About a year ago we reported that GM after Look out for the Cadillac XTS and now we know the day is here. The final XTS was completed this week in Oshawa, Ontario, and the FWD Cadillac sedan we've known since the K-Body Seville introduced in 1980 no longer exists.
According to the Cadillac Society The last XTS was a FWD luxury model from Red Horizon Tintcoat, suggesting that it finds a private buyer and does not lead the hard life that many XTS hail as and Carpooling in cities like New York live.
t was a dreadfully convincing Cadillac with its Epsilon II undercarriage shared with the Chevy Impala and Buick Lacrosse, the model has actually been relatively successful for the brand. Motor1 reports that FWD-biased XTS outbid every second sedan in the Cadillac portfolio in the third quarter of 2018. Again, many of these sales were certainly fleets and commercial drivers, but a sales success is a sales success.
] Although the XTS was recently Cadillac's most successful sedan, we have known for some time that the brand would not follow a direct successor of the model. This is a big deal for several reasons. We have already noted that the XTS gave the Cadillac considerable sales figures last year, but this is also the end of an era in the history of the Cadillac.
The floating FWD sedan was suitable for a Sunday trip to Wolfie's Rascal Hous in Miami Beach for the early bird special or a quick getaway Midtown to JFK has been a Cadillac specialty for almost 40 years, and now the brand will no longer be on sale. Sure, the CT6 is still on offer for the moment but it costs more than $ 10,000 more than the XTS and does not seem to delight buyers.
Cadillac has started from the Toyota Avalon a car which our own Raphael Orlove loved to be overhauled, but perhaps the new XT6 pick up some of the doldrums where the older Infiniti QX60 has been successful lately.
Cadillac's future strategy remains unclear as the brand launches new models such as the CT4 and the CT5 with V-engines that afford less power and puzzling strange design features . Apparently electrification is in sight and perhaps this will bring a clearer successor to one of the brand's historically successful segments and provide some clarity. I really hope so.