In reviewing Cadillac’s latest sales numbers, the press release contained some information that almost slipped notice.
In a quote from Cadillac chief Johan de Nysschen, he said that Cadillac:
…will continue to increase our momentum with the introduction of the XT4 crossover in 2018.
This appears to be the most concrete information, to date, of what crossover will be next to market for the brand. Given it’s name, we will assume that it will slot in just below the current XT5 and will likely be positioned to go up against the BMW X3/Mercedes GLC/Audi Q3. However, it could turn be a sportier version of the XT5 platform. Such a segment would complete more closely with the BMW X4 or Mercedes GLC Coupe.
The XT4 is expected to share a platform with the recently refreshed GMC Terrain and Chevrolet Equinox. Power should come from a similar 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder that sees duty in the base ATS sedan and coupe.
It is difficult to predict exactly how Cadillac’s naming scheme relates to a future model’s segment since we only have one crossover model to base predictions upon. It would make sense to release a more mainstream product first…but we would have expected that to carry the XT3 badge.
If the model will bow in 2018, it is likely we will see a production debut in the next few months (as early as the Los Angeles auto show this month through the New York auto show in late March/early April).