The second-generation Cadillac SRX has been on the market since the 2010 model year, but the FWD/AWD crossover is slated to be replaced by the 2017 XT5 early in 2016. This will be the first Cadillac to receive the new naming structure, with all SUV and crossovers aside of the Escalade receiving the XT prefix.
Recently the XT5 was caught in the flesh for the first time while being professionally photographed on the streets of SoHo in Manhattan. Now we know what the production XT5 will look like, but what about its measurements, features, and other vitals?
The XT5 will use the all-new monocoque C1XX “Chi” platform, which itself is a variation of the equally new E2XX platform that will underpin the next-generation Chevrolet Malibu. General Motors has designed C1XX as a modular platform capable of supporting the XT5 and a stretched version. In fact, rumor suggests we’ll see a long-wheelbase XT5 with three-row seating but, if true, it could be the future XT6. Of course, other platform features include transverse-mounted engine, four-wheel independent suspension, and FWD and AWD configurations.
There’s been plenty of speculation on what will motivate the XT5. In the running for standard motor is Cadillac’s tried-and-true 2.0T four-cylinder, but the upcoming CT6’s “LGX” 3.6L V-6 – putting out 335 horsepower for the 2016 Camaro – is rumored to eventually appear on the XT5’s option list after it makes its debut in the big sedan. The new V-6 is said to feature a 9-percent gain in fuel economy with regular fuel and should be a natural when paired with GM’s gee-whiz nine-speed automatic. Unconfirmed but sounding properly globally-minded are diesel and hybrid versions. Also unconfirmed is a turbo V-6 – one source says GM has been developing a turbo 2.7L, although a 400-horse turbo 3.0L is slated to debut in the CT6.
The XT5 will be the first recipient of Cadillac’s CUE update, which will feature an improved processor (read: more responsive reactions, voice recognition, navigation, and media play), 8-inch multi-touch screen that will be compatible with Apple CarPlay and, later, Android Auto. Another new convenience that will be appreciated is one-touch control for commonly used features like route cancellation and muting voiced navigations. Says Executive Chief Engineer David Leone, “Cadillac’s product transformation includes continuing upgrades to connectivity and in-car technology. In 2015 Cadillac became the first luxury brand to feature broad use of wireless charging and 4G LTE Wi-Fi connectivity, and now in 2016 we’re moving quickly to enhance phone integration and overall system performance.”
No word when this will appear on the XT5, but Super Cruise should make its debut shortly on one of Cadillac’s upcoming new models. Cadillac claims this semi-automated driving system “is capable of semi-automated driving including hands-off lane following, braking and speed control under certain driving conditions. The system is designed to ease the driver’s workload on freeways only, in bumper-to-bumper traffic and on long road trips; however, the driver’s attention is still required.” Additionally, a new vehicle-to-vehicle communication system is expected to allow similarly-equipped vehicles to exchange information such as velocity, location, and direction to reduce the chance of an accident.
Once General Motors curtails SRX production in Mexico, production for the XT5 will make a move to GM’s assembly plant in Spring Hill, Tennessee.
The current SRX starts out at $37,605 with FWD. There have been no hints on pricing as of yet, but at least one source has suggested the XT5 will straddle the $40,000 price point.
The first official debut of the Cadillac XT5 will take place at the 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show in November.