Cadillac is hard at work preparing the replacement for the SRX crossover, and our spy photographers caught a prototype of this new model testing. Likely to be called XT5 to fit in with Cadillac’s new nomenclature, this luxury crossover should debut sometime in 2015.
The current Cadillac SRX is built on GM’s Theta platform that’s closely related to the Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain. We expect the new model to be based on an updated version of this platform, as this prototype looks to be a similar size as the outgoing SRX. The heavy camouflage leaves a lot to the imagination, but the Cadillac XT5 does look to continue on Cadillac’s sharply creased, angular design language.
Expect to see Cadillac’s signature vertical headlights with LED accents and chrome grille up front. The camouflage on this prototype completely obstructs the rear end of the XT5, but we can see that the new crossover appears to have much shorter front and rear overhangs for a trimmer, tighter profile overall.
In terms of powertrains, the Cadillac XT5 will most likely come equipped with some existing engines like the 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder from the Cadillac ATS and CTS, with the 3.6-liter V-6 available as an option. Front-wheel drive should be standard, with all-wheel drive as an option.
The Cadillac XT5 will be built at GM’s Spring Hill, TN facility, where the current Chevrolet Equinox is built. Also set to join the Caddy at Spring Hill is another “future midsize vehicle,” possibly the Buick Envision midsize crossover. Look for more information about the Cadillac XT5 to come next year, as this new luxury crossover will likely debut in mid- or late 2015 as a 2016 model.