2018 Cadillac XT7 - Bigger SRX Replacement
Cadillac are expanding their line up further, with the release of a new three row crossover in the form of the 2018 Cadillac XT7. It will be built on the same platform as the XT5 and the Buick Enclave, GMC Acadia and Chevrolet Traverse. Its main competition will be from the Acura MDX, Volvo XC90, Jaguar F-Pace, Audi Q5 and the BMW X3.
The XT7 will replace the SRX and sit between the Caddy XT5 and the massive Escalade.
Styling wise, the XT7 will look just like an extended XT5, although the public spy shots show a few minor changes to the layout, but … that could just be Caddy playing with a few options. The spy shots were taken when the XT7 was out testing (camouflaged) with the Chevrolet Traverse, GMC Acadia and the Enclave from Buick.
2018 Cadillac XT7 Prices
Cadillac haven’t released any prices for the new XT7, but we do know that simply sticking a few Cadillac badges on the vehicle will mean that it’s worth more than the competition – American’s love the Caddy brand. We think that the new Caddy XT7 will start at about $40,000 and go all the way to $65,000+ for the fully loaded flagship. Whatever the price, it’s said that the XT7 will be the most profitable vehicle for Caddy so it’s no wonder that they’re trying to expand into this segment.
What's under the hood
Under the hood, we think that the new Caddy will have the same General Motors 3.6 liter V6 with about 310 BHP as we’ve already seen in the GMC Acadia – there is also talk of a possible plug in hybrid, but it’s doubtful that it will be there at the time of the launch, which should be in the mid part of 2017, perhaps around July if expectations are met. Realistically, Cadillac need a proper hybrid to comply with legislation regarding the overall output of the manufacturer, so you can bet that they’ll be working on getting it launched as soon as possible, however, sceptics say that it won’t actually be that much better when it comes to gas mileage. We can’t see how it can’t be to be honest.
It’s rumoured that other markets may get the XT7 with a 2.0 liter turbo engine, we aren’t sure whether that is the case, but we do know it won’t be coming Stateside
Whatever the choice of power plant, it will be mated to the new 8-speed automatic transmission, which means quicker and smoother gearshifts and of course, an aid to reduced gas consumption – like them or not, the multishift auto transmissions have been a great boon to helping reduce emissions.
2018 Cadillac XT7 Interior
As for the interior, what else would you expect from Cadillac other than high quality leather hides, wooden accents and quality seating? Of course the higher end models are going to get slight improvements in the trimming, but the base model isn’t too shabby either.
We aren’t totally sure of what will be standard (on the base model) or what will be optional, but the equipment list includes things like a rear view mirror that’s a camera feed rather than a conventional mirror, the all new Cadillac CUE infotainment system, rear view camera, Bluetooth, a full BOSE surround sound system, navigation, electronic parking brake, park assist … the only real surprise is that Caddy are saying that the touchscreen is 8” – we’d have thought a minimum of 10” would be more like what’s needed in a vehicle like this. And with the XT7 being considered as very spacious, they can’t be struggling for space - so why such a small screen?
Despite being built on the same platform as the XT5 and Traverse / Enclave, the XT7 is said to ride much better than the three of them – this will be down to the updated and reengineered suspension fitted. Cadillac have gone to great lengths to ensure that the XT7 rides as well as it looks – you really don’t want it to emulate the bigger Escalade, which although very smooth, isn’t known for its ride quality. But neither do you want to drive any type of Caddy that has firmer suspension than a NASCAR on full chat at Texas. It seems though that Cadillac have got it about right, although no doubt there will be some that find it too firm, too soft or too much body roll.
If the predictions are correct, (about this being the most profitable Caddy ever), then we could see Cadillac taking the line even further and bringing in bigger and better upgrades over the next few years, who knows, we may even end up with an XT9 to replace the massive (and quite ugly) Escalade.
What do you think to the XT7? Is it something that you’d want? Or are other manufacturers doing a better job? Let us know in the comments