The famous luxury department of General Motors is working on the new entry-level crossover, which is likely to come as 2019 Cadillac XT3. So far, we have XT5 and XT4 models that feature new naming policy of the brand, and this will be the smallest vehicle in the lineup.
We still don’t know the exact details about the new model and pretty much all details that we get are from rumors. It seems that the new crossover will ride on a familiar Alpha platform and share most of the technical characteristics with the CT3 sedan.
Compared to other crossovers from GM, it will have most in common with new Equinox and GMC Terrain models. On the other side, we are about to see another crossover that will adopt the brand’s latest design language, both outside and inside the vehicle. The arrival of the 2019 XT3 is set for the next year.
2019 Cadillac XT3 design
The 2019 Cadillac XT3 will be another completely new model from the famous premium brand. The company is about to offer a competitor in the class of compact luxury crossover, where the competition is pretty tough. There are models like BMW X3, Audi Q5, Mercedes GLC etc. So, Cadillac’s engineers will have to put a great effort in order to design a competitive model. So far, the new model is in a test phase. The mule of the upcoming crossover has been spotted for several times, but it is still camouflaged. We can only presume that the 2019 Cadillac XT3 will ride on a familiar Alpha platform, which is in use for the new downsized Equinox. This basically means that you should expect an FF layout, although an AWD model will be on offer probably as optional.
2019 Cadillac XT3 styling and interior design
When it comes to styling, it is still hard to tell something more precise, since the test model is still under a camouflage. We can presume that the new model will feature the brand’s latest design languages. This means with a lot of North American flavor. This design philosophy includes a lot of sharp lines and large lighting surfaces. Basically, the new model will feature a similar styling to the new XT5, just in a smaller package. However, we still expect some unique details. The new model will come in a classic 5-door crossover design. When it comes to the interior, we expect to see a cabin in a Cadillac’s familiar manner. A massive dashboard and a huge steering wheel are something that characterizes all models of this brand. Also, we could see many technical solutions borrowed from the new Equinox.
2019 Cadillac XT3 engines
When it comes to powertrain, new 2019 Cadillac XT3 will come with the latest generation of GM engines. The base model will most likely feature a new 1.5-liter turbocharged engine. It has a max power of 170 horses 203 pound-feet of torque.
However, the real deal will be a version with a more potent 2.0-liter turbo inline-four. This unit has a max output of 252 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque.
These two engines will come in a pair with a new 9-speed automatic gearbox which will send power to front wheels, while an AWD will be optional. Some reports also suggest some even more powerful V6 version of the new crossover, but this doesn’t sound much likely.
2019 Cadillac XT3 release date and price
The upcoming model is still in testing phase, so it is still hard to predict a more precise launch date. The new 2019 Cadillac XT3 will probably have premiere somewhere in the second half of year. So, production should start a few months later. So, expect launch somewhere in the fourth quarter of the year. When it comes to price, we believe that base models will go under 30.000 dollars.
Competition in this segment is pretty tough. There are models like Lexus NX, BMW X3, Audi Q5, Acura RDX, Volvo XC60 and many others