Last week, Cadillac’s upcoming SRX replacement, the XT5, was spotted testing for the first time. Unsurprisingly, Cadillac had it wrapped up in black cladding and camouflage to hide their secrets from prying eyes, but this latest round of XT5 spy photos from Automobile are a little more revealing.
As far as we can tell, this is the exact same prototype that was seen testing last week. The wheels are the same, the camouflage is in all the same places and small features like the dual exhausts also match up. These photos are better lit though, and if you squint hard enough, you can see the basic outline of the grille and some of the XT5’s bodylines.
Other media outlets reported the XT5 will ride on a new platform from General Motors called C1XX, which will be reserved for front-wheel drive applications. There will be a short and long wheelbase version of C1XX, the former of which will underpin the XT5. Rumor has it the long-wheelbase C1XX platform will only be used in the upcoming Buick Enclave and Chevrolet Traverse replacements.
Interestingly, Automobile believes C1XX won’t underpin the new SRX. They think this prototype is riding on a modified version of the SRX’s Theta platform, mainly because the dimensions appear very similar if not the same.
Under the hood will likely be the 2.0-liter turbocharged LTG four-cylinder found in the Cadillac ATS and CTS, along with a V6 option. It would be nice to see an XT5 Vsport with Cadillac’s twin-turbocharged LF3 V6 under the hood to do battle with vehicles like BMW’s X5 35i, but we’ve heard nothing indicating Cadillac is interested in such a vehicle.
The XT5 will be built at GM’s plant in Spring Hill, Tenn. alongside another midsize vehicle, which GM has yet to announce. Information from GM suppliers close to the project indicated the XT5 will be built alongside a new GMC model with a shared platform, possibly the next-gen Terrain, though GM has remained tight-lipped on the matter.