The XTS tries its best to look like the CT6... and the rest of Cadillac’s lineup

Cadillac is an interesting brand. In a world where SUVs reign superior, Cadillac only has two – the XT5 and the Escalade. Meanwhile, it takes the “same sausage, different lengths” mentality to extremes with its entire lineup of cars that all look damn near the same. And, that gets even worse as we begin the painstaking transcendence into the 2018 model year, as the XTS has now been updated with Cadillac’s latest design cues, making it nearly identical to the CT6 that sits above it and the midsized CTS that sits below it. As such, this facelift brings about a new grille design, new front fascia, and new headlight and taillight units on the outside to go with an updated chassis under the skin, and some updated technology and new color/trim choices on the inside.

All told, the facelift is more refining than anything, but whether or not that’s a good thing remains to be seen. One this is for sure, though. The XTS has its work cut out for it if it’s going to be a strong competitor for models the Audi A6, BMW 5 Series, and the Mercedes-Benz E-Class. So will the updates for 2018 give the XTS the fighting chance it deserves, or will it scrape and claw its way through the muck that is the full-size luxury segment until Cadillac can manage to muster up a second-gen model? Let’s take a good look at what Cadillac brings to the table for 2018 and find out for ourselves.

  • 2018 Cadillac XTS
  • Year:
    2018
  • Make:
  • Model:
  • Engine:
    V6
  • Transmission:
    six-speed automatic
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    304 @ 6800
  • MPG(Cty):
    18
  • MPG(Hwy):
    28
  • Torque @ RPM:
    264 @ 5200
  • Displacement:
    3.6 L
  • 0-60 time:
    6.4 sec.
  • Top Speed:
    130 mph
  • Price:
    46000 (Est.)
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Exterior

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The design of the 2018 Cadillac XTS (left) is far from new and it takes its DNA directly from the 2016 Cadillac CT6 (right) that sits at the top of Caddy's sedan lineup.

The design of the 2018 Cadillac XTS is far from new, so if you were hoping to see something different from Cadillac this time around, you better look elsewhere. What we have here is the transference of DNA directly from the CT6, which brings about similar looking headlamps, Caddy’s latest grille design, and a redesigned fascia. While all of these things seem kind of old as they’ve already been showcased on the CT6, they are admittedly refreshing for the XTS as the old design wasn’t exactly something you would write home about.

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The 2018 model may not be a new-gen model, but it does away with the big bulky headlights, uneventful grille, and that little air dam down below that made no sense.

As you can see, the outgoing model had those big bulky headlights, an uneventful grille, and a little air dam down below that made no sense as it was completely blocked off from the rear on most models anyway. For 2018, the grille has grown taller and now features three vertical louvers all finished in the same chrome as the garnishing that surrounds the grille. Flanking the grille is the redesigned headlights, which are still bulky and far from modern with the way they embrace the upper corners of the nose, but there are much more interesting now and feature LED lights as standard equipment. Of course, this also leaves a recessed imprint in the fascia where the cut used to be made for the old headlight units, so there’s some tackiness there as well. Down below, the corner vents have been redesigned and now feature a silver surround on the inside and smaller, square fog lights. The air dam is now smaller in width but sits a little taller. The black plastic that separates it from the corner vents is a little tacky as well but strangely works somehow… who knew?

There are no changes to the side profile to speak of outside of new wheel designs for the 19- and 20-inch wheel options. Around back, however, there are a few other refinements that do bring some extra value to Caddy’s cheaper full-size sedan. The rear fascia has been completely revamped and now has a license plate recess in the middle, officially bringing an end to the Acura-like beak appearance of the rear fascia. A new insert down below brings less chrome into the fold to go with smaller, repositioned reflectors. Up above, the rear deck lid now gets a center crease along with a body line that manages to connect both rear quarters together visually. The taillights are also new, with an all-new matrix layout and a little strip that feeds from the bottom and points toward the center point of the rear decklid. Finally, the high-mount brake light on top of the deck is now thinner and a little longer, giving the rear end a sleeker appearance.

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All told, the 2018 XTS can be had in 10 different colors: Crystal White Tricoat, Black Raven, Radiant Silver Metallic, Phantom Gray Metallic, Bronze Dune Metallic, Dark Adriatic Blue Metallic and Stellar Black Metallic, with the addition of Red Horizon Tintcoat, Stone Gray Metallic, and Midnight Sky Metallic.

