General Motors has reportedly commenced building test units of the upcoming 2019 Cadillac XT4 SUV. The testing is occurring at GM’s Fairfax Assembly Plant, located in the Kansas City metro area.
The XT4 is an important vehicle for the company. It will be Cadillac’s first-ever small SUV entry, targeting popular vehicles such as the Audi Q3 and BMW X3. It is an overdue product for the luxury brand, which has confessed its sedan-heavy lineup has led to its recent sales declines in the U.S. market.
Bloomberg is reporting the XT4 will be produced in Kansas City, the first time a production location has been solidly reported. The XT4 will be built atop an offshoot of the same platform that underpins the Chevrolet Malibu, which is also produced in Kansas City. Cadillac boss Johan de Nysschen says the platform is “worthy” of a Cadillac entry in the small SUV segment.
Workers at the plant will probably welcome the addition of an SUV to the assembly line. The plant’s third shift was recently cut as demand for the sedans it produces continues to erode.
The 2019 XT4 is expected to be revealed later this year.