Cadillac has been busy testing its first all-new product in some time as of recent. That would be the Cadillac XT3, which will arrive as a compact crossover to slot below the 2017 Cadillac XT5.
We’ve seen the spy shots, but Green Car Reports may have caught onto something noteworthy in particular. On the front fender just past the driver’s side door, the camouflage has left a peculiar flap. This flap is an identical spot where General Motors has placed plug-in ports for the Chevrolet Bolt EV, Volt and Spark EV.
Naturally, it’s safe to assume the Cadillac XT3 may be a plug-in hybrid.
Cadillac most recently launched the 2017 Cadillac CT6 PHEV, but plug-ins are geared more towards the Chinese market than here at home in North America. Cadillac estimates the take rate to be very low for the CT6 PHEV, around 1,000 units for the entire year. In China, the take rate is much, much higher thanks to generous government subsidies and infrastructure to support them.
But, giving the XT3 plug-in capability would also fall in line with Cadillac CMO Uwe Ellinghaus’ previous comments surrounding electrification at the brand. Ellinghaus previously stated Tesla’s competitive advantage, that is building fully electric vehicles, would become standardized. The brand has also stated it would focus on electrifying more vehicles in its lineup, rather than putting all its PHEV or BEV eggs in one basket like the Cadillac ELR did.
It wouldn’t be much of a shock if the XT3 arrived with a PHEV variant, but we won’t know for sure until Cadillac is ready to unveil the crossover itself. The XT3 is reportedly scheduled to arrive in the second half of 2018.