The growing popularity of the crossovers and SUVs overshadowed the demand for sedan models and most brands changing their course toward high-riding vehicles. After the big investments in sedans, Cadillac is also turning the focus toward currently more lucrative segment. After the redesigned XT5 which replaced the SRX, the GM’s luxury division has promised to expand its crossover range.
Cadillac has confirmed the arrival of the new premium compact model called the XT4 but the premium brand is also reported to bring a new three-row crossover SUV by 2020. The confirmation hasn’t come from the Cadillac but the new model should be marketed as the Cadillac XT7. As the name suggests it will get the position below the truck-based Escalade and recently redesigned XT5. The model will be based on the uni-body platform promising better driving dynamics than the bulky Escalade and higher interior comfort than the XT5.
Cadillac XT7: Design
Based on the reports from the car industry, the Cadillac XT7 will be built on the platform that underpins smaller XT5 and GMC Acadia. The same architecture is the base of the all-new Chevy Traverse but while the XT5 rides on the regular wheelbase the Traverse is the long wheelbase-based model. The same should be with Cadillacs new seven-seater.
Visually, the XT7 should look pretty much like the extended XT5. The model will adopt brand’s shield-shaped grille and headlights with signature LED DRLs. It will be wider than the XT5 and will have extended rear quarters. The taillights will also be similar as on the midsize model.
Interior of the new XT7 shouldn’t also be the surprise as it should be very similar to the cabin of the XT5. Of course, the XT7 will offer greater interior comfort and higher cargo capacity.
The equipment groups will also mimic the smaller model and all XT7 will be well equipped. All XT7 will come with brand’s latest CUE infotainment interface, automatic climate control, premium accents, power front seats, etc. Higher trims will bring more premium features but all model will get an array of the advanced safety systems.
Cadillac XT7: Powertrains
Under the hood of the three-row Cadillac XT7, we should see the version of the 3.6-liter V-6 engine that powers the XT5. This engine equipped with the fuel-saving technologies delivers 310 hp and 271 pound-feet of torque in the current XT5. More power and higher torque should be available for the larger XT7. Cadillac will likely use the 8-speed automatic transmission. Both two- and four-wheel drive will be available.
Like the new Traverse, Cadillac could also offer a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine in some markets. Considering the growing offer of the hybrid versions, Cadillac might also go in that direction as well.
Cadillac XT7: Arrival
Cadillac hasn’t still commented on the Cadillac XT7. The model should, however, compete with names like the Audi Q7, Mercedes GLS and BMW X7. The XT4 is expected as the 2019 model and we should see the XT7 in 2019 or 2020.