Cadillac originally had plans to send the XTS nameplate off to pasture, but with a change of heart, here we are — this is the 2018 Cadillac XTS. We originally reported on the updates and changes to the 2018 XTS two days ago before Cadillac released information about the model today.
The 2018 model year brings a fairly extensive refresh to the full-size sedan, which remains Cadillac’s sole front-wheel drive sedan offering; all-wheel drive is optional.
The most prominent changes are in the styling department, as the XTS has a new look to bring it in line with current Cadillac cars and crossovers. A new front fascia sports a smoother look with new headlights and grille, while the rear gets a new fascia and taillights for a more premium appearance. Cadillac says much of the design is taken from the CT6 sedan, the brand’s self-described “prestige” sedan.
What else is new? Cadillac engineers have revised the chassis and tire designs to provide a more comfortable and quieter ride. Standard is a set of 19-inch wheels, while 20-inch wheels are optional for an extra dose of bling. As for the chassis, the XTS can continue to be offered with Magnetic Ride Control and Self-Leveling Air Springs in the rear, but both features are removed from the two lower (XTS/base and Luxury) trim levels.
Those hoping for new engines or transmissions will be disappointed to find out that the 2018 XTS does not see any updates to its powertrain: the standard engine remains the 3.6-liter V6 LFX — GM’s last-generation V6 — producing 304 horsepower and 264 pound-feet of torque, while Cadillac XTS V-Sport continues to be powered by the 3.6-liter twin-turbo V6 LF3 motor making 410 ponies and 369 pound-feet of torque from 1,500 to 5,600 RPM. Both models are mated to six-speed automatic transmissions.
Speaking of the XTS V-Sport: the high-performance model can now only be had in the Platinum trim level. Previously, the V-Sport could also be had with the less expensive Premium Luxury trim.
On the inside, the range-topping 2018 XTS Platinum gets a few minor updates, including two new color combinations:
- Jet Black with Chevron perforated inserts replaces Jet Black with Light Wheat accents
- Maple Sugar with Jet Black accents with Chevron perforated inserts replaces Light Platinum with Dark Urban/Cocoa accents
Platinum models also continue to feature a suede headliner and premium wood trim on the steering wheel, console, center stack, instrument panel and door panels.
Like the CTS sedan, the 2018 XTS will also come with the latest iteration of CUE. Not only is the new system faster and has a revised interface, but it also features cloud-based technology to follow the driver from Cadillac to Cadillac. It also learns as it goes to adjust to a driver’s connectivity needs.
Safety features are abundant as well with the available Driver Awareness Package. Available on the Luxury trim and standard on higher trims, it now adds two new features — Following Distance Indicator and Low Speed Forward Automatic Braking. The latter is replaced with Forward/Reverse Automatic Braking when Driver Assist Package is ordered. The package also includes, Safety Alert Seat, Lane Departure Warning, Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning, Lane Change Alert with Side Blind Zone Alert, Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, Forward Collision Alert, and Surround Vision. What’s more, the Rear Vision Camera becomes standard on XTS (base) trim level.
The 2018 XTS also sees two new colors and a significant amount of changes and updates to its various equipment groups and packages. See complete details on these 2018 Cadillac XTS changes and updates.
No word on when the 2018 XTS will reach dealers, but it will likely be towards the end of this year ahead of Cadillac’s first all-new vehicle in years: the Cadillac XT4 crossover.
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