Cadillac President Johan de Nysschen promised an extensive refresh for the Cadillac XTS, reversing a prior decision to kill off the model, and here it is.
Chinese website Autohome has leaked the 2018 Cadillac XTS refresh, which is much more extensive than we would have originally imagined. The front end receives a new fascia and headlights with horizontal elements akin to the 2017 Cadillac CT6. Changes to the rear are more substantial and include new pair of taillights, a revised trunk lid, and a few styling cues from the Cadillac Escala, helping modernize the XTS’ aged design, which has gone relatively unchanged since the model’s introduction in 2013.
The XTS still rides on Epsilon II platform, which predates E2 platform, meaning that front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive will remain, though we may see the introduction of the GM 9-speed automatic and second-generation 3.6-liter LGX V6 engine. We also imagine updates to the interior.
The refreshed XTS will likely join Cadillac’s sedan-heavy lineup later this year ahead of Cadillac’s first all-new product, the Cadillac XT4, early next year.