Earlier this week, Cadillac boss Johan de Nysschen revealed some interesting information surrounding the brand during an interview with Automobile Magazine. He spoke about the Omega-based Cadillac CT6, a new halo car for the brand and even about Cadillac sportscars. However de Nysschen also brought up the “obvious gaps,” Cadillac has in its product portfolio, most of which are caused by the need for more crossovers.
Johan said there’s “clearly room for (Cadillac) to do something between SRX and Escalade,” which to us sounds like the three-row crossover that was axed in May. It’s apparent Cadillac will eventually make a three-row model that will be larger than the SRX and smaller than the Escalade, however it’s not clear if it will be a Lambda-based model as was rumored before, or a new model on a different architecture altogether.
In addition to the expected three-row CUV, de Nysschen also voiced an interest in a sub-SRX model. Other luxury brands are offering compact SUVs, such as the BMW X3, Mercedes-Benz GLA, and Audi Q3. And even though Cadillac won’t go product-for-product with the Germans, models such as these may prove to be more popular in coming years as gas prices rise and consumer interest in high-riding crossovers persists.
No matter what the plans are, de Nysschen sounds serious about getting another sport utility vehicle in Cadillac showrooms. Demand for crossovers has grown each year and de Nysschen believes it’s a “sad day,” when the Germans have more crossovers than an American brand like Cadillac does. We’d have to agree with him on that.