Now that I looked at the Buick Verano, I gotta look at this one. I hope to see it at the D.C. Auto Show in a few weeks, if they display it there. Hopefully (but not certain) it will be out on the floor, unlocked....or one out in front, on the street, for a test-drive. Last year, GM and Kia had 6 or 7 new models available for quick local test -drives around the city streets near the show. You signed up, showed your drivers' license, took a puff on the Breathalyzer, picked out what car you wanted, and waited until they called you.
The Editors Letter in the February issue of C&D says that the XTS isn't going to be their flagship (also, typical C&D not acknowledging the LS), and Cadillac "will" have one. Let's hope these reports hold any water. I like the subtle look of the ATS, but am not "Wowed" whatsoever.
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What does stink to me is the XTS being FWD/AWD and its clear it is missing the RWD proportions of the ATS/CTS. How the hell is your flagship FWD and your base model RWD?
Caddy already has the CTS, CTS-V (and, apparantly, the ATS) for the sport-sedan, RWD crowd....though the CTS, of course, also (properly, IMO), has an AWD option. The XTS is going to have to appeal to at least some of the traditional Cadillac owners who are b**ching about the demise of the DTS (and, believe me, there are plenty of them out there). That means at least a fairly good-sized, reasonably-smooth-riding, cushy, quiet FWD luxury-sedan. One nice thing, of course, on the XTS, that the DTS never got, will be the AWD option. Same with the Lincoln MKS flagship over the Town Car, though, IMO, the MKS is too small and has tires that are too-low-profile.
I think the design is on the boring side. It has CTS resemblances, but it looks pretty weak compares to CTS. Unlike other cars in the same class such as IS and e92 3 series, which look less mature than GS and 5 series respectively, ATS looks a lot more mature than CTS. I don't know why Caddy chose more fluidic front over edgy front like CTS, but it lacks of personality on the front compares to CTS. All in all, I would take CTS over ATS design wise.