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Cadillac Releases Details of New XT5

2017-Cadillac-XT5-004Today Cadillac released details of the brand new XT5 crossover. Replacing the SRX and competing directly with industry standards as such the Lexus RX and Audi Q5, the XT5 continues Cadillac’s recent tradition of bringing out new product at industry leading low weight – a move that contributes to Cadillac’s class-leading driving dynamics.

The new XT5 cuts 278 pounds over the SRX that precedes it and is 100 pounds lighter than the Audi Q5 while being a larger vehicle overall. Compared to the best-selling Lexus RX350, the XT5 comes in 223 pounds lighter in front-drive guise, 110 in all-wheel drive form. The XT5 also bring a significant 3.2 inches more rear seat legroom than its predecessor while also offering a sliding and reclining features as well. Unfortunately we don’t have the specifics yet to compare against the competition. This information likely will drop when the XT5 debuts at this month’s Los Angeles Auto Show.

Power will come from the latest version of the 3.6l V-6 with start-stop and cylinder deactivation in the US market. This latest 3.6 will supply 310hp. Chinese consumers will also be able to choose an XT5 powered by Cadillac’s 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder. Both engines put power to the front or all-wheels through an 8-speed automatic. Fuel economy figures will be announced closer to the on-sale date.

Production begins in spring 2016 as a 2017 model year.

Press release below:
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XT5 to Debut at Both Dubai and LA Auto Shows

IMG_4773-0.jpgCadillac has confirmed that the replacement for the SRX, the first utility vehicle to carry Cadillac’s new XT nomenclature, the XT5 will debut at the Dubai auto show in November.

Shortly after, it will see its North American debut at the Los Angeles auto show.

The XT5 will be badged a 2017 model, meaning it will hit showrooms during 2016. It is likely to reach production in the first half of the year. A firmer date should come with its official showings on the auto show circuit.

Cadillac XT5 Spied

XT5Over at Jalopnik’s Oppo blog, user saw930 has posted pics of the SRX’s next generation (expected to be badged XT5) during a photo shoot in NYC’s Soho neighborhood. 

Showing an SUV take on Cadillac’s latest design language that we’ve seen on the new CTS and CT6.

This appears to be quite an improvement to one of Cadillac’s best sellers.


UPDATE: Johan de Nysschen Answers Questions at Jalopnik

Cadillac head, Johan de Nysschen accepted an invitation to answer questions posed by the readers of after last night’s debut of the CT6 during a commercial aired during the Oscars. 

Interesting insights are confirmation that a sub-ATS car is on the way that will also be based on the Alpha platform and be rear and all-wheel drive.  Also revealed is that Cadillac is indeed working on a turbo V-8 that will see duty under the CT6 hood and will top a range of engines that will range from 4-cylinder turbo up to the fire-breathing V-8.  In the power train revelations were that all 4-cylinder options will soon be turbos, marking the end of the 2.5l 4 in the ATS. 

For the whole list of questions and answers, check out the entire session at:


Update: more questions and answers here, including the bombshell that a new V-6 family will be unveiled with the new CT6.  

Lambda-Based ‘Escalade’ Scrapped

Cadillac has been considering a unibody crossover based on GM’s Lambda platform (Chevy Traverse, Buick Enclave, GMC Acadia) for some time.

Lambda CadillacRumor had them waiting for the next major re-engineering of the platform so they could have more freedom to add power trains beyond the current chassis’ 3.6 V-6.

There were even rumors that they would abandon the body-on-frame chassis and badge the new entry Escalade.

However, latest rumors have Cadillac management walking away from that plan largely due to expectations that they would be too late to that party to be a serious player.

So, with this change, we expect an ATS-based small crossover, the SRX, and the Escalade to be Cadillac’s ultimate people-mover lineup.

Expect the new small entry and new SRX to bow in the next 2-3 years.


Cadillac Planning to Build Sub-SRX Crossover

Cadillac SRXCadillac’s Bob Ferguson has confirmed that Cadillac is well on its way to building a sub-SRX sized crossover to compete with the likes of the BMW X3, Mercedes GLK, and Audi Q5. The vehicle, hinted at before in other interviews from other Cadillac execs, would live on the Alpha platform developed for the ATS, expanded to underpin the 2014 CTS, and expected to underpin a coupe that would be sized between the ATS and CTS.

The new crossover would likely possess interior room not much smaller than the SRX – allowing the next SRX to grow in size (much like BMW grew their X3 to close to X5 size right before they released a larger X5).

However, based on the light-weight Alpha chassis would allow Cadillac to undercut the SRX’s 4000+ lbs by hundreds of pounds. We’d expect something in the 3600lb range when it debuts.

Expect the new crossover in 2-3 years as a 2016-2017 model.

Source: Automotive News

How Will Cadillac Expand its Lineup?

Cadillac has mentioned, through their North American head of Marketing, Don Butler, that they plan to continue to offer coupes and wagons (sticking with some of the expansion they started with versions of the CTS in the past few years). What isn’t completely clear is if coupes and wagons will be versions of the CTS going forward.

Since this opens the floor for us to play what-if, let’s look at what Cadillac has said and what they may be doing to meet the competition head-on in these and other segments.

2013 Cadillac ATSFirst of all, we have a Cadillac that is moving to a brand new rear-drive architecture for most of their mainstream cars. Alpha is the new chassis that underpins the ATS as well as (in stretched Alpha+ form) the CTS. So, no matter what Cadillac decides to do, these will all live on the same basic architecture (a boon for volume/cost). This also marks the end of Sigma, the platform developed in the late 90’s and early 2000’s as part of Cadillac’s first re-birth. Continue Reading →

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