In contrast to the previous time when we caught a partly camouflaged prototype, this time the 2018 Cadillac XTS has been spied totally undisguised. This is a reason more to believe that the luxury sedan won’t be killed, at least not now. Instead, the 2018 model is showing a slightly redesigned front and rear ends.
As you can see, the refreshed exterior styling will have a lot in common with the CT6 sibling. Moreover, most of the new styling cues are borrowed from it. A redesigned face sports a completely new grille and restyled headlights, which boost XTS’s look right away. Around back, the sedan features a revised pair of taillights, for which we have to say to look really interesting and a least twice more attractive from the current. Since the manufacturer added a completely refreshed interior for the 2017 model, we expect nothing new inside. Well, it’s better to say almost nothing, because they may add the latest version of Cadillac’s CUE infotainment system, which is incomparably better from its predecessor.
It’s not officially confirmed, but we think that the 2018 XTS might also get a new platform. Today’s model rides on Epsilon II platform which is rather outdated, yet the updated model should use the E2XX platform. Basically, the new architecture is just the evolution of Epsilon II, so there should not be any big trouble to switch the underpinnings.
Until today, we were pretty sure that the 2018 Cadillac XTS won’t get any new engine option. However, according to the latest reports, the old 3.6-liter V-6 might be replaced by a more powerful 3.6-liter V-6. So, instead of 304 horsepower, the base powertrain will be capable of producing at least 310 hp. As for the topping 2018 Cadillac XTS Vsport, it should keep its 410-hp 3.6-liter twin-turbocharged V-6 unchanged. On the other hand, both options will change the transmission, so in place of the current 6-speed, the sedan will get a more efficient 9-speed automatic gearbox.
The 2018 Cadillac XTS looks ready for its debut, so we think it’s going to hit the 2017 Los Angeles auto show without any doubt.