By on March 9, 2017

2017 Cadillac XT5

The first of several new utility vehicles to roll into Cadillac dealers won’t carry the name many expected.

Recent spy photos show a heavily camouflaged compact crossover due to launch next year, part of Cadillac’s bid to boost sales by going all-in on the SUV craze. The automaker has offered a name for this looming profit machine, and it doesn’t stray far from place-holder we’ve used for some time.

XT4. Okay, so it’s not the XT3 we were expecting, but that moniker — trademarked by General Motors in late 2014 — will likely find its way onto a smaller crossover in the near future.

“A new compact crossover called XT4 will debut in 2018 in the US and subsequently in Europe, with an entirely new series of efficient and powerful engines,” said Johan de Nysschen, Cadillac president, at the Geneva Motor Show. “Starting with the launch of XT4, a new Cadillac will be brought to market every six months, a total of five carlines in the space of two years.”

The XT4 is expected to land in mid-2018 as a 2019 model. The automaker also expects to fill the gap between the popular XT5 crossover, introduced last year, and the range-topping Escalade SUV.

A buying public increasingly enamored with utility vehicles has left the traditionally car-heavy automaker struggling in its home market. Not only has the brand’s ATS and CTS sedans languished amid sinking sales, but Cadillac never regained the U.S. sales strength of its pre-recession glory days. February sales were the worst since 2010, while January’s tally marked a five-year low for that month. New product can’t come soon enough.

While it churns out crossovers for a hungry America, plans are afoot to squeeze more sales out of its existing lineup. The aging XTS front-wheel-drive sedan was spared from execution thanks to its steady sales, and should receive a styling refresh. Meanwhile, the CT6 flagship is due to branch out. Last month, de Nysschen said Cadillac plans to offer “higher positioned derivatives” of the stately sedan.

[Image: General Motors]

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35 Comments on “Cadillac Has an Official Name for Its New Crossover, Due in 2018...”


  • avatar
    Compaq Deskpro

    It’s supposed to be called something like “Escalade Evoque”. What is wrong with these people?

  • avatar
    PrincipalDan

    Just wait until Cadillac get’s a CUV based on the Trax/Encore!

    They’ll have to give them away free with every Escalade. Call it the “lifeboat” option.

  • avatar
    28-Cars-Later

    Cadillac CrapXT?

  • avatar
    DeadWeight

    I’ve called it XT4 for some time now, and as recently as yesterday:

    “DeadWeight
    March 8th, 2017 at 8:56 am
    Cadillac:

    Kill the ATS, CTS, and CT6, with haste (check out February Cadillac deliveries). Also, prevent the Cadillac XT4 (Cruze-based crossover) and the inevitable disaster that will be the CT4 (rebadged Cruze) from seeing the light of day. Cadillac will down to 3 models, being the rental/livery special XTS, Escalade and XT5, so let those duke it out until Cadillac eventually dies.”

    It’s going to be based on the Cruze platform. Great idea!

    Standard of the world!

    It’s JUST like the Roger Smith rebadge era at GM (dressing up not one, but 4 Chevy models – 4, count them! – 4 Chevy models rebadged as Cadilacs) at General/Guangzhou Motors!!!

    • 0 avatar
      sportyaccordy

      Not sure what the logic is behind your platform sharing butthurt…. back when Cadillac was the “standard of the world” its flagships were built on a massaged version of its bread and butter B-body large sedan platform. People loathe large sedans as their free-falling sales figures indicate, so Cadillac would be stupid to build them. The Epsilon is a world class platform worthy of a luxury vehicle, and the XT4 is literally no different from what successful/leading luxury brands are doing. You’ve beat this dead horse into mincemeat for the praise of equally misguided B&Bers.

      • 0 avatar
        DeadWeight

        “The Epsilon is a world class platform worthy of a luxury vehicle, and the XT4 is literally no different from what successful/leading luxury brands are doing.”

        Holy Sh*t, dude,

        I knew you were obtuse and a a hack, but this reads like it LITERALLY came directly from Cadillac HQ.

    • 0 avatar
      ttiguy

      I realize you like to think you know all things Cadillac Deadthing….but its pretty common knowledge this new XT4 is Epsilon based not Delta based so try again.

      • 0 avatar
        DeadWeight

        I’m typically correct (approx 99.867% accuracy rate), but you appear to be correct on this one.

