Cadillac, like so many car manufacturers, has had to reinvent itself over the last decade. This evolution has introduced a number of new models while banishing others. One of the new models that have helped Cadillac compete in the luxury car market is the XTS. This full-size sedan is based on a larger rendition of the Epsilon II. The car was designed to replace two different models that Cadillac was offering at the time — the STS and the DTS. The XTS is larger than the STS while being smaller than the DTS. The car was introduced to the world in 2012 and is currently still in the production rotation.
The XTS is available in both, rear-wheel drive and front-wheel drive, with the speed and performance packages to accommodate both. GM has progressively developed the interior packages of the XTS to offer consumers as many options as possible. One of the complaints about the brand was that it was to bland to be considered with the heavy hitters in the luxury car market, and the XTS was Cadillacs response. I think that it made everyone take notice.
In 2014, there was not a lot that changed on the exterior of the car, but the interior was in the process of being systematically upgraded with new woodgrain interior packages, as well as changes in the trim. The goal of the designs was to appeal to a younger market. At one point, Cadillac was considered the world standard, but a lot has changed since then, and the company is fighting to find its place.
2014 XTS Interior
The XTS presented a great balance of luxury, style, and performance. Where the car stands out still today is in the exterior design. While the goal was meant to appeal to a younger crowd, it still screams maturity and sophistication.
In 2015, Cadillac didn’t fiddle with the design much and the price tag, which hovered just under $50,000, did not change much either. There were slight changes to the interior once again. Keep in mind that over the last seven to eight years, technology has been advancing by leaps and bounds, challenging car manufacturers to keep up. So, much of the changes are in the subtleties offered through interior and safety features.
2015 XTS Interior
The 2015 model flexed its muscles while brandishing an available twin-turbo V6. In addition to the performance offered in the car. The infotainment system had been upgraded with sensors to detect movement and voice commands capabilities. One concern of experts who reviewed the model was that the high-feature infotainment system would be a distraction to drivers. Actually, once you familiarize yourself with the system, operating it is a seamless and effortless endeavor.
Again the technology advancements are what stand out on this model. The car came equipped with standard wireless charging capabilities for mobile phones and other mobile devices. It also introduced a new grill to accentuate its bold profile. Let’s not forget the platinum trim that was added to give it a more regal look — increasing the aesthetic appeal of the car. The Cue infotainment system was once again updated to include Apple CarPlay, and the driver-awareness package offered a surround view through the camera system. The SD card slot was taken away
This is the year that the XTS lost its position as the largest sedan in the Cadillac line up, due to the introduction of the CT6 sedan. The truth is that cars are not that much different when it comes to size. The XTS’ affordability still makes it immensely popular. The XTS also has a slightly larger trunk than the CT6. One of the updates on the 2017 model was a change in the gauge cluster. The performance model also added a 20-inch wheel package to enhance performance and aesthetic appeal.
The 2018 model of the XTS offered several refreshed designs, including the front fascia — giving the car a more dynamic look. The suspension was also updated to provide better performance and an even smoother ride. If you are an interior fanatic, you might like the fact that there is now a two-tone option of the interior. The CUE systems were updated yet again to keep up with the advancements in technology. The facelift given to the car made it 1.1 inches short to previous models, but it is hardly noticeable
Written by Rick Wallace
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