Recently, the American automaker announced a $245-million investment into its Orion Assembly Plant, promising that it’ll bring a “new vehicle program” that the plant has never seen before.
We speculated that it would be an electric crossover aimed to compete against the rumored Tesla Model 3 crossover and it appears we weren’t far off. Motor Trend reports that a source at GM told the publication that the mysterious car will be “a future crossover with no predecessor” and that “the gaps in [Cadillac’s] product lineup are obvious.”
Considering the Orion plant produces the Chevrolet Sonic and Buick Verano, a compact crossover makes sense, likely wearing an XT3 or even an XT1 badge.
Cadillac has already taken the Volt powertrain and created the ELR, and although it hasn’t been as successful as the automaker would like, it would make sense for Cadillac to bring the upcoming Bolt’s electric powertrain to a new crossover model. Naturally, a traditional compact crossover with a standard gasoline engine wouldn’t quite be a model the plant has “never seen before,” but an all-electric crossover aimed at even the Tesla Model X would be.
Expect the new model to head into production in 2017 and arrive as a 2018 model.
[Source: Motor Trend]
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