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2018 Cadillac XT3 : Concept Cars

Many will be surprised by the fact that Cadillac is preparing a rival of BMW X1, a new, small, compact-size SUV called 2018 Cadillac XT3. However, this is not that strange if you consider that Cadillac is changing its course in the automotive world. In next few years, the Company will undergo some deep, systemic changes. It all starts with a new man in charge of Cadillac, Johan de Nyscchen. The very first thing he did, was the revision of the nomenclature of all models in the line-up. Given that Cadillac increased sales of SUV in last few years, it is quite logical move to introduce more models in the line-up. So, new small SUV is vital part of the strategy. Cadillac established separate line of SUV models with XT mark, that starts with XT2 and goes to XT8. Therefore, XT3 represents just a part of the puzzle of the future expansion of Cadillac’s SUV models.

The design language of the new 2018 Cadillac XT3 will share some design cues with a larger, luxury SUV models, such as new Escalade. The massive V-shaped grille with vertical look LED headlights will be the most dominant visual mark of the front end. A side profile of the car is expected to be canted. As far as rear end is concerned, new vertical LED taillights and a pair of side exhaust pipes are dominant. It will be based on a shorter version of the GM Alpha platform that is utilized in ATS.

This car should also feature a V-shaped center console with display (touchscreen perhaps). Unfortunately, the CUE infotainment system along with larger screen will not be parts of standard equipment. Given that this model belongs to the segment of compact SUV models, we should not expect some spacious interior of the car.

The engine offer starts with a a turbocharged, 2.0-liter four-cylinder gasoline unit that delivers around 220 horsepower and 250 lb-ft of torque (340 Nm). The new Cadillac XT3 will have either rear-wheel-drive or all-wheel drive, which mostly depends on the choice of engine. As standard, this engine will be paired with a six-speed manual transmission. On the other hand, 10-speed automatic transmission will be optional. The main trump of the new crossover will certainly be the competitive price. Don’t expect to find a Magnetic Ride Control active suspension on the XT3.

The main rivals of the new 2018 Cadillac XT3 are the German premium crossovers Audi Q3, BMW X1 and Mercedes-Benz GLA.

The Audi Q3 is the smallest crossover in Audi’s offer and one of the rear crossovers that comes standard with front-wheel drive (only car in this group). Normally, quattro all-wheel-drive system will also be available, however, as an optional equipment. It has a turbocharged, 2.0-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine with 200 horsepower and 207 lb-ft of twist (281 Nm). For the European market, 2.0-liter TDI engine is offered as well.The base price for this model starts at 32,500 dollars.

The Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class is the smallest SUV in Mercedes and comes in a two versions, GLA250 or GLA45 AMG.It is based on the Mercedes Modular Front Architecture. The entry level model GLA250 has a turbocharged, 2-liter, four-cylinder gasoline engine that generates 208 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque (350 Nm). Power is sent to all wheels via seven-speed dual-clutch transmission and all-wheel-drive system.This version costs 33,300 dollars for the base model. The upmarket model is GLA45 AMG, which has at its disposal 355 horsepower and 332 lb-ft of torque (450 Nm) in combination with seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. The offer for the European market is extended by turbo diesel units.

The second-generation of the BMW X1 will make a debut at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show.It will be available in the U.S. dealerships during 2016. As far as engine lineup is concerned, entry level model will have 1.5-liter, three-cylinder unit, and more upmarket models will have and 2.0-liter, four-cylinder gasoline and diesel units, Engines will be paired with either ZF eight-speed automatic or six-speed manual transmission.

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