According to a new report, we’ll be seeing a Cadillac XLR with at least some minor exterior changes in July. The vehicle is do for at least a refreshening. However, reports also indicate a possibility of a new “launch”. In other words, an entirely new design “reveal” that would not be available for at least 8 months or so afterwards. Either way, it’ll be exciting to see Cadillac more forward with it’s sporty, luxurious roadster.

Also unclear at this moment is the XLR’s powerplant. Some speculation states that the new 3.6 liter direct injection engine will replace the Northstar. Another possibility, for the XLR-V, is the 550 horsepower LSa V8 from the upcoming CTS-V.

The nature of the redesign will help predict when we’ll see a new V-Series XLR. If July brings us a simple facelift, than we’ll likely see an entirely new design of both the XLR and XLR-V simultaneously. If we see an entirely new design, we can likely expect the V-Series model to debut about a year behind…

UPDATE: At this point it’s obvious that this is a slight refresh for the Cadillac XLR.

2009 Cadillac XLR a Refresh or Redesign?
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