By on April 3, 2017

2018 cadillac xts

Thanks to loyal reader Frylock350, we’ve received a glimpse of what can only be Cadillac’s upcoming 2018 XTS — a long-in-the-tooth model given a stay of execution (and a styling refresh) by its struggling parent.

The XTS was supposed to die after the appearance of Cadillac’s CT6 flagship, but continued healthy sales of the front-wheel-drive full-sizer prompted a change of heart. Why axe a steady performer, especially when your smaller sedans have the sales buoyancy of the Lusitania?

2018 cadillac xts

While announcing a years-long new product blitz earlier this year, Cadillac president Johan de Nysschen revealed that a refreshed XTS would come first. Expected to bow later this year, the 2018 model should see changes to its front fascia and rear end, nudging its styling closer to that of its siblings. Certainly, there’s nothing new amidships, going by these photos shot in Chicago.

2018 cadillac xts

Underneath those bulky bras, there’s clearly change afoot. While the taillights remain hidden, the trunklid seems to extend further aft. Up front, the grille appears more upright and surrounding fascia more angular, not unlike the sharply chiseled faces of its stablemates. There’s new jewelry, too. It looks like the XTS’ front fenders will carry the same monochrome Cadillac crest seen on the CT6.

2018 cadillac xts

While it isn’t known how long the XTS will live, sales through 2019 seems like a solid bet. Of course, Cadillac’s main focus remains elsewhere.

Crossovers and SUVs are kings, and Cadillac’s long-term profitability plan will see several utility vehicles added to the lineup before the end of the decade. The first all-new model will be the XT4 small crossover, with a larger crossover expected to fill the gap between the popular XT5 and range-topping Escalade. An even smaller crossover could appear after that.

2018 cadillac xts

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37 Comments on “Spied: Refreshed 2018 Cadillac XTS, Showing Plenty of Sameness...”


  • avatar
    Corey Lewis

    The continuation of brougham light up door handles! I approve of it so much.

  • avatar
    Frylock350

    I’m a published photographer now! Thanks Steph!

  • avatar
    pmirp1

    Most importantly, will they update CUE to have some knobs and buttons?

  • avatar
    OldManPants

    Heh.. that hides as much as Clayton Moore’s mask and needs to a little as Janet Jackson’s top.

  • avatar
    deanst

    Sadly, I don’t have the energy or desire to remember which of Cadillac’s full size cars is front wheel drive, and which is rear wheel drive. Perhaps Nysschen will develope a 3 wheel drive vehicle before he actually gets around to making what customers actually want – CUVs.

  • avatar
    28-Cars-Later

    Fleet.

    • 0 avatar
      whynot

      Lets be honest, for most people interested in a full size Cadillac the XTS is a better car than the CT6 considering it costs thousands less. They don’t care about FWD vs RWD and driving dynamics. That is why the XTS is still outselling the CT6 almost 2 to 1.

      The CT6 is a nice looking car coupled with horrible pricing and packaging since there is not enough room between the CTS, CT6, and XTS. Why, for example, does it make sense to have magnetic ride control standard on the XTS but not on the CT6 (you have to jump to the $60k model just to get a chance to check that option box for even more money)? The world may never know.

      • 0 avatar
        PrincipalDan

        XTS, the top trim package for the current Impala.

      • 0 avatar
        TheDoctorIsOut

        “This is in fact an Impala…”

        XTS came several years before Impala, probably more accurate to describe XTS as a re bodied SAAB. Still, the continued existence of the XTS will bring joy to hearse makers as well as Florida octogenarians for whom this is a half step to riding in the former.

        • 0 avatar
          NormSV650

          The Saab 9-5 heritage for sure.

          Our XTS Vsport has Haldex4 AWD and with the nannies turned off will rotate on snow with the throttle just as easy as a RWD car. The Platinum level is appointed like no Impala or LaCrosse for that matter.