Exterior Dimensions

Wheelbase (Inches) 111.7
Overall length (Inches) 202
Overall width (Inches) 72.9
Overall height (Inches) 59.4
Track front/rear (Inches) 62.3/62.5

Interior

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When it comes to the interior of the 2018 XTS, you probably won’t notice any changes at all, unless you’re actually looking for them

When it comes to the interior of the 2018 XTS, you probably won’t notice any changes at all, unless you’re actually looking for them. To the untrained eye, the interior looks identical to the 2017 model, but there’s some changes under the skin that should make things a little more comfortable. As always, most of the interior trim is wrapped in leather and precision sewed to look extra fancy. The seats, however, get updated foam geometry (to make the bum happy), wire frame structure, and heat pads for the heated seats. On the aesthetic front, that’s about it for the interior with the exception of three new interior color/trim combinations:

Interior Color and Trim Options

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Jet Black and Graphite Sapele Open Pore wood trim; leather seating surfaces
New Shale with Jet Black accents and Graphite Sapele High-Gloss Natural Ash wood trim; leather seating surfaces
Kona Brown with Jet Black accents and natural finish wood trim; full leather seating surfaces
New Platinum-exclusive Jet Black High Gloss Ebony Lineate wood trim; Semi-Aniline full leather seats
New Platinum-exclusive Maple Sugar with Jet Black accents and Nutella Lineate with high gloss Ebony Lineate wood trim; Semi-Aniline full leather seats

But, it’s not all about the seats and trim inside the XTS, as this facelift also brought about updates to the infotainment system. Essentially a refinement of the system found in the current model, the 2018 XTS gets an eight-inch LCD touchscreen that features large icons similar to that of a smartphone and now allows for the use of in-vehicle apps from the Collection app store. It also offers up partial name recognition, personalized profiles, and an integrated, smartphone-like navigation system. It also serves as a display for the advanced park assist system and will now show you Wi-Fi signal strength. More importantly, however, is the fact that the system now includes a “summary view” which displays all key applications like climate controls, audio controls, phone controls, and navigation all up front for the driver, so there’s no need to dig around or take your eyes off the road to change the radio station or adjust the cabin temperature.

The standard audio system is a Bose eight-speaker system that includes four USB ports. Phone connectivity is available via Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, while a Wi-Fi hotspot allows multiple devices to make use of the car’s 4G LTE hotspot.

Other Interior Features

22-way power-adjustable front seats with heat, ventilation and massage are standard on Platinum models and available on Premium Luxury models.
Adaptive remote start is standard on all models.
Audio system with Bose® premium eight-speaker sound is standard on the XTS and Luxury models.
Bose® Studio Surround Sound 14-speaker system with Surround Stage signal processing is standard on Premium Luxury and Platinum models.
Tri-zone automatic climate control is standard on Premium Luxury and Platinum models. Dual-zone automatic climate control is standard on XTS and Luxury models.
Color, reconfigurable 12.3-inch gauge cluster with driver information center is standard on Premium Luxury and Platinum models.
Head-up Display with color readouts is standard on the Premium Luxury and Platinum models.
Illuminated entry and courtesy lighting is standard on all models.
Accent lighting, including LED spotlights and light pipes, is standard on Luxury, Premium Luxury and Platinum models.
Full-leather seats with mini-perforated inserts are standard; Semi-Aniline full-leather seating surfaces with mini-perforated inserts are standard on the Platinum model XTS.
Heated driver/front passenger and outboard rear passenger seats and vented driver/front passenger seats are standard on Luxury, Premium Luxury and Platinum models.
Leather-accented steering wheel with wood accents and tap up/tap down transmission controls is standard.
Heated steering wheel is standard on Luxury, Premium Luxury and Platinum models.
Power rear window shade and manual rear side window shades are available on the Premium Luxury model and standard on Platinum.

Interior Dimensions

Headroom front/rear (Inches) 39/37.8
Legroom front/rear (Inches) 45.8/40
Shoulder room front/rear (Inches) 57.9/56.3
Hip room front/rear (Inches) 55.1/54.3
Passenger volume (cu ft) 104.2
Cargo volume (cu ft) 18.0

Drivetrain

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Both versions of that 3.6-liter mate to a six-speed automatic transmission with tap-shift technology

Under the hood, you’ll find Cadillac’s Familiar 3.6-liter V-6. In non V-Sport models, it is naturally aspirated and delivers 304 horsepower and 264 pound-feet of torque. Cadillac is able to shave some weight off of the engine by using a composite intake manifold and by integrating the cylinder head and exhaust manifolds, combined, this saves 18.5 pounds off traditional designs. Move up to the V-Sport model, and you’ll get that same 3.6-liter, but this time it’s equipped with twin turbos and a charge air cooler – just enough to push power output up to 410 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque. Both engines make use of direct fuel injection, variable valve timing, and dual overhead camshafts. V-Sport models see maximum torque as low as 1,900 rpm all the way up to 5,600 rpm.

