In speaking with Australian publication Motoring Cadillac boss Johan de Nysschen confirmed the company’s next new product on the sidelines of the Geneva Motor Show. Specifically de Nysschen confirmed what we already knew: that the next new Cadillac will be a small crossover, but he confirmed the name.
According to the executive, the new crossover will be named XT4 and compete against the likes of the Audi Q3. News of a smaller crossover is not new, but many reports have referred to the future product as the XT3, which de Nysschen specifically wanted to correct.
“To be candid, we started seeing online reports of the prototypes undergoing testing and being mis-named,” de Nysschen explained to Motoring.
He went on to explain that the XT4 will follow a familiar Cadillac strategy of producing vehicles that are slightly larger than the rest of the segment’s competitors.
“It [XT4] does fall into that [Q3] segment, but Cadillac has a positioning strategy generally that our cars… [They] tend to be a little bit larger than the average set of the competition in terms of physical dimensions.”
Oddly enough, details such as which GM architecture and engines the XT4 will utilize has not leaked out. It is largely assumed this vehicle will ride on the same platform as the 2018 Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain, but that isn’t confirmed.
In addition to confirming the XT4, de Nysschen also confirmed Cadillac still plans to eventually enter the Australian market, but that it won’t happen until after 2020. Part of the hold up is waiting for the lineup to churn to vehicles that are designed for right-hand drive, which he also confirmed.