Currently buzzing in the world of mid-size SUV is the 2018 Cadillac XT7 which comes after the 2017 XT5. Sources claim it could arrive either late this year or in the early stages of next year. These reports arrive after the vehicle was spotted by Spy Shooters testing with the new Chevy Traverse and Buick Enclave. It comes in as a replacement for the SRX, in order to go head to head with the likes of Audi Q5, Jaguar F-Pace, and BMW X3.
2018 Cadillac XT7 – Interior and Exterior Changes
The 2018 Cadillac XT7 is set to be a little bit bigger than its predecessor the XT5. It is likely to adopt the physical characteristics of the Cadillac CT6 and XT5. It, however, has a larger wheelbase, allowing room for more interior furnishing especially in the back seats which had lesser space in the XT5. It is more contemporary in a bid to add on to the previous model’s reputation while taking it to the next level. The interior is likely to encompass the Cadillac luxurious touches of standard leather and real wood accents rather than the Raven Sapele wood trims seen in previous models, plus their recent version of the CUE infotainment system. The 8-inch display is a feature that they are likely to retain with USB and Bluetooth as connectivity options. It will also feature 8 – 10 Bose surround audio system, upgradable as per the customer’s wish. A navigation system will only be availed in top tier models as a standard feature while remaining optional in the cheaper models. The front-wheel vehicle maintains the standard SRX outdoor measurements but loses more than 250 excess weights.
2018 Cadillac XT7 – Engine & Performance
The XT7 has a 3.6-liter 310-hp V-6 engine, 271 lb-ft, 8-speed automatic transmission with electronic precision shift, which allows the vehicle to cruise at high speeds, accelerating past the 6500-rpm. The latest engine model upgraded would be a refreshed powertrain and an updated V6 capable of generating much more power than the 308 horsepower and 265 lb. /ft. of torque the current model delivers. It has a 4 wheel brake ABS system, with other safety technology in places such as the rear park assist, electric parking brake, rear vision camera, airbags and etc. One specific version of the vehicle whose engine is only provided in the Chinese markets boasts of a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, which is currently the highest performing version of the XT7.
2018 Cadillac XT7 – Price and Release Date
The price of the 2018 Cadillac XT7 ranges in between $39,990 and $65,835. The expensive option is a platinum all drive with an optional Limo driver assist which entails an automated braking system, and an adaptive boat trip control. The vehicle is set to hit the showrooms by mid-2017 though a specific date is yet to be confirmed yet.
It is likely to boost Cadillac sales, as it offers competition to other three-rowed crossovers in the market enhanced with latest technology and luxury. According to Automotive News, sales of the compact crossover models, increased by 49% in October 2015 hence it is expected to largely impact the market for Cadillac given there is currently no option to choose from between the existing SRX and the Escalade SUV.