It seems Cadillac’s upcoming compact crossover has a platform. As we’ve long suspected, the XT4 is probably not riding on the D2XX or C1XX platforms, the former used by the Chevrolet Equinox, and the latter used by the Cadillac XT5.
Nope, Cadillac has reportedly tapped the E2XX platform for its crossover. That is the same platform which underpins the 2017 Chevrolet Malibu, 2018 Buick Regal and Buick LaCrosse. Why engineers would choose a midsize platform for a C-segment crossover is a bit peculiar, but it seems to check out thus far.
The report goes on to state the Cadillac XT4 will enter production at GM’s Fairfax, Kansas assembly plant, where it will be built alongside the current Malibu. It will also likely be produced in China for local sales. Production is expected to begin in July, which falls in line with Cadillac’s goal to introduce two new vehicles next year, and two more each year through the year 2020.
With the E2 platform, powertrain options are varied. The XT4 could support a V6 engine and a host of 4-cylinder turbocharged units as well.
We have a feeling we’ll be seeing the XT4 in production guise sooner rather than later, should this report play out.