Back in June, we reported that the Cadillac XTS sedan was headed to the chopping block, with North American production at the Oshawa, Ontario assembly plant slated to end this month. Now, we’ve received details on the final Cadillac XTS to roll off the assembly line. According to Cadillac, the last Cadillac XTS built was a Luxury FWD model finished in Red Horizon Tintcoat.
The Cadillac XTS was originally slated for discontinuation in 2017, but was granted a stay of execution for 2018 and 2019. In fact, the 2018 model year even received an update with a facelift and trim level reconfiguration. However, as we covered in June, plans to discontinue the model in 2019 surfaced in a union bulletin posted in May, adding yet another nameplate to the list of sedans killed off recently.
The XTS was first introduced in 2013 as a replacement for the Cadillac STS and DTS, and was considered by many to be a sort of stop-gap product to hold over customers until the arrival of the Cadillac CT6. As such, the XTS slotted in above the ATS and CTS in terms of size, but was priced similarly to the CTS. To note, prior to the current CT# and XT# naming conventions, the Cadillac CT6 was originally to be called the Cadillac LTS, following the same naming convention standards as the XTS, ATS, and CTS.
In terms of motivation, the XTS was offered with two engine choices in North America – the naturally-aspirated 3.6L V6 (production code LFX), a twin-turbocharged 3.6L V6 (production code LF3) for the XTS V-Sport. In China, the model was offered with a turbocharged 2.0L inline four-cylinder (production code LTG). Atmospheric V6 models and four-cylinder models were available with either FWD or AWD, while the twin-turbo V6 was exclusively equipped with AWD. A six-speed automatic transmission handled cog swaps across the lineup.
The Cadillac XTS was also offered for fleet purposes in five different models, also known as Cadillac XTS Professional Vehicles. These included a limo, a stretch limo, a hearse, and an armored vehicle.
Going forward, the CT6 serves as a replacement for the Cadillac XTS, though the CT6 is priced to start roughly $10,000 higher than the XTS.