Are the new Refinements for the 2019 Cadillac XTS Good Enough?

While waiting for the second-generation model, we are getting a facelifted 2019 Cadillac XTS car instead. The next generation vehicle might take some time to make. And although we expected to see it this time around, the thing we are getting is a facelifted version of the XTS. This is merely going to make certain refinements and make the car more competent for the market. But, we still see the XTS as a model that is capable of offering enough competitive prowess for other models in the segment.

Cadillac only has two SUVs in their roster, with the XT5 and the Escalade as the two of them. But the design they are implementing to all of their models is shifty at best. The majority of their vehicles look almost identical, no matter the segment.

Stepping into the next model season, their idea is to implement the current design of their cars to all of other models on their lists. One of those models is also the XTS. This is positioned between the CT6 and the CTS in the lineup. But with the newest design language makings its way to this model, we are going to see a near identical lineup of cars. Which you will have rather hard times to differentiate from.

The 2019 Cadillac XTS Facelift

But the 2019 Cadillac XTS will still have good things about it. The facelift is good enough to give any of the rivaling models on the market a run for their money. They have decided to update the exterior design. Also, they will bring about the majority of their changes to the front fascia. Under the skin of the car the chassis also gets updates. While on the inside the model will be granted some newest technology additions and even new color choices on the inside.

The new 2019 Cadillac XTS may seem to be more refining than anything else. And the verdict whether it’s a good thing is still up for debate. This car will probably be able to oppose any of its competitors in a grand way. Even with the high rivalry level that the full-size luxury segment holds. So this is what we have for now, while we are waiting for the second generation XTS. The release date is getting closer. So,  review about the car was necessary. And as we state it here, the vehicle will gain more praise than taunts in our opinion.

When is the Release Date of the 2019 Cadillac XTS set for?

The newest 2019 Cadillac XTS model has only been announced recently. Yet, it is still unclear exactly when it comes out. Most of the rumors place it already in 2018. We are assuming that the sales will begin somewhere in the middle of the year. Or even in the second quarter of 2018.

Either way, the vehicle is pretty good when you look at it. And we are assuming that it will have good sales. This is why many are already interested in the release date. And we are hoping that the interest will gain momentum even more. The vehicle will start its sales soon then.

How Much does the Price Increase Come to?

The newest 2019 Cadillac XTS will be available at a higher price compared to the outgoing model. But the price of the car is not going to go so much. And we do not see it tipping above 1.000 dollars more than before. The minor changes that have been introduced will account for the vehicle’s price range. And it seems like a fitting one to have for this newest version of the XTS car.

As a reminder, the current roster of XTS trims starts with the entry level which is sold for $45,595. The Luxury trim costs $49,595, while the Premium Luxury is offered for $56,095. The Platinum starts at $64,895 and the V-Sport Premium Luxury costs $64,095. The highest model in the offer is the V-Sport Platinum that is available at a price of $72,695.

Restyling the Outside of the 2019 Cadillac XTS

The design of the 2019 Cadillac XTS is actually nothing new, as it is the same DNA which the CT6 model has been using. Actually most of the newer Cadillac models look like this now and the transferred design language actually makes all the vehicles seem very much alike. But the good thing for the XTS is that it has never used it before, so it is something new for it and not essentially bad. Even with the dated design which is very much familiar to the other models, the XTS will enjoy a new kind of a design which it will benefit from.

The front end adds a new grille design where they made it bigger and taller with vertical louvers. It is finished with chrome and there are chrome surrounds as well. It is flanked with new headlights which are bulky and have a new modern and very interesting design which also features LED lights as standard parts of them. The corner vents have also been redesigned and come with silver surrounds and added square fog lights. The air dam is still there but is made to be smaller than before.

The 2019 Cadillac XTS Profile Update

The profile of the car will remain the same as they did not make any significant updates there. The only difference here is the inclusion of the new wheels which comes with 19-inch ones as standard and offer 20-inch ones as well. But the rear fascia of the car is very much different when compared to the outgoing model.

There is a license plate recess placed in the middle and there is a new insert in the lower part which also means less chrome. The upper part sees and added deck lid which comes with a center crease and there is a body line which connects the rear quarters. The taillights have also changed and come with a matrix layout and the high mounted brake light in the middle is a lot thinner now.

Besides this there is a choice of a total of 10 colors to choose from for your new 2019 Cadillac XTS. The module does look new compared to before and we are under the impression that this standard Cadillac style will give a very good look for the presence of the car.

The Interior of the 2019 Cadillac XTS

When speaking about the new look of the 2019 Cadillac XTS, you will find it pretty hard to spot the differences. It mostly seems the same as the previous and if you only look close you will spot the differences which are mostly comfort wise.

