The Impala, LaCrosse and Cadillac XTS were all built on the same platform, it makes sense they would all be ended at once.
The luxury car market (which the LaCrosse and Cadillac are certainly in) doesn't seem to favor Front Wheel Drive cars anymore.
BMW and Mercedes set the standard in the class, and they all RWD (with AWD options).
The Cadillac XTS was an after-thought in the Cadillac lineup, sort of put there for the more traditional Cadillac buyer and not trying to compete with BMW and Mercedes so much.
The smaller CTS and XTS had the same list price, $46K. The XTS is just a little bigger and roomier. The CTS has a bunch of expensive high performance variations, notably the CTS-V at $86K.
Cadillac didn't even try to build a $90,000 car out of their version of the Impala, that would be pointless.
The strange car that was included in the slaughter today is the Cadillac CT-6 sedan.
That care was supposed to be the new flagship.
At 206" long on a 122" wheelbase, vs. the CTS's 195" long on a 114" wheelbas and priced just a bit above the CTS at $50K to $90K, and crucially RWD -- it looked to be the new Cadillac that you might get to be chauffeured in. Also, it was sort of pointed at the China market. Maybe they will now build it in China only for China market. Or maybe there was just too much overlap with the existing vehicles.
In top trim the RWD with an optional 3.0 Twin Turbo V6 putting out 404 HP it looks good on paper.
But maybe buyers still preferred the CTS-V's -- which is impressive with a 6.2L Supercharged V8 w/ 640 hp and 630 lb-ft of torque & a claimed top "track" speed of 200 mph! A true super-performance sedan.
Looks like next year ends with only one Cadillac sedan: The CTS. Interesting!
Buick, on assumes has similar issues with the platform.
It was stlil working a lot better for Chevy, who sold 75,000 of them last year. But it's way down from the 175,000 of a few years ago and with all three brands trending down and GM only selling 1/3 as many of the trio as a few years ago ... time to say goodbye.
Maybe GM will give Chevy a version of the CTS now? That would be great.