        The Cadillac “Standard of the World” XT4 front-wheel drive architecture CUV will indeed be CHEVROLET MALIBU-BASED.

        Cadillac. There is no substitute.

    • 0 avatar
      NormSV650

      …this isn’t Acura with no sedans. Aside note I saw a unicorn Acura RDX Hybrid in white west of Philly on the Turnpike.

  • avatar
    DeadWeight

    “Not only has the brand’s ATS and CTS sedans languished amid sinking sales, but Cadillac never regained the U.S. sales strength of its pre-recession glory days. February sales were the worst since 2010, while January’s tally marked a five-year low for that month. New product can’t come soon enough.”

    Johan “Price ‘Em Like BMWs” De Nysschen + Uwe “MontBlanc” Ellinghaus + Melody “We brand, not manufacturer; here’s what I wear to work!” Lee = DREAM TEAM

    Great use of 12 billion dollars, Mary Barra!

    Not!

    • 0 avatar
      dukeisduke

      There’s no market for Cadillac anymore, except for the Escalade (and maybe the XTS). The elderly people who would buy a Cadillac sedan are instead now buying cars like the Toyota Avalon or Lexus ES, and no one wants the ATS or CTS/CT6 – those customers are buying the German and Japanese luxury brands.

    • 0 avatar
      dangit56

      DW, you’re getting to be the resident “Don Rickles” wise guy to CoreyDL’s “Bob Newhart” funny one-liners.
      Odd, but verified fact: those two opposite style comics are the best of friends, have been for years!

    • 0 avatar
      NormSV650

      While China Cadillac Sales surpassed US sales last month.

  • avatar
    Russycle

    “…boost sales by going all-in on the SUV craze. ”

    Craze? SUV’s have been popular for 20 years, that’s not a craze.

  • avatar
    Caboose

    I’m pretty sure that the animated ad campaign for the Catera sold more cars than Johann has at this point.

  • avatar
    JEFFSHADOW

    Might as well call it an Edsel early on…
    You see, I would buy a 2013 CTS wagon and apply “F L E E T W O O D” right across the upper tailgate.
    THAT name has cachet.
    Stop copying the Europeans. Build something different and better, like you once did.
    Make Oldsmobile Great Again . . .

  • avatar
    thornmark

    Cadillac Désastre.

    Fact: Audi is thriving w/o De Nysschen.

    Fact: Audi would have thrived w/o De Nysschen. It did outside the US w/o him.

    Fact: Cadillac was sinking before De Nysschen.

    Fact Cadillac is sinking just as fast but more expensively w/ De Nysschen.

    Fact: De Nysschen is vastly over-rated. And that’s an understatement.

  • avatar
    OldManPants

    I know nothing about Cadillac and usually skip articles about them but I googled XT4 and except for the idiot dripping eyes I love it!

    It looks like a male Encore.

  • avatar
    SuperCarEnthusiast

    XT4 could be another Cadillac Cinnarron in the making!

  • avatar
    Marko

    Just don’t call it the XT6…

  • avatar
    tomLU86

    Mr/Ms Thornmark is SPOT-ON!

    I could pick a random worker at the ATS/CTS plant in Lansing, Michigan, and they would have had a better pricing strategy for the ATS/CTS than the “Dutch dilettante”. Probably a better marketing scheme too!

    Yes, Mr. D., Cadillac has too many dealers. Since state laws make them untouchable, deal with it.

    Instead, the rubes at GM sent him and other overpriced marketing types to … Manhattan. Very expensive.

  • avatar
    frnpwrbby97

    I swear, that naming scheme is as lame as they come. It’s very clear that they’re trying to emulate their more successful European and Asian counterparts. They figure if you give them similar traits, they’ll draw in people from BMW, Lexus, etc… Not going to happen, General Motors! See, your traditional Cadillac and Buick buyer is pushing up daisies one by one, and your traditional Asian or Europen buyer (like me and most of the world) wouldn’t be caught dead in an American, codger mobile.

    Their only selling point is value (we have Genesis for that now), and “lower cost of ownership”. The only thing is, a Lexus is still going to cost less to keep on the road because they break as much in a 20 year period as a Cadillac does in a 6 month period. Don’t even get me started on their piss poor reliability. And this is for the short term. Can you imagine what they’ll be like in 7 or even 5 years? When even the European Luxury brands are doing better, there’s a huge problem.


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