A Victory & Reseda review of the 2013 Cadillac XTS
A long time ago, riding around in a big Cadillac was a huge deal.
A Cadillac would be your calling card that reminded everyone that you made it in life. These big, bold and beautiful machines made an audacious statement of your arrival – and departure. Tail fins, larger than life grilles and acres of chrome were all you need to show off your status to the world for all to see.
Even when Cadillac experimented with smaller vehicles, different design languages, roadsters, SUVs and crossovers, the symbol of the brand was always the “Big Caddy.” It may have switched the drive axle back and forth or have been tweaked with modern interpretations of classic brand design elements; there would always be a “Big Caddy” in the showroom.
The names of the “Big Caddy” evoked a response when they are called: Sixty Special, Series 62, Fleetwood Brougham, Sedan de Ville, DTS…DTS? Perhaps the Escalade would work here.
Still, a three-letter nomenclature yields no response from those pining for a piece of tailfin legend. Art&Science – the brand’s current design language – is the key to today’s Cadillac in an effort to become a truly global luxury brand.
What if there was a Cadillac that was thoroughly modern with the feel of a “Big Caddy?” What if a Cadillac could evoke the past, but laden with the latest of today’s technology and performance?