Cadillac has a stellar vehicle lineup, but readers familiar with the brand know that sales have been disappointing as of late, especially for the ATS. Even so, the aging SRX has been a bright spot for the automaker by consistently posting healthy sales numbers. Now comes word that the next-gen SRX — thought to be named Cadillac XT5 — should show up in the none-too-distant future.
Cadillac’s chief engineer, David Leone, told reporters ahead of the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance that the 2016 SRX will appear in late-2015. Pebble Beach has traditionally been where Cadillac introduces its show cars, such as last year’s Elmiraj Concept, which makes us wonder if we should expect a surprise from Cadillac at Sunday’s show. Update: no surprises this year.
The all-new SRX/XT5 is expected to ride on GM’s new C1XX platform (pronounced “Chi”), thereby remaining front-wheel drive-based. It will likely cradle GM’s turbo-charged four-cylinder engines as well as the current model’s 3.6L V6 LFX.
Meanwhile, the upcoming CT6 flagship will likely seal the fate of the XTS. Intended as a stop-gap product for Cadillac traditionalists, the XTS is expected to be discontinued soon after the introduction of the CT6, thereby leaving Cadillac with a rear-wheel-drive sedan portfolio. And that’s a good thing.