2010 Detroit Auto Show: 2012 Cadillac XTS Live Gallery

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The studio shots and core information on the 2012 Cadillac XTS have been out since midnight, but there's only so much one can glean about the presence of a car from the clinical environment imposed by a uniform grey background. How does it look in real life?

Turns out, better than expected. Though the XTS Platinum Concept looked a lot like a gussied-up LaCrosse to our eye at first, these live shots give a feel for the car's street-level look. It's still not as distinctive and moving as the CTS, and some are referring to it as the "DTS II", but the new flagship's more restrained look might appeal to large-sedan buyers.

The new XTS isn't the only major flagship sedan to tone down the looks of its smaller cars--the 2011 Audi A8 is notoriously bland, and the 2011 BMW 7-Series rid itself of most of the Bangle legacy in favor of plain, smooth surfaces, and even the 2010 Jaguar XJ waters down the XF's potent brew. Mercedes-Benz's S-Class remains the most distinctive face in the mass-market executive sedan segment.

While the exact model year and introduction date for the XTS remain clouded, the car is expected to enter production in GM's Oshawa plant in late 2011 or early 2012.

After you're done checking out the live gallery from the XTS presentation, you can find the full details on the 2012 Cadillac XTS in our preview story, and then head over to GreenCarReport's take on the XTS and its greener implications.

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Comments (13)
  1. Nelson - Time to edit the gallery:
    First Photo: CTS-V
    4th & 5th Photos: GM Talking Heads

  2. Hj- I too am somewhat confused about the XJ comment. If its so toned down whats will all the pissing and moaning about the c-pillar, rear lights, and that it looks nothing like Jaguars of past. Someone needs to go to Pearl Vision!!!
    Also in the link below Nelson refers to the car as "love it or hate it" which is not a term one would use when toning something down!

  3. S I C K !!!! I LOVE IT
    CAN'T WAIT 2 buy it in perl white :)

  4. HJ, MWOW:
    The XJ might be controversial, but it's not as aggressive as the XF, at least not to my eye, and that's the point I was making. I don't get the big argument over the C-pillar; in black it breaks up the flow of the car, but otherwise I don't see what's wrong with it.
    And it seems most people either like or dislike plain-looking cars. Personally I'm a fan of the new A8 precisely because it's not covered in chrome, baubles, and sharp angles.

  5. bepsf:
    As always, thanks for the sharp eye. The talking heads are actually from the XTS presentation though.

  6. Nelson Ireson - no offense but you obviously have got some problems with vision! Just take a look at pic of XJ and XF and tell me WHICH is the most sinister looking and agressive?! And its completely stupit to say that its not agressive only because of the black c-pillar! What sort of people work nowadays as journalists... shame

  7. HJ, I appreciate your position but I disagree. The XJ and XF have most of the same styling elements/cues, but the XJ's are spread over a larger area, and so there's more "plain" space. Plus the proportions of the XJ are decidedly more relaxed and...corpulent than the XFs. Both are good-looking cars, but the XF is more condensed.
    Anyway, whether you disagree with me or not on that point, it's the XTS that is the subject at hand. What are your thoughts on that one?

  8. Hj- In Nelson's defense it does say he's a "car expert" under his name and since its on the internet it must be true!

  9. Wow I really like the way this car looks. Cadillac cars always to me look better in person/on the street. Even the new SRX is a head turner once you see it coming down the street. I think the car is sleek, smooth, sexy and bold all rolled up into one package. It really makes a statement that I’m the sexy big beast on the road now. Nelson my man I think it gives the S Class a run for its money and think it would make more people stop and stare. In all white or jet black with that grill and stretched stance this baby will get a lot of attention on the street.
    I’m not even going to talk about the interior as it kills the 7 Series, S Class, LS and A8

  10. I am a BMW enthusiast at heart but man this is nice! i can't remember the last time i was lusting after an American car! and I can't say how much i am glad GM is moving away from the all chrome wheels. they look extremely cheap, out-dated and ugly IMO. these wheels are much nicer. the interior is fantastic and the exterior is gorgeous as well.

  11. It looks pretty good, though the front looks rather short and blunt for such a large car. Can't wait to see it in person since it is often difficult to judge a car's styling simply by looking at pictures.

  12. Hi,
    The brand already gets enough snobbery from the import buyers (who wouldn't buy a Caddy no matter what the did) but would complain more so if Cadillac ran (more) Chevy pushrod engines. The GM high feature V6 is used in other brands, but it was developed for Caddy first. The V12 Escalade is off the table. Now that the Northstar replacement is dead, I do not know what this big car will run as its top of the line engine. Maybe if will use LS power, or they will fit DOHC heads on an LS as the rumor was.

  13. I am in the market to replace an Eldorado. I am their target buyer. I thought the XTS concept looked great, so did the Sixteen. The Volt concept also looked great. Like the Production Volt, this DTS is a shadow of what could have been. Instantly forgettable and I wouldn't even bother to stop by a showroom to look at either, they are so bland. Boomers are not blind and diapers yet, so why ignore the success of the edgy CTS and release blocky, boring, butt ugly cars to market. What is your brand image? Going tho buy a Tesla.

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