potatoes they call a Lincoln MKS.

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    The blue hairs are gonna need a spotter for parking at the Denny's due to that unnecessarily long hood. pfffft. :P

    Anyhoo, I want to see it in a gallery of live photos at the show before I make too many more jokes.

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    Wow, that just looks jacked up. What's with the headlight looking like it fits against the sheetmetal so poorly? Looks like huge gaps, whether they actually are or not.

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    Wow, that just looks jacked up. What's with the headlight looking like it fits against the sheetmetal so poorly? Looks like huge gaps, whether they actually are or not.

    GMI has a HighRes Picture that GM released to them tonight. If you zoom in you can see that the "big gap" is actually what the edges of the headlamp look like at a distance.

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    Well, it's time to drop my two cents into the cup here, so be forewarned: some of you will not like what I have to say.

    In the past I know I wasn't the biggest fan of the XTS concept, but after seeing the production version ... well, I think I can honestly say I appreciate it far more now and would rather have it back. I loathe what they've decided to build for production here.

    The production car does seem to follow the essence set by the XTS concept car, but it's also a complete deviation from it at the same time, to the point where it's almost a different car entirely. It's rather bizarre seeing how the concept car looked virtually production ready, aside from the side view mirrors. In hindsight and contrast, compared to the production car, the concept looked like you could manage to pass it off as a $55,000 car. The production car, however, looks like it might would belong in the $30,000 to $40,000 segment (and that is being generous to a degree).

    It's not completely irrational hate, either. Sure, I do have one photo to go by, but that one photo tells me quite a lot.

    The original concept car had a sharper, knife-edged presence, a trait typical of Cadillac these days. The production car, on the other hand, is considerably softer than the vehicle that set its foundation. It's almost quite drastic, really; there's far more marshmallow creme in the mix now than concrete.

    The glasshouse has been stretched in ways it didn't have to be stretched. Due to that change, the sideview mirrors no longer mount in front of the front windows, and a nasty piece of square plastic is in that area instead. The concept car also did not have a sixth window, another side effect from needlessly changing the greenhouse, which only serves to clutter up the design in the case of the XTS production car. The rear side glass should have been left integral.

    The crease that ran below the lower window line has been needlessly raised upward, which will undoubtedly make the production car look a touch slouchy in profile when compared to the original concept car. The door handles are, as a result, moved upward as well and lose their nice, teardrop scallops in favor of something more parts-bin friendly. There was also a nice isosceles crease near the bottom of the doors on the concept car. The production XTS throws that nice touch completely in the trash and chooses to substitute it with what seems to be a cheap piece of flat door molding instead.

    The headlights seem more fitting on a pre-2010 Ford Fusion and the black trim that runs their perimeter gives the impression of nine mile-wide panel gaps. The changes to the foglights and their surrounds are, no doubt, tacky, tasteless, and pointless. The grille, which looked sturdy on the concept, now looks brittle and cheap on the production car, with it having a nasty gap above it's upper banner.

    If you think this is all exaggeration, think again. Here's the concept and production car side by side. Look for yourself.

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    From a design perspective, this looks to me like the inbred bastard offspring of a Saturn Aura and a Chevrolet Impala. It's absolutely terrible. It is not a Cadillac nor is it what they should aspire to build. I hope for GM and Cadillac's sake they don't try to abandon the Ciel concept like they did the Sixteen.

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    What an awkward, unfortunate looking car. Sorry to sound like smk here, but this looks like a MKS/S80/RL-type second-tier luxury sedan. Its Epsilon II roots are obvious.

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    I want to see the rear. The production version looks to have a hump in the rear decklid. The black lines around the headlights make it look like it's already been in a collision.

    Honestly? I think someone at Cadillac got a little too inspired with the swooshy profile of the Mercedes CLS...and typical of middle America, the taste level with regards to the "bling" is just so trailer park kla$$y.

    Less is more, but then again, the coasts know that. My father is so buying this when it comes out it isn't even funny--he took a 2000 DHS and a 2006 DTS and put on canvas roofs, gold packages, blingy chrome rims with gold center caps, and custom grilles with gold and blingy chrome, The dealership that sold him those cars has since had its Cadillac franchise revoked.

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    I think I will wait till I see it in person first. like many cars GM has done of late they present so much better in person. The CTS coupe looks ok in photo's but presents so much stronger in person.

    But like I have said this car was not going to be a home run but will make money and not harm Cadillac till they get the car they really want. God knows it is an improvement over the DTS.

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    I was so ready to like this car. I really was. I knew something did not seem right when I saw all the spy photos. I do not like the rear door and that window behind the rear door design. That is called a opera window or quarter window. I do not like where it is placed because so many cars have that same six window design that looks like an after thought. The Chevrolet Impala has had it for years, The Toyota Avalon used to have it, the Hyundai Sonata has it, Audi uses it on every last sedan it makes. It is too common and over done. The last time Cadillac had a six window design like this was 1976. I am not a fan of the headlights. It looks like one projector beam headlight on each side of the grille work. Not a fan of that. I think a car should have two headlights on each side of the grille work. The sides with the swoopy line looks too much like Hyundai Sonata and Mercedes Benz E Class. The inside is nice, but of course no bench seat and the seat controls are most likely on the side of the seat instead of being on the door. Not everyone wants bucket seats. GM and everyone else who makes cars seems to think so. The car looks more Asian than American Cadillac. This tells me this car is going to be exported. It looks ready for the Chinese market. I think the concept car looked better.

    I do feel it will be a hit and a success in the market.

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    After staring at this long enough, I think the XTS looks like someone took the EpII platform, added an ATS rear and front and a '91 Caprice roofline.

    The ever-shortening trunk and hood just does not make this look prestigious.

    Art & Science has outlasted its stay... and GM squandered the time it had to exploit it.

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