Besides bringing improvements in exterior design, ride and handling, the 2018 Cadillac XTS also delivers one interesting new feature: a Type-C USB port.
Those not familiar with USB Type-C should know that the port is the new-generation USB cable standard that succeeds the ubiquitous USB Type-A. It brings two primary benefits over the Type-A standard:
- Faster charging (of up to 100W), and
- The connector is reversible and symmetric
Introducing the Type-C port will not only make connecting a USB-C cable to the vehicle easier, but it also future-proofs the XTS for years to come as device makers introduce the port to replace the 20-year-old USB Type-A standard across of smartphones, tablets as well as notebook and desktop computers. Meanwhile, the inclusion of the legacy Type-A port satisfies backwards compatibility with existing Type-A cables, without the need for adapters.
It’s worthy to note that the introduction of the USB Type-C port in the full-size sedan makes the 2018 XTS the first Cadilac product to offer such a port. The GM first vehicle to have offered the Type-C port was the 2018 GMC Terrain.Besides the Type-A and Type-C ports in the center armrest bin, the 2018 XTS also features two Type-A USB ports on the rear face of the center console. These ports are not full-function; instead, they are charge-only outlets that replace the 12V outlet in 2013-2017 model year XTS.