If there’s one area where Cadillac has certainly lagged behind its rivals it’s in the sport crossover and SUV department.
Road & Track says the automaker is looking to remedy that problem, though. The publication recently sat down with Cadillac boss Steve Carlisle for an interview and asked him if performance SUVs were in the pipeline. His response?
“I say why not.”
Carlisle was quick to point out that performance crossovers and SUVs will never replace true sports offerings at Cadillac, though – welcome news for anyone who is a fan of previous V-Series products and wants to see more hardcore Cadillac sports cars and sports sedans.
“You’re dealing with higher [centers of gravity], weight distributions, everything like that,” he added.
As we reported last month, the next-generation Cadillac Escalade will offer a high-performance model of some sort. It’s not clear if General Motors will choose to put one of its pushrod V8s in the car, such as the supercharged 6.2-liter LT4 engine used in the previous-generation CTS-V, or if it will opt for the newer, twin-turbocharged DOHC 4.2-liter LTA V8. A different engine entirely could also be used – very little is known about this upcoming Escalade variant.
The Escalade isn’t the only vehicle from Cadillac’s crossover/SUV portfolio that is rumored to get the performance treatment. Photos alleging to show a rear end of an alleged Cadillac XT4-V were sent to GM Authority last month, potentially hinting at the arrival of such a model, but we were unable to verify the authenticity of the photos.
Cadillac now employs a two-tier V-Series strategy as well, so any performance crossovers and SUVs that arrive will likely fall under this split strategy. That means we see softer, less intense performance crossovers and SUVs from Cadillac first, just as we saw the CT4-V and CT5-V before the expected Blackwing versions. This is assuming its performance crossovers and SUVs fall under the V-Series brand, of course.