The Cadillac XLR was first introduced to the market in 2003 following its debut at the Detroit Motor Show, ever since then the sales performance of the retractable hardtop roadster have been consistently disappointing and we would hardly be surprised to see the American premium brand's second attempt into the roadster market fall flat on their face, just as the Allanté did.
In keeping with automotive tradition, the XLR will get a mid-life update for the 2009 model year, the base model will be abolished leaving just the Platinum and the high-performance XLR-V models available for the market. The Platinum's 4.6L Northstar V-8 engine and XLR-V's 4.4L Supercharged Northstar V-8 engine have been left untouched but the designers have revisited the styling of the roadster.
Inspired by the multi-award winning CTS sedan, the XLR gets completely new front and rear fascias as well as new side fender vents resulting in a much more aggressive stance. The cabin area also receives a touch up with new striking wood and metal trims along.
"XLR has been a catalyst for the dramatic design and technology driving Cadillac's ongoing renaissance," said Jim Taylor, Cadillac general manager. "The enhanced 2009 model exemplifies the continued development of Cadillac's approach to design, performance and craftsmanship."