Cadillac Ciel


1. The sharp separation of hood-top surfaces was a Bill Mitchell specialty, brought back with mastery here.

2. Careful delineation of the hood from near-horizontal fender valence panels is both elegant and sensitively executed.

3. The windshield is seriously cut down, speedster-style, and the little quarter glass on the doors allows unimpeded access to the lavish interior, unlike true wraparound glass.

4. The rounded side panels are nicely defined by this four-door's central door cut, showing a voluptuous character missing from Cadillacs for a decade or more.

5. The texture in the side vents seems too coarse and unrefined for a luxury car. And one wonders if they are needed at all. Purity of form should be enough.

6. I like big wheels as much as anyone but find these ultra-low-profile tires are disconcerting on a luxury car, where ride comfort is really more important than cornering grip.

7. The liberation from traditional lamp forms offered by LEDs is fully accepted and nicely utilized on the Ciel.

8. This grille is again coarser and more trucklike than is really appropriate for a luxury car, even a big one like this.

Answer to number 18: Hell no.

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