General Motors has just launched the 2021 Cadillac XT5 and 2021 Cadillac XT6 in China, where the brand’s midsize crossovers are debuting a major technical innovation as a first for the luxury brand worldwide. The Chinese-market 2021 XT5 and 2021 XT6 add a new 48V mild hybrid system with the aim of improving fuel economy and driving performance.
This is the first time that the Cadillac XT5 and XT6 receive an electrified powertrain both in China and in any other international market. The new 48V light hybrid system, developed locally by the SAIC-GM joint venture, works in conjunction with the existing gasoline engine and comes standard on each variant of the crossovers offered in the Asian country.
“The XT5 and XT6 have been very popular and competitive members of their segments since day one through their distinct product strengths,” said Vice President of Cadillac China, Felix Weller, in a statement. “The new 48V mild hybrid system on the XT5 and XT6 is not only highly efficient, but also provides a more enjoyable driving experience that is quieter and smoother especially in stop-and-go traffic. This