GM’s plans to discontinue the XTS first came to light via a union bulletin posted in May, adding yet another nameplate to the list of cars it has killed off or made plans to terminate in the past year. The XTS was destined to be discontinued, though, with the automaker first planning to get rid of it back in 2017 before granting it a stay for the 2018 and 2019 model years. Surprisingly, GM applied an update to the full-size luxury sedan for 2018, giving it a slight cosmetic revision and reconfiguring the trim levels.
While the Cadillac XTS has been discontinued in North America, it remains in production in China for the time being, though its days are numbered in the Asian market as well. The XTS has experienced a good degree of sales success in China since it was first launched in the country back in 2013, but with the Cadillac CT6 now available there, it serves little purpose.
The XTS also launched in North America in 2013 as a replacement for the Cadillac STS and DTS. As our sister site Cadillac Society points out, the front-wheel-drive XTS was considered to be a sort of stop-gap product to hold over customers until the arrival of the rear-wheel-drive CT6. For this reason, it was priced similarly to the rear-wheel-drive Cadillac CTS, even though it slotted above the mid-size sedan in the automaker’s portfolio.
As an interesting aside, the Cadillac CT6 was originally to be called the Cadillac LTS, following the same naming convention standards as the XTS, ATS, and CTS, but Cadillac then implemented its CT# and XT# naming convention, so it ended up being called the CT6.
In North America, the XTS was offered with two engine options: the naturally aspirated 3.6-liter LFX V6 and the more powerful twin-turbocharged 3.6L LF3 V6, which was offered exclusively in the XTS V-Sport variant.
The Cadillac XTS was also offered as a fleet vehicle in five different variants, which were known as Cadillac XTS Professional Vehicles. These included a limousine, a stretch limousine, a hearse and even an armored vehicle.
For the time being, the Cadillac CT6 will serve as the sole full-size sedan in Cadillac’s lineup, though with a starting price that is roughly $10,000 higher, it may not attract the same type of buyer.
Source: Cadillac Society