Anticipated as a 2016 or 2017 model, the Cadillac XT5 crossover – née SRX – will make use of GM’s new Chi platform, intended as a replacement for the Lambda platform currently underpinning the Chevrolet Traverse and GMC Acadia.
According to AutoGuide, the Cadillac XT5 could actually sport two different wheelbases, thanks to the flexibility of this new platform.
The two platform subsets to underlay the new Cadillac XT5 are reportedly internally known as C1UL, and C1ULS for the lengthened version. No word yet on how much the wheelbase could be stretched in the latter of those two platforms, nor whether it will be paired exclusively with any particular drivetrain; it’s expected that the crossover will come in both FWD and AWD flavors.
Powering the new Cadillac XT5, it’s very likely that the current 3.6-liter V6 will carry over, while AutoGuide speculates that a new 2.7-liter turbocharged V6 currently in-development will also be made available. Rumors are afloat that a plug-in hybrid powertrain could join the XT5 some time after initial launch.