Cadillac Chief de Nysschen Shows Up in Comment Thread, Details Future Crossovers
De Nysschen: Compact CUV, Large CUV Waiting in Caddy Wings
A person appearing to be Cadillac President Johan de Nysschen commented on a Detroit Bureau article, clarifying some of the author’s statements. While much of the article (and de Nysschen’s comments) focused on the company’s passenger car lineup, our interest was most piqued by the bits pertaining to future Cadillac crossovers and SUVs.
For much of the past two decades, crossovers and SUVs have represented some of the most popular vehicle segments, and of late, subcompact luxury CUVs have sold in droves. As such, it’s no surprise that a small Caddy crossover is on the way, according to de Nysschen. There’s no word what a sub-XT5 crossover might look like, but we doubt it’d take the form factor of the Buick Encore or Chevrolet Trax. Instead, we think it would be a bit wider and longer in order to convey an appropriate sense of “Cadillac-ness.” We wouldn’t be surprised to see a GMC Terrain derivative adopt some Art and Science design cues and an XT3 nameplate, indicating a crossover marketed beneath the all-new XT5.
Furthermore, de Nysschen’s comment also confirmed a crossover larger than the XT5, but smaller than the Escalade, was on its way. Likely using a longer-wheelbase version of the C1XX platform that underpins the XT5, the XT7 (or whatever it ends up being called) will feature three rows of seats to bring the fight to the rumored Lexus RX seven-seater. Although it will likely share dimensions and mechanicals with the next-generation Buick Enclave, expect added luxury and edgy styling to go along with the Cadillac crest on the grille.
Finally (and most interestingly), the article mentions development of General Motors’ next-generation fullsize trucks, rumored to switch to an aluminum-intensive platform for weight savings. If the Cadillac Escalade makes a similar switch, we could justifiably expect the fullsize SUV to weigh around 5,000 pounds (down from between 5,600 and 6,000), with a commensurate increase in both efficiency and performance to go with the weight loss.
With all signs pointing to an expanded and revitalized crossover/SUV lineup within five or so years, Cadillac could be gearing up for increased sales and greater brand recognition in some of the industry’s most significant segments. As a fan of the “Standard of the World” brand, this author hopes the company can attract friends and fans to its uniquely American brand of luxury.
Source: The Detroit Bureau