With Cadillac reworking all its sedans and giving them new names, the aging XTS seemed the odd vehicle out. Well, apparently, Cadillac is going to hang onto this front-driven black sheep for a little while longer, as it just gave it a significant refresh for 2018.
You read that right: The XTS is getting a new look. While this is not a total redesign, the refresh is comprehensive and impossible to overlook. Up front, the 2018 XTS boasts new CT6-like updates, including new LED headlights, a new grille, and updated fenders. Around back, much of the same is going on with CT6-like graphics on the LED taillights and a new rear fascia.
Not much changes on the inside in terms of design, but there are plenty of new features and finishes. Inside, buyers will find a new Jet Black-with-Shale color scheme on the base, Luxury, and Premium Luxury models. On the Platinum models, the XTS gains a new new Jet Black and Maple Sugar with Jet Black accents color scheme. There is also updated seat foam in the Platinum models, delivering upgraded comfort.
There is also some new tech on the updated XTS, but the big update is the all-new next-gen Cadillac user experience,
Under the skin, Cadillac has updated the XTS’ chassis, wheels, and tires. According to the automaker, these updated pieces reduce harshness and noise. Also available is a magnetic ride system that helps enhance the XTS’ handling.
Under its hood, things will remain the same for the 2018 XTS. The base model will include a 3.6-liter V-6 engine with 304 horsepower and 264 pound-feet of torque. On the V-Sport trim, the XTS will continue with its twin-turbo 3.6-liter V-6 that pounds out 410 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque. Both engines pair with a relatively dated six-speed automatic transmission.
There is no official word on the 2018 XTS’ release date or pricing, so stay tuned for updates.