Words from some company insiders state that this upcoming 2018 Cadillac XT7 is rather a mule of the new Chevy Transverse. This was due to the same round fog light units and rear end lights, something which is not seen in Cadillac models.
But this was very early on after a decent insight into its prototype; tipsters say that this pretty much appears to be a Cadillac.
In their words-
‘The Traverse or rather the Enclave and Acadia version of Cadillac is not going forward. And the prototype elements appear much like the automaker’s signature styling.’
The belief is that its new model will incorporate a brand 3-row crossover portfolio and it will be known as XT7. A model which will sit above the XT5 and below their hulk Escalade!
2018 Cadillac XT7 – Speculated Powertrains
This new 2018 Cadillac XT7 underwent testing with Buick Enclave and Traverse. And it was seen having frontal and rear ends similar to CT6 and other Cadillac automobiles. A turbocharged unit is also high on expectancy as the automakers are giving more importance to fuel management.
They believe this turbine will enhance engine combustion and efficiency. And as a result, make way for better power outputs.
Some tipsters like this move and opened –
‘Turbocharge engines are more effective in comparison to mechanically superchargers. So this seems to be a good move!’
Going deep into its engine specifications, this new Cadillac XT7 2018 will likely have the same 3.6 liter V6 – the likes seen in XT5. In terms of upgrading it, the automakers will likely boost it up with a plug-in hybrid unit for more spunk.
Last time around, the XT5 could churn out 308 HP and 265 lb-ft. torque. And with the upgrades, this new engine configuration will likely produce 312 HP and 269 lb-ft. torque.
This unit will mate with an 8-speed automatic transmission. Also, the automakers will also present it with an electronic precision shift for more speed.
This will be the possible engine configuration for most of the markets except for the China. Rumors hint a 2.0 liter 4 cylinder motor for models targeting that specific market. Specs are not yet available, but this news seems to be a lock.
Along with its fuel management, the new Cadillac XT7 2018 will also come with a quick steering response. The cabin will be spacious and seats, as well as steering wheels, will have leather bolsters. Some pictures also reveal better-looking metal dividers and locks in comparison to XT5.
2018 Cadillac XT7 – Exterior Design
Its center console will host Cadillac CUE 8 inch infotainment offering easy access to navigation, connectivity, and climate control. In terms of music system, it will encompass Bose audio system.
The dashboard will have plenty of wooden finishes. Plus assistive options namely Park view camera, rear view camera, auto braking and pedestrian control specs will also come as standard.
Exterior wise- this new-gen 2018 Cadillac XT7 appears a touch bigger than the XT5 cross-over. The frontal grille will incorporate horizontal air intakes and the upper portion will host the logo. The lower bumper will get chrome treatments. Frontal headlights will come with powerful DRL LEDs and extend right into the front fender.
Usage of lightweight components was seen for the XT5 model and this is likely to continue for this new Cadillac XT7 2018 model as well.
2018 Cadillac XT7 – Price and Release Date
Speculations hint this new 2018 Cadillac XT7 to hit dealerships by the commencement of 2017 or 1st Q of 2018. Pricing details are not available as of now. But tipsters hint the starting figure to be around $40,000. However high-end trims incorporating optional limo assist feature, auto braking, and adaptive cruise control will come with a tag well over $65,000.
Its chief competition will come from the likes of Audi Q5, Jaguar F-Pace, BMW X3, Volvo XC90 and Acura MDX. But the automakers are confident of pulling one better over their competition with their new-gen 2018 Cadillac XT7.
In their words-
This new 2018 Cadillac XT7 will present considerable growth to Cadillac. And we are confident of it transpiring into a top-end model. In the past, buyers have shown a good willingness to buy Cadillac Utility vehicles and we are hopeful that this new model will do an encore again.’ Only time will tell how it will fare against other notable names in the market.