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All-New Cadillac XT4 Nears Production

All-New Cadillac XT4 Nears Production

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.





 

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  1. Z284ever





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    Agree with that! Rumour has always been that Alpha can't be CUV-ized, which given that it comes in AWD variants, seems suspect. How hard would it be to build what is essentially a tall AWD hatch/wagon variant of the CTS? Give it similar driving dynamics, and boom -- suddenly you have a strong competitor in the heart of the market.




    I've heard the same and have had the same suspicions. Alpha 2, which will be the new Alpha moving forward, should be able to have more flexible packaging.
    Tone





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    I'm okay with it too, as long as it's properly executed. What's disappointing to me is the fact that Cadillac has arguably two of the best RWD architectures on the planet and hasn't succeeded in making the cars based off of them sales winners.




    Agree with that! Rumour has always been that Alpha can't be CUV-ized, which given that it comes in AWD variants, seems suspect. How hard would it be to build what is essentially a tall AWD hatch/wagon variant of the CTS? Give it similar driving dynamics, and boom -- suddenly you have a strong competitor in the heart of the market.
    Z284ever





    Quote Originally Posted by Tone
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    I'm totally ok with a FWD-based platform. BMW is getting accolades for the Mini-based X1; likewise Jaguar with the E-Pace. But, it needs to be tuned appropriately to be fun-to-drive, something GM seems only to be willing to do for it's dedicated performance vehicles (Camaro, Corvette, V-Series). It feels like Cadillac has decided to be early-2000s BMW on the sedan side and 2010 Lexus on the CUV side, which I find confounding -- it's an odd (and inconsistent) mix.




    I'm okay with it too, as long as it's properly executed. What's disappointing to me is the fact that Cadillac has arguably two of the best RWD architectures on the planet and hasn't succeeded in making the cars based off of them sales winners.
    Tone





    Quote Originally Posted by Z284ever
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    They'd still rather build them on "we'll print money on Epsilon mechanicals", than try to take on BMW directly with a RWD based CUV. Probably a smart move.




    I'm totally ok with a FWD-based platform. BMW is getting accolades for the Mini-based X1; likewise Jaguar with the E-Pace. But, it needs to be tuned appropriately to be fun-to-drive, something GM seems only to be willing to do for it's dedicated performance vehicles (Camaro, Corvette, V-Series). It feels like Cadillac has decided to be early-2000s BMW on the sedan side and 2010 Lexus on the CUV side, which I find confounding -- it's an odd (and inconsistent) mix.
    Z284ever





    Quote Originally Posted by Andrew_L
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    It will be interesting to see if XT5 takes a hit at all from this or if it won't be affected and XT4 will bring in new sales. But god Cadillac has really been dragging their feet on the crossover side of things.




    The cross cannibalism will be inevitable.
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