The 2019 Cadillac XT4 is the only vehicle that currently utilizes GM’s E2Ux architecture. Supposedly, the platform is a mix of the E2xx platform – found in products such as the Buick Regal – and the C1Ux platform, found in the larger Cadillac XT5. The bones may be designated for mid-size vehicles, but the 2019 Cadillac XT4 squares off against other entry-level rivals such as the BMW X2, Audi Q3, and Lexus NX in terms of price and power. We’re thankful that Cadillac went with the decision to create a bespoke platform for the XT4, rather than making do with a more conventional (read: economical) platform such as the D2XX platform seen in the Chevrolet Equinox. We’d also like to see more of it. Here are three spots where we’d figure the 2019 Cadillac XT4 platform will land next:
1. A Buick SUV
Buick is quite obviously missing a crossover to slot between the compact Envision and the full-sized Enclave offerings. Not only that, but the Chinese-built Buick Envision may be in jeopardy for the U.S. market due to escalating trade tensions and tariffs between the two countries. And while we’ve driven the Envision, we can’t say that we were as wowed by it as we were the 2019 Cadillac XT4. An E2Ux Buick crossover could manifest itself as a production version of the Buick Enspire concept.
2. A Holden SUV
Holden is in deep, deep trouble. Caught in a three-way battle it seemingly can’t win, between backlash from ending Australian manufacturing, for it not making much financial sense to produce vehicles domestically, and from lack of invigorating product, the E2Ux platform could participate in an effort rejuvenate the brand. But they have to turn around the two-headed PR disaster of closing Australian plants, and thinking that a FWD-based Holden Commodore was a good idea first.
3. A GMC SUV
GMC currently shares platforms with Chevrolet, with the 2019 Blazer being related to the mid-size Acadia, and the Terrain compact crossover sharing an architecture with the Equinox. Room in the GMC lineup seems to be a little slim for yet another SUV, but perhaps the E2Ux platform of the 2019 Cadillac XT4 will find itself wearing GMC skin come the next round of product life cycles.