In a recent comment on the interwebs, Cadillac President Johan de Nysschen provided a brief synopsis of future Cadillac product plans, which include a major refresh for the XTS large sedan. The news is somewhat surprising since the XTS large sedan was expected to be discontinued in the 2018-2019 timeframe, despite reports to the contrary.
We should pause for just a minute and consider whether JdN was actually referencing the XTS sedan as being earmarked for the refresh, rather than the new Cadillac XT5 crossover. After all, the nomenclature and associated spelling of both models is quite similar, with the the XTS reflecting Cadillac’s outgoing naming structure, and the XT5 (X-T-five) being representative of Cadillac’s new nomenclature. So for the sake of sanity, let’s assume that the XTS is indeed the one getting the refresh, not the XT5 CUV.
Mr. de Nysschen states that the programs referenced in his comment, including the XTS refresh, “are secure and development work is well underway, with very substantial costs already committed.”
As such, it would appear that the XTS will stick around for a while longer than the 2018-2019 end-of-life time frame initially earmarked for the model. Exactly how much longer, when the refreshed vehicle will arrive, and what updates will contain, however, are unknown at this point.
The XTS was introduced in 2012 for the 2013 model year and is underpinned by a stretched, premium variant of GM’s front-drive Epsilon II platform internally referred known as Super Epsilon. The architecture is shared with the second-generation Buick LaCrosse and tenth-generation Chevrolet Impala.
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