It’s no secret and, we’ve said it once and we’ll say it again, Cadillac has much catching up to do to completely fill out its portfolio of vehicles, especially when it comes to crossovers.
While we previously covered news of the next Cadillac crossover — a compact sized vehicle, likely arriving in 2018, Car and Driver had a chance to speak with Cadillac CMO Uwe Ellinghaus about the brand and the industry’s crossover craze.
Ellinghaus confirmed what we already knew, saying the 2017 Cadillac XT5 will be flanked by a larger crossover to bridge the gap between XT5 and Escalade, as well as a compact crossover to do battle with the BMW X3, GLC/GLK and the like. But that might not be all.
Adding to the report of four new crossovers coming by 2020, which includes the likelihood of a subcompact Cadillac crossover, are Ellinghaus’ words of what he envisions could make for a five-crossover lineup.
“We can envisage an even more compact [model] but we can also envisage something between a three-row SUV/crossover-derived car and the Escalade,” he said.
Yes, that would bring the CUV/SUV lineup to a subcompact crossover, a compact crossover, the XT5, a large crossover, this envisioned SUV/crossover and, finally, the Escalade. Though Ellinghaus is quick to point out that the Escalade is treated much differently, seeing as it is derived from a truck, rather than a car.
“The Escalade is so huge, and it’s different because it’s truck-based, that if the growth of the SUV segment continues, I really think there is space for maybe even two smaller cars than the XT5 and maybe even two larger ones.”