Cadillac XTS Will Live Until 2019
Last week I wrote about the plan GM has put in place for the future of its Cadillac brand. A lot of changes are coming as the brand begins to focus on performance while taking on a deeper presence in the crossover market. Cadillac begins production of the 2016 Cadillac CT6 in December, which will be the newest sedan in the lineup. Some have speculated that the XTS would be discontinued to make way for the CT6, but that couldn’t be farther from the truth – in fact, it will share a place in the lineup with the CT6 for at least a few more years.
The XTS has only been around since 2012, but it has sold well in the Chinese market, and apparently makes an excellent fleet vehicle too. The demand is high enough that GM has decided to continue production until at least 2019. Only time will tell how well it will continue to sell, but the past gives us a good idea of future events, and in the first half of this year it did outsell the popular CTS sedan.
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Why it matters
Back in 2013, I drove a fully-loaded 2013 Cadillac XTS from Michigan to Georgia and back. I found it to be comfortable, and while it wasn’t incredibly powerful, it didn’t have any issues making it over the mountains. It was a little out of my preferred price range at the time, but it was well worth the extra money compared to the Malibu that I used to make the same trip last year. Considering the CT6 will be similar in size, I think sales will suffer for at least one of the models. I have a feeling the XTS will continue to sell well as a fleet vehicle, but if I was looking to purchase a sedan for daily driving, I would probably lean toward the more performance-based 2016 Cadillac CTS-V or the new CT6.
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Source: Automotive News