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2018 Cadillac XTS Gets a CT6 Makeover

2018 Cadillac XTS Gets a CT6 Makeover

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.





 

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  1. Jun 20, 2017 at 6:22 am

    I like it. I'm looking at 2013s for my next ride.

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  1. member12
    I don't think it's bad looking, but it's not my favorite Cadillac at all. This will be the basis for hearse and limo products. From what I understand, the XTS won't be around for much longer anyways.

    I've driven a 2017 model and found it to be a pleasant, comfortable car. I was impressed with the updated CUE system and the overall smoothness and refinement of the vehicle. The interior was very nice and roomy.

    It has zero in common with the CTS dynamically. Comparing this XTS to other Cadillacs is like comparing the Lexus ES to the Lexus GS F-Sport or Lexus LS. There is a large but dying market that they are trying to exploit right now. I can't blame them for that, but it is annoying to see this unnecessary product fighting better (but more expensive) Cadillac sedans for the attention of sedan buyers.

    The effort to update this car would have been better spent on getting the XT6, CT5, and XT4 to market a little faster.
    Andrew_L
    megeebee
    It reminds me of the MKS.







    I agree I wasn't a fan of that update either I think the pre-refresh rear was better.
    megeebee
    Andrew_L
    Not a fan of the updated rear. I like the license plate on the rear trunk door vs the bumper.



    It reminds me of the MKS.





    but more importantly the XTS looks less like a cab-forward, front-wheel-drive sedan than the last version.


    Sorry, but I don't see how you can say that.

    Andrew_L
    Not a fan of the updated rear. I like the license plate on the rear trunk door vs the bumper.

    Other than exterior changes interior looks almost untouched.
    CobaltSSKing
    This should help keep XTS sales pretty solid for the next couple of years.
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