Both versions of that 3.6-liter mate to a six-speed automatic transmission with tap-shift technology. Cadillac has yet to release official performance specs for the XTS in any form, but independent testing has shown that the V-Sport model can do the 60-mph sprint in as little as 5.2 seconds and tops out around 137 mph. The standard model likely does the same sprint in 6.4 seconds and tops out around 130 mph. Fuel economy ranges anywhere from 18 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway in the base model to as little as 16 mpg in the city and 24 on the highway in the V-Sport model. All-wheel drive is optional while front-wheel drive is standard on most models.

While the engine and transmission offerings go unchanged for 2018, Cadillac did put in some work under the metal, where the chassis has supposedly been updated as have the 19- and 20-inch tire designs. This is said to improve ride comfort while reducing outside noise. Magnetic Ride Control and Rear Air Leveling suspension are available as an option. The optional all-wheel-drive system comes with an electronic limited-slip differential to control torque distribution between the rear wheels. Front-wheel-drive models get a premium electric, variable-assist power steering system that helps improve control and StabiliTrak is standard on all models to go along with Brembo brakes in the front, and four-channel anti-lock brakes.

Drivetrain Specifications

Engine 3.6L V-6 VVT DI 3.6L V-6 Twin-Turbo VVT DI
Horsepower 304 HP @ 6,800 RPM 410 HP @ 6,000 RPM
Torque 264 LB-FT @ 5,200 RPM 369 LB-FT @ 1,900-5,600 RPM
Transmission Hydra-Matic 6T70 six-speed automatic Hydra-Matic 6T75 six-speed automatic
Fuel economy 18/28 16/24
0 to 60 mph 6.4 seconds 5.2 seconds
Top Speed 130 mph 137 mph

Pricing

Cadillac has yet to announce pricing for the 2018 model year, but given the minor changes that have come as a result of the facelift, I wouldn’t expect prices to stray that much. Pricing could increase across the board marginally, but I won’t expect to see more than a $1,000 increase to any one trim level. For 2017, the entry-level XTS starts out at $45,595, the Luxury trim comes in at $49,595, and the Premium Luxury comes in at $56,095. Moving up to the Platinum takes it up another $8k to $64,895 while the V-Sport Premium Luxury comes in at $64,095. Finally, the range-topping trim level – the V-Sport Platinum – will set you back a whopping $72,695.

Competition

BMW 5 Series

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Cadillac fancies itself as a downright fighter in the luxury market and aims to take on models like the BMW 5 Series with the updated XTS. The problem is that the 5 Series is much sportier and doesn’t have that old-folk appeal that Cadillac has been known for over the years. Where the Cadillac has a tall nose and wider stance, the 5 Series is thinner and sportier. On the inside, you’ll find the same general amenities including leather upholstery and trim, as well as wooden inserts here and there. The infotainment system in the Bimmer is more modernized than Cadillac’s, but that’s really a matter of opinion. As far as performance goes, the 5 Series can be had with a 2.0-liter good for 248 horsepower in the 530i, a 3.0-liter inline-six that’s good for 335 horsepower in the 540i, or a 4.4-liter that’s good for 456 horsepower in the M550i. Pricing starts out at $51,200 for the entry-level 530i and climbs to as much as $72,100 for the range-topping M550i. Add $2,000 to the ticket price, and you can indulge yourself in BMW’s xDrive AWD system.

Find out more about the BMW 5 Series here.

Audi A6

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The Audi A6 is blander in terms of styling compared to the 5 Series but still has that German flair that makes it look just a little better than the Caddy in my opinion. Like all full-size cars in the luxury segment, the A6 benefits from leather upholstery and soft touch surfaces. It also includes Audi’s famed MMI-touch infotainment system (Navigation standard on all models except the entry-level Premium trim. Under the hood, you’ll find a 2.0-liter four-cylinder as the standard offering in the Premium and Premium Plus trim levels. It delivers 252 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque and can get the A6 to 60 mph in 6.7 seconds. Moving up to the Prestige or Competition trim levels will get you a 3.0-liter six-cylinder (also available as an option in the Premium Plus trim.) In the Premium Plus and Prestige trims, then engine delivers 333 ponies and 325 pound-feet, enough to hit that 60-mph sprint in 5.1 seconds. The Competition trim gets a mild bump up to 340 horsepower, but that does nothing as far as sprint times or top speed. Pricing starts out at $47,600 for the Premium trim, $51,600 for the Premium Plus, $61,600 for the Prestige, and $67,600 for the Competition trim.

