Cadillac is designing a three-row crossover based on a stretched XT5 platform

The 2017 XT5 is poised to replace the SRX. One of four crossover models on the way from Cadillac, the XT5 has big shoes to fill – the SRX is Cadillac's best-selling model. How is it doing that? By losing some weight, 278 lb to be precise. Drivers will appreciate the new Rear Camera Mirror feature, which will superimpose a camera feed over vehicle elements in the rearview mirror, such as the hefty rear pillars.

Cadillac is working on a three-row crossover model to slot between the forthcoming XT5 and Escalade, according to the brand’s president, Johann de Nysschen.

The tip comes from Automotive News, which spoke to de Nysschen at Caddy’s press event for the XT5.

A three-row crossover would compete with existing upscale models like the Infiniti QX60, Acura MDX, Audi Q7, Volvo XC90, and Mercedes-Benz GLS. It would also compete with GM’s own Buick Enclave, which would eventually adopt this new platform the next time it’s redesigned; GM says the 2017 GMC Acadia would be the first of the company’s existing three-row utilities to get the new architecture, followed by the Enclave and Chevrolet Traverse.

A short-wheelbase version of the platform will underpin a future Chevrolet mid-size five-seater.

Cadillac is also said to be working on two smaller crossovers to fill the space below the XT5. Given Cadillac’s new naming strategy, as demonstrated by the XT5 and CT6 sedan, it’s not a stretch that XT7 is a likely name for the seven-seater, while those smaller crossovers will probably be labelled XT3 and either XT4, our assumption being that Cadillac is fixing to compete with rakish models like BMW’s X4.

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Chris Chase

Chris Chase

As a child, Chris spent much of his time playing with toy cars in his parents’ basement; when his mother would tell him to go play outside, he made car sounds while riding his bicycle or dug roads for his toys in the flower garden. Now he gets to indulge his obsession playing with real cars that make their own cool noises, and gets paid for it.