When it comes to comfort the vehicle adds some new leather which is sewn precisely in order to make the car look even more premium. The seats are also updated and they get new foam geometry and a wire frame structure to make the people sitting on them really happy. There are also heating pads which offer additionally options for enjoyment. The aesthetics also improve with the additional of three new color options added for the inside.

The next thing that they focused on updating is the infotainment system. Basically speaking, the current model was refined in order to make this one look better. The system adds an eight-inch LCD touchscreen and it has larger icons for use and comes with various smartphone integration options used. There are some extra features added for it, like personalized profiles, name recognition and a smartphone-like navigation system.

But the best part is that the system has a summary view option which enables you to see all the key applications which include audio controls, climate controls, phone controls, and navigation. The best thing is that it is all placed front and center at the driver’s view so you have no problems of reaching and getting to them while driving. Also standard equipment includes a Bose eight-speaker system and various kinds of phone integration options like a Wi-Fi hotspot, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, and even a 4G LTE hotspot for multiple use.

What is Under the Hood of the 2019 Cadillac XTS?

The powertrain which is used to boost the engine of the 2019 Cadillac XTS is a model which is familiar to the Cadillac users, it is the 3.6-liter V-6. The non V-Sport trim visions will be able to make 304 horsepower and 264 pound-feet of torque of output with this engine.

Also the engine has shed some weight and is able to provide different performance ratings and gives it an improvement. The model sheds 18.5 pounds now. But if we go to the V-Sport versions, the output improves to 410 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque. Both versions come with direct fuel injection and both will be matted to a six-speed automatic transmission which will come with tap-shift technology.

0-60 mph and Top Speed

Estimations about the acceleration ability of the 2019 Cadillac XTS says that the vehicle is capable of reaching the 0-60 mph mark in 6.2 seconds. But the stats are still not official. Therefore, we are hoping to get some solid ones. Because the independent testers came up with these. But the V-Sport trims can do the same in 5.2 seconds. And also have a top speed of 137 mph, which is really impressive compared to the base versions.

Has the Fuel Economy of the 2019 Cadillac XTS changed?

Fuel economy stats for the 2019 Cadillac XTS have not really been improved. But the fuel usage is almost similar to before. Although the lighter engine is implemented there are not really any other things done which will change the usage of the fuel for the model. The base models will probably consume about 18 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway while the V-Sport versions do the same in 16 mpg in the city and 24 on the highway.

Newest Safety Characteristics

The newest 2019 Cadillac XTS model will update the safety with the interior technology. This is a part which is mostly transfer. So we are going to get all the usual and the familiar pieces of safety equipment of the current model. But the change which makes everything different is that it adds updates. These improvements are going to make everything work much better.

Dimensions and Trunk Capacity

With the debuting and returning 2019 Cadillac XTS, the change in the size is not going to affect so much. The vehicle will have usual features. The same that the previous mode had. The smallish update is going to renew the vehicle and give it some potentially great looks. But these are not going to include the changes in size. The appearance is already similar enough. So they decided to keep the car 202 inches long. Also,they will keep the wheelbase size of 111.7 inches. The width of the car will come to 72.9 inches. And the height is going to be 59.4 inches, This still leaves enough room on the inside with an interior capacity of 104.2 cu-ft. Plus a trunk where you can fit anything that you need which is 18.0 cu-ft.

Rivaling Cars

The mid-size luxury segment welcomes the returning 2019 Cadillac XTS with open arms. It is particularly interesting to see if the scarce updates are enough to keep the car going. But here is where we are certain that they will. It is true that the design language of Cadillac is not specifically impressive. In addition, it proved to be a one trick pony. However, we can still see it making good sales numbers.

The models that we can find here include cars as Audi A6 and the Mercedes E-Class models. Nevertheless, we can surely say that the XTS will be quite capable of making it big. And gaining great sales pitches as well. But only the time will tell. And they surely have enough of it. So let’s see what they get to make out of the car in the end.

2020 Cadillac ATS Release Date and News

The new 2020 Cadillac ATS promises to offer its German rivals a run for their money, as it comes equipped with better and more sophisticated features and technologies. Some of its pros include an available manual transmission, cutting-edge interior design, excellent handling, fun-to-drive character, and a plethora of engine choices. Its release date should be expected at the turn of 2019.

For 2020, the new ATS gains a more efficient and powerful 3.6L V6 engine, a fuel-saving stop-start technology, and an eight-speed auto transmission system. Others include smartphone app integration, upgraded software and hardware, SD card slot, and CUE infotainment system.

2020 Cadillac ATS exterior, grille and alloy wheels

For years unending, Caddy’s entry into the compact luxury sedan market has been received poorly. For instance, the Cimarron’s Chevy Cavalier and the Catera, which was a poorly disguised Opel’s Omega made things even worse. Fortunately, the Cadillac ATS has cut a niche for itself and has distanced itself from its unsuccessful predecessors.

