The luxury automaker’s president Johan de Nysschen has reportedly confirmed the brand would present soon a new three-row crossover slotted above the recently launched XT5, with the model being currently in development.
The executive commented the model will use a stretched – longer wheelbase – variant of the C1XX platform that is currently used by the XT5 and the GMC Acadia. The architecture is also going to be used for the upcoming new generations of the Buick Enclave and Chevrolet Traverse. Of course critics may try to highlight how GM uses a platform both for premium and regular models and then charges clients accordingly, de Nysschen explains the architecture is flexible enough to “develop the car very quickly, as opposed to starting from scratch.”
He also added the engineers and designers are working hard and fast to enable the model’s introduction as quickly as possible – the executive didn’t detail when that reveal should be expected but rumors from the mill state the crossover might be ready in time for a delivery start during the second part of 2018.
Additionally, the Cadillac boss hinted the XT5 would also receive a new turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine as the base option for the United States market. For now, the midsize crossover has only been offered with a 3.6-liter V6 engine churning out 310 bhp (231 kW) and 270 lb-ft (365 Nm) of torque.
Via Automotive News