2018 Cadillac XTS leaked
by Viknesh Vijayenthiran
More substantial changes are expected under the skin. While the XTS rides on General Motors’ older Epsilon II platform, it’s likely the updated car will adopt a few features from GM’s latest E2XX platform which is the evolution of Epsilon II.
Possibilities include the addition of a more efficient 9-speed automatic in favor of the current 6-speed. We could also see the current model’s base 304-horsepower 3.6-liter V-6 replaced by a more powerful 3.6-liter V-6 already found in other GM vehicles such as the Buick LaCrosse. The 410-hp 3.6-liter twin-turbocharged V-6 in the current XTS Vsport model should remain, however.
Once again, front-wheel drive should be standard and all-wheel drive made available.
It’s not clear what changes will be made inside. We know the XTS just received a revised instrument cluster for 2017. It’s likely the updated model will stick with this while adding the latest version of Cadillac’s CUE infotainment system. The latest version, dubbed 2.0, is much easier to use and operates more like a smartphone.