As much work as Cadillac has put into creating a solid lineup of luxury cars, it has all but forgotten about the ever-popular SUV/CUV market. With the exception of the 2015 Cadillac Escalade (which dominates its market), Cadillac’s only crossover is the well-aged, mid-size 2014 Cadillac SRX, and with more automakers – including Lincoln – grabbing market shares in the compact and subcompact crossover segments, Cadillac is definitely on the outside looking in.

That could all be changing soon, though, as Motor Trend is reporting that GM’s recent announcement of a new product being built at the Orion Assembly plant in Orion Township, MI will, in fact, be a new Cadillac crossover. The report source suggests that the unnamed product will have no predecessor and fill an obvious void in the lineup, making it a pretty good likelihood that the new model will slot in beneath the SRX. The only question is whether this new Cadillac will be a compact rival to the 2016 Mercedes GLC-Class or a subcompact rival to the 2015 Mercedes GLA-Class.

Cadillac is also without a three-row crossover, but since the Orion plant builds small cars such as the 2014 Chevrolet Sonic, 2016 Buick Verano and, soon, the all-electric Chevrolet Bolt, chances are the new Caddy will be a small car as well. After the redesigned and renamed replacement for the SRX (called the XT5) debuts, Cadillac will reportedly expand its crossover lineup to include two sub-XT5 crossovers and another one to slot in between the XT5 and the full-size Escalade.

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Why it matters

The new product will not only be important to Cadillac in providing a much-needed small luxury crossover, but it will also be good for GM as a whole, as it marks a $245 million investment that will add 300 jobs to the Orion plant.

2017 Cadillac XT5

2014 Cadillac SRX Exterior
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Source: MotorTrend

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