I quote your answers in that exclusive interview for this forum because, apart from revealing the date of the end of their long life cycle (8 years / models, when the general industry average is 6), it clearly indicates that the XTS will not transcend to the new nomenclature as some suggest for "CT5"; That is to say, it will not have second generation nor a substitute with similar approach.
Announcing the update for the current model does not contradict either of these two points. Even less so, if your sales figures in China are tied to discounts on your price tag.
And I do not mean simply its configuration as a front-wheel drive vehicle, but its positioning as a bargain. While their more equipped versions reach relatively high price tags, the entry versions attract an unsuitable buyer profile for the sustainable future of the brand: fleets and individuals concerned about the price tag.
That is the main element that drives most of its sales volume ... Without a doubt, the story would be different were it not for its starting price. I recently saw an official advertisement on a Chinese online medium, where it was offered for ¥ 269,900 or ~ $ 39,224. As a reference, in China the price of the Buick LaCrosse starts at ¥ 229,800 or $ 33,396.
The case of Lexus is diametrically opposed to that of Cadillac: since its foundation in 1989 its image has come from less to more; While Cadillac from more to less. In addition, it is not intended to be a first class luxury brand with global reach/relevancy.