Remember the contested spy shots, reportedly of a large Cadillac crossover undergoing testing? Well, it wasn’t a Cadillac, according to the brand’s president, Johan de Nysschen.
In speaking with Automotive News, de Nysschen stated that the program for a larger crossover has not entered prototype stages yet, clearing up the confusion over the spy shots.
“It’s not running yet,” he said. “It is a program request that we initiated with the engineers only last year. They are working at remarkable, record-breaking speed to get us the car.”
The Cadillac chief went on to explain how the brand will manage bringing three all-new crossovers to market in a relatively short period of time. Part of the formula is the C1XX platform, and its flexibility. The platform, spawned from E2XX, gives engineers great amounts of flexibility to adapt the platform to the needs of a certain vehicle.
“It’s one of the benefits of having this very flexible architecture,” de Nysschen said at the XT5 media drive. “We can expand it, make it longer and wider. That gives us the ability to develop the car very quickly, as opposed to starting from scratch.”
Flexibility such as the one demonstrated with C1XX will allow for a large, three-row crossover to arrive before 2020. It will be flanked by two smaller crossovers to fill the lineup below the 2017 Cadillac XT5.