With Johan de Nyscchen, the former boss of Infiniti, taking charge of Cadillac, there will be a lot of changes in the company’s lineup of vehicles in near futures. In fact, even the nomenclature of its models will be completely revised. The crossover and SUV segments have gained immense popularity in recent. It won’t be surprising if Cadillac introduces certain models for these segments with no direct predecessors. The 2018 Cadillac XT3 could be one such model.
For its upcoming SUV lineup, Cadillac has already filed for trademarks for model names from XT2 to XT8. There are possibilities that the automaker might use the same kind of nomenclature used by Audi, wherein regular SUVs or crossovers has even numbers while coupe-like crossovers are odd numbered models. Cadillac is supposedly developing a compact SUV to rival models from manufacturers like Audi, Mercedes, and BMW. Most likely, this model will carry XT3 nametag.
2018 Cadillac XT3 – Exterior Design and Styling
The ‘Art and Science’ design language was initially introduced by Cadillac back in the early 2000s and ever since then, the company’s styling has evolved a lot. It continues to do so till date and will do so in future as well. It is also a fact that 2018 Cadillac XT3 will feature some design elements from models like SRX and Escalade. This means that the luxury brand will try to attract a younger audience with its compact SUV by using similar design language as the larger models.
A large V-shaped grille will probably dominate front fascia, with LED headlights featuring a vertical look. The side should sport two character lines with three window design. Vertical LED taillights will be a feature of the rear end, along with the flattened window. You shouldn’t expect much of a ground clearance with this model.
Just like most of the modern models from Cadillac, the new Cadillac XT3 2018 will also probably have a center console with V-shape. CUE infotainment system should be available as an option, and so should be a larger screen, of course, a better version of the infotainment system should be available when this model actually arrives. With a compact size and a sporty nature of this model, you shouldn’t expect too much interior space.
Powertrain Specs of 2018 Cadillac XT3
Standard variant of this model will be powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylingder engine with 220 hp and 250 lb-ft of torque. Higher trim will likely get a more powerful version of EcoTec engine. The 2018 Cadillac XT3 will be a rear wheel drive model, unlike all of its competitors. All Wheel Drive will be offered optionally. A 6-speed manual transmission unit should be offered as standard with 10 speed automatic being optional.
2018 Cadillac XT3 – Price, Arrival, and Competitors
Considering that most of its competitors have a starting price a bit more than $30,000, 2018 XT3 will also probably launch with a price tag lower than that mark. 2018 Cadillac XT3 will be the cheapest SUV from Cadillac with that kind of pricing. It should arrive late in 2017.
Some of the main rivals of 2018 XT3 include: