For today’s Future Vehicle Friday installment we take a deep dive on the next-generation Cadillac XT5. While GM and Cadillac’s focus has been on battery-electric models, Cadillac isn’t done developing gas vehicles just yet. The next-generation XT5 will continue to be a traditional gas model, but expect some significant changes.
The overall form factor of the next-generation Cadillac XT5 isn’t changing. It will remain a midsize SUV, likely retaining status as a sole five-seater. In fact, the next XT5 is slated to built atop a revised version of the current one’s C1 architecture. The fact the bones are going to be partially carryover isn’t much of a surprise. GM is investing $27 billion in electrification, so reusing architectures for non-EV models makes economic sense. After all, the days of gas-powered Cadillac’s are numbered.
GM will update the C1 architecture to accommodate GM’s Global B electrical architecture. This will unlock GM’s latest technology features for the XT5, including Super Cruise. Subsequently, sources familiar with Cadillac’s plans have confirmed both the next XT5 and smaller XT4 will feature a variant of the Escalade’s massive curved OLED display. It isn’t clear if the smaller SUVs will see a 38-inch version like the Escalade, but we’re betting on a shrunken version.
Also on the design front, expect the new XT5 to look similar to the upcoming Cadillac Lyriq battery-electric model. Clearly they won’t look identical given the Lyriq lacks a functional grille required for a gas engine. Slender horizontal headlights and a large shield grille similar in shape to Lyriq’s faux grille are expected.
Resting behind that grille is likely to be GM’s well-known turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four. This engine is already found in the XT5 today and there are no signs GM is giving up on it in the near future. An optional more powerful engine may still find its way into the new version, but it isn’t clear which one. The 3.6-liter V-6 doesn’t appear to be going anywhere, so that could be an option. Subsequently, it would seem GM would like to get additional scale out of the turbocharged 2.7-liter inline-four found in the CT4-V.
The next-generation Cadillac XT5 is slated to start production sometime in 2023. Given the production delays GM and all automakers have encountered due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it is possible the next XT5 will fall victim to delays. This is a caveat on just about every future vehicle regardless of brand these days.
The current XT5 is produced at GM’s Spring Hill, Tennessee assembly plant. Given that plant will be converted to produce electric vehicles, it isn’t known at this time where the next XT5 will be produced.
The 2021 XT5 starts at $44,990 after destination. There’s no reason to believe the next-generation version will vary significantly from today’s version. Given the Lyriq will be similar in size, Cadillac will likely want to maintain a pricing gap between the XT5 and Lyriq, motivating them to keep it close to today’s price point.