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Recent model introductions from Cadillac have been aimed squarely at European luxury and sport sedans, with the CTS and CTS-V taking on the BMW 5-Series and the ATS taking on the BMW 3-Series. It’s almost as if Cadillac has forgotten its history of building large cars with a softer side, aimed at drivers who have no idea what phrases like “late apex” or “trail braking” mean.

Enter the new-for-2013 Cadillac XTS, the brand’s latest offering in the full-size luxury sedan segment. Its exterior styling immediately identifies the XTS as a Cadillac, yet somehow the lines are a bit less harsh than on the smaller CTS and ATS sedans. There’s a bit of a resemblance to other GM luxury offerings (namely the Buick LaCrosse), but that in no way dilutes the XTS’ appeal. In fact, we’d be willing to bet that the car’s target demographic will find the exterior styling of the XTS more pleasing than that of the more linear CTS or ATS sedans.

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