          • 0 avatar

            That has to be the ultimate Q-ship. 420 hp in an XTS….never saw one in the wild, yet….

          • 0 avatar
            NormSV650

            The Vsport is quick enough out of box and I’ve seen more than a few near CLE. Since it uses a 3.6tt tuned to 369 lb-ft torque from the factory, almost 200 lb-ft of available after a ecu tune. It spins the front tires on a 90°F day at 50 mph downshift!

  • avatar
    PeriSoft

    These protective bumper bras are really getting out of hand.

  • avatar
    PrincipalDan

    Sadly the gas filler is still on the wrong side of the car.

    • 0 avatar
      bunkie

      One thing I *loved* about my CTS was the filler on the “wrong” side. we frequented a popular “one-way” station in Northern NJ which had a wait for the pumps on the driver side while there was, almost always, an open pump on the passenger side.

      • 0 avatar
        PrincipalDan

        And if they were ALL on the same side of the car (regardless of which side) imagine how smoothly fill ups would go.

        • 0 avatar
          mcs

          “imagine how smoothly fill ups would go”

          I thought fill-ups on gas cars always went smoothly and you guys are always in and out of the station in less than 5 minutes? :^)

      • 0 avatar
        deanst

        I’m not sure what is more embarrassing for New Jersey – the fact that you can’t pump your own gas, or the fact that they don’t have “long hose” technology. I always find it amusing when people maneuver about to select a gas pump, when most pumps in my neighbourhood have hoses long enough to reach either side.

  • avatar
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    The side of the Caddy looks identical to a Camry from a few years ago.
    Good job, GM.

  • avatar
    jkross22

    I don’t understand why Cadillac is bothering with covering up the front and rear of the car. No one is going to be stealing styling cues from this car.

  • avatar
    jkross22

    I don’t understand why Cadillac is bothering with covering up the front and rear of the car. No one is going to be stealing styling cues from this car.

    I’m pretty sure Volvo designers are not constantly hitting refresh on their screens to see the ‘all new for 2018’ XTS.

  • avatar
    Barndoors4life

    I want so bad for Cadillac to get it turned around and make great full size cars again. I’ve never owned one or plan to, I just find my self rooting for them like they’re the home team or something. I’m not at all a luxury car buyer but there’s something about that old school box Cadillac look with a big block V8 500/425 that just dominates the road. It’s got this distinct vibe to it I’d love for them to capture that kind of feeling again.

  • avatar
    Wodehouse

    The one current Cadillac alongside the Escalade that doesn’t look like a Chinese-Audi/Mercedes-Benz/BMW-knockoff. The ATS, CTS, XT5, and, CT6 are so “blah” in their designs. The XTS has a presence the other sedans seriously lack despite their silly-assed LED light arrangements.

  • avatar
    Spartan

    I had a 2014 Cadillac XTS 3.6L rental for about a month and I liked it. It was comfy, fairly quick, rode well, and believe it or not, actually drove really well. I was surprised.

    Most people don’t care if a car is RWD or AWD. Most that do don’t buy new anyway and just sit around on the internet complaining for companies to RWD all the things.

    RWD is useless in a car like this, which is why people buy the Lexus ES in droves and why the GS is about to die on the vine.

  • avatar

    Buick death watch.

    Cadillac is still outselling Buick this year in the states. I will look up the sales statistics later this week. Cadillac was leading by a couple thousand units last month.

    The new XT5 is now Cadillac’s best selling vehicle, and is playing a big role in the divisions comeback.

    • 0 avatar
      NormSV650

      Buick has Cadillac by almost 20,000 units this year alone. Buick is doing good considering it has Chevrolet below and Cadillac and GMC above it sqeezing out some sales, unlike Infiniti, Acura, Lincoln. … Buick has been 4th behind Lexus, bmw, and Mercedes in $30,000+ segments

  • avatar
    NexWest

    Photos taken at the north end of Wacker Drive and Grand Avenue in downtown Chicago.


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