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2014 Cadillac XTS

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The 2013 XTS made its first appearance at the 2011 Los Angeles Auto Show. The XTS bowed in with a 3.6-liter V-6 engine that pumped out 304 horsepower and 264 pound-feet of torque. This, combined with all-wheel drive in the XTS4, is enough to launch the sedan to 60 mph in 7.3 seconds.

Now, with just one model year under its belt, the XTS is set to receive its first major update: the addition of an all-new V-6 engine and a new Vsport trim level. If this V-6 powerplant seems familiar, it certainly should, as it is the same engine that will power the Vsport variant of the 2014 CTS .

Like the 2013 model year, the XTS will take on some familiar performance luxury sedans. The XTS’ key competitor, the 2014 E-Class, is revised for the new model year and features an all0new diesel engine. Also competing with the XTS is the 2014 Lincoln MKS , which carries over its full redesign from 2013 and packs a mean punch from its optional EcoBoost engine.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Cadillac XTS.

Exterior

Cadillac XTS

For the 2014 model year, the XTS remains unchanged on the exterior. It gets the usual Cadillac look with a chrome/satin-chrome grille finish, unique headlamps and accent lighting. Also, the models equipped with the new twin-turbo engine will receive unique "Twin-Turbo" grille and deck lid identification.

There are eight exterior colors to choose from: Radiant Silver Metallic, Black Raven, Crystal Red Tintcoat, White Diamond Tricoat, Graphite Metallic, Black Diamond Tricoat, Silver Coast Metallic and Sapphire Blue Metallic.

Dimensions

Curb Weight (FWD)4,006 lbs
Curb Weight (AWD)4,215 lbs
Cargo Volume18.0 cu-ft
Front Track Width62.28 in
Overall Height59.45 in
Overall Length202.00 in
Overall Width72.91 in
Rear Track Width62.48 in
Wheelbase111.70 in

Exterior Features

Standard

  • HID Xenon headlights
  • Daytime running lights
  • LED center high-mounted stop/brake
  • Outside heated power-adjustable, manual-folding, body-color, with turn signal indicators and puddle lamps
  • Rear Park Assist
  • LED taillights
  • P245/45R19 all-season tires
  • 19-by-8.5-inch aluminum wheels

Luxury Collection

  • All Standard features, plus:
  • Daytime Running Lamps, upper and lower auxiliary
  • Door handles, illuminating
  • Fueling system, capless
  • Memory Package
  • Rainsense wipers
  • Tire inflation kit

Premium Collection

  • All Luxury features, plus:
  • Illuminating door handles
  • 19-by-8.5-inch polished aluminum wheels
  • IntelliBeam and Adaptive Forward Lighting headlights
  • Adaptive Forward Lighting
  • Automatic Parking Assist
  • Heated outside mirrors with auto-dimming feature, turn-signal -*Front and Rear Park Assist
  • Side Blind Zone Alert
  • Adaptive remote start

Platinum Collection

  • All Premium features, plus:
  • Automatic Collision Preparation
  • Platinum Collection badges
  • Platinum Collection grille
  • 20-inch polished aluminum wheels with chrome inserts
  • P245/40R20 all-season blackwall tiresmirrors
  • Rainsense wipers
  • Tire inflation kit
  • UltraView power sunroof

Interior

Cadillac XTS

Cadillac opted for a bold, elegant design, which offers the right accommodations and features for both the front and rear passengers. Depending on the trim level, customers will get a full-leather interior with microfiber sueded headliner, as well as premium wood trim on the steering wheel, console, center stack, instrument panel and door panels.

There are six different color combinations: Jet Black, Shale with Cocoa accents, Medium Titanium with Jet Black accents, Caramel with Jet Black accents, Jet Black with Light Wheat accents and Very Light Platinum with Dark Urban and Cocoa accents.

