Cadillac has utilized the Chengdu Motor Show to display a new mild hybrid variant of its XT5 SUV. The announcement marks the brand’s first use of a mild hybrid system on any vehicle.
Although scarce on official specifications, the engine works with the electric motor when the SUV picks up speed, increasing power and acceleration. The electric motor recovers excess power as the vehicle cruises on the road, boosting energy efficiency and gathering momentum for the next acceleration. The electric motor also recovers energy when braking.
The mild hybrid system is being paired to the same turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that is found under the hood of other Chinese XT5’s. Mild hybrid models are also gaining a new nine-speed automatic transmission.
Cadillac says the mild hybrid model will consume about 7.9 liters/100 km of fuel. In U.S. lingo, that’s about 29 mpg as a combined rating. It is unclear if Cadillac has any plans to bring this version of the XT5 to the North American market, but our initial assumption is no.
This version of the XT5 is joining the CT6 plug-in hybrid model that is already on sale in China as Cadillac’s electrified vehicles.