The ATS comes boasting of an excellent handling and steering precision, angular sheet metal, and an attractive and crisp cabin. Undoubtedly, the new CTS is headed to be the next America’s top car model for 2020.

The new model comes with it’s a slew of upgrades ranging from its exterior surface to beneath its hood. To start off with, last year’s six speed auto transmission system has been replaced by the eight-speed system, while the new 3.6L engine now cranks an additional 12 hp and almost a similar pounds of torque.

2020 Cadillac ATS exterior, silver color, side angle

Interior wise, buyers should look forward to an upscale cabin that makes use of soft-to-touch surfaces and state-of-the-art technologies.

However, some users might find the CUE quite cumbersome. But, of course, the segment offers an alternative galore. Some of them include the freshly redesigned 2020 Mercedes-Benz C-Class, 2020 Audi A4, 2020 BMW 3 Series, and 2020 Lexus IS.

Cadillac ATS – Available Trims

The new 2020 ATS sedan is offered in a whopping four trims: base, Luxury, Performance, and the plush Premium trim. You will find the ATS-V coupe in a separate review.

Interior Changes & Exterior Pictures – 2020 Cadillac ATS

The base comes equipped with Bluetooth audio and phone connectivity, 17” alloy wheels, power front seats, cruise control, a 5.7” touchscreen display, keyless entry and ignition, heated mirrors, seven-speaker Bose sound system, automatic climate control (dual-zone), automatic headlights, satellite and HD radio, and leather wrapped telescopic-and-tilt steering wheel.

2020 Cadillac ATS steering wheel and gear shift knob

Optional features available for the base model include three USB ports, an 8” touchscreen display, CUE infotainment system, a 10-speaker Bose sound system, and Bluetooth audio and phone connectivity.

Next up is the Luxury trim that comes bundled with the CUE interface plus 60/40-split folding rear seatbacks, remote engine start rear parking sensors, dual-exhaust tips, driver memory settings eight-way power driver seats, and driver side mirrors. Technology features include a 110-V power outlet, a 10-speaker Bose sound system, a slew of safety features, automatic high beams, a navigation system, and automatic wipers.

2020 Cadillac ATS exterior, grille and headlights

Opting for the Performance trim gets you aluminum trimmed pedals, power driver-side bolster adjustment, 10-speaker Bose audio system, steering wheel mounted shift paddles, a 110-V household-styled power outlet, automatic climate control, front sport seats, and LED running lights.

2020 Cadillac ATS interior, leather seats

Stepping up to the 2020 Cadillac ATS premium model will get you a rear-wheel drive system, 18” wheels, adaptive suspension dampers, limited-slip rear differential, summer performance tires, power-adjustable steering, color heads-up display, and a navigation system.

2020 Cadillac ATS steering wheel, dashboard and gear shift knob

Many of the features and technologies offered for the top-of-the-line models are also available for the lower trims as options. Some of the optional features include a heads-up display, heated front seats, a heavy-duty cooling fan, heated steering wheel, and a sport-tuned suspension.

Engine Specs – 2020 Cadillac ATS

Three engines are available for all the 2020 Cadillac ATS models. To start off with is the 2.5L four-cylinder engine good for 202 horsepower and 191 pounds of torque.

Next is a 272 horsepower and 295 pounds of torque generating 2.0L four-cylinder engine available for the 2.0 trims. Its fuel economy ratings according to EPA stand at 22/31/26 mpg.

2020 Cadillac ATS engine

Finally, buyers angling for more power can opt for the 3.6L V6 engine rated at 333 horsepower and 285 pounds of torque. It comes with an optional AWD system. It’s EPA for the RWD stand at 20/30/24 mpg in the city/highway/combined, and 19/29/22 mpg for the AWD.

Price & 2020 Cadillac ATS Release Date

The new 2020 Cadillac ATS Sedan will cost you an MSRP staring from $33,215, the ATS-V Coupe – $62,665, and the ATS-V Sedan – $60,465. Its release date should be expected early 2020.

2020 Cadillac ATS-V Sedan

Rumor has it that the Cadillac’s Convertible, which has been on and off for a while, is back again. More details soon.

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2020 Cadillac Escalade – Release Date, News and Rumors

While you may find 2020 Cadillac Escalade’s alternatives to offer more refinement and versatility, it is an endearing and bold SUV that offers plenty of likable features and technologies. Highlights include a hush interior, a potent V8 power, an available seating capacity for up to eight people, and a stout towing capacity. Its release date should be expected sometime in early 2020, however, it is based on speculation as no one really knows when the Escalade will be offered for sale. 

