Kudos to the camouflage department on this one, since it’s difficult to tell what exactly this compact crossover is upon first glance, but spy photos can’t hide the details to pour over.
This is more than likely the first test mule we’ve seen for the 2018 Cadillac XT3, the first all-new product Cadillac will launch next year. Not only that, but it’s a compact crossover… which Cadillac needs quite badly in today’s crossover-crazy climate.
The biggest giveaway are the rear taillights, which seem to stretch into the D-pillars much like the Cadillac Escalade. If this is the case, it would mark a distinct design shift from the 2017 Cadillac XT5, whose tail lights are more akin to those of the outgoing Cadillac SRX.
Up front, it’s hard to distinguish any design traits. Though, it doesn’t look like Cadillac’s traditional vertical headlight treatment is present. And though we are speculating, it’s quite likely that the 2018 XT3 will usher in Cadillac’s first major design shift in some time. All signs point to the Escala show car as future inspiration for sedans and crossovers alike.
We even rendered an Escala crossover to show how handsome the Escala’s face looks on this type of vehicle. The current design language just doesn’t really fit the shape of a crossover. But we digress.
As for what platform the XT3 will be riding on, the jury is still out. However, the dash-to-axle ratio of this vehicle suggest that the compact CUV will use the D2 platform that underpins similarly compact 2018 Chevrolet Equinox and 2018 GMC Terrain. However, the XT3 is also rumored to be produced in Fairfax, Kansas, which currently solely builds the 2017 Chevrolet Malibu.
We won’t know for some time, but we do expect to see more of the 2018 XT3 testing in the coming months.
Spy shots: Autoblog