It’s been about a year since now-Opel CEO Karl Stracke unofficially confirmed a three-row Lambda-based crossover for the Wreath and Crest, which is believed to launch sometime between the 2013 and 2014 model years. Since then, Cadillac has done an excellent job on remaining hush-hush about its future product, not even hinting to so much as a name. Even our own sources are playing this one close to the chest. All we can be certain on is that it’s still coming, and it’s taking its sweet time getting here.
Considering the prolonged development of the crossover, we expect several engineering upgrades from lesser Lambda crossovers such as the Buick Enclave and GMC Acadia Denali in order to better distinguish itself from other models. Expected updates include a more sophisticated all-wheel-drive system, new engines such as a twin-turbo 3.0L V6 and technology upgrades for the interior.
PS: Don’t worry, it’s not replacing the Escalade.
The GM Authority Take
How a front-wheel-drive-based crossover will stack against German opposition such as the Audi Q7 and Mercedes-Benz GL remains to be seen, and we currently have our doubts.
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