Cadillac Compact Crossover Coming In 2018

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2017 Cadillac XT5, 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show

2017 Cadillac XT5, 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show

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At last week’s 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show, Cadillac introduced the stylish XT5. The vehicle replaces the SRX and is just the first of four new crossovers Cadillac plans to launch in the coming years. Unfortunately, we’ll have to wait more than two years until we see the next one.

The information was confirmed to Automotive News (subscription required) by Cadillac boss Johan de Nysschen. He said Cadillac’s next crossover will be a compact model arriving in 2018. Key rivals will be the Audi Q3, BMW X1 and Lincoln MKC.

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The compact crossover, likely to be badged an XT3 or XT4, will eventually be followed by a large crossover with third-row seats. This model will rival the likes of the Audi Q7 and Volvo XC90 and fill what de Nysschen describes as the “obvious gap” between the small-to-mid-size XT5 and full-size Escalade. The Cadillac boss said we can expect it in the second half of 2018 or early 2019.

The large crossover was originally due next year but the release was pushed back, likely due to a decision to base it on the rear-wheel-drive underpinnings of the Cadillac-exclusive Omega platform that debuts in the CT6 sedan. Previously, the crossover was to share a platform with other, front-wheel-drive-based General Motors Company [NYSE:GM] large crossovers like the Buick Enclave and Chevrolet Traverse.

The fourth and final Cadillac crossover will be a subcompact model. It will most likely share its underpinnings with a next-generation Buick Encore.

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