Although the Cadillac Escalade remains a cash cow, the brand desperately needs to bridge the gap from XT5, a mid-size crossover, to the full-size SUV. According to President Johan de Nysschen, such a vehicle is under development.
The chief Cadillac executive told The Detroit Free Press in a report published on Tuesday that a three-row Cadillac crossover will likely debut in spring of 2019. It’s the first form of confirmation we’ve received on a larger Cadillac crossover. Previously, some intel suggested the vehicle was off the table.
Details are still scarce, however, though we’ve referred to this vehicle as the Cadillac XT6 in the past. The nameplate is far from certain.
What is clear is how Cadillac will continue to finance its North American turnaround: China. Sales in China boomed in 2017 and de Nysschen noted the brand’s success in China will help revive the brand in the U.S. “Profits generated in China are funding our development in the U.S.,” de Nysschen said.
Cadillac sold 175,489 cars in China compared to 156,440 cars in the U.S. last year.
For now, we will refer to the three-row crossover as the XT6, and it could take two distinct forms. The less likely form is an Omega-based crossover that would share underpinnings with the Cadillac CT6. Right now, the CT6 sedan is the only GM vehicle that uses the innovative architecture capable of supporting a mixed-material strategy and innovative spot welding techniques.
The more likely form is a full-size crossover built on the C1XX platform, which the XT5 already rides on. C1XX also underpins the full-size 2018 Chevrolet Traverse and 2018 Buick Enclave in the platform’s stretched form.