The 2019 Cadillac XT4 is no secret, but its productions plans remain unknown. However, Bloomberg reported on Monday that General Motors’ Fairfax, Kansas, plant has begun preparations to build the compact crossover.
The XT4 will likely ride on GM’s E2 platform. Neither Cadillac nor GM has confirmed the E2 underpinnings, but Fairfax’s sole other product is the 2018 Chevrolet Malibu, which also rides on the E2 platform. Cadillac President Johan de Nysschen also told the publication the platform is “new architecture for us.” No other Cadillac rides on the E2 platform. The 2018 XTS soldiers on with the dated Epsilon II platform.
Workers at the Fairfax assembly plant are likely delighted a crossover will soon call the facility home. GM cut a shift from the plant last year due to slumping Malibu sales. For Cadillac, the XT4 is greatly needed. It will supplement the 2018 XT5 as the brand’s second crossover SUV offering. In a market hungry for crossovers, Cadillac’s lineup remains heavy on sedans.