Cadillac figures why wait for the seven-year itch when you can jump the gun and upgrade at six. The automaker is giving its large 2018 XTS sedan its biggest upgrade since arriving back in 2012.
Design tweaks make the XTS look more like the CT6 sedan. Upgrades include more technology and a retuned chassis for a better ride.
The front end comes with a remodeled grille and headlights. In back, the once crazy sharp lines of the taillights are now softer and less aggressive. Front and rear lights go LED, which Cadillac says is a way the retro classic design stays up with the times. The new XTS is also about an inch shorter than the outgoing model.
Inside, Cadillac claims the cabin seats are comfier thanks to revised seat foam geometry, wiring and heat padding. There is also a new color pairing for the Platinum: Maple Sugar with Jet Black accents.
There really big news inside the cabin is that Cadillac is giving its infotainment system a much-needed makeover. Cadillac says the next-generation platform is easier to use. It also connects to a cloud server so it can receive upgrades remotely.
The automaker says the ride is smoother and it’s quieter inside too, thanks to chassis refinements and new tire designs on standard 19-inch wheels (with optional 20-inch).
Cadillac keeps the current engine with same standard 3.6-liter V6 and optional V-Sport Platinum exclusive twin-turbo with AWD. Both still pair to a six-speed automatic transmission with tap shift control.
For those of you looking for a more performance, optional Magnetic Ride Control and Rear Air Leveling provides sharper handling.
Cadillac also enhanced the Driver Awareness Package, adding blind zone warning with new low-speed auto braking, distance indicator, and lane change alert. It’s available on the Luxury trim and standard on higher trims. A Driver Assist Package which adds Adaptive Cruise Control and Forward/Reverse Automatic Braking is available on Premium Luxury and standard on Platinum models.
2018 prices aren’t out yet but it will likely continue to run from $46,000 to $65,000 like the current 2017 model.