Cadillac SRX Replacement Spied Testing For The First Time17
We already know plenty about Cadillac’s upcoming third-generation SRX. For instance, it will be called Cadillac XT5, it will be built in Sprig Hill, Tennessee, and it will ride on GM’s new front-wheel drive C1XX platform. But a set of new spy shots surfaced on Autoblog this morning, we haven’t seen the new crossover.
The photos show a crossover that’s similar in size to the current SRX, and AB’s photographers say that it was sporting a grille similar to the one on the 2015 ATS Coupe. The weird boxy element hanging from the top of the liftgate is an attempt to conceal a rearward-sloping roofline, much like the one on the current model.
The C1XX front-wheel drive architecture, meawhile, will be available in two different sizes. The regular-wheelbase C1XX platform will underpin the XT5 as well as the next-gen GMC Acadia, while the longer version will be employed in the second-generation Buick Enclave and Chevrolet Traverse.
Under the hood should be a selection of turbocharged four-cylinder engines as well as the naturally-aspired 3.6L V6 LFX. The motors could be mated to an upcoming nine-speed FWD automatic transmission, which GM is co-developing with Ford, while sending power to either the front or all four wheels, depending on the configuration.
The prototype pictured here is very well-camouflaged, so it’s not giving away too many secrets, but we expect future prototypes to ditch more camouflage. Check out all the photos here and let us know what you think in the comments.
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But if this is going on the equinox, then what about the terrain? As the article says the Acadia will probably jump on the swb. That also leaves gmc with no full size cuv
Here we go again with the funky window chips. That’s the reason the xts and elr didn’t do so well..
The roofline looks similar to the current model. I’m a little confused as to platforms. Where did C1XX come into the equation? I thought there was just going to be a SWB E2XX and a LWB E2XX? Also, where’s the Terrain going if the Acadia goes SWB?
Any idea when it will hit the market? I saw a video of a Cadillac exec saying it would launch in late 2015. Does that mean it will be unveiled then or actually go on sale? I hope that’s when it goes on sale, the sooner the better.
As I see It now GM will have three CUV platforms.
A smaller one like the Nox and then the larger one with two wheel bases long and short. All three will have different names but will be based on similar architecture.
For now we will just have to wait for more info and I think these are the changes but none of the info is real clear to confirm to deny this.
We know GM and every other MFG is trying to reduce the numbers of platforms and being these are all AWD/FWD and can be adjusted for multi use they may be working to this goal but the name are changed to show the differences in size.
The SRX and Terrain are to be built together if the report was accurate so I suspect they will share the same Wheel Base. The Nox and the New smaller Buick may be on the D2XX and be in a smaller segment the Acadia and Transverse will be on the longer wheel base.
A larger Cadillac could be in the cards but I will expect it on the Omega and be RWD/AWD.
That is how I see it. This report here just is not adding up as to size and application very well. They may be wrong but so could I till we get more info It is hard to call.
I mean it does say there’s gonna be a Chevy crossover since it did mention traverse… So unless there’s going to be another crossover slot between Equinox the compact and the traverse the fullsize but then that would make 4 crossovers for Chevy if you include the Trax
No 3.6L TT?
It’s in the XTS so it’s still a possibility.
If you ask me, window frame looks like one on Buick Envision, so this could be riding on some derivative of D2XX platform. Just maybe, because D2XX platform is not meant for V6 units, and in Cadillac it must be V6 engines.
So let me get this straight. The D2XX platform will underpin all of GM’s subcompact FWD sedans and CUV’s? While the C1XX will underpin all mid size CUV’s, and the E2XX will be employed to underpin at least the full size FWD CUV’s: like the next Traverse, Acadia and Enclave? Plus the E2XX is slated for production of GM’s next generation mid size and full size sedans, which means SWB and LWB variations? OK. I see.
It’d still be better if GM were to leverage the Colorado/Canyon platform to produce a true mid size SUV for the Chevrolet and GMC brands. Make them stand out better from the softer, smooth riding FWD large CUV’s intended for Cadillac and Buick. But since they insist on this strategy, I just hope far more is done to distinguish all these platform-sharing siblings than just a badge and a few cosmetic differences! Now is the time for GM to prove they know how to do badge-engineering right by offering distinct styling, interior design and features, and, most importantly, powertrain options! Especially for the Cadillac models! Maybe they should have all the Cadillac models employ a fulltime AWD system to give them their own identity. Since they say the goal is to further separate the Cadillac brand from the rest of corporate GM. I’m not as convinced about that as I was before, in lieu of all these platform-sharing products coming out. But I’m willing to give Cadillac the benefit of the doubt. This de Nysschen guy seems to be concocting a solid vision for the brand. I only hope that Cadillac will eventually stick with their “all RWD focus” that was announced before….. Perhaps someday.
This whole article is confusing to me. Please do a clarification update GM Authority. For example “The short-wheelbase C1XX platform will underpin the XT5 as well as the current Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Acadia.” Huh? This does not even make one bit of sense. The Acadia is a full size 7 passenger CUV why would they place it on a SWB making it the same size as the mid-size GMC Terrain. Are they planning on killing off the Terrain or down sizing it or something? Because if not I can’t trust one word in this article. I normally look at GM Authority as a pretty reliable source..but you guys really dropped the ball on this one.
“The XT5 will ride on General Motors’ upcoming C1XX front-wheel drive architecture, which AB says will come in two different sizes. The short-wheelbase C1XX platform will underpin the XT5 as well as the next-gen 2016 Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Acadia, while the longer version will be employed in the Buick Enclave and Chevrolet Traverse.”
Not the current-gen Equinox. The next-gen. Sorry for the confusion.
I read a similar article last night on AutoBlogs website , withe a pic of the SRX ( XT5 ) . According to their article they see an ATS front end . It looked to me similar in size as the current model . Mirrors are fixed to the door and not the window . And as with this article I am confused as well to the platforms they say they will use . Will the Acadia be smaller than the Traverse and Enclave ? Is GM going to replace the Terrain withe the smaller Acadia , and then build an Acadia XL that will be the same size as its corporate twins ? I read once that the current Terrain was actually going to be a Pontiac Torrent until the Bankrupcy changed all that . We can all guess what GM is up to , but alot of info to the puzzle is missing .
This is confusing as I do not think they have it all explained properly.
Like I said we will have to see a little more info on this.
Not sure if we will see any more Body on Frame RWD SUV models. I suspect they will be on the Omega variation. They have to lose mass and the Omega can help there. They will remain RWD and AWD but unibody construction to save mass.
They may keep the Tahoe in the heavy version as it would still meet the less strick standards for a 3/4 ton moving forward. GM will hang on to them as long as they can but time is running out.
Guys, some more info on the platforms:
C1XX (Theta Premium and Lambda replacement):
E2XX (Epsilon replacement):
D2XX (Delta and Theta replacement):
Hope that makes more sense now.
Really interested in what Cadillac is being able to do!
Why XT5? What does it have 5 of to thus garner the name Cadillac?