Skip to main content

Cadillac’s next new model may be a small crossover called the XT4

2017 Cadillac XT5
Image used with permission by copyright holder
The CTS, ATS, and upcoming CT6 give Cadillac a line of sedans that can credibly compete with the Germans, but Caddy’s line of utility vehicles has some holes. So over the next few years, Cadillac will concentrate on adding more crossovers, a new report says.

Cadillac took an important step in that direction at the 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show with the introduction of the 2017 XT5, a replacement for the aging SRX. But in about two years, the carmaker will introduce another, smaller, crossover, brand boss Johan de Nysschen told Automotive News (subscription required) in LA.

Possibly called XT4 to fit Cadillac’s new naming scheme, this next crossover won’t arrive until 2018. It would be positioned to compete against the likes of the Audi Q5, BMW X3, and Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class in a segment Cadillac is eager to exploit because of booming sales. Downsized luxury crossovers have been “in” lately, and their ranks have grown thanks to the addition of models like the Lexus NX and Lincoln MKC.

There’s also a significant gap between the XT5 and the Escalade, de Nysschen noted. That will be filled by a larger crossover aimed at vehicles like the Audi Q7 and Volvo XC90. This vehicle won’t arrive until after the XT4, meaning we won’t see it until late 2018 or early 2019 at least. Despite the proliferation of crossovers and the need to increase fuel efficiency, Cadillac will keep the truck-based Escalade around as a range-topping model.

Finally, Cadillac is also reportedly considering another crossover even smaller than the XT4. This model would likely be a subcompact sized close to GM’s current Buick Encore and Chevrolet Trax. Tiny crossovers are also proving popular in the U.S., although so far no manufacturer has tried to sell a luxury-branded one here. Audi sells the Q1 in Europe, and there have been rumors of an Acura version of the Honda HR-V.

Until it begins this crossover blitz, Cadillac may not launch any other new models. Following the launch of the XT5, de Nysschen previously said the carmaker would hold off on product launches until 2018 while it focuses on revamping its distribution network and gaining more autonomy from GM.

Stephen Edelstein
Stephen is a freelance automotive journalist covering all things cars. He likes anything with four wheels, from classic cars…
The next Cadillac Escalade will be capable of changing lanes on its own
Cadillac Super Cruise graphics

Cadillac detailed a much more advanced evolution of the semi-autonomous Super Cruise technology currently available on some of its models Tuesday morning. Super Cruise stands out as one of the smartest technologies of its kind on the market in 2020, and the firm will soon improve it by adding a host of new functions like automatic lane changing.

As its name implies, automatic lane changing allows the car to move into the next lane while the driver's hands are off the steering wheel. With Super Cruise engaged, motorists need to request the change by tapping or engaging the turn signal stalk in the direction they want to move in. Signal left to merge into the next lane to the left, for example.

Read more
Cadillac’s 2020 CT4 small sedan starts at $33,990, sporty V model tops $40,000
2020 cadillac ct4 photos and specs



Read more
The directors of Avengers: Endgame have made a commercial for Cadillac’s XT6
cadillac commercial made by the russo brothers 2020 xt6 directed anthony and joe

The 2020 Cadillac XT6 | Crew Ready

Cadillac brought in some heavy hitters to make a commercial for its 2020 XT6 crossover. General Motors' luxury brand hired brothers Anthony and Joe Russo, veterans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), to direct the ad. The Russo Brothers directed the two-part Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame, as well as the second and third Captain America movies.

Read more