The 2018 Cadillac XT3 will definitely be a Cadillac despite the low-end platform. Being large enough means that Cadillac will be able to install big wheels and lots of flashy features on it. To begin with, it seems that the camouflaged model of the car has a pentagonal grid similar to the larger XT5. Even though its headlights were hidden, they look similar to those of the larger model. On the other hand, the back of the car is nothing like it. It seems that the XT3 has a ramped roof that ends with a much smaller rear window than its older brother or sister. This could mean that the end result could be quite sporty. The test mule also had 19 or 20 inch rims that are quite impressive for a car at this price.
There are some details that stand out to lend credence to this prediction. There are a handful of scattered angles that correspond to Cadillac’s modern design language. Specifically in electroluminescent diode lights and side mirrors. The rear profile also recalls the current and slightly larger XT5. The rear lights extend into the D-pillars, which would correspond to the current Escalade.
The biggest gift are the rear tail lights, which seem to lie down in the D-pillars, just like the Cadillac Escalade. If this is the case, it will mark a change in design distinct from the Cadillac XT5 2017, whose taillights are closer to those of the outgoing Cadillac SRX. In the front, it is difficult to distinguish the design features. However, it does not appear that the traditional treatment of Cadillac’s vertical headlights is present. And even if we speculate, it is very likely that the 2018 Cadillac XT3 will inaugurate Cadillac’s first major design change in a while. All the signs indicate the car of the Escala show as future inspiration for the sedans and passages.
We will probably be a narrowed version of the interior found on the XT5 with influences from the Equinox. Although the design will likely resemble that of the Equinox, it should boast the same type of materials as its older brothers and sisters. Expect leather upholstery, an Alcantara coat rack and even a fully leather-covered dashboard. We only hope that Cadillac was not going for the transmission-based switch selector and rather for a more conventional lever.
There is no specific word about the engine used, but the test car seems to have an intercooler behind the front fascia. This means that Cadillac uses a turbocharged engine, probably the 2.0-liter four-cylinder already offered in the ATS. This is by no means surprising, as Audi, BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Lexus all offer similar powerplants in their compact crossovers.
The unit in question eats 272 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque in the ATS and is tuned to a six-speed automatic transmission or an eight-speed automatic transmission. The output will probably be a little lower in the 2018 Cadillac XT3 and chances are that Caddy will offer a nine-speed automatic transmission with it.
Do not have hope for the XT5 3.6-liter V-6 rated at 310 horsepower and 270 lb-ft. None of the competing car makers offer a six-cylinder in their compact crossovers and it is safe to assume that Cadillac will not descend on that road. Especially in a day when fuel economy is among the biggest concerns.