Cadillac didn’t have anything to show at the North American International Auto Show but that didn’t stop president Johan de Nysschen from revealing a handful of new models are on the horizon.
Speaking to Wards Auto, de Nysschen said the company is nine months away from launching its next product offensive which will kick off with the new XT4 crossover. The executive didn’t say much about the model but previous reports have suggested it will debut at the New York Auto Show and be powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that develops around 275 hp (205 kW). A plug-in hybrid variant has also been seen undergoing testing and it will likely join the lineup shortly after launch.
The XT4 will soon be followed by another new crossover which will be “slightly larger” than the XT5. The model will slot beneath the Escalade and should be offered with three rows of seats.
Speaking of the latter model, the redesigned luxury SUV will be based on the same platform that recently debuted on the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado. Little is known about the next-generation Escalade but it could be significantly lighter than its predecessor as the Silverado dropped up to 450 pounds (204 kg) thanks to the use of lightweight materials such as aluminum. Rumors have also suggested the model will debut in 2019 and come equipped with an independent rear suspension as well as a new 4.0-liter V8 engine that is paired to a ten-speed automatic transmission.
The company will also introduce the all-new CT5 which will effectively replace the ATS, CTS, and XTS. It will reportedly be joined by a new entry-level sedan before 2021.
While the Cadillac ELR was a massive failure, the brand isn’t giving up on eco-friendly vehicles. As de Nysschen stated, “a good chunk” of GM’s upcoming electric vehicles will wear the Cadillac logo. He went on to say “zero-emission propulsion systems will feature very prominently in our medium-term plans.”
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