Cadillac Says Final Goodbye To A Slow-Seller Few Will Miss


That's a wrap for Cadillac's only FWD sedan.

The Cadillac XTS has been lucky up until now. Despite slowing sales and a general decrease in market demand for full-size luxury sedans in general, the XTS managed to avoid execution for a couple of model years. Originally, the plan was to discontinue it back in 2017, but GM decided to delay this. That delay is now over.

According to Cadillac Society, the final 2019 Cadillac XTS has rolled off the production line at the Oshawa Assembly plant in Ontario, Canada. This is the same facility that produced the Chevrolet Impala, which shares a front-wheel-drive platform with the XTS. The Oshawa facility is also scheduled to close as part of GM's cost-cutting measures. The XTS was unique in the Cadillac sedan family because of its FWD status, though all-wheel drive was an option. Cadillac is not giving up on sedans entirely. Not by a long shot.

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The all-new CT4 and CT5, both rear-wheel-drive with optional AWD, will soon arrive in dealerships. High-performance variants for both, specifically the V Series and the rumored Blackwing line, are also not far away.

The XTS, however, was aimed at an older, more traditional crowd. Launched back in 2013, the XTS was a direct competitor to the Toyota Avalon and Lincoln Continental, both FWD-based full-size sedans that remain on sale, though the Continental is also said to be on borrowed time. Basically, Cadillac wants to shed its grandfather image once and for all. In North America, the XTS was offered with a choice of two engines: a naturally aspirated 3.6-liter V6 or a twin-turbocharged 3.6-liter V6 for the XTS V-Sport. The latter was AWD only. A six-speed automatic was the sole transmission choice.

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Cadillac also built the XTS Professional Series, which included the XTS limousine, hearse, and armored car. It's also worth mentioning the market void left by the XTS will be handled by the CT6, though it does carry about a $10,000 higher base price. The XTS' best sales year was in 2013 with 32,559 examples sold. This dropped to just 17,727 in 2018.

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