It appears that Cadillac won’t kill its slow-selling XTS as we thought so. The sedan has been spotted partly camouflaged, which is a reason more that the carmaker plans to give it a new chance. The current sale figures are not encouraging, but since the vehicle hasn’t got anything new for almost six years, it’s no wonder at all. Anyway, the 2018 Cadillac XTS shows certain changes, and here is what’s new:
A new face for the old guy
The partly camouflaged prototype seems to feature a totally new front-end styling. We noticed CT6-inspired LED daytime running lights, but this won’t be the only change here. No, the sedan is getting a restyled bumper and bigger grille, while the headlights should sport new graphic. Around back, the refreshed XTS currently features unchanged taillights, but this might change when the carmaker introduce the production-ready model. On the other hand, this prototype has a redesigned rear bumper and new exhaust layout. Unlike the redesigned ends, the 2018 Cadillac XTS gets no profile changes at all. However, keeping the account how many years the carmaker didn’t change anything, we are satisfied with the changes we see.
The same engine, but new transmission
The 2018 Cadillac XTS will most likely keep the current engine unchanged. However, the 3.6-liter naturally aspirated V6 engine should be paired with a new gearbox. Yes, in place of the current six-speed automatic, the sedan will use a nine-speed automatic transmission, which should improve fuel economy figures.
Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
The biggest change might happen inside of the cabin. The manufacturer could add an updated CUE infotainment system, which sports fewer buttons and, what’s more important, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity.
The facelifted 2018 Cadillac XTS should be introduced in the coming months, so it should become available before the end of this year.