What you're looking at is the production version of the 2013 Cadillac XTS, the full-size luxury yacht that will be doing double duty when it goes on sale next year to replace both the DTS and STS.

We were all set to see the XTS debut next week at the LA Auto Show, but Cadillac beat us to the punch when it accidentally slipped the above image into a slide show on the company's consumer-facing website. The image has since been removed, but as the Internet proves time and again, nothing is ever forgotten.

The biggest thing going for the new XTS, besides its literal size, is the debut of Cadillac's new CUE infotainment system, which we gave you a hands on tour of earlier today. As for its looks, the production XTS appears to be almost identical to the XTS concept that debuted earlier this year at the 2011 Detroit Auto Show. The XTS concept is stunning to behold in person, though in pictures its design can appear too simple, lacking the visual impact that should be present in Cadillac's range-topping four-door. We'll have to wait until next week to see if the production XTS imparts the same first impression.

UPDATE: Cadillac has released the official image of the 2013 XTS that was accidentally leaked onto its website.


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      FireFrost
      • 3 Years Ago
      It looks good. I'm a diehard Cadillac fan, but I admit I thought this was an MKS at first glance. I'm glad that the Omega sedan is coming and this should do well with the 'traditional' Caddy buyers.
      benzaholic
      • 3 Years Ago
      I think I like the look. Looks like extended rear seat space. Perhaps a little too reminiscent of Chrysler's old cab-forward profile. I like the extra chrome on the C pillar. That section of the car, in that photo at the top of this article, looks a little MKS, but also a little modern Jaguar. Which poses an interesting brand positioning question. Instead of BMW/MB/Audi, should this try to claim Jaguar's space?
      submoose
      • 3 Years Ago
      I see old men continuing to buy this vehicle in the future.
      schinbone
      • 3 Years Ago
      Ok, did not see the interior. Now there is the wow. Beautiful.
      Oceanblue78
      • 3 Years Ago
      Very nice!!!
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        Mike D
        • 3 Years Ago
        Ignorant troll is ignorant.
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        TheStagg
        • 3 Years Ago
        whoa you driven it before? where and when?
        Renaurd
        • 3 Years Ago
        Why don't you go home, nobody likes you.
        ryan
        • 3 Years Ago
        U just put on an act to piss these people off. You just say this garbage to get a recation out of all these people come on, grow up.
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        JoJo
        • 3 Years Ago
        I don't know why anyone would buy this over a Lexus ES...... the "XTS" is a cheap Buick. The Germans have nothing to worry about.
          Renaurd
          • 3 Years Ago
          @JoJo
          JoJo......................GOGO,........go with your friend columbianricer. There's a bus waiting at the corner.
          artandcolour2010
          • 3 Years Ago
          @JoJo
          1. the ES is just a Camry. 2. Buicks are not "cheap." 3. `Lexus is not German.
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      JoJo
      • 3 Years Ago
      There is no way in HELL this crap is going to survive against the full size Europeans and Japanese....The segment leader S-Class (which is due for an ALL NEW model in 2012), the solid 7-Series, A8, and Lex LS are going to eat this el-cheapo alive...... try again Cadillac, learn from the Phaeton and the Equus......and stop rebadging Chevy's and Buicks, not a good look for a flagship. /end rant
        Tony Banguel
        • 3 Years Ago
        @JoJo
        This is not the car that will be going toe-to- toe with a S-Class, it car is replacing the STS and the DTS. Question, does those cars compete with the S-Class or the A8, I think not, they are intended for the elderly what just want to hold up everyone on the interstate. READ, first the type some intelligent.
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        LUSTSTANG S-197
        • 3 Years Ago
        I suspect you are a stereotype of another kind. Stop embarrassing Europeans with all of your uninformed, smug comments.
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      Quest
      • 3 Years Ago
      There are only two cars in this class (I'll be nice and not say), Lincoln and Cadillac; the MKS has this beat by a country mile. It looks the part - an Airport Limo. I'll give it to the MKS refresh though neither is a a "real" Luxury car: http://rumors.automobilemag.com/future-american-luxury-next-gen-lincoln-mks-cadillac-xts-spied-85811.html
        LUSTSTANG S-197
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Quest
        The MKS has this beat by a mile? Sorry, but in terms of design, sport appeal, and enthusiasm, Lincoln does not even hold a candle to Cadillac. Rather than being a fanboy and enabling Ford to keep ignoring the Lincoln brand the way it has, you should be calling them out. It may not help, but it certainly can't hurt, given Lincoln's rather forgettable lineup.
      Renaurd
      • 3 Years Ago
      Great looking car, beautiful design, those panning this automobile wouldn't like anything Caddy, or GM makes for that matter. Don't know why some of us feel you have to hate one design, to like another, it's childish. There is really not an awful looking vehicle on the road today, though some are better than others. This Cadillac will look beautiful on the street and it has a market. It wasn't intended to compete with anything BMW or Mercedes makes but it will, and it will win customers. Just you watch.
        Alex740
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Renaurd
        I get so tired of the fan boy claim of GM bashing, it's like using the race card, just a blanket accusation for anyone who doesn't like something from your beloved brand. For the record, I love the CTS but I don't like this, it's no where as sophisticated or refined of a design as the euro crowd and not anywhere as interesting as the CTS. While there may not be many "awful vehicles", there are plenty of average designs out there and this is average, and for the kind of money this will cost, average just doesn't cut it for most people. This won't be German competitor, just those who already buy big american cars and fleet costumers abandoned by Lincoln. GM has already said they will be targeting that crowd with this model, probably why it's not that intereting.
        carfan
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Renaurd
        "There is really not an awful looking vehicle on the road today"...you obviously didn't see a nissan cube a nissan juke or a bmw x6 or a kia hamster on the road today. And yes it is designed to compete with the BMW and the Mercedes!! What do you think that they developed this beatiful car to compete with the krappy lexus or accura??? Are you for real?!?
      Thipps
      • 3 Years Ago
      guys this is NOT the flagship. this will be a big selling car but they have something up their sleeves........ I think its a very classy car
        Hazdaz
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Thipps
        As of early next year, it WILL be the flagship. Yeah, they have another model coming out, but you never count on "upcoming" models in the car-game because you never know what will happen, and more importantly, someone looking to buy a large luxury car can't buy whats not on sale yet.
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