It’s Official: Cadillac’s Hotly Anticipated XT4 Will Be Assembled at Kansas City GM Plant
It’s confirmed: The new Cadillac XT4 crossover SUV will be built at General Motors’ Kansas City factory, helping the plant save 500 jobs. The automaker said earlier this week that it is spending $265 million to prepare its Fairfax Assembly & Stamping Plant to build the new vehicle.
“We have been busy with preparations and are ready to launch the Cadillac XT4,” plant manager William Kulhanek said in a statement.
The XT4 is one of this year’s most eagerly awaited vehicles. Cadillac plans to unveil it ahead of this year’s New York International Auto Show, which begins March 27.
The XT4 is built on a similar platform to the Chevy Malibu, which is assembled at Fairfax. Building the XT4 will allow the assembly plant to retain about 500 jobs, according to spokeswoman Mary Padilla.
About 2,200 people work at the Fairfax plant building the Malibu. Last year, several hundred people there lost their jobs when GM cut a third shift due to a drop in Malibu sales.
Cadillac’s sales fell 8% last year, and the luxury brand is targeting the popular SUV market to help stem its losses. The XT4 will be a more compact alternative to the XT5, which was Cadillac’s best-selling vehicle in 2017. Cadillac is also planning to roll out a made-over Escalade model later this year.
Cadillac has said that the early release of the XT4 will give it plenty of extra time to test the vehicle and make any needed changes before the crossover comes to market later this year.
Source: Kansas City Star