GM replaced the Cadillac SRX with the XT5 for the 2017 model year. The all-new midsize crossover arrived at just the right time for the luxury brand, as utilities were experiencing a newfound period of growth. The 2021 model year will represent the fifth model year of the XT5, for which the vehicle will receive a handful of novelties. We’ve compiled exactly what’s new and different about the 2021 Cadillac XT5 – let’s dig right in.
The 2021 XT5 loses four exterior colors while gaining two new ones:
- Radiant Silver Metallic
- Manhattan Noir Metallic
- Red Horizon Tintcoat
- Dark Mocha Metallic
- Dark Moon Blue Metallic
- Infrared Tintcoat
Additionally, the Satin Steel Metallic color is no longer an extra-charge option. Instead, it will be included in the base price of the vehicle.
The remaining exterior changes of the 2021 Cadillac XT5 are to the wheel options. The 20-inch, 12-spoke Diamond Cut alloy wheels with Dark Alloy Satin finish pockets get added to the wheel lineup. They will only be available on Sport models. Additionally, four dealer-installed wheel options will be deleted:
- 20-inch 6-Spoke Dual-Split alloy wheels with Diamond Cut and Midnight Silver finish (SLV)
- 20-inch Polished alloy wheels (S1R)
- 20-inch Ultra Bright machined alloy wheels with Pearl Nickel finish (S1S)
- 20-inch Midnight Grey alloy wheels (SEE)
Inside, the 2021 Cadillac XT5 gains the addition of Wireless Apple CarPlay and Wireless Android Auto as a standard feature on all trim levels, as GM Authority previously reported. Wired functionality remains for those who prefer it.
Additionally, the power tilt and telescoping steering column will be replaced by the manual tilt and telescoping steering column, but only on the Luxury (base) trim level. By comparison, the 2020 model year featured the tilt and telescoping steering column as standard on all XT5 models. Premium Luxury and Sport models continue with the power tilt and telescoping column as standard.
Finally, the universal tablet holder accessory will no longer be offered.
From a mechanical standpoint, the 2021 Cadillac XT5 continues to be offered with two gasoline engines.
|Engine||Fuel||Aspiration||Transmission||Horsepower @ RPM||Torque @ RPM||Axle|
|2.0L I-4 LSY||Gasoline||Turbo||9-speed automatic M3T||230 @ 5000||258 @ 1500-4000||3.47|
|3.6L V-6 LGX||Gasoline||Atmospheric||9-speed automatic M3V||308 @ 6600||270 @ 5000||3.49|
Both engines are mated to the GM 9-speed automatic transmission. Front-wheel-drive is standard on Luxury and Premium Luxury, and all-wheel-drive is optional on both. Meanwhile, all-wheel-drive is standard on the Sport trim.
Like all iterations of the first-gen XT5, the 2021 model continues to ride on the GM C1 platform.
The current model will be around for at least the 2021 and 2022 model years before being replaced with an all-new model thereafter. We’ll be here to tell you all about it, so be sure to subscribe to GM Authority for more Cadillac XT5 news, Cadillac news, and around-the-clock GM news coverage.