Read more about the Audi A6 here.

Mercedes E-Class

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The Mercedes E-Class has the typical Mercedes design cues that we’ve been familiar with for years now. Up front, it gets a fairly sporty front fascia (with fake vents) and a large, prominent grille with two chrome louvers. The body of the car is rather smooth, with a few sharp body lines in all of the right places to add enough character. Inside, you’ll find luxurious and plush, leather-wrapped seats and soft touch surfaces. Mercedes infotainment system is comparable to that of BMW and Audi, but is far more advanced than Cadillac’s, for example. It also includes a touch controller on the center console for better usability. Here in the U.S., the non-AMG E-Class is limited to just one trim level: the E300. It comes with aa 2.0-liter four-banger that’s good for 241 horsepower and 273 pound-feet, enough to get the sedan up to 60 mph in 6.2 seconds. If you want more than that, you’ll have to take a trip over to AMG, which puts you into a completely different tax bracket. The E43 sedan comes with a 3.0-liter V-6 that’s good for 396 ponies, 384 pound-feet, and a 4.5-second sprint to 60 mph. The E63 S gets AMG’s famed 4.0-liter V-8 that’s good for a whopping 603 ponies, 627 pound-feet, and a 3.3-second sprint to 60 mph – not bad, right? Well, going with the Merc could be the most expensive decision you’ve made recently. The E300 is priced fairly at $52,150, but if you jump up to the E43, you’ll see a massive increase to at least $72,400 (that’s more than $20,000 over the E300, by the way) while the E63 S commands a staggering $104,400.

Learn more about the Mercedes E-Class here.

Conclusion

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I have to say that it’s nice to see Cadillac refresh the XTS after just four years on the market, but the fact that it now looks just likes every other sedan in the brand’s lineup is troubling. The same sausage different lengths philosophy to car design is getting old, as is Cadillacs current design language. While other manufacturers shift to sleeker exterior lights, bolder styling, and sharper body lines, Cadillac is still rocking the old-dude look that just doesn’t sit favorably with the younger crowd. The XTS is a great vehicle, it’s comfortable, and offers up a comfortable ride even for the longest road trips, but it’s easy to overlook when there are more stylish options out there. If I had to give Cadillac one piece of advice for its next-gen design language, it would be to look at the German competitors and follow their lead. Otherwise, I’m not sure Cadillac is going to stick around too much longer.

But, what do you think? Is the XTS just another member of the Cadillac sausage fest or is it a model you would consider over the Bimmer, Merc, or Audi? Let us know what you think in the comments section below.

  • Leave it
    • * Looks like every other Cadillac
    • * Too much of that old-folk styling

The Cadillac XTS is a spacious and comfortable sedan with confident handling and performance. For 2018, the XTS receives technical, chassis and appearance changes to heighten the appeal of this elegant sedan.

Beginning with the enhanced next-generation Cadillac user experience, which debuted on the 2017 CTS sport sedan, the XTS now offers a dynamic platform that can be adjusted over time to meet a customer’s evolving connectivity needs, leveraging the cloud to enable personalization, available connected navigation and applications via the Collection app store.

The updated chassis has revised tire designs for both 19” and 20” tires—improving ride comfort while reducing outside noise for a quieter more comfortable cabin. Drivers will find front-seat luxury much more comfortable thanks to changes to seat foam geometry, wire frame structure and heat pad redesign. An increased use of engineered sound insulators (to reduce exterior noise) reduces cabin sound to create an even more serene environment.

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New exterior styling features freshened front and rear fascias. Updated interior color and trim choices – including a Platinum-exclusive Maple Sugar with Jet Black environment – and new alloy wheel options highlight the updates to the XTS. The appearance change includes new fenders, front and rear fascias, grille, and the addition of LED headlights and taillamp in keeping with today’s portfolio. It also brings the overall length of the car to 200.9 inches (1.1” inches shorter than 2017).

Also available is the XTS Platinum V-Sport, which takes performance to a higher level, driven by an exclusive twin-turbo engine and all-wheel drive.

