Although General Motors will lay off the third shift at the Spring Hill, Tennessee, assembly plant, there’s a sliver of good news: the automaker has selected the plant to build a new Cadillac crossover.
Tennessean reports GM allocated $294 million to the Spring Hill assembly to build the new crossover. The plant currently builds the 2017 Cadillac XT5 and 2017 GMC Acadia. Both crossovers ride on GM’s C1 platform.
While there has not been any confirmation, the crossover in question is likely the Cadillac XT6. It will be the luxury brand’s three-row CUV and likely ride on the long-wheelbase variant of the C1 platform. The XT5 and Acadia utilize a short-wheelbase version. If GM taps X1 for the XT6, its dimensions would fall in line with the 2018 Chevrolet Traverse and 2018 Buick Enclave.
Not only will the XT6 will an important product gap, it will likely create a bridge for Cadillac’s pricing. The XT5, the brand’s only crossover, starts around $40,000, while the next step up, the Cadillac Escalade, costs another $30,000. The XT6 will likely fall in-between those price brackets.
It’s unclear when we’ll see the Cadillac XT6—we haven’t even seen spy shots of the CUV—but the Cadillac XT4, the brand’s upcoming compact crossover, will debut next year.