Cadillac XT5 Confirmed to Debut in Early 2016

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Here’s an interesting fact about Cadillac, a luxury brand that most believe sells more Escalade SUVs than anything else in its lineup: the best-selling Caddy model is actually the SRX. Although it’s the oldest product in the current range, the SRX is still going strong. Still, it will be replaced in “early 2016” by the all-new Cadillac XT5.
Those quotation marks are a confirmation of the soon-to-debut replacement for the aging SRX. In a release on Cadillac’s integration of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto on the updated CUE infotainment system, the automaker placed an obvious Easter Egg. “Apple CarPlay will debut in 2016 Cadillac models featuring CUE’s 8-in multi-touch screen except the SRX Crossover, a model that will move to an all-new generation in early 2016,” we’re told.

Underpinned by the Theta Premium (GMT267) vehicle platform, the outgoing Cadillac SRX is 6 years old this year. The subject of more than on recall, the SRX is a hot asset for General Motors. Even CEO Mary Barra declared late last year that she plans to buy one and park it in the garage, next to a 2007 Chevy Tahoe, a 2015 Corvette Z06 and fifth-generation Camaro SS.

To highlight the popularity of the SRX mid-size crossover, we’ll mention the total US sales from calendar years 2010 - 2014: 51,094 units, 56,905, 57,485, 56,776, and 53,578 units last year. Clearly, the Cadillac XT5 has tough act to follow, but be prepared to be impressed by the new kid on the block.

For starters, the old underpinnings will be replaced by the all-new GM C1XX vehicle platform. Super Cruise autonomous driving tech should be integrated as well, but there are more pressing matters than these and the neat-looking sloped rear side windows. As you know, the 3.6-liter LFX V6 is on the brink of being phased out. In its place, Cadillac employs the new-gen LGX V6 engine.

Available in the 2016 Chevrolet Camaro V6 and Cadillac CT6, the 3.6 LGX V6 can be mated to a GM Hydra-Matic 8L45 8-speed automatic. It’s SAE-certified 335 HP (250 kW) and 284 lb-ft (385 Nm) of torque and, obviously, the 2016 Cadillac XT5 will get it. On an ending note, we hear that the SRX-replacing XT5 will shift production to Spring Hill, Tennessee and hit US dealerships by summer 2016.
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After a 1:43 scale model of a Ferrari 250 GTO sparked Mircea's interest for cars when he was a kid, an early internship at Top Gear sealed his career path. He's most interested in muscle cars and American trucks, but he takes a passing interest in quirky kei cars as well.
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