So here we have it, filling the gap for the now defunct Cadillac DTS, Cadillac has unveiled the 2013 XTS.
Why we like it:
1. Less polarizing styling than the CTS Sedan and Coupe. It doesn’t have that F-117 Stealth Fighter thing happening. The lines are much softer.
2. The front grille is much more tidy than previous Caddy iterations.
Why we don’t:
1. It’s long. At 202 inches, the XTS is only 3 inches shorter than a BMW 7-Series long-wheelbase variant.
2. Front-wheel drive layout. A car this long is bound to be nose heavy with a front-wheel drive configuration. The forward lean and the high rear are dead giveaways.
3. 300 horsepower V6. Again, the Americans have come up short in rivaling Europe’s flagships in the Mercedes S-Class, Audi A8, and BMw 7-Series.
4. Doesn’t make any effort to distinguish itself as an automobile that doesn’t belong in a Rental Car or Livery fleet. It’s the same issue with the Lincoln MKS and Chrysler 300. Why American car manufacturers cannot develop a distinct look is a mystery.
5. Cadillac will inevitably attempt to make a sport or touring variant of this vehicle. See bullets, 1, 2 & 4, and do some fact finding on how the ‘V’ Programme is working out for Cadillac.
Rental car fleets rejoice! You have a vehicle to offer as part of your ‘mid-size to full-size at no extra cost’ package.