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    2018 Cadillac XTS Puts on A CT6 Face


    • The XTS is sticking around for a while.


    The Cadillac XTS represents the last of an era of front-wheel drive based luxury sedans for the brand. You may think that it will not be too long before the XTS goes into the great parking lot in the sky. But that's where you be wrong as the brand is giving the XTS some big updates for 2018.

    The most noticeable change is the new face that makes the XTS look more like the CT6 - something we first learned about last month. There is a new front grille and headlights that have been moved up slightly. The rear comes with a new trunk and reshaped LED taillights. Inside, Cadillac has introduced the latest version of CUE which brings forth an all new user interface.

    There is much to report in the XTS' mechanicals aside from an updated chassis that is said to improve ride comfort. The 3.6 V6 with 304 horsepower comes standard, while the V Sport makes do with a turbocharged 3.6 V6 with 410 horsepower. Both engines come paired with a six-speed automatic. The 3.6 is available with front or all-wheel drive, and the V-Sport only comes with AWD.

    The updated 2018 XTS arrives at dealers this fall.

    Source: Cadillac
    Press Release is on Page 2


    2018 XTS JOINS NEW GENERATION OF CADILLAC DESIGN AND TECHNOLOGY

    NEW FOR 2018

    • Enhanced technology features with next-generation Cadillac user experience
    • Improved chassis for even greater ride comfort
    • Freshened front and rear appearance

    The Cadillac XTS is a spacious and comfortable sedan with confident handling and performance. For 2018, the XTS receives technical, chassis and appearance changes to heighten the appeal of this elegant sedan.

    Beginning with the enhanced next-generation Cadillac user experience, which debuted on the 2017 CTS sport sedan, the XTS now offers a dynamic platform that can be adjusted over time to meet a customer’s evolving connectivity needs, leveraging the cloud to enable personalization, available connected navigation and applications via the Collection app store.

    The updated chassis has revised tire designs for both 19” and 20” tires—improving ride comfort while reducing outside noise for a quieter more comfortable cabin. Drivers will find front-seat luxury much more comfortable thanks to changes to seat foam geometry, wire frame structure and heat pad redesign. An increased use of engineered sound insulators (to reduce exterior noise) reduces cabin sound to create an even more serene environment.

    New exterior styling features freshened front and rear fascias. Updated interior color and trim choices – including a Platinum-exclusive Maple Sugar with Jet Black environment – and new alloy wheel options highlight the updates to the XTS. The appearance change includes new fenders, front and rear fascias, grille, and the addition of LED headlights and taillamp in keeping with today’s portfolio. It also brings the overall length of the car to 200.9 inches (1.1” inches shorter than 2017).

    Also available is the XTS Platinum V-Sport, which takes performance to a higher level, driven by an exclusive twin-turbo engine and all-wheel drive.

    Standard and available features across the lineup include:

    • Updated chassis with improved ride comfort
    • Brembo front brakes standard
    • Available advanced all-wheel-drive system with electronically controlled limited-slip differential
    • Standard 19-inch wheels and available 20-inch wheels, with a new wheel design for Luxury and Platinum models
    • Updated next-generation Cadillac user experience infotainment system with the fastest response time ever, updated graphics, personalized profiles, smartphone-like navigation, Wi-Fi and active connection
    • Adaptive remote start
    • Four USB ports
    • Standard eight-speaker Bose audio system

    When it comes to trunk space, the XTS is in a league of its own, with 18 cubic feet (509 L), exceeding some midsize and full-size competitors — that’s more than the Audi A6, BMW 5 Series and Mercedes-Benz E-Class. The cargo advantage means room for five or more suitcases.



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    Wow! They didn't update this to the 8-speed or 9-speed! WTF?

    I'm okay with the exterior refresh... the interior doesn't look changed enough to matter.

    Clearly Cadillac is just going to hang on to this for whatever sales they can get while the amortize out the costs for the Lacrosse and Impala.

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    Not to sound too much like certain critics of Cadillac, but the car looks much more dynamic and fresh in person than it does in Photographs.

    Be interesting to see where Cadillac goes with this...I am kind of thinking we are going to see a bit of a sales slump so any money they save in product development might be spent keeping the lights on for a bit...

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    3 hours ago, Drew Dowdell said:

    Wow! They didn't update this to the 8-speed or 9-speed! WTF?

    I'm okay with the exterior refresh... the interior doesn't look changed enough to matter.

    Clearly Cadillac is just going to hang on to this for whatever sales they can get while the amortize out the costs for the Lacrosse and Impala.

    Mechanical changes cost money, this was front and rear fascia redo and let it soldier on for 3 more years.  Which makes sense, why spend money on a product that is going to die in 3 years.  

    I bet the Impala gets the same treatment next year.  

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    1 hour ago, smk4565 said:

    Mechanical changes cost money, this was front and rear fascia redo and let it soldier on for 3 more years.  Which makes sense, why spend money on a product that is going to die in 3 years.  

