Cadillac XTS Receives Several Updates, Changes For 2015 Model Year: RPO Central13
Being Cadillac’s largest sedan until the Omega-based LTS is ready, the XTS seems to be holding its own in the marketplace. For the 2015 model year, Cadillac is giving the Super Epsilon-based sedan several updates that enhance its competitive edge.
To start, the Sapphire Blue Metallic color is discontinued, while two new colors — Cocoa Bronze Metallic and Dark Adriatic Blue Metallic — are added to the XTS’ palette. On the inside, the single disc CD player is discontinued, while the Caramel with Jet Black accents interior trim combo is replaced with Kona Brown with Jet Black accents and Open Pore Sapele wood trim.
In addition, the rear seat armrest now includes redundant radio and rear sunshade controls on the Platinum and Vsport Platinum trim levels. The addition of OnStar 4G LTE, which enables in-vehicle Wi-Fi functionality, brings about a new antenna, and Lane Keep Assist is added for front-wheel drive models only. Rounding out the changes are new outside body-color mirrors that are (takes a deep breath) heated, power-adjustable, auto-dimming, power-folding, have turn signal indicators and are capable of being operated via a remote control.
Check out the official RPO-level changes to the 2015 XTS right below:
- Exterior color (GXH) Sapphire Blue Metallic
- (TG5) single disc CD/MP3 player
- Exterior color (G1F) Cocoa Bronze Metallic (available at extra charge; not available at start of production)
- Exterior color (G1M) Dark Adriatic Blue Metallic (available at extra charge; not available at start of production)
- (W28) Rear seat armrest, includes redundant radio controls (Platinum and Vsport Platinum Collections)
- (W68) Rear seat armrest, includes rear sunshade and redundant radio controls (Platinum and Vsport Platinum Collections)
- (UHX) Lane Keep Assist (FWD models only)
- (VV4) OnStar with 4G LTE (provides a built-in Wi-Fi hotspot to connect to the internet at 4G LTE speeds)
- New Antenna to accommodate (VV4) Wi-Fi with hotspot capability
- (DNV) Mirrors, outside heated power-adjustable and auto-dimming, body-color, power-folding, with turn signal indicators and remote control
- Interior color (AFF) Caramel with Jet Black accents is now (AFF) Kona Brown with Jet Black accents with Open Pore Sapele wood trim
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Wasn’t a massage seating feature added as an option to the 2015 XTS as well? Other than that, not bad; although most of these updated options were added to the 2014 MY.
No power trunk? Come on cadillac
My 2014 XTS VSport has a slow, hydraulic opening by remote or the touch pad on the trunk. Once commanded it continues steady state until full opened. The rear led tail lights stay on too. It is slick to watch!
I rarely see these cars on the road, unlike the DTS which I still see everywhere. Cadillac went so very wrong with this car. Cartoonish front end, awkward roofline (the XTS concept had it right), and cramped front seat area. I have to wonder how many Cadillac traditionalists are put off by the lack of V8 and available bench seat as well.
After the end of the W-Impala, NOBODY mourning the demise of bench seats.
After the end of the W-Impala, NOBODY is mourning the demise of bench seats nor wishing for their return.
I actually own a W-body Impala with bench seats (special ordered with every option I could throw at it without being forced into buckets) , and am mourning the demise and wishing for their return. I have never owned a vehicle with bucket seats before, and am not happy about the decision made for me on my next vehicle. Maybe not your typical car enthusiasts, but plenty of older people lament the passing.
BTW: I’m not saying that adding a bench seat option to the XTS is going to ignite sales, just wondering aloud what is holding it back. I once talked with an Oldsmobile dealer who told me that he could have sold a whole lot more Intrigues had they been offered with a bench seat (one of them would have been to me). I’ve seen older people asking the Buick reps at the auto show which car they can get with one as well.
I’ll put it another way.
Bench seats are inferior to buckets in every possible metric. Comfort, support, build quality, and most importantly for a luxury car, image.
A column shifter doesn’t belong in an XTS or any Cadillac for that matter. The Escalade is letting its image get dragged through the mud with it’s column shifter. Push buttons take up even less space and project a tech-driven focus of luxury; even dowdy old Lincoln got that right with the MKZ.
The Cadillac DTS used a 40/20/40 bench seat, so that the driver and passenger seat were the same with both bucket or bench seat, so no difference in comfort or support. Bonus is the ability to move the armrest out of the way to set items in the middle, slide across to enter/exit the opposite door, possibly more comfortable to a plus sized person, or ability to carry an occasional sixth passenger (in marginal comfort). I don’t see the problem with the column shifter (nobody complains about Rolls Royce using column shifters), but push buttons would be welcome. Console shifters are the ultimate space wasters.
Bucket seats are so much better because sometimes, my mom ride with me and she is a short lady and I am a tall man. She prefer her seat close up to the car and not far back like I do in my car. So it was probably part of the reason why bench seats does not exist anymore because people of different height and stature.
HA HA HA, LOW TRACTION IN CADILLAC SERIES Forever.
Best interior for the price and 32.2 mpg on multiple hour drives with Adaptive Cruise Control set at 65 mph….with AWD! I can’t say enough how nice it is to drive this car I bought used used XTS Vsport Platinum with 40,000+ miles on it. Not only does it drive nice but it turns heads at every corner.