2020 Cadillac Escalade side view, silver color, alloy wheels

When the vehicle first debuted in the automobile scene 17 years ago, some critics were quick to add that Cadillac was trying hard to scratch an itch that wasn’t there. Well, the Escalade, despite the skepticism continued to grow both in sales and girth. Within this time, however, the number of rivals continued to grow exponentially and became even more difficult to keep up with the Joneses. Nevertheless, the Escalade, it is hoped will continue with its success streak.

2020 Cadillac Escalade rear view, taillights, tailpipe, alloy wheels

Lots of premium features have been offered for its interior, and a contemporary, visible, and attractive design has also been factored in and is in line with the rest of Cadillac’s offering.  The first two rows, as is expected of SUVs of this size, offer generous passenger space, and full-size adults can comfortable ride for long distances inside it. The third row bench, on the other side, could well be reserved for small children, as even smaller adults and teenagers might find their knees pushing uncomfortable towards the roof since the bench is mounted on a low position relative to the floor.

2020 Cadillac Escalade exterior, black color, side view, headlights and alloy wheels

The exterior remains virtually unchanged from the previous model but that not to say it has lost its commanding and bold stance. It still returns with its imposing and blockier styling and more conspicuous flourishes as before. Perhaps one of the conspicuous centerpiece of the Escalade is its interior appeal. It now features a more accurate voice recognition system, the CUE is now updated and offers faster response times in comparison to the previous model.

2020 Cadillac Escalade side angle, alloy wheels

Certainly, the Escalade is a desirable choice for a three-row traditional luxury SUV. But even so, foibles do exist, though. Some of these include a jiggly ride quality, a cramped kids-only third row seat, and a high load and cargo floor height.

2020 Cadillac Escalade rear view, taillights, alloy wheels, exterior

Thus, you may find yourself inclined to look at what the existing competition offers before deciding. Rivals include the fuel efficient, voluptuous third-row seat, and better driving 2020 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class, the 2020 Lexus LX 470, the 2020 Lincoln Navigator, and the off-road-serious 2020 Land Rover Range Rover.

Available Trims – Cadillac Escalade

2020 Cadillac Escalade front and side view, alloy wheels, headlights and grille

Four trims – base, Luxury, Premium, and Platinum – are offered for the full-size luxury 2020 Cadillac Escalade SUV. The Escalade ESV Platinum and V Series reviews are offered separately.

2020 Cadillac Escalade Exterior & Interior

2020 Cadillac Escalade front angle, headlights and grille

Standard accessories and features available for the base Escalade include an automatic tri-zone climate control, driver memory settings, keyless entry and ignition, front and rear parking sensors, automatic LED headlights, magnetic adaptive suspension system, a heated power telescopic-and-tilt steering wheel, split-folding third-row seat, a leather upholstery, power adjustable pedals, a driver-side-auto-dimming mirrors, automatic wipers, 20” wheels, ventilated and heated front seats, heated rear seats, and a hands-free power tailgate.

2020 Cadillac Escalade steering wheel, dashboard, lcd screen

Equipment offered include five USB ports, a CD player, Bose 16-speaker audio system, a customizable instrument panel, a surround-view camera system, an auxiliary audio jack, a surround-view camera system, the CUE infotainment system, a navigation system, active noise cancelling, and five USB ports.

2020 Cadillac Escalade interior, leather seats

The top-of-the-line Escalade Platinum adds a cooled front-seat center console, a simulated suede headliner, an upgraded leather upholstery, customized exterior colors, a ventilated and heated 14-way power front seats, rear entertainment screen, specialized door sills, and massaging front seats.

2020  Cadillac Escalade rear angle, taillights and tailpipe, auto show

Of course we should expect an innumerable amount of optional features and packages. Cadillac has hinted that the Premium Collection and Luxury Collection will be offered for the newest Escalade, but the specific features bundled are yet to be announced. We however expect the full specs ahead of its official release date, so keep checking back for updates.

2020 Cadillac Escalade Engine Specs

Inspiration for the 2020 Cadillac Escalade is derived from a 6.2L V8 juggernaut that offers 420 hp and 460 lbs. ft. of torque. Power is delivered to either the FWD or the AWD via the standard eight-speed automatic transmission system.

2020 Cadillac Escalade engine

According to EPA stats, the RWD should be able to return fuel economy ratings of 15/22/17 mpg in the city/highway/combined, and 15/21/17 mpg for the AWD.

Zipping from 0-60 mph with the 4WD Escalade only requires 6.1 seconds – an impressive time considering it’s a large SUV capable of towing about 8,300 lbs. when fully loaded.

2020 Cadillac Escalade Release Price & Price Estimate

2020 Cadillac Escalade Release date

The base Escalade price is estimated to be around $72,970, and about $94,995 for the Escalade platinum trim model. We should expect the SUV to go for sale sometime in early 2020 .

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