    I bet the Impala gets the same treatment next year.  

    The mechanical changes are done already. The Lacrosse is getting the 9-speed and already had an 8-speed. 

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    4 minutes ago, Drew Dowdell said:

    The mechanical changes are done already. The Lacrosse is getting the 9-speed and already had an 8-speed. 

    Yes, but that was a new car, new interior and stuff.  I don't think they wanted to do anything with the XTS except put a new face on it.  This was like the GM w-body treatment of keep the 3800 and 4-speed going just to save cost, and put on new headlights and bumpers.  This new XTS looks a lot like a CT6, and is the same size, with standard V6 power to standard 4-cylinder power.  They need something for the sales people to use to sell the CT6 (better transmission) and they need to keep cost down for the livery market.

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    10 hours ago, Drew Dowdell said:

    Wow! They didn't update this to the 8-speed or 9-speed! WTF?

    I'm okay with the exterior refresh... the interior doesn't look changed enough to matter.

    Clearly Cadillac is just going to hang on to this for whatever sales they can get while the amortize out the costs for the Lacrosse and Impala.

    Well, it surprised my as well, but then  thought about it...

    On a car this size with the power it has, I'm not sure it's worth the upgrade at this point...

    or as SmK says, to keep it simple for repair and durable and all that good stuff...

    Also think GM realizes these cars are DOA in a few years, as pretty much everyone will be getting out of the large car market....unless you're Nissan and keep giving them away.....

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    6 hours ago, Drew Dowdell said:

    The mechanical changes are done already. The Lacrosse is getting the 9-speed and already had an 8-speed. 

    Lacrosse is a ground-up new car with a new platform. It probably has more in common mechanically with the XT5 crossover than the XTS.

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    The XTS: an EP2 Impala with a Cadillac exterior and interior (and seemingly not much else).

    Well, if I were to get a luxury FWD sedan to replace my Lucerne, this XTS would fit the bill quite nicely.  All jokes aside, it seems like a really nice upgraded LaCrosse with a Cadillac package.  Of course, the XT5 or the CT6 are superior vehicles for different reasons and should be emphasized over the XTS.

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    2 hours ago, riviera74 said:

    The XTS: an EP2 Impala with a Cadillac exterior and interior (and seemingly not much else).

    Well, if I were to get a luxury FWD sedan to replace my Lucerne, this XTS would fit the bill quite nicely.  All jokes aside, it seems like a really nice upgraded LaCrosse with a Cadillac package.  Of course, the XT5 or the CT6 are superior vehicles for different reasons and should be emphasized over the XTS.

    It's still a really nice choice.  My friend Ron and his wife own one and are very happy with it.

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    19 hours ago, Drew Dowdell said:

    Wow! They didn't update this to the 8-speed or 9-speed! WTF?

    I'm okay with the exterior refresh... the interior doesn't look changed enough to matter.

    Clearly Cadillac is just going to hang on to this for whatever sales they can get while the amortize out the costs for the Lacrosse and Impala.

    I thought that was evident. In truth the interior was pretty nice even going back to the first year.. the exterior.. in my opinion.. looks like a mix between the XT5 up front and the Escala in the rear. Nice job on the update. The tech got a jump.. the tranny stayed the same. I am not surprised at all on that tho.

    8 hours ago, riviera74 said:

    The XTS: an EP2 Impala with a Cadillac exterior and interior (and seemingly not much else).

    Well, if I were to get a luxury FWD sedan to replace my Lucerne, this XTS would fit the bill quite nicely.  All jokes aside, it seems like a really nice upgraded LaCrosse with a Cadillac package.  Of course, the XT5 or the CT6 are superior vehicles for different reasons and should be emphasized over the XTS.

    This simply isn't even temporally correct. The XTS appeared a full year and a half before the Impala. The relation between each vehicle has been said to death,.. what's the point anymore? All three are as good as many of the full size luxury vehicles on sale by other makers when U get down to their appointments and capabilities.. not to mention tech, ride, and styling

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    21 minutes ago, Cmicasa the Great said:

    This simply isn't even temporally correct. The XTS appeared a full year and a half before the Impala. The relation between each vehicle has been said to death,.. what's the point anymore? All three are as good as many of the full size luxury vehicles on sale by other makers when U get down to their appointments and capabilities.. not to mention tech, ride, and styling

    Quoted for truth...dollar for dollar nothing on the market is better.

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    I can't wrap my head around this strategy.

    They've put a near carbon-copy of the CT6's face onto their least impressive, oldest sedan. I can easily see this leading to confusion on the sales floor and out in the world where casual observers will judge this XTS inside and out as representative of *new* Cadillac.

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    Yeah, I agree to a degree- but it's the same thing the other makes are doing. I prefer visual differentiation, ALA the ATC/ CTS/ CT6 (which I have no problem ID'ing in a split second on the street)... and I haven't looked the the new XTS vs. the CT6 to judge this as of yet... but across the street Mercedes is putting the same nose that's going to be on the $27K A-class on the $122K S-class coupe! I don't like that kind of price spread on the same rubber stamp.

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    10 minutes ago, balthazar said:

    Yeah, I agree to a degree- but it's the same thing the other makes are doing. I prefer visual differentiation, ALA the ATC/ CTS/ CT6 (which I have no problem ID'ing in a split second on the street)... and I haven't looked the the new XTS vs. the CT6 to judge this as of yet... but across the street Mercedes is putting the same nose that's going to be on the $27K A-class on the $122K S-class coupe! I don't like that kind of price spread on the same rubber stamp.

    I don't see this in the same light as the examples you posted because the XTS is an outlier in the Cadillac lineup. It represents a stop-gap, cost-cutting FWD-based large sedan. They took this refresh straight off the front of the CT6, another large sedan occupying much of the same price range, but if you ask GM, they want you to judge Cadillac based on the state-of-the-art CT6.

    I'm not aware of a similar situation anywhere else among luxury brands. Even Lexus keeps the ES better updated so as not to drag down the brand's higher tier luxury cars.

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    2 hours ago, cp-the-nerd said:

    ...the XTS is an outlier in the Cadillac lineup. It represents a stop-gap, cost-cutting FWD-based large sedan.

    It may BE those things, but it doesn't "represent" them as it stands at the curb. What it 'represents' is a large comfortable, well equipped sedan. I don't believe people shopping in this tier 'care' about the backstory in the least as they whisper down the highway in an XTS.

    I would not be surprised if the majority of XTS's are AWD- they are on my local lot.

     

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    3 hours ago, Drew Dowdell said:

    The ES is still sporting a 6 speed automatic

    Probably because the 2006 era V6 in that car isn't compatible with anything else.  

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    For the post directly above SMK's post NOT involving SMK at all!!!

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    Alls I see is double standards flowing from sea to shining sea...

    Im with CP on this and then some....but I wont be sharing my views any further because there is too much blind loyalty involved....

    Im leaving this thread as Im embarrassed by some of you!!!

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    Balthazar, on my local Cadillac lot, all the XTSes are FWD with no AWD models at all.  I have to drive about 30 miles to find two AWD models down here in Florida.

     

    Cmicasa is right that the current XTS predates the current Impala.  That does not mean that the XTS is any less a Cadillac than the XT5 or the CT6/CTS.  I do wonder why Cadillac is keeping the XTS when the future is clearly elsewhere, such as the CT6/XT5 and a smaller AND larger crossovers to fill in gaps.  Is it a sales thing?

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    6 minutes ago, riviera74 said:

    Balthazar, on my local Cadillac lot, all the XTSes are FWD with no AWD models at all.  I have to drive about 30 miles to find two AWD models down here in Florida.

     

    Cmicasa is right that the current XTS predates the current Impala.  That does not mean that the XTS is any less a Cadillac than the XT5 or the CT6/CTS.  I do wonder why Cadillac is keeping the XTS when the future is clearly elsewhere, such as the CT6/XT5 and a smaller AND larger crossovers to fill in gaps.  Is it a sales thing?

    sure it is!!!!

    But its only bad if Mercedes Benz does it and only bad if SMK approves of it!!!

    But its OK if GM does it because the ΧΤS prints money for GM!

    And yes, the ΧΤS is less of a Cadillac.

    It should NOT be in the line-up ANY longer as the CT6 and XT5 NEW generation Cadillacs are here and POINTING the WAY FORWARD!!!

    I even question the validity of the ATS!!!

    But what may bad for the goose in faulting M-B for crappy and questionable marketing strategies is good for the gander for Cadillac for just as stupid  moves! It all depends on what side of the fence you are sitting on!

    Double standards!

     

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    So the 2017 Lexus ES350 has the same engine as a 2007 Toyota Camry.  That's how sorry Lexus is.  The XTS is more modern than that at least.  So they can milk a couple more years out of it, I think the plan was to build it until 2019 anyway, and then kill it.  

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    9 minutes ago, smk4565 said:

    So the 2017 Lexus ES350 has the same engine as a 2007 Toyota Camry.  That's how sorry Lexus is.  The XTS is more modern than that at least.  So they can milk a couple more years out of it, I think the plan was to build it until 2019 anyway, and then kill it.  

    So effing what, they are not loosing sales due to lack of technology.

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    34 minutes ago, riviera74 said:

    Balthazar, on my local Cadillac lot, all the XTSes are FWD with no AWD models at all.  I have to drive about 30 miles to find two AWD models down here in Florida.

    maybe it's a FL thing?
    Just checked my local NJ dealer's site: 14 XTSs in stock, 7 are FWD, 7 are AWD.

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