The 2017 Cadillac XTS holds a low ranking position on our list of luxury large cars, so there’s no doubt that Cadillac hopes this redesign will make up for the current variant’s shortcomings.
The solution laid out by Cadillac is to let the three cars with the old naming scheme—the CTS, the ATS, and the XTS—die out by the end of the decade. The CTS and ATS will be replaced by a new sedan called the CT5 kind of like how the STS and the DTS were both replaced by the XTS a few years ago.
The change is part of Cadillac’s plan to “rebalance” its portfolio in response to falling demand for sedans, particularly in the U.S.
Cadillac sales fell 1.6 percent through the first six months of the year, but that outpaced the decline in overall new-vehicle sales — down 2.9 percent, per Automotive News. The SUV-heavy strategy should play into current shopping tastes given truck sales (which include SUVs, pickup trucks and minivans) are up 4.7 percent through June, according to the newspaper. Car sales, by contrast, are down 11.9 percent.