Though we can confidently say that, despite numerous other reports, the 2016 Cadillac XT5 will sit out the upcoming New York Auto Show, Cadillac is continuing to work on the SRX replacement. The XT5 was caught undergoing testing out in the open once again, though it’s still wrapped in distorting camouflage and body cladding.
What do we know about the Cadillac XT5? For starters, it will ride on General Motors’ new C1XX platform (pronounced Chi). The new front-wheel drive, transverse-engined platform will be available in regular and long wheelbase configurations, thereby replacing the Theta Premium and and Lambda platforms. Additionally, C1XX will be capable of cradling a wide range of GM engines, including four- and six-cylinder motors.
What does all of this mean for the XT5? We’re glad you asked. The XT5 will ride on the “regular” wheelbase of the C1 platform, itself a derivative of the upcoming E2XX architecture that will succeed GM’s ubiquitous Epsilon platform. We expect the SRX’s atmospheric 3.6-liter V6 LFX to carry over to the XT5, with a turbo-charged V6 as well as a plug-in hybrid powertrain to be a possibility.
Shifting duties in the XT5 will be performed by the upcoming nine-speed automatic transmission being co-developed by GM and Ford. GM is responsible for the nine-speed gearbox for front-drive applications, while Ford is taking the lead on the ten-speed unit for rear-drive applications. The XT5 will also offer all-wheel drive as an option.