After XT4, General Motors is ready to deliver even smaller crossover. The 2020 Cadillac XT3 will be the subcompact vehicle with premium equipment. Of course, the mid-size and compact classes have an advantage thanks to better sales. But now, with the XT4 and XT6 are out, it is time for the smaller model.
The new Cadillac XT3 hasn’t been spied yet. But, leaking rumors are saying the company is developing the next crossover (you can find them on TopSpeed as well). It is going to be based on the new XT4, released this year. Slightly smaller and agile, the XT3 is going to offer some versatility for the entire lineup.
This market is becoming more and more popular. After Lexus and its UX, now we see the 2020 Cadillac XT3. When the segment is becoming crowded, then it means the popularity among buyers is increasing. Ford is also there with its Lincoln brand, and the all-new Corsair (which also arrives next year).
Subcompact vs Compact Crossovers
The 2020 Cadillac XT3 crossover takes the empty slot in the subcompact segment. Compared to slightly larger vehicles, these tiny models are not as close popular. Well, the compact crossover is offering a great combination of power, fuel economy, and cost. They lack power compared to the mid-size SUVs. Still, most of them are rated around 200 horsepower, which is more than enough for younger buyers.
On the other hand, subcompact vehicles are much more economical, easier to drive, and park, of course, especially in urban areas. On the other hand, when you get on the highway, the lack of power will ruin your riving impression. Still, these models are suitable for city cruising and for younger and inexperienced users.
2020 Cadillac XT3 vs XT4
XT4 is somewhere between subcompact and compact class. But, with the arrival of the 2020 Cadillac XT3, fans are getting an extra option in a smaller CUV. Whatsoever, the two siblings are going to be very similar. The XT4 is 181 inches long, with the wheelbase of 109.5 inches. The XT3 will be smaller. That means less room for passengers. On the other hand, handling will be better and the overall weight is dropping. The XT4’s curb weight is 3,650 pounds.
We still don’t have cargo space numbers for the XT3. But, don’t expect too much of it. If you need more room, then pick either XT4 or XT5. On the other hand, the interior layout, especially the dashboard, will be pretty much the same as for the existing crossovers and SUVs.
2020 Cadillac XT3 Engines and Specs
The XT4 borrowed the engine from its non-luxurious sibling, Chevy Equinox. But, the outputs of the 2.0-liter turbo-four engine were downtuned by 15 hp. Still, this is the most powerful unit Equinox can offer, and XT4 outpowers the two remaining drivetrains.
A 1.4-liter engine of Chevrolet Trax, XT3’s non-premium cousin, is putting out only 140 hp. We place our bets on the more potent powertrain. A 1.5-liter turbocharged four-pot mill seems to be a reasonable option with 170 hp and 200 lb-ft of torque. Engineers could try out a nine-speed auto transmission on the 2020 Cadillac XT3, instead of a six-pace gearbox.
Superb fuel economy is guaranteed. The same engine returns 29 mpg for larger Equinox. With a weight drop and further improvements, the XT3 will go over 30 miles per gallon combined, even with an optional all-wheel drive.
2020 Cadillac XT3 Interior
The interior of the new 2020 Cadillac XT3 will use the same design language as its larger sibling. The company will pay extra attention to safety and infotainment. Updates of the second one will bring the latest versions of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto services. Well, the company will install a suitable touchscreen display as the command center. Premium audio will be available for base trim levels. Upper grades will offer more speakers and surround sound.
Cadillac is also well-known for the safety of its vehicles. The subcompact model can’t match the safety of larger vehicles. Still, the company will install as many features as possible. Of course. Upper trim levels are going to offer more accessories, while some of them could be purchased as extra. If we get the same packages as XT4, then expect rear parking sensors with camera, traction and stability controls… Optionally, there will be a lane change assist and a blind-spot monitor.
Price and Release Date
According to rumors, the test mules of the 2020 Cadillac XT3 could be spied soon. Meanwhile, we expect the official announcement for the subcompact model. Also, the cost hints would be great. But, the full pricing is going to be available after the premiere and closer to the release date. At this point, experts believe the new XT3 crossover is not going to be ready for the start of 2020 season. It will arrive in the summer.
If we have to predict the price, we would go with $33,000. XT4 costs $36,000, Lexus UX $32,000, and Lincoln Corsair starts at $35,000.