Cadillac certainly missed out on North America’s monumental sales years. Following the recovery from the Great Recession, banner years ensued. However, Cadillac is still optimistic if sales levels remain consistent.
And with that optimism will come a fresh batch of new products born from the leadership of the brand’s president, Johan de Nysschen. Automotive News has put together its product forecast and it echoes what we already know: we’ll have to wait for a truly refreshed lineup of Cadillac.
It will begin next year with the Cadillac XT4. Whether it’s marketed as a 2019 or 2018 model remains to be seen, but it will provide fresh ammunition for the hot crossover market. Then, Cadillac will likely go dark for the remainder of 2018.
In 2019, the newly redesigned ATS/CT3/CT4 is predicted to launch. The ATS replacement may shrink to provide more breathing room for the Cadillac CTS/CT5 and the Cadillac CT6. 2019 will also likely see a refreshed Cadillac CT6 that incorporated Escala design cues.
2020 will likely usher in the Cadillac CTS/CT5 and the Cadillac XT6 three-row crossover, while the smallest of Cadillac’s new crossovers shows face in 2021—the XT3. Finally, Cadillac’s crown jewel, the Escalade, will arrive with a total redesign the same year. The Cadillac XT5 is also scheduled for a redesign in 2021.
Alas, the Cadillac XTS will likely die off after 2021 when Cadillac’s other sedans can absorb the product cut. The XTS was recently refreshed and will soldier on until then.
The wildcard is a Cadillac sports car, possibly electric, and potentially based on the C8 Corvette, which is often rumored to move to a mid-engine configuration. We also believe there’s potential for a flagship crossover based on the Omega platform, which we’ve rendered in the past.
Anything can happen, but everyone knows Cadillac needs these next few years to not just be home runs, but grand slams.