First arriving for the 2017 model year as a replacement for the Cadillac SRX, the XT5 is the luxury brand’s midsize crossover model, currently spanning just a single generation. The 2020 model year brought a refresh (or “mid-cycle enhancement”) for the nameplate with a variety of updates, and now, we’ve learned about a key improvement slated for the new 2021 Cadillac XT5 – wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
Per a recent report from our sister publication, Cadillac Society, the 2021 Cadillac XT5 will equip wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as standard across all trim levels, from the base level Luxury, to the up-level Premium Luxury and Sport.
Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto make for a seamless in-vehicle smartphone experience by automatically connecting the infotainment system to the driver’s device as soon as the vehicle is started, assuming the phone-to-vehicle pairing procedure has been completed. These wireless smartphone connectivity features are considered the benchmark for device integration, and with wireless connectivity, the hassle of connecting a phone to the infotainment system via a cable is no longer an issue.
For those that still prefer to use a cable to connect their device, that functionality will remain.
When paired with wireless phone charging (otherwise known as “inductive phone charging”), the experience becomes even easier, with no need to carry cables at all. The 2021 Cadillac XT5 offers wireless phone charging as standard on the up-level Sport and Premium Luxury trim levels. However, the wireless charging feature is not available on the base-level Luxury trim.
The 2021 Cadillac XT5 hits production this week, rolling off the line at GM’s Spring Hill production facility in Tennessee. Stay tuned, as we’ll have more on the new 2021 Cadillac XT5 posted soon.
This post was created in collaboration with our sister publication, Cadillac Society.