The SUV market is huge but if we look at what most carmakers are doing, it looks like there’s never enough these vehicles. That’s why we can still hear rumors about the 2022 Cadillac XT7, even though the officials have been quiet for a while. Allegedly, this would be a new flagship crossover in the lineup and the second most expensive, after the body-on-frame Escalade.
If this is going to happen, we see two possible scenarios for the XT7. The first one is to see a full-size crossover, related to the current XT6. The other possibility is to see a coupe crossover, something that’s become a widely accepted form among premium carmakers.
Still, keep in mind that these are all just rumors. The officials are still quiet about this model, so the only thing we could do is to speculate. Therefore, make sure to take the following paragraphs with a big reserve.
2022 Cadillac XT7 Design
Of course, the first thing that comes to mind is the overall design. As we already mentioned, there are two possibilities for the 2022 Cadillac XT7. The first one is to see a full-size crossover. If that happens, we presume the new model would feature a layout very similar to the XT6, with a stretched wheelbase and notably more space on the inside.
The second option is to see a coupe crossover layout. This would probably mean not particularly bigger proportions, but rather a sleek and sporty profile, which would make this model competitive in the segment where German models rule. Of course, we are talking about models like BMW X6, Audi Q8 etc.
Of course, one of the most important things about this crossover is the matter of platform. Once again, there are two options for the 2022 Cadillac XT7. The first one is to see a familiar C1 architecture. This platform already underprints XT6 and we presume Caddy would use a stretched version for this occasion, the one that underprints Chevy Traverse.
However, problems with this platform are numerous, when it comes to design solutions that would make this model less premium compared to rivals. First of all, this is a typical FWD platform, which comes with transversally mounted engines. That is something that can’t provide ideal weight distribution and premium driving experience.
Therefore, one of the possibilities is to see the Omega platform, which was used just once, for the CT6 model. This one meets all the standards to be considered premium, including a longitudinally mounted engine, rear-wheel-drive etc. Also, it opens up the world of much more powerful engine options. However, this platform would also mean a significantly higher price tag.
Styling and Interior Design
In terms of aesthetics, we have no doubt that the 2022 Cadillac XT7 would follow the brand’s latest design language. Of course, we are talking about the front end, which would utilize similar design solutions as models like XT6 and even Escalade. When it comes to the rest of the body, it would depend on the final approach. At this point, a coupe layout seems more likely to us. Such an approach would include a sloping roofline, which would provide that sporty appearance and make this model relevant in the world of premium coupe crossovers.
On the inside, we would expect to see more than we saw in the XT6 model. This means finer materials and more tech features. Does this mean the same amount of digital screen as in the Escalade? Probably. Of course, the sloping roof would compromise the cargo area, so this crossover wouldn’t be particularly practical.
2022 Cadillac XT7 Engines
Once again, things would largely depend on the platform. If the 2022 Cadillac XT7 is about to use a familiar C1 architecture, there is practically just one option, a 3.6-liter V6 with around 310 horsepower. You probably wonder if this would be enough for a model with the ambition to become relevant in the high-end premium segment.
That’s another reason why the Omega platform sounds more likely. In that case, base models would probably use a 3.0-liter turbo-six, which puts out around 400 horsepower. More interestingly, this would also open room for Caddy’s expensive 4.2-liter twin-turbo V8 with 550 horsepower, which would be reserved for a potential hi-performance option. The only issue with this engine is the price, which would be extremely high.
2022 Cadillac XT7 Release Date and Price
Those would be some of the possibilities for the 2022 Cadillac XT7. Unfortunately, this model probably won’t happen, at least not in the near future. Some sources suggest it could come already in the next year but we are pretty sure this won’t happen. If it arrives one day, we presume that the base price would probably go around 65.000 dollars.