Standard and available features across the lineup include:

Updated chassis with improved ride comfort
Brembo front brakes standard
Available advanced all-wheel-drive system with electronically controlled limited-slip differential
Standard 19-inch wheels and available 20-inch wheels, with a new wheel design for Luxury and Platinum models
Updated next-generation Cadillac user experience infotainment system with the fastest response time ever, updated graphics, personalized profiles, smartphone-like navigation, Wi-Fi and active connection
Adaptive remote start
Four USB ports
Standard eight-speaker Bose audio system

When it comes to trunk space, the XTS is in a league of its own, with 18 cubic feet (509 L), exceeding some midsize and full-size competitors — that’s more than the Audi A6, BMW 5 Series and Mercedes-Benz E-Class. The cargo advantage means room for five or more suitcases.

Technology and Connectivity — technology upgrades for a more connected ride

The next-generation Cadillac user experience is a dynamic platform that can be adjusted over time to meet a customer’s evolving connectivity needs, leveraging the cloud to enable personalization, available connected navigation and applications via the Collection app store.

With functionality that applies popular apps and smartphone practices in the vehicle, the new user experience system provides customers with easier access to the most common features. The more intuitive operation includes a Summary View in which all key applications – climate, audio, phone and navigation – are displayed on one screen.

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Exterior Design: modern design enhanced by new LED lighting

The exterior design was altered to present a freshened style closer in line with the CT6 prestige sedan. Changes include the addition of all-new LED headlights and taillamps, fenders and front and rear fascia and a new grille.
New designs are available on both 19-inch and 20-inch alloy wheels.

Interior Features: improved front-seat comfort with new color and trim options

Like the exterior, the XTS’ cabin features authentic cut-and-sewn materials and an artistic integration of technology.

New interior decor is available across much of the XTS line. There is a revised Jet Black with Shale-accented environment available for XTS, XTS Luxury and XTS Premium Luxury models. The XTS Platinum models include new Jet Black and Maple Sugar with Jet Black accents.

Platinum models feature a leather-wrapped interior with microfiber suede headliner, as well as premium wood trim on the steering wheel, console, center stack, instrument panel and door panels.

Seating trim offers full-leather seating on Kona, or semi-aniline full leather seating surfaces on Platinum models, both with perforated detailing. Heated and ventilated seats are also offered. The 2018 model includes the redesigned updates to the seat foam geometry, wire frame structure, heat pads for the heated seats and 40” of rear legroom for added passenger comfort. Together, the changes elevate the riding experience for the driver and passengers.

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Powertrains: Confident power from two V-6 engines

The Cadillac twin-turbo 3.6L V-6 headlines the XTS’ powertrain lineup and is standard on the V-Sport model, delivering 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 in the segment. A pair of turbochargers and an efficient charge air cooler help provide more immediate power delivery, while peak torque is sustained over a broad range — 1,900 to 5,600 rpm — for a confident feeling of power when accelerating or overtaking traffic.

The XTS’ standard 3.6L V-6 is rated at 304 horsepower (227 kW) and 264 lb-ft of torque (355 Nm). Lightweight features help reduce overall weight for greater efficiency and a more favorable front-to-rear weight balance. Examples include a composite intake manifold that saves approximately 5.5 pounds (2.5 kg) over the weight of a comparable aluminum intake and an integrated cylinder head/exhaust manifold design that saves approximately 13 pounds (6 kg) per engine.

The engines are matched with six-speed automatic transmissions and tap-shift control.

Driving Experience: Revised chassis and tire designs further elevate ride quality

The newly updated chassis has revised tire designs for both 19- and 20-inch tires, improving ride comfort while reducing outside noise for a quieter and more comfortable cabin. The XTS can be equipped with Magnetic Ride Control and Rear Air Leveling for extra-sharp handling.

A layered approach to the driving experience relies on new and established technologies, all rooted in a stiff structure. The body is infused with strategically placed, ultra-high-strength steel for strength and crash protection and serves as the foundation for the advanced chassis system.

A smart all-wheel-drive system with Haldex technology and an electronic limited-slip differential that splits torque between the rear wheels complements an advanced high-performance strut front suspension and available Magnetic Ride Control real-time damping to give the XTS sure-footed, confident and comfortable ride and handling. The rear suspension comprises a linked H-arm design with air springs.

