The next-generation Cadillac XT5 may lead the brand’s forthcoming electric vehicle product offensive, as first reported by our sister site, Cadillac Society.
As we already know, Cadillac’s first EV will be a crossover, which was previewed with a design sketch of the vehicle that was released at the 2019 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. This crossover concept actually previews the design direction for the entire next-gen Cadillac XT5 lineup, with the battery electric model likely to fall under the XT5 banner.
As Cadillac Society reports, sources close to the matter have said the next-generation Cadillac XT5 is tentatively planned to go into production in January 2022 as a 2023 model-year vehicle—the same year the Cadillac EV crossover is expected to debut. The respective timelines for these vehicles match up perfectly, then.
General Motors also hinted toward this being the case when it showed a slide (above) to company investors outlining its future EV strategy. The center portion of the diagram in the slide is labeled “Centroid Entries,” which represent the first EV models that GM is planning. One of those two “Centroid Entries” is a “Lux 3 SUV,” which will be the “lead entry” of the platform.
The term “Lux 3 SUV” is used internally within Cadillac to describe luxury D-segment utility vehicles, which of course is the very same space currently occupied by the Cadillac XT5. A “lead entry” means that the model in question will be the first vehicle on the architecture—which, in this case, is the BEV3 battery electric architecture.
Former Cadillac boss Johan de Nysschen also hinted that the automaker’s first electric vehicle would fall under the XT5 umbrella when he told Bloomberg that one of its EVs would be “a five-passenger crossover sport utility like the current XT5.”
The next-generation Cadillac XT5 has been assigned the internal program code ‘8DUL’ and will be based on GM’s new VSS-S platform (Vehicle Set Strategy – SUV). Additional information on the program, and the electric vehicle that it will very likely spawn, should slowly trickle out between now and 2022.
Of course, the electric crossover model isn’t the only EV Cadillac has in the pipeline. The next-generation Cadillac Escalade will also spawn a battery-electric variant, which is expected to have around 400 miles of range. The new Escalade will arrive for the 2021 model year, though the electric model is not expected to be available from launch.
This report was written in collaboration with our sister publication, Cadillac Society.