Former Cadillac President Johan de Nysschen set an aggressive product timeline in place during his tenure. Beginning with the 2019 Cadillac XT4, a new Cadillac will launch every six months through at least 2021. The time has nearly come to execute the strategy.
Automotive News rounded up what we can expect from the de Nysschen-era plan, which new Cadillac chief Steve Carlisle will execute. In fact, Carlisle could even accelerate things to speed up the luxury brand’s rebirth.
The first vehicle is the XT4, which will launch this fall, and we’ll likely see the three-row Cadillac XT6 follow shortly after in mid-2019. The XT6 will likely share the stretched C1XX platform with the Chevrolet Traverse and Buick Enclave; AN speculated the XT6 could also offer a Cadillac-exclusive engine.
Late in 2019, we’ll then likely see the Cadillac CTS and ATS’ replacement called the CT5. We’ve spied the CT5 testing on numerous occasions, and the sedan will adopt a previously successful “tweener” strategy. There could even be a CT5 coupe in the works, too.
Moving into 2020, we’ll then be shown the Cadillac CT4 or CT3, a much smaller Cadillac than the current ATS akin to the Audi A3 or BMW 2-Series. The car will allegedly retain a rear-wheel-drive layout, but the need for crossovers could push its introduction back further into next decade.
Sprinkled between the new vehicles will be a refreshed XT5 crossover, and a fully redesigned Escalade is expected to arrive in 2020. It’s after 2021 when Cadillac will spice things up with a halo car based on the Escala concept vehicle and perhaps a handful of electric cars. Before de Nysschen departed the brand, he publicly said the majority of GM’s forthcoming electric cars will be Cadillacs. The automaker plans to introduce 20 electric cars by 2023.