Four years after its introduction, the full-sized Cadillac XTS gets a freshening to make tie it more closely to the CT6 introduced in 2016.
Most evident are LED lights front and rear, freshened front and rear fascias, new grille and new fender designs, of which contribute to shortening the overall length by about 28 mm. Brembo front brakes are standard and engine choices are carried over.
Power continues to be supplied by the 3.6-litre V-6 making 304 hp and 264 lb-ft of torque, with an optional twin-turbo version making 410 and 369, respectively. Power delivery is handled by 6-speed paddle-shift automatics, sending power to either the front or all four wheels.
Included in the updated chassis are magnetic ride control and rear air levelling, as well as new alloy wheel and tire designs (both in 19- and 20-inch sizes) to improve ride comfort while reducing road noise for reduced cabin noise intrusions (further aided by engineered sound insulators. Cabin comfort is further enhanced by changes to seat foam and frame, as well as the heating pads for heated seats.
The interior gets new colour and trim choices, including a Platinum trim exclusive Maple Sugar with Jet Black, in various combinations of leather, wood and manufactured-materials.
Beyond the exterior and dynamic changes, the 2018 XTS gets the next generation Cadillac user experience (with “summary” view that puts all key apps such as climate, navigation, phone and audio on one screen), which provides enhanced connectivity, and expansion for future applications and personalization.
And of course, there’s a full suite of driving aids, using radar, cameras and sensors to improve driver awareness of road hazards to avoid potential crashes, as well as automatically controlling some functions such as braking to avoid or mitigate crashes.