The 2014 Cadillac XTS will soon start the car’s sophomore selling season, and—depending on how you classify the XTS—it either has a lot of work to do or a lot to live up to. On the one hand, Cadillac explicitly targets the XTS against mid-size luxury sedans like the Audi A6, BMW 5-Series and Mercedes-Benz E-Class, but on the other, it’s actually the same length as those brands’ full-size contenders, the Audi A8, BMW 7-Series and Mercedes-Benz S-Class. And sales-wise, while the Cadillac XTS delivered more units (2,891) in April than the bigger German trio combined, it also underperformed the 5-Series alone by more than 2,100 sales last month.
But either way, those numbers should get a big boost when the 2014 Cadillac XTS reaches dealerships, since it will be offering a new 3.6-liter twin-turbo V6 engine that delivers 410 hp and 369 lb.-ft. of torque. The potent powerplant also features an all-new direct-injection fuel system and XTS-exclusive components, including machined, domed aluminum pistons and all-new cylinder-block casting; standard motivation for the 2014 Cadillac XTS will remain the current model’s naturally aspirated 3.6-liter V6, itself capable of a robust 304 hp and 264 lb.-ft. of torque. Both choices are matched to a six-speed automatic transmission with Cadillac’s tap-shift control for manual-style gear changes.
And for comparison’s sake, here’s how the 2014 Cadillac XTS with its new engine stacks up against the most powerful of its intended rivals:
- Cadillac XTS—410 hp and 369 lb.-ft. of torque
- Mercedes-Benz E550—402 hp and 443 lb.-ft. of torque
- BMW 550i—400 hp and 450 lb.-ft. of torque
- Audi A6—310 hp and 325 lb.-ft. of torque
But the Wreath & Crest team didn’t limit enhancements to the 2014 Cadillac XTS to its powertrain.