Report: Updated Cadillac XTS Sedan Coming This Year, New XT3 Crossover in 2018
Cadillac sold a total of 308,692 vehicles in 2016, but that doesn’t seem to be good enough for the luxury brand, especially after hearing what company president Johan de Nysschen told The Detroit News about future product plans.
With the market currently favoring crossovers and SUVs, de Nysschen told the press that a new XT3 crossover will hit the market in the second half of 2018. The automaker has been flirting with the idea of launching a compact crossover ever since the beginning of 2015, but this report finally confirms the XT3 is definitely coming. In addition, the same report named the Fairfax Assembly Plant in Kansas City as the location where this new model will be produced. This plant currently manufactures the Chevrolet Malibu and Buick LaCrosse sedans, which both use the newest version of the Epsilon platform.
Cadillac’s boss also revealed that an updated XTS sedan will be released sometime in 2017. This car previously served as Cadillac’s flagship model, but that moniker has since been passed on to the award-winning CT6 prestige sedan. In total, the company sold 22,171 XTS sedans in the US last year, while the CT6 accounted for 9,169 units moved, albeit in limited availability.
Speaking of the CT6, this sedan along with the XT5 crossover was the first of eight new models that Cadillac promised to release by 2020. President de Nysschen also exposed that Cadillac is working on a larger SUV that would slot between the XT5 and Escalade. This model is rumored to be called the XT7 and could be produced at Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly Plant, then released in 2019.
One other interesting model reportedly in Cadillac’s plans is an entry-level compact sedan that would compete with the Mercedes-Benz CLA and Audi A3.
Speaking Of The Cadillac XTS: Take a closer look at the 2017 model year version of the car