2018 Cadillac XT7 or 2017 Chevy Traverse Spied Testing for the First Time


Cadillac is working on a new three-row crossover that will compete with the Acura MDX and Volvo XC90.

Spy photographers have caught the 2018 Cadillac XT7 testing, serving as a complement to the two-row XT5 model.

The prototype was spotted testing alongside the new Chevrolet Traverse and Buick Enclave, sporting front and rear ends inspired by the CT6 sedan, as well as other recent Cadillac models. Expect power to come from the new 3.6-liter V6 found in the XT5, although a turbocharged variant with more performance is likely. The American automaker is also planning to add a plug-in hybrid variant for the XT5, but it’s currently unknown if the seven-seater XT7 will benefit.

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The 2017 Cadillac XT5 made its North American debut at the 2015 L.A. Auto Show and given how popular crossovers and SUVs have become in the U.S., don’t be surprised if Cadillac debuts the XT7 before the year is over. Sales for the seven-seater should begin sometime next year. It will be produced at the Lansing Delta Township plant along with the Traverse and Enclave models.

Update: Our spy photographers are saying that this SUV could also be the 2017 Chevrolet Traverse. The fog lights and rear tail lights are not typical Cadillac parts, but because this is a prototype, they could be using other elements as part of a disguise. 

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  • Momolos

    This looks like a Chevy Traverse.

  • RCD

    That’s a traverse. Look closely and you can see the top of the lower grille and the panel where the bow tie sits.

  • mick

    Chevy for sure. Caddy was going to do what you described and offer a larger fwd/awd crossover but Johan and his team am have rightly nixed that. Expect a 7 seater rwd/awd crossover from caddy in a few years. Escalade stays bof.

  • The fact that we’re unsure which vehicle is which, even with camouflage, suggests that GM’s badge engineering woes are far from over.

    Also, that front grille shouts “GMC” to me.

  • spaycace

    Owning a Cadillac already, I’d say it looks very similar to the grille on the Escalade. As for the upper grille, look closely and it appears to have a round badge, which is indicative of neither Chevy nor GMC, but rather the Cadillac crest. I too read that Cadillac had nixed the idea of a 7 passenger CUV, but it’s becoming too large of a segment & I wouldn’t be at all surprised if they release one soon as a 2017 model.

  • spaycace

    Agree with the “cloning” issue brought up