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Safety: confidence through sophisticated safety features

Cadillac provides available advanced safety based on its “control-and-alert” strategy, employing advanced technologies — including radar, camera and ultrasonic sensors — to help prevent crashes. The safety features bolster driver vision and awareness of road hazards and can even help drivers avert potential crashes. In certain situations, Cadillac’s advanced crash-avoidance systems, such as automatic braking, can automatically apply braking in response to potential hazards.

The available Driver Awareness Package also features updates to provide the comfort of assurance in a safe drive. XTS models equipped with the Driver Awareness Package will find features such as Low Speed Automatic Braking, Following Distance Indicators and Lane Change Alert to complement Side Blind Zone Alert. The Driver Awareness Package is available on Luxury Trim and is standard on higher trims. The Driver Assist Package, which adds Adaptive Cruise Control and Forward/Reverse Automatic Braking, is available on Premium Luxury and standard on Platinum models.

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Appendix

Exterior Design: modern design enhanced by new LED lighting

The exterior design was altered to present a freshened style closer in line with the CT6 prestige sedan. Changes include the addition of all-new LED headlights and taillamps, fenders and front and rear fascia and a new grille.
New designs are available on both 19-inch and 20-inch alloy wheels.

Like all Cadillac vehicles, the grille, LED headlamps and exterior signature lighting invite discovery with precise details you appreciate the more time you spend with the vehicle.

Additional features include:

Unique Platinum grille on XTS Platinum and Platinum V-Sport models
Available power folding mirrors
Standard LED headlamps
Illuminating door handles included on Luxury, Premium Luxury and Platinum models
Rainsense automatic windshield wipers are included on Luxury, Premium Luxury and Platinum models
Standard 19-inch new Pearl-Nickel-accented painted aluminum wheels with chrome inserts on XTS
Standard 19-inch painted finish aluminum wheels on XTS Luxury, with optional polished finish
All-new 20-inch ultra-bright machined and premium painted wheels are standard on XTS Platinum
Driver Awareness Package adds new Low Speed Forward and vision-based Automatic Braking, Following Distance Indicator and Lane Change Alert (optional on XTS Luxury and standard on XTS Premium Luxury, Platinum and V-Sport Platinum)

Ten exterior colors are offered: Crystal White Tricoat, Black Raven, Radiant Silver Metallic, Phantom Gray Metallic, Bronze Dune Metallic, Dark Adriatic Blue Metallic and Stellar Black Metallic, with the addition of Red Horizon Tintcoat, Stone Gray Metallic and Midnight Sky Metallic.

Interior Features: improved front-seat comfort with new color and trim options

Like the exterior, the XTS’ cabin features authentic cut-and-sewn materials and an artistic integration of technology.

New interior decor is available across much of the XTS line. There is a revised Jet Black with Shale-accented environment available for XTS, XTS Luxury and XTS Premium Luxury models. The XTS Platinum models include new Jet Black and Maple Sugar with Jet Black accents.

Platinum models feature a leather-wrapped interior with microfiber suede headliner, as well as premium wood trim on the steering wheel, console, center stack, instrument panel and door panels.

Seating trim offers full-leather seating on Kona, or semi-aniline full leather seating surfaces on Platinum models, both with perforated detailing. Heated and ventilated seats are also offered. The 2018 model includes the redesigned updates to the seat foam geometry, wire frame structure, heat pads for the heated seats and 40” of rear legroom for added passenger comfort. Together, the changes elevate the riding experience for the driver and passengers.

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Additional interior features include:

22-way power-adjustable front seats with heat, ventilation and massage are standard on Platinum models and available on Premium Luxury models.
Adaptive remote start is standard on all models.
Audio system with Bose® premium eight-speaker sound is standard on the XTS and Luxury models.
Bose® Studio Surround Sound 14-speaker system with Surround Stage signal processing is standard on Premium Luxury and Platinum models.
Tri-zone automatic climate control is standard on Premium Luxury and Platinum models. Dual-zone automatic climate control is standard on XTS and Luxury models.
Color, reconfigurable 12.3-inch gauge cluster with driver information center is standard on Premium Luxury and Platinum models.
Head-up display with color readouts is standard on the Premium Luxury and Platinum models.
Illuminated entry and courtesy lighting is standard on all models.
Accent lighting, including LED spotlights and light pipes, is standard on Luxury, Premium Luxury and Platinum models.
Full-leather seats with mini-perforated inserts are standard; Semi-Aniline full-leather seating surfaces with mini-perforated inserts are standard on the Platinum model XTS.
Heated driver/front passenger and outboard rear passenger seats and vented driver/front passenger seats are standard on Luxury, Premium Luxury and Platinum models.
Leather-accented steering wheel with wood accents and tap up/tap down transmission controls is standard.
Heated steering wheel is standard on Luxury, Premium Luxury and Platinum models.
Power rear window shade and manual rear side window shades are available on the Premium Luxury model and standard on Platinum.

