This of course means that General Motors is not planning to produce either an XT5-V or an XT6-V anytime in the near future. The luxury brand offers both the XT5 and XT6 in Sport trim, as per its Y-trim level strategy, but this is essentially a cosmetic package only and not a true performance variant, adding items such as trim-exclusive front and rear fascias and carbon fiber interior trim. The XT5 Sport and XT6 Sport also offer Cadillac’s twin-clutch AWD system as standard.
The Cadillac XT5 was first introduced in 2016 for the 2017 model year, although it received a mild refresh for 2020. The base model is powered by GM’s turbocharged 2.0-liter inline four-cylinder LSY gasoline engine, which produces 237 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. The automaker’s naturally aspirated 3.6-liter V6 LGX gasoline motor is available as an option, which produces 310 horsepower and 271 pound-feet of torque in the crossover. Front-wheel drive is standard and all-wheel drive is available as an option. Luxury and Premium Luxury variants get a standard AWD system, while the Sport model gets a twin-clutch AWD setup, as we mentioned above.
Meanwhile, the three-row Cadillac XT6, which GM refers to as a “midsize plus” model, was introduced in the spring of 2019 for the 2020 model year. In North America (it’s also available in China), the only available engine is a naturally aspirated 3.6-liter V6 LGX, which is good for 310 horsepower and 271 pound-feet of torque. Again, front-wheel drive is standard an AWD is optional, with the Luxury and Premium Luxury models receiving standard AWD and the Sport trim getting a twin-clutch AWD system. In China, the XT6 is available exclusively with the turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder LSY motor.
However, the Cadillac XT4 may be set to receive a performance-focused XT4-V variant, with an anonymous tipster sending us photos of an alleged XT4-V earlier this year. We were unable to confirm the authenticity of these photos, so it’s not clear if such a product is indeed in the cards.
This report was written in collaboration with our sister publication, Cadillac Society.