Front Head Room40.08 in
Front Hip Room55.12 in
Front Legroom45.83 in
Front Shoulder Room57.87 in
Rear Head Room37.80 in
Rear Hip Room54.29 in
Rear Legroom40.00 in
Rear Shoulder Room56.34 in
Seating Capacity5

Interior Features:

Standard

  • Air bags, dual-stage frontal, side impact, knee and head curtain side impact for driver and front passenger, head curtain and seat side impact for outboard rear passengers
  • CUE Information and Media Control System, including: 8-inch display, featuring touch response, haptic feedback, gesture recognition, proximity sensing, articulating storage door/bin, clock display and compass feature
  • Bose premium 8-speaker AM/FM stereo with USB ports, SD card slot, Natural Voice Recognition,single-slot CD/MP3 player and auxiliary input jack
  • Bluetooth for phone, streaming audio for music for select phones
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control with individual climate settings for driver and front passenger
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror
  • Leather seating surfaces with Soleil Keisel, mini-perforated inserts
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel and shifter
  • Universal Home Remote

Luxury Collection

  • All Standard features, plus:
  • Trunk net
  • LED spotlights with light pipes
  • Memory Package
  • Rear Vision Camera
  • Heated front and rear seating
  • Audio system with Bose premium eight-speaker sound
  • SiriusXM Satellite Radio (with free trial period) and HD radio feature
  • Leather and wood-trimmed shifter and steering wheel
  • Heated steering wheel

Premium Collection

  • All Luxury features, plus:
  • Rear seat armrest
  • CUE Information and Media Control System with Embedded Navigation, AM/FM stereo with embedded navigation, USB ports, SD card slot, Natural Voice Recognition, auxiliary input jack and Bose Studio Surround Sound 14-speaker system
  • Tri-zone automatic climate control
  • with 14-speaker system with surround energy-efficient amplifier
  • SiriusXM Satellite Radio (with free trial period) and HD radio feature
  • Tri-zone automatic climate control
  • 12.3" color guage cluster
  • Head-Up Display with color readouts
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • 110-volt power outlet

Platinum Collection

  • All Premium features, plus:
  • Leather-wrapped console
  • Leather-wrapped door trim
  • Leather-wrapped instrument panel top pad
  • Sueded microfiber headliner
  • Opus full-leather seats with mini-perforated inserts
  • Illuminated "Platinum" front sill plates
  • UltraView sunroof
  • Power, rear window sunshade
  • Premium wood trimming

Drivetrain

Cadillac XTS

The base engine in the 2014 XTS is the same 3.6-liter V-6 engine from last year, but its delivers a total of 306 horsepower – a 2-horsepower increase from last year. This peppy V06 mates to a Hydra-Matic 6T70 six-speed automatic transmission with tap-shift control.

The big news for the 2014 model year is the addition of the Vsport trim level to the XTS lineup. This adds a twin-turbocharged version of the 3.6-liter V-6 engine to the luxury sedan. All of you horsepower junkies know that you cannot simply strap some boost to a V-6 engine and expect to get a 104-horsepower gain with any reliability. So, Caddy heavily modified the 3.6-liter engine by adding in a new cylinder block casting, stronger connecting rods hooked up to domed pistons, new direct injection, retuned the intake system, and boosted compression to 10.2-to-1.

Prices

For the 2014 model year the XTS will be offered in three trim levels: Luxury, Premium and Platinum Collections with prices starting from $45,525. Customers can also opt for the new XTS Vsport model priced at $63,020.

Pricing:

Trim LevelMSRP (Including delivery)
Base$45,525
LuxuryTBA
PremiumTBA
PlatinumTBA
Vsport$63,020

Competition

Mercedes E-Class

Mercedes E-Class

The E-Class was updated with new headlamps and revised aprons, and for the interior with more premium materials, precise lines and clearly defined surfaces.

Under the hood, the E-Class features a slew of engines, including: the new E250 BlueTEC powered by a 2.1-liter four-cylinder diesel engine with 195 horsepower; the E350 with its 302-horsepower, V-6 engine; the or the E550 with its 402-horsepower, 4.7-liter V-8 engine; and the E400 Hybrid with its electric motor that brings the 3.5-liter V-6 engine to 329 horsepower and 457 pound-feet of torque.

