ZIP code

2019 Cadillac XT3 Spotted

01-2019-cadillac-xt3-spy-shot.jpg

The new Cadillac XT3 compact crossover SUV has been spotted in prototype form testing on public roads both here and in Europe. GM’s luxury division has been woefully late to enter this burgeoning market segment, which already has a host of players from the Audi Q3 and BMW X1 to the Lexus NX and Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class. The introduction of the XT3 perhaps as early as mid-2018 should boost sales.

Also: Class of 2018: The New and Redesigned Cars, Trucks and SUVs

Although wrapped in some of the least-revealing camouflage we’ve seen in some time, a closer look at this XT3 mule reveals a few notable details. It appears be slightly larger than some of its rivals and shares profile cues with the midsize Cadillac XT5. Parked behind the lower front grille is what appears to be an intercooler which would indicate a turbocharged engine –possibly a Cadillac version of GM’s new 2.0-liter force-fed 4-cylinder which could be backed by GM’s even newer 9-speed  automatic found in the 2018 Chevrolet Equinox and 2018 GMC Terrain. Projector beam headlamps teamed with LED running lamps flank a signature Cadillac grille form up front while what’s visible out back indicates the XT3’s rear lighting runs vertically up the D-pillar, a design borrowed from the full-size Escalade. 

Also: Kelley Blue Book Best Buy Awards of 2017

While Cadillac has confirmed nothing about the platform than underpins the new XT3, it may ride on a version of General Motors’ latest D2XX global architecture that also underpins the aforementioned Chevy and GMC compact SUV models. While front-drive may be part of the XT3 mix, this 5-passenger hauler is expected to offer -- if not come standard with -- an all-wheel drive system. Finally, the rear view clearly shows this example also features a fully independent rear suspension with fairly beefy looking arms, another factor pointing towards a possible D2XX design pedigree.

More Cadillac News:

2017 Cadillac CT6: Video Review and First Test

2017 Cadillac XT5: Video Review and Road Test

2017 Cadillac CT6 Plug-in Hybrid First Look


 

Advertisement
Advertisement
New Car Spotlight

Advertisement

Advertisement
Advertisement
Thanks for Supporting
Kelley Blue Book.
We deliver up-to-date car values, expert reviews and unbiased reporting at no
cost to you. To do this, we display ads from only trusted automotive partners.

To continue on our site, simply turn off your ad blocker and refresh the page.