The 2015 Cadillac XTS adds to its comfortable and mature nature with exciting, contemporary features and even more luxury appointments.
Highlighting the additions to the 2015 model is OnStar with 4G LTE and standard built-in Wi-Fi hotspot. GM is making this available on all its vehicles, but it is standard on the XTS.
New luxurious features now available on the XTS include a revised rear-seat armrest with audio and sunshade controls, and power-adjustable, 22-way front seats with heat, ventilation and massage.
In recent years, Cadillac has been attempting to reach the younger generation of buyers. Cadillac released their ATS, a compact sedan targeted squarely at BMW 3 Series customers. While it may be too early to declare if it has been a success if not, it certainly has grabbed a lot of attention.
At the other end of their range, Cadillac unveiled a new flagship – the XTS.
The Cadillac XTS brings with it a nice balance of bold exterior styling, a refined cabin and modern technology.
The XTS replaced the larger DTS, and now bridges the gap between midsize and full-size luxury sedans. The XTS is still a fairly large sedan, however, as it is a little longer than a BMW 7 Series, albeit not as wide.
The cabin of the XTS is the most spacious of any Cadillac sedan. It was designed to provide roominess in a more efficiently sized package.
Continuing Cadillac’s angular, wedge-like design, the XTS looks similar to its smaller siblings. The XTS does receive creases along its sides to distinguish it from the others.
The standard 19-inch wheels fit the appearance of a large sedan. Platinum models come with 20-inch wheels for an even more dramatic look.
All but the base XTS model come with dual exhaust outlets giving it a little sporty flair. All-wheel drive models get exclusive badges so everyone knows how many wheels are being powered.
Models with the new turbo engine will have a unique “twin-turbo” grille and decklid identification.
Premium and Platinum Collections receive a host of new standard equipment including IntelliBeam automatic headlights, Adaptive Forward Lighting and illuminating door handles.
Inside the XTS, the cabin is elegant and well-put-together. Leather-trimmed seats are standard and leather wrapped interior panels and premium wood trim come on Platinum Collection models.
Heated and ventilated seats highlight an extensive list of premium standard features.
The rear seats offer good legroom and reasonably comfortable seating for three. The available Rear Seat Entertainment package featuring a dual-screen DVD system will keep passengers happy.
The classy-looking standard 8-inch touchscreen uses Cadillac’s CUE infotainment system. CUE boasts capacitive-touch control with proximity sensing, Haptic feedback, gesture recognition, and enhanced voice recognition. However, it does require some practice to use to its fullest capabilities.
Premium and Platinum models use a 12.3-inch reconfigurable instrument cluster that has four driver-selectable themes ranging from minimal information to extensive.
The XTS has an advantage over both midsize and full-size rivals when it comes to trunk space. Cadillac reckons that the 18 cubic feet will easily accommodate five full suitcases.
Powering the standard XTS is a 3.6-litre V6 that is rated at 304 hp and 264 ft-lbs of torque. Cadillac used lightweight materials to reduce overall weight for better fuel efficiency and a more favourable front-to-rear weight balance.
The exciting, new twin-turbo 3.6-litre V6 produces 410 hp and 369 ft-lbs of torque. Cadillac claims this rating makes it one of the most power-dense six-cylinder engines in this segment.
Two small turbos team up with an efficient charge air cooler to help create more immediate power delivery, while sustaining peak torque over a broader range. This results in more confidence while accelerating or overtaking traffic on the highway.
Regardless of which engine you choose, it will be mated to a six-speed transmission with tap-shift control.
A stiffer body structure combines with Cadillac’s Magnetic Ride Control to deliver precise body motion control. This makes the XTS especially comfortable cruising over long commutes and it remains composed when the road gets bumpy.
To pamper occupants further, the cabin is well insulated, making road and engine noise nearly undetectable.
Electric, variable-assist power steering is used in all front-wheel drive models to enhance efficiency by only drawing energy when the wheels are being turned. Meanwhile, all-wheel drive models feature a precise and responsive hydraulically-assisted steering system.
The XTS offers a comfortable driving experience and plenty of standard features while undercutting most of its European and Japanese rivals. While the ride is smooth, it is far from engaging. Also, the CUE system is complex and not overly intuitive.
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