We brought you unofficial images of the 2018 Cadillac XTS a few weeks ago, and it turns out those were accurate. This morning Cadillac has formally revealed the refreshed XTS, which actually makes the car look a lot like the larger CT6 sedan. A few new features and revisions round out Cadillac’s one-off front-wheel-drive sedan.
It really doesn’t take a deep look at the new XTS to see the changes. The entire front clip and hood have been swapped out with a look that is hard to distinguish from the CT6. The new look certainly puts the XTS in line with the rest of the Cadillac portfolio in terms of design, but more importantly the XTS looks less like a cab-forward, front-wheel-drive sedan than the last version.
Around back Cadillac has swapped out the decklid and rear fascia, which is highlighted by new L-shaped LED taillights.
Cadillac is being fairly vague with details on the car, but states that the chassis has been modified for increased quietness. Also upping the luxury factor is revised front seats for added comfort, while additional attention has been paid to interior quietness.
The quieter interior features new trim options across the range, although there are no substantial design changes inside.
Naturally, the XTS’s technology and software have all been updated for 2018. The highlight is the latest version of Cadillac’s User Experience, which recently debuted on the 2017 CTS sedan. The XTS has also added low-speed automatic braking and a few other enhancements to the car’s active safety feature suite.
The XTS’ changes stop under the hood, though. GM’s well-known 3.6-liter V-6 continues on as the standard engine with 304 horsepower, while a V-Sport model will continue on as well with a twin-turbocharged version of the 3.6-liter that generates 410 horsepower.
Oddly enough, Cadillac is maintaining six-speed automatics in the 2018 XTS at a time when most of the company’s lineup is going to 8, 9 or 10 speed units.