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Cadillac XTS Chop

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While I do kinda of like the XTS Concept, something about it just has been feeling off to me. From the front it looks great, but from the back 3/4 and especially the side it felt off. Then it hit me: proportionally this looks like the new LaCrosse. The problem besides resembling a Buick while being aimed more at the 7 Series lie in the hood/nose length, which just seemed far too short. So I took gm4life's sig of the Caprice and used it as a jig, lengthened the wheelbase and nose, and shortened the overhang to match the Zeta car (and lengthed teh tail lights a bit a la Converj). IMO this makes all the difference in the world and gives it a lot of presence it currently lacks.

I discovered something very interesting while I was doing this. Everything from the A-Pillar almost perfectly lines up with the Caprice. Anyway enjoy!

Original

XTS.jpg

Chop

XTSChop.jpg

Comparison

XTSjig.jpg

Camino you wanted a big Caddy with Zeta proportions, so enjoy. :P

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I also attempted to 'fix' the XTS (Bearing in mind I kept mine EPII):

ORIGINAL XTS CONCEPT

Length: 203.8

Wheelbase 111.7

XTSOriginal.jpg

"MY" Revision

Length: 210.1

Wheelbase: 115.6 (same as current DTS)

XTSNew-1.jpg

What I did:

-Increased Wheelbase

-Lengthened Taillights

-Shortened bumper behind taillamps

-Lengthened Rear Deck

-Lengthened Hood

-Slight Increase in front overhang (go ahead and crucify me)

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Some slightly larger wheels to round out the changes...

XTSChop2.jpg

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Sigh... looks better DF. That's unfortunate since you're not working for GM! I'm not a fan of those wheels though.

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Definitely a different (for the better) look with RWD proportions. Oh well, in typical GM fashion, "maybe the next one will have those"...

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Some slightly larger wheels to round out the changes...

XTSChop2.jpg

The whole design just flows so much better: now it looks like a Caddy!

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I gave it another go, specs on this one are 213.7 long and still 115.6 Wheelbase

XTSlonghood.jpg

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Camino you took the words out of my mouth how it is more proportioned in DF's chop. I also love the comparison.

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Camino you took the words out of my mouth how it is more proportioned in DF's chop. I also love the comparison.

What kills me about it is that GM missed this?

How?

Stretched a bit, and proportioned properly, this car becomes elegant.

Just what a Cadillac flagship ought to be.

It's not even my kind of car, and I can see it as clear as day.

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What kills me about it is that GM missed this?

How?

Stretched a bit, and proportioned properly, this car becomes elegant.

Just what a Cadillac flagship ought to be.

It's not even my kind of car, and I can see it as clear as day.

Possibly because the car was rushed onto the stage and that FH stating it will be FWD in a September conference almost made it a no brainer.

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As I said earlier, it's a Fritz car.

So glad he's gone.

x2

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As I said earlier, it's a Fritz car.

So glad he's gone.

But he left his legacy.

Back to the chop. As always a great job Andrew. A slight modification can make a car look better.

Since, I am yet to see a concept being bettered by a production version, I will not hold my breath.

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Some slightly larger wheels to round out the changes...

XTSChop2.jpg

THis is not only what the New Car should look like but drop this whole XTS Crap and give it the proper name with AWD and tight handling like the CTS, this should be the Cadillac Brougham! :yes:

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Nah, sounds like an old person's car then. I'm not huge on alphanumeric naming but I'd rather have XTS.

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Who says they missed it? I think the knew what they were doing all along.

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DF you've taken it from stubby to stunning with these subtle changes, its amazing how something seemingly so simple ( a little extra length) can transform an overall design. Now this is a flagship. GM get on the damn ball and do whatever needs to be done to implement these changes before production.

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Beautiful job on the changes. That's just what it needed. That and an engine. And a RWD/AWD North/South chassis, not this transverse crap.

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Looks good, bud. I think I'll play with the XTS a bit too...

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Although the XTS is sized around the Merc S-Class, it won’t necessarily be the flagship of Cadillac new range.

Most immediately it will replace both the DTS and STS, but in pricing and positioning it still leaves room above for a super-luxury Cadillac saloon in the mould of the V16-powered Sixeen concept of a few years back.

“A real luxury flagship is still on our wishlist,” says Clay Dean, Cadillac design chief.

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