The Cadillac XT5 has been formally revealed online with its first image gallery. Along with the new compact crossover, the company has also announced its partnership with Public School, a New York City-based premium fashion brand for the world debut of the same.
Describing the XT5, Cadillac says: “The first-ever XT5 crossover was crafted to help you outsmart whatever task you have at hand. Its flexible interior is filled with advanced features to help keep you comfortable and connected, while the chiseled exterior lines make a striking statement. A thoroughly progressive vehicle both inside and out, the XT5 was designed to accommodate your needs, while expressing your distinctive sense of style.”
The Cadillac XT5 will be based on GM’s C1XX platform. The C1XX is an all-new monocoque platform but basically an iteration of the E2XX platform that underpins the ninth generation 2016 Chevrolet Malibu. The new modular platform will allow the XT5 to be much lighter than the current SRX that it replaces.
Engine options will likely include a new 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder gasoline engine and a 3.6-liter naturally aspirated V6 gasoline engine. Transmission is expected to be upgraded from the current 6-speed automatic to a more efficient and responsive 8-speed automatic. The new crossover should be made available in both two-wheel drive and all-wheel drive configuration.
The Cadillac XT5 will have world debut at the 2015 Dubai International Motor Show in November and North American debut at the 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show later the same month. Cadillac calls the XT5 2017 model but that doesn’t mean that market launch will happen around mid-2016. It will become available in early 2016 as expected.