Since its debut as the brand’s flagship model in 2013, the Cadillac XTS has remained pretty much unchanged. With the rest of the Cadillac lineup getting new looks in recent years, it’s not a huge shock to see the 2018 XTS is getting a new look to better fit in with its siblings. Also included in this refresh will be a new chassis and some new technology.
On the outside, the changes to the XTS are very obvious. It will retain the general silhouette of the current model, but the details will be all new. Up front, the 2018 XTS will gain a new set of headlights with vertical accent lights that better match the CT6, a new grille, and a special grille just for the Platinum trims. On the rear, we’ll see a new fascia and some updated taillights.
This revised look also makes the 2018 model 1.1 inches shorter than the current XTS at 200.9 inches.
Inside, the design will remain the same, but there will be some mild updates. The base, Luxury, and Premium Luxury models will gain a new Jet Black with Shale-accented color scheme, while the Platinum models will gain a Jet Black and Maple Sugar with Jet Black accents scheme. The seat geometry will also be updated, helping enhance comfort on those long-distance drives.
While the powertrains options will remain unchanged -- 304-horsepower 3.6-liter V6 and twin-turbo 3.6-liter V6 with 410 hp -- the chassis will get a mild update. Buyers will notice a smoother and quieter ride than before, thanks to a new tire design for the 19- and 20-inch wheels.
The current XTS missed being an IIHS Top Safety Pick due to not receiving a rating in the small-overlap test. But in the other four crash tests, it received good ratings, and it received a superior rating in front-crash prevention. The latter is thanks to its optional forward collision mitigation system, which in 2018, will be a part of the optional Driver Awareness Package. Everything else in the safety department will remain the same in the new model year.