Cadillac is getting ready to launch the new XT5 and it is only the beginning a new crossover offensive from the luxury brand. Speaking to Automotive News, Cadillac president Johan de Nysschen said a variation of the XT5's platform will be used for a new three-row crossover in the near future.
"It's one of the benefits of having this very flexible architecture. We can expand it, make it longer and wider. That gives us the ability to develop the car very quickly, as opposed to starting from scratch," said de Nysschen.
Despite some outlets reporting that Cadillac has begun testing the new crossover, de Nysschen said this project only began sometime last year.
"It's not running yet. "It is a program request that we initiated with the engineers only last year. They are working at remarkable, record-breaking speed to get us the car."
This platform is expected to be found under the next-generation Buick Enclave and Chevrolet Traverse, due next year.
de Nysschen also hinted that the XT5 in the U.S. could get the turbo 2.0L as an option.
I actually think we would do well to consider that for the U.S.," said de Nysschen.
At the moment, the Chinese market XT5 will only get turbo 2.0L. This is due to the Chinese government taxing vehicles based on engine displacement - higher displacement engines get higher taxes and vice versa.