General Motors has not yet introduced mild V-Series performance variants of its XT4, XT5 and XT6 crossovers – despite the likely fact that these products would help draw more attention to the luxury brand’s growing crossover portfolio.
As our sister site Cadillac Society pointed out in a recent opinion piece, Cadillac’s new two-tier V-Series strategy means that making a V-badged crossover much more realistic than before. Under the old strategy, in which the ‘V’ sub-brand only pumped out hardcore, high-horsepower mode variants, making a V-Series SUV or crossover would be quite difficult. In order to justify the presence of the V badge, Cadillac would have had to inject the vehicles with at least ~450 horsepower and include things like robust performance brakes and stiff track-ready suspension.
The new two-tier V-Series strategy, however, means a V-badged crossover could have a little more than 300 horsepower on tap, along with more pliable suspension and regular brakes. So why hasn’t GM developed such vehicles yet? We know it has all the right components sitting in its parts bin, as evidenced by the Cadillac CT4-V and CT5-V, and we believe that demand for such vehicles would be decent. Furthermore, they may help avert attention to the new luxury crossover models.
We should note that Cadillac already offers a Sport trim level on all three of these crossover models, but they aren’t performance packages. Rather, the Sport trim adds sportier bodywork, bigger alloy wheels, and – on the XT5 and XT6 – sport-calibrated suspension and a dual-clutch all-wheel-drive system. While those upgrades should suffice for many customers, they aren’t real performance upgrades and the Sport models have no extra power on tap.
Back in August, we brought you exclusive photos of a potential Cadillac XT4-V variant, complete with V-Series badging and carbon-fiber trim bits. While Cadillac has yet to confirm or deny plans to build such a vehicle, the photos may potentially hint that it is on the way. As the title of this article suggests, we think such a model would be a no-brainer, especially when rival brands like BMW and Mercedes-Benz offer M and AMG badged versions of virtually every crossover model they currently sell.
The Cadillac XT4, XT5 and XT6 are still relatively recent products, so perhaps we should remain patient and give GM some time to develop V-Series variants of these respective vehicles. If they don’t arrive, however, we’d see it as a major missed opportunity for the automaker. Feel free to let us know if you agree in the comments down below.
Source: Cadillac Society