2018 Cadillac XTS Breaks Cover With A New Face And More Tech

Cadillac revealed the 2018 XTS which now comes with a revised exterior look, more tech and improved ride comfort.

Pictures of the updated model first surfaced a couple of months ago in China, revealing the new model’s redesigned front and rear fascia that bring it in line with the brand’s other big sedan, the CT6.

Cadillac also updated the color and trim options for the interior, which now include a Platinum-exclusive Maple Sugar with Jet Black combo.

Changes have also been made to the front seats, which now feature a different foam geometry, wire frame structure and heat pad design in order to make them more comfortable. The company has also added more engineered sound insulators to the cabin in order to further suppress noises from outside.

Revised are also the tire designs for both the 19- and 20-inch tires, improving the ride comfort. The 2018 Cadillac XTS can be equipped with Magnetic Ride Control and Rear Air Leveling.

For those looking a sportier experience, Cadillac has added the new XTS Platinum V-Sport to the range, which uses a 410hp twin-turbo V6 and all-wheel drive as standard. The rest of the lineup is powered by a 304hp 3.6-litre V6 unit, mated to a six-speed automatic gearbox.

Cadillac has also added their latest infotainment system which features a more intuitive user interface, more personalisation options, in-vehicle apps and a connected navigation system on an eight-inch touchscreen display.

As for the driver assistance systems, these include features such as Low Speed Automatic Braking, Following Distance Indicators, Adaptive Cruise Control, Forward/Reverse Automatic Braking, Lane Change Alert and Side Blind Zone Alert.


  • Jay

    I can’t stand the single low bumper mounted reverse lights companies are doing now. They should still keep them high on or around the tail lights and have one below on the bumper.

    • Hugh Jorgan


      • Jay

        When a car is coming behind you they do not see the low mounted reverse lights, they wind up pulling right behind you while you’re attempting to park. I’m referring to city parking but having three/four positions provides more light as well.

  • Craig

    I would probably buy an XTS over a CT6.

    • donald seymour

      Oh, and how old are you?

      • Craig

        53. Old enough to still believe that a Cadillac should be ‘old school’. Soft and quiet and a bit floaty. Besides – the only part of the CT6 that looks good is the front end. The rest of it is as boring as a ’77 Impala.

        • Cobrajet

          But the CT6 is the “classic” Cadillac, if only it had a big V8.

  • TheBelltower

    Cadillac teases with an achingly beautiful concept, then doubles-down on this?

    • SgtBeavis

      I totally agree with you but the XTS sells well in China. In fact it’s Chinese sales in May were up 45% from a year before. It still matters.

      • TheBelltower

        Brands need to think about China, but not at the expense of more mature markets. Is their strategy to tailer to China first, then hope it works everywhere else? The Chinese want western designs, the west doesn’t want Chinese designs.

  • Ronald Beach

    So they significantly revise the car but continue the confusing name? I mean, XTS looks a whole lot like XT5… And while we’re talking about this, why hasn’t the CTS become the CT5? Really, they should have stuck with the names, Seville, Catera, El Dorado, DeVille, Fleetwood, which had good recognition and history, instead the stupid Alphanumeric horseshit that European marques popularized (and are now screwing up as well).

    • Status

      The XTS looks nothing like the XT5. Also, if you can’t figure out the names and how they’re ordered in a logical hierarchy, then you shouldn’t be looking at any luxury car.

      By the way, Cadillac was doing the “alphanumeric horseshit” back in the 1920’s with their series numbers. Seville and Eldorado are the alienating names that nobody understands anymore.

      • no25

        He meant the name XTS looks like XT5 because the S and 5 look similar. If you can’t read, maybe you shouldn’t be commenting.

        • Status

          The onus is on him to make that distinction, not me.

          • no25

            according to his 5 upvotes, my 2 upvotes, and your 0 votes, I think youre the only one that was confused.

  • ediotsavant

    Just when you thought they couldn’t make it more uglier.

  • KidRed

    Designers really mailed this one in. So plain and boring.

  • Mynameis Taylor

    It was a bit more refined before the make-over. Aside from that… I’ve never been a fan of the proportions. Why the short front and long rear over hang?

  • BlackPegasus

    Let the Livery Car drivers rejoice.

  • fabri99

    Ugh! Why are Cadillacs getting so ugly? Their concept cars have been so promising lately…

    • Navy P. Morroccan ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

      It seems like Cadillac is transforming into the old Lincoln philosophy, while the latter has transformed over into a Cadillac design philosophy.

  • Bash


    • When you see these cars up close, they are very impressive looking…

      • Bash

        Not to me though.

  • Shane

    It’s not often the interior is the stand out part of a Cadillac.

  • Robert

    Okay, this is the kind of harebrained decision that continues to baffle me at Cadillac. You finally give this car a much needed facelift to blend with the current corporate design. But about a week ago spy shots started circulating of the flagship CT6 of which this new face is drawn from is now being changed to represent the…new, NEW corporate design of the Escala?!? So again, we’ll have two corporate designs floating around playing catch up to the Escala design. Well done!


  • Rocket

    You know JDN absolutely hates that this is Cadillac’s best selling sedan in the U.S. Not only does it go against his belief that luxury cars must transmit power to the rear wheels, but it also reinforces Lincoln’s strategy of comfort first.

  • Matt

    Please Cadillac, make a good interior design. You’re miles away from benz, audi and volvo. And still very distant from jaguar lexus, bmw just slightly tweaking their decade old desing looks more modern and luxurious. Genesis and even some mainstream companies make more upscale and convincing interior designs.
    You make some great performing cars/chassis with engines that are inexpensive, the amazing magnetic ride, and handling with feedback and even upped the quality on interior materials a noticeable amount. But your interiors suck to look at.

  • SteersUright

    Wow… Cadillac is soooooo lost. I can’t tell which is the front and which is the back. Cadillac just keeps getting worse and worse. From one of the worst infotainment systems to unreliable powertrains, to nonsensical names for their cars/trucks, to butt-ugly geriatric “science & tech” designs inside and out, I don’t understand how a management team could be so utterly out of touch and inept. This storied brand will dissolve within the next recession/correction period if the entire Cadillac C-level suite isn’t fired without severance and replaced with some actual talent.

  • Mark S

    Silly looking.