2018 Cadillac XT3 — Meet Escalade’s “Younger Brother”

Just imagine a SUV that looks like the Escalade, but it isn’t that big and that expensive. It’s a good idea, right? Well, according to the latest reports, Cadillac will introduce something very similar to that. It will be an all-new crossover SUV, which should have the roots of the “good old” Escalade, and yet it will be placed into compact SUV category. This new vehicle will hit the auto-market sometime in 2017 as the 2018 Cadillac XT3.

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2018 Cadillac XT3: Escalade’s and SRXs Design Elements?

However, the rumors also say that the all-new 2018 Cadillac XT3 won’t look exactly the same like the Escalade. The vehicle should adopt some design cues from the Cadillac SRX as well. The exterior details are not familiar at this point, but we think that it will feature some distinctive elements like a large grille with V-shaped shield and the vertical LED headlights. The crossover might also get vertically stylized taillight as well, and in addition, we definitely expect to see Cadillac’s three window design. At the first glance, the all-new XT3 will remind on Escalade for sure, but the overall body design will come more aerodynamic, which will be borrowed from the SRX model. The interior layout would be adjusted to the younger population. After all, this compact SUV will try to win that particular part of the market. We also expect the newest CUE infotainment system and cheerfully colored two-tone arrangement inside.

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2018 Cadillac XT3: Two Engine Options

The 2018 Cadillac XT3 will also pack lot of power under the hood. The vehicle will get the RWD and AWD configurations, as well as pretty good engine options. A base drivetrain will be a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine that should deliver 220 horsepower and 250 lb-ft of torque, and it will be paired with a six-speed manual or a 10-speed automatic gearbox that will be an option. The automaker will also offer an EcoTec engine, but we have no the specific details about it. The rumors say that this more powerful option might get a Magnetic Ride Control, which could be a big plus for the 2018 XT3.

2018 Cadillac XT3: Price and Rivals

The 2018 Cadillac XT3 will fight against very tough rivals such as the Audi Q3, BMW X1 or Mercedes-Benz GLA, so we expect that Cadillac plans to hit the market with lower price than the competition. If this becomes the truth, than we could expect the starting price of this all-new SUV under $30,000.

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