On the surface, the XTS appears to be a better performer than the E-Class, while the E-Class likely trumps it in terms of luxury. Additionally, the E-Class’ $51,900 base price is significantly higher than the XTS’ base price.

2014 Lincoln MKS

Lincoln MKS

With a healthy redesign in 2013, the MKS essentially carries over into the 2014 model year with only minor tweaks. That’s not a bad thing either, as the redesigned MKS is the best-looking model that Lincoln has put out in ages. Sure, it is a little shocking at first sight, but it is one that grows on you over time.

The Base MKS features a 3.7-liter V-6 engine sees a 4-horsepower bump to 304 ponies and 279 pound-feet of torque, putting it on par with the base 3.6-liter engine in the Caddy. Where Cadillac pulls away is the in the Vsport variant, as the top-line MKS features a 365-horsepower, 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6 engine.

Where the MKS makes up a little ground is in pricing, as it bases out at $40,425 and the EcoBoost model bases at $47,415. Both prices are less the $895 delivery fee.

Conclusion

With the new twin-turbo V-6 engine, the 2014 XTS became an even more serious competitor for the German and American luxury sedans. We’re just waiting to test it so we can tell you how good it handles on the road.

LOVE IT
  • Looks quite powerful
  • Quite affordable
  • Highly equipped
LEAVE IT
  • Just two engine versions
  • Pricey next to the MKS

Press Release

Cadillac will add a new option to its XTS luxury sedan: More power and torque. Starting in August, the all-new Cadillac Twin Turbo V6 will go into production as an optional engine for the 2014 XTS.

Cadillac XTS

The new Cadillac Twin Turbo V6 is also a signature feature of the upcoming all-new 2014 CTS luxury performance sedan. In the XTS, the twin turbo will produce an SAE-certified 410 horsepower (306 kW) and 369 lb-ft of torque (500 Nm), making it one of the most power-dense six-cylinder engines among luxury cars. The engine delivers 105 lb-ft more torque over the standard V-6 from1900 to 5600 rpm, providing seemingly endless torque for vehicle responsiveness.

“The addition of the new Cadillac Twin Turbo expands and elevates the XTS luxury sedan,” said Bob Ferguson, vice president Global Cadillac. “This is a compelling enhancement to what is already one of the most technically advanced sedans in our history.”

In both the CTS and XTS product lines, the twin turbo will be the centerpiece of a new model offering called Vsport. The new Vsport is inspired by and slotted “underneath” Cadillac’s elite high-performance V-Series models. Vsport includes the best-performing technical elements inside the “regular” car line in a single model, headlined by Twin Turbo engine.

Cadillac XTS

The new Cadillac Twin Turbo is a comprehensive upgrade to the 3.6L dual overhead cam V6 that is standard in the XTS in the U.S. market. Almost every component is unique, including:

  • All-new cylinder block casting
  • Strengthened connecting rods
  • Machined, domed aluminum pistons with top steel ring carrier for greater strength
  • 10.2:1 compression ratio
  • Patented, integrated charge air cooler system with low-volume air ducts
  • Two turbochargers producing more than 12 pounds of boost (80 kPa)
  • Vacuum-actuated wastegates with electronic control valves
  • All-new direct injection fuel system
  • Tuned air inlet and outlet resonators, aluminum cam covers and other features that contribute to quietness and smoothness.

The cylinder heads are also unique. They feature a high-tumble intake port design that enhances the motion of the air charge for a more-efficient burn when it is mixed with the direct-injected fuel and ignited in the combustion chamber.

Cadillac XTS

Pricing for the 2014 XTS starts at $45,525, including destination fees, unchanged from 2013, with standard equipment including the 3.6L V6 engine that makes 306 hp, CUE, intelligent brake assist and Magnetic Ride Control. Three option packages are available: Luxury, Premium and Platinum Collections.

The XTS Vsport model will be offered only in the up-level Premium and Platinum Collections. In addition to the twin turbo engine, Vsport offers upgraded 20-inch wheels and a unique grille, with pricing starting at $63,020 including destination fees.



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