Earlier this week, General Motors announced $245 million was being invested into the Orion Assembly for an “all-new vehicle program unlike any in the plant’s 32-year history.” We hadn’t a clue what this vehicle could be, but Motor Trend believes it will be a small Cadillac crossover.
Cadillac has already made it clear more crossovers are coming, and announced three new crossovers and SUVs by the year 2020. Cadillac has major product gaps in this field, as the Germans fill up every niche imaginable with a crossover of sorts. Seeing the Orion Assembly specializes in small cars, it does make sense this “new vehicle program” would sit on the compact side of things. Expect an XT3, or XT1 name to follow suit with the Cadillac XT5, the replacement for the SRX.
For those of you thinking the program is the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt, it isn’t. GM already committed $160 million to the Orion plant for the Bolt EV previously, which means this program is still lurking in the shadows.
Speaking of electrification, Cadillac has also noted it will produce a handful of new plug-in vehicles to boost its tech credibility. Seeing as the 2017 Bolt EV will be built alongside this new Cadillac crossover, might it offer a plug-in option as well? Possibly.
We don’t have a pinpointed timeline on when we expect to see this new Cadillac crossover, but expect it before 2020, as Cadillac makes good use of the $12 billion earmarked for its turn around.