Spied: Refreshed 2018 Cadillac XTS, Showing Plenty of Sameness

Steph Willems
by Steph Willems

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?

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.

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.

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.

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  • Akear Akear on Apr 04, 2017

    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.

    • NormSV650 NormSV650 on Apr 04, 2017

      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

  • NexWest NexWest on Apr 05, 2017

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

  • Jkross22 I know this is TTAC, but shouldn't the US government and the politicians we elect be more focused on more pressing issues? I'll just spitball a few, less politically charged ones for fun..... Why can't the FAA hold Boeing and the airlines accountable for flying planes with bolts that don't come undone and wings that don't fall apart? What about crime and homelessness and inflation and cost of secondary education at public colleges and trade schools? Yeah, yeah, we don't want the Chinese to run over domestic car makers. Go tell Ford and GM. They've contributed to the concern. Is Stellantis even considered domestic anymore? Aren't they French or Italian or Bolivian?
  • Analoggrotto Alan's dream vehicle in the Heavens of Oz where they blow kangaroos and dingos all day long while listening to Obama speeches on repeat.
  • MrIcky Worrying about mileage is for poors.
  • ToolGuy A 'true' Volvo (pre Ford Motor Company). I would buy this and drive it for 3 years until I can get one of them 'Chinese' EV things. But I'm offering $1,850 against your $3,700 because you couldn't be bothered to pull it outside for pictures. 😉 And I will stick close to home with this one -- no road trips.In related news (Relevant and Connected!!): My new dishwasher is Swedish -- little outfit called Frigidaire, you may have heard of them. (On order, should be here in March)
  • CKNSLS Sierra SLT Let me get this straight-It's OK for GM to make cars in China and ship them here-under a Buick name. But for the Chinese to directly do it is not OK.If the Big 3 had not a deserted sedans/low end of the market they wouldn't have anything to worry about.Yea...makes perfect sense.