The Cadillac, GM’s luxury vehicle wing, are looking to revamp its entire lineup of present models and also introduce the new 2018 Cadillac XT3. With such drastic changes, the car manufacturer is taking on its British and German rival carmakers. The sales of crossover and SUVS have increased significantly over the past years. It might be unbelievable for some, but Cadillac is developing this vehicle to rival models such as Audi Q3, Mercedes-Benz GLE and BMW X1. With such fierce competition, the XT3 would definitely have to perform beyond expectations.
2018 Cadillac XT3 – Design and Styling
In the early 2000s, the ‘Art and Science’ design was introduced by Cadillac with the CTS. Ever since then, the auto manufacturer’s styling has been evolving on a continuous basis. This will continue to happen in future as well. Having said that, this 2018 Cadillac XT3 is expected to feature certain design elements that are also found on the new Escalade or SRX models. So, the luxury brand with try to attract a younger audience with its smallest SUV by incorporating a similar design language as its bigger models.
The front fascia will have a dominatingly huge grille, with a V- shape, while the LED headlights have a vertical look. Wedge side-profile look can also be expected, with the XT featuring a 3 window design and 2 ascending character lines. Coming to the rear end, its rear window is flattened, and vertical LED taillights are present. Regardless of the engine choice, side exhausts should be available as standard to complete a sophisticated urbane look.
Just like most modern models from Cadillac, the 2018 Cadillac XT3 will also feature a V-shaped center console. A large display screen is possible with touch capabilities. The CUE infotainment system is expected to be available optionally, along with a larger screen.
This infotainment system should be updated to a newer version by the time this model arrives. The car is based on the shorter version of GM Alpha platform. Therefore, the interior volume might not be what one would expect from a Cadillac model, especially considering the possibility of lower roof design.
2018 Cadillac XT3 – Engine Specs
Unlike its competitors, the 2018 Cadillac XT3 shall come as a rear wheel drive, offering either AWD or RWD drivetrain, according to the engine choice. A turbocharged 2.0 liters 4 cylinder engine is likely to power the base model, with an output of 272 HP. The range-topping trim should also get a more powerful variant of same Ecotec engine. As far as transmission is concerned, a 6-speed manual transmission is standard, while a 10-speed automatic transmission is optional.
2018 Cadillac XT3 – Expected Release and Price
The new Cadillac XT3 is expected to arrive late in 2017. Most of its direct rivals have a starting price of just more than $35,000. So, this XT3 could be priced just under that amount by Cadillac to gain a competitive edge.