2014 Cadillac XTS: What's Changed

  • Most significant changes: All-new twin-turbo V-6, automatic parking assist and Intellibeam automatic high-beam control system
  • Price change: TBA
  • On sale: Summer 2013
  • Which should you buy, 2013 or 2014? Price will weigh heavily, but the twin-turbo engine is tempting

When the 2014 Cadillac XTS goes on sale later this summer, the large sedan will be what the automaker calls "one of the most technologically advanced production cars in the brand's history." Topping the list of upgrades is a new twin-turbo V-6 engine that's borrowed from the 2014 CTS sedan.

Cadillac said the optional twin-turbo 3.6-liter V-6 is good for 410 horsepower and 369 pounds-feet of torque; that’s compared with the standard naturally aspirated 3.6-liter V-6's 304 hp and 264 pounds-feet of torque. The twin-turbo engine comes only with all-wheel drive while the standard V-6 comes with front-wheel drive or optional all-wheel drive. Both engines are mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. The twin-turbo requires premium gas; fuel-economy figures have not yet been announced.

Other new-for-2014 features include automatic parking assist and electric power steering, standard on front-wheel-drive models; Intellibeam automatic high-beam control; an available DVD entertainment system with twin screens that fold out of the front seatbacks; an available front passenger seat memory feature; a revised rear-seat armrest with wood trim, radio controls and sunshade control; and an opaque sunroof shade.

The 2014 XTS will again be offered in a base version and three trim levels: Luxury, Premium and Platinum. The highest level, Platinum, will include a unique front-end design, wheels and interior colors, materials and trim, Cadillac said.

Editor’s note: This post was updated on May 17 to clarify that the 2014 Cadillac XTS will be offered in a base model and three additional trim levels: Luxury, Premium and Platinum.

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