Five interior color/trim combinations are offered:

Jet Black and Graphite Sapele Open Pore wood trim; leather seating surfaces
New Shale with Jet Black accents and Graphite Sapele High Gloss Natural Ash wood trim; leather seating surfaces
Kona Brown with Jet Black accents and natural finish wood trim; full leather seating surfaces
New Platinum-exclusive Jet Black High gloss Ebony Lineate wood trim; Semi-Aniline full leather seats
New Platinum-exclusive Maple Sugar with Jet Black accents and Nutella Lineate with high gloss Ebony Lineate wood trim; Semi-Aniline full leather seats

Technology and Connectivity: Technology upgrades for a more connected ride

The next-generation Cadillac user experience is a dynamic platform that can be adjusted over time to meet a customer’s evolving connectivity needs, leveraging the cloud to enable personalization, available connected navigation and applications via the Collection app store.

With functionality similar to smartphones, the new user experience system provides customers with easier access to the most common features. The more intuitive operation includes a Summary View in which all key applications – climate, audio, phone and navigation – are displayed on one screen

The heart of the next-generation Cadillac user experience is the 8-inch LCD multi-touch-sensitive screen integrated into the top of the central instrument panel. The next-generation Cadillac user experience vibrant LCD screen resembles a smartphone’s screen, with large, easy-to-target icons to execute commands. Upgrades and enhancements for the next-generation Cadillac user experience in 2018 include in-vehicle apps via Collection, partial name recognition, display of Advanced Park Assist, Wi-Fi signal strength display, personalized profiles, integrated smartphone-like navigation and active connection.

“Cadillac pioneered connectivity by bringing OnStar to market, and more recently we became the first luxury brand to enable Apple CarPlay and Android Auto across our product line,” says Richard Brekus, Cadillac director of Product Strategy. “We have worked to improve overall system response in recent years, and now this next-generation user experience system delivers more improvements, focused mainly on intuitive control.”

Personalized Profiles

My Driver Preferences are personalized cloud-based profiles that allow users to customize the infotainment system and take that same customized experience with them into any new Cadillac user experience-equipped vehicle.

Features such as vehicle and display setting, contact favorites, navigation route preferences and recent destinations can be customized and follow a user’s profile.

Each driver can create an individual account and personalize their preferences for the Cadillac user experience. Vehicle owners can manage their My Driver Preferences in the vehicle or via their myCadillac Owner Center on the Cadillac website.

Integrated Smartphone-like Navigation

The new Cadillac user experience features an available all-new navigation app with an intuitive interface and access to destination information via available cloud-based services. This includes updated points of interest, live traffic information, fuel prices and parking information.

Through simple input methods, such as enhanced voice recognition and an improved onscreen search function, users have access to more relevant search results. Over time, this opt-in subscription-based system can learn a user’s preferred routes and destinations, offering predictive suggestions based upon traffic and frequent destinations.

New Cadillac user experience equipped vehicles currently come standard with an available, opt-in 12-month connected navigation trial.

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Active Connection

The built-in OnStar 4G LTE enables an active connection to the vehicle that, with customer consent, will allow Cadillac to remotely update features such as navigation and the newly launched Collection app store, after vehicle purchase.

The available 4GLTE Wi-Fi hotspot allows passengers to connect up to seven compatible mobile devices, smartphones and tablets to high-speed wireless Internet. The new system supports use of two compatible phones concurrently via Bluetooth.

Users can access Apple CarPlay and Android Auto advanced smartphone integration through the Home screen. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility are subject to their terms, privacy statements and data plan rates and require a compatible smartphone.

Every new Cadillac currently comes standard with an available 12-month OnStar subscription at no additional cost. Among other benefits, this connectivity plan features OnStar Smart Driver, an opt-in service designed to help owners maximize their vehicle’s overall performance, reduce wear and tear, monitor fuel efficiency and improve their driving, all factors that add to the overall ownership experience.

Owners can also manage their vehicles remotely with the industry-leading myCadillac mobile app via their compatible smartphones.

