Cadillac XLR Gets Fresh Look for ’09

The lineup includes a new Platinum edition and the V-Series performance model, both of which receive CTS-inspired design cues and updated infotainment technology.

Mike Sutton

June 9, 2008

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In extending the design ethos launched on the well-received ’08 Cadillac CTS sedan, General Motors Corp. is updating the brand’s XLR flagship for ’09 with tweaked bodywork and improved interior trimmings.

Expected to reach U.S. dealers next month, the roadster lineup will include standard XLR Platinum and XLR-V performance models.

The new ’09 Platinum edition replaces the standard XLR of ’08, the auto maker says, but will carry over the 320-hp 4.6L Northstar V-8. The mechanicals of the range-topping V-Series also are unchanged, with its supercharged 4.4L Northstar mill pumping out 443 hp.

The most obvious changes for the new car are reworked front and rear fascias, along with new grille designs inspired by the CTS.

The center-bulged hood of the XLR-V now is standard on all variants, as are new fender vents, which bring the niche roadster up to date with the latest trend in automotive sculpture.

More pronounced exhaust tips and a new 18-in. wheel design round out the exterior changes.

Inside, GM answers critics of the car’s sub-standard finish with a standard Alcantara headliner (in Ebony or Cashmere hues), as well as a hand-cut and sewn leather cover for the upper dash.

’09 Cadillac XLR arrives in July with CTS-inspired updates.

The XLR’s instrument cluster also sports new accent rings and graphics, with wood and metal trims receiving a new look, as well. Platinum editions will display Olive Ash Burl wood and Quartz metallic inlays, while Black Olive Ash Burl and Bermuda detailing adorn the XLR-V.

The latest version of OnStar with Bluetooth connectivity is offered as standard and includes voice activation, Turn-by-Turn navigation and the MapQuest-powered Emap feature, which allows destinations to be downloaded directly to the XLR’s DVD navigation system.

Other carryover technologies include Magnetic Ride Control suspension, head-up display, adaptive forward lighting, adaptive cruise control, climate-controlled seats and keyless access.

Pricing for the base XLR increases slightly to $83,530 (including destination), GM says, while the V-Series stands firm with its $100,000 entry fee.

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