Cadillac is urgent need to expand their SUV crossover segment with the XT5 being the only crossover and the Escalade being the only SUV in their lineup. This urgency has transformed into necessity which will be unveiled in the form of 2018 Cadillac XT3. As is evident from its name, the XT3 will be smaller than its elder XT5 which in turn is less than the Escalade. Cadillac claims to make this crossover showroom ready by mid-2018 and provides us with a plethora of specification details.
2018 Cadillac XT3 Design
Cadillac well known for its luxury vehicles will leave no stones unturned. Automatic on/off halogen headlamps place themselves in front of the bonnet which Cadillac has named as “IntelliBeam”. Vertically aligned fog lights come as standard placed adjacent to a couple of air intakes. The front bumper of 2018 Cadillac XT3 is speculated to receive a pointed nose with all-chrome Cadillac mesh grille design.
It will essentially be a four-door crossover with regular side decals on body panels to add to the classy look. Where the XT3 will stand out from others are its numerous wheel options:
18-inch blade silver painted aluminum wheels
18-inch bright aluminum wheels with light Argent accents
20 inch fully polished and slurried polished aluminum wheels
20-inch Ultra-Bright machine faced aluminum wheels with Midnight Silver Accents
Although the interior specs of Cadillac XT3 2018 are still in rumors, it will essentially be a shrunk version of the XT5. It will probably be one lush stretch of hand stitched leather, cladding the door panels, console, and seats. Its dash will receive a premium finish with a combination of leather and wood while some plastic finishes will be seen as well.
This crossover will include a standard phone charger along with USB ports which come attached to a 7 inch LCD touchscreen. This screen will be responsible for entertainment and as per trusted sources will enable the front passenger or driver to get full in house control of the car.
It is still not confirmed whether 2018 Cadillac XT3 will include the same 40/20/40 high perched rear seats which fold nearly flat for cargo hauling. However, XT3 is sure to enjoy a similar cargo space as compare to its elder sibling.
Under the hood
Cadillac XT3 2018 is likely to receive two gasoline variant engines for the US market. All variants will be FWD, and the base model is expected to house a 2-liter engine capable of producing 230 HP and 250 lb-ft of torque. Sources say an even more powerful 3 liter V6 twin turbocharged will be made available as well. It will create close to 300 HP but will come with an AWD transmission. EPA ratings for the 2018 Cadillac XT3 is likely to stand at around 24/30 mpg in city/highways respectively.
The brand Cadillac ensures security and XT3 will be no exception. Standard safety features will include all-around airbags with passenger sensing system. In addition to this, Automatic Collision Braking, Forward Distance Indicator, and Automatic Safety Belt Tightening will also be provided. Safety while parking will be ensured with Electric Parking Brake and Front and Rear Park Assists.
Expected Price and Competition
2018 Cadillac XT3 is a newly designed vehicle. Keeping the safety and luxury aspects in mind expect it to revolve around the $30,000 range price bracket and go higher with better trims. Being a crossover, it is sure to face neck to neck competition from the Acura RDX, Audi Q3, and BMW X1.