Maybe Cadillac is beginning to realize its American heritage does involve producing the swagger associated with the Escalade nameplate. The Escalade has been a problem child for the brand as of recent, but there’s no denying it stands for nearly everything the brand wants with its sedans and other vehicles.
While the market turns to crossovers and SUVs, with some analysts predicting a permanent shift, Cadillac is looking to get serious in the luxury SUV space. AutoGuide reports the brand is currently in the very early stages of the Cadillac XT9, which would serve as a halo SUV for the entire brand lineup.
We first reported on the matter last year, when we were told the Escalade was being looked at specifically, to enter the $100,000 plus price segment. The XT9, however, is said to check in at $250,000 to $300,000. Big money.
It’s easy to suspect the Omega platform would underpin such an SUV, with all-wheel and rear-wheel drive options. Competition would be plentiful, too, as Bentley, Rolls Royce and other high-end, bespoke automakers enter the luxury SUV space.
Prepare to wait for such an SUV, though. The source states a debut around 2027 for a range-topping SUV. Before that, the Cadillac XT8, XT3 and other crossovers will have arrived to help fill out the staple of vehicles Cadillac so desperately needs.