Cadillac owners can also opt in to keep their vehicle connected at no cost for five years through the OnStar Basic Plan, including:

OnStar Vehicle Diagnostics, which runs monthly checks of a vehicle’s engine, transmission, anti-lock brakes and more
Dealer Maintenance Notification, which sends a diagnostic report directly to a preferred dealer, simplifying service scheduling
OnStar Smart Driver, which monitors driving behaviors and offers the opportunity to save money on insurance
AtYourService, which gives you access to a marketplace of money-saving offers from nearby merchants

The all-new myCadillac Mobile App combines the services available through the former myCadillac and OnStar RemoteLink® apps to allow customers to easily manage their vehicle ownership experience. Features on the new myCadillac Mobile App include roadside assistance, parking reminders, owner manual content and vehicle diagnostics. In addition, users will be able to remotely control vehicle features, including the OnStar Wi-Fi® hotspot, remote start/stop, and remote door lock/unlock. The app is included for free for five years and is available in the U.S. and Canada through the iTunes and Google Play Stores.

Driving Experience: Revised chassis and tire designs further elevate ride quality

The newly updated chassis has revised tire designs for both 19- and 20-inch tires, improving ride comfort while reducing outside noise for a quieter and more comfortable cabin. The XTS can be equipped with Magnetic Ride Control and Rear Air Leveling for extra-sharp handling.

A layered approach to the driving experience relies on new and established technologies, all rooted in a stiff structure. The body is infused with strategically placed, ultra-high-strength steel for strength and crash protection and serves as the foundation for the advanced chassis system.

A smart all-wheel-drive system with Haldex technology and an electronic limited-slip differential that splits torque between the rear wheels complements an advanced high-performance strut front suspension and available Magnetic Ride Control real-time damping to give the XTS sure-footed, confident and comfortable ride and handling. The rear suspension comprises a linked H-arm design with air springs.

High Performance Strut is based on the MacPherson strut front suspension design and features dual-path top mountings that separate the transfer of spring and damper loads to the body structure. It improves ride and handling characteristics in four significant ways:

Provides more linear and communicative steering through improved camber control
Improves impact isolation on bumps and rough surfaces
Reduces torque steer
Improves vehicle sensitivity to tire irregularities and wheel imbalance.

Magnetic Ride Control delivers precise body motion control, “reading” the road every millisecond and changing damping in just 5 milliseconds. It replaces conventional mechanical-valve shocks with electronically controlled shocks filled with a magnetorheological fluid containing minute iron particles. Under the presence of magnetic charge, the iron particles align to provide damping resistance almost instantly.

A premium electric, variable-assist power steering gear is employed with all front-wheel-drive models. It is designed to deliver excellent response and on-center characteristics while enhancing efficiency by drawing energy only when the wheels are turned.

StabiliTrak electronic stability control is standard on all models, along with variable-effort steering and four-wheel disc brakes (front Brembo brakes) with four-channel anti-lock brakes, all features that add important layers of control. Like Magnetic Ride Control, XTS borrows the Brembo braking technology from Cadillac’s V-Performance models.

Safety: confidence through sophisticated safety features

Cadillac XTS provides available advanced safety based on Cadillac’s “control and alert” strategy, which employs advanced technologies including radar, cameras and ultrasonic sensors to help prevent crashes. The safety features bolster driver vision and awareness of road hazards and can even help the driver avert potential crashes. In certain situations, Cadillac’s advanced crash-avoidance systems, such as automatic braking, can automatically apply braking in response to potential hazards.

The available Driver Awareness Package also features updates to provide the comfort of assurance in a safe drive. XTS models equipped with the Driver Awareness Package will find features such as Low Speed Automatic Braking, Following Distance Indicators and Lane Change Alert to complement Side Blind Zone Alert. The Driver Awareness Package is available on Luxury Trim and is standard on higher trims. The Driver Assist Package, which adds Adaptive Cruise Control and Forward/Reverse Automatic Braking, is available on Premium Luxury and standard on Platinum models.

Additional safety features include dual-stage frontal air bags, knee air bags, side-impact air bags, head-curtain air bags and seat side-impact air bags for outboard rear passengers. A Rear Vision Camera is standard on all XTS models. Head-up display is standard on Premium Luxury and Platinum models.

The XTS also offers automatic parking assist (FWD models), which enables the car to park itself in both parallel and perpendicular spaces. It uses ultrasonic sensors to locate a suitable space and maneuver the car into the space. The driver is required to only engage reverse and apply the accelerator and brake pedals.

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