Cadillac XTS Platinum Concept

1 The upper side-window profile is nicely done and thankfully doesn't try to ape BMW's characteristic kink, as have so many others.

2 This rather flat, almost vertical wall derives from the A-pillar and gives importance to the too-short "engine room."

3 The bottom of the trapezoidal upper grille emphasizes the strong central line that runs through the whole lower body.

4 This bright-finish lower grille turns the front trapezoid into something seemingly copied from Audi.

5 Hidden below the shield is yet another air inlet. There's probably little airflow through the shiny grilles, so this opening is likely needed for extreme-condition cooling.

6 The wheel is much too close to the door, exaggerating the front overhang and hindering any pretense of elegance.

7 The strong line emerging from the front fender is simple, clear, and beautifully modeled.

8 The cabin's expanses of wood trim blend into the door panels in a single elegant curve.

9 Christine Park, principal interior designer, stresses the "cradling" aspect of the main instrument panel. The theme works quite well.

10 The dash top's pointed center continues the external lower-body theme.

11 Inner door handles evoke the pistils of a flower. They are visually delicate but feel robust.

12 Seats in the XTS are extremely understated-and all the better for it.

13 The fender line proper is very simple, just peaking in profile at the aft end of the upper lamp cluster.

14 The elegantly slim mirrors must grow for the production version.

15 Taking heed of the Lexus LS460, perhaps, Cadillac has fashioned an elegant piece of trim that does much more than a simple constant section could.

16 The backlight is nearly flat. This would have been a nice place for a crease supplied by bending the glass, as General Motors did in the 1970s.

17 The CHMSL composition adds interest and avoids a clumsy spoiler.

18 Keeping the vee in the plan view on the rear bumper adds elegance and a bit of formality.

19 A great deal of attention has been paid to the exhaust outlets and the backup lights, integrating all the functions in a nearly full-width element.

20 The surface swelling outward to capture and cover the rear wheel is good. Too bad the tractive effort is primarily at the front end.

21 The indent in the lower body-side surface stiffens the sheetmetal and catches a lot of light.

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rackstar
This looks better than the review gives credit. However, I will agree it needs some work.
SGV64
Dear Mr. Cumberford. Once again your attempt to give us a history lesson fails. Cadillac didn't came into this world as the Detroit Automobile Company but as The Henry Ford Company. BTW, Detroit Automobile Company was founded by Henry Ford too.
chaetophile
I disagree about the front end of this car. It doesn't need to be any longer to impress, and to make it so would add unnecessary weight. The designers have taken the lightest functional form and made it beautiful; to me, that's impressive. The light-colored dash-top, however, is a functional misstep, glaring in sunlight and reflecting in the glass above it. No thank you, please!

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