The Cadillac XT5 has been officially revealed and is all set to replace the second generation SRX crossover. Surprising the automobile industry, Cadillac has announced that the XT5 crossover will have its world premiere at the 2015 Dubai International Motor Show. Several videos and images have been officially released to partially reveal and tease the new compact crossover.
Cadillac has teamed up with Public School, a New York City-based premium fashion brand, for the XT5’s promotion. The new crossover was displayed at a private event yesterday and was dramatically airlifted from there to be flown over the Hudson river. TV presenter Louise Roe posed with the XT5 for a picture to give the closest-ever glimpse at its side profile.
A model so crucial for the brand’s success in North America and China will have its world debut in the Middle East. This indicates that the company’s next target market for becoming a volume sales after North America and China is the Middle East.
The design and styling of the Cadillac XT5 is inspired by the flagship CT6 sedan. This doesn’t come as a surprise though, with the production version already being spotted completely undisguised in June. However, this is the first time we’re seeing the CT6-like Indirect Fire LED headlamps and fog lights below them, running on the new compact crossover.
The Cadillac XT5 will be based on GM’s C1XX platform. The all-new monocoque platform is a version of the E2XX platform that forms basis for the 2016 Chevrolet Malibu. A long-wheelbase version with three-row seating of the XT5 could also be offered in the future, thanks to the C1XX platform’s flexibility. Coming back to the 5-seat XT5, both front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive configurations are likely to be offered.
A 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbocharged gasoline engine will be the base option for the Cadillac XT5. Bigger, naturally aspirated gasoline engine(s) will also be on the list of engine options, probably including the 3.6-liter V6 from the 2016 CT6 and the 2016 Chevrolet Camaro.
Following the world premiere in Dubai in November, the Cadillac XT5 will have its North American debut at the 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show during the same month. Its sales in North America will likely commence in early 2016. As usual, the European market launch may take a years’ time.
Production of the new compact crossover’s version for North America & Middle East will happen GM Spring Hill Manufacturing facility in Nashville, USA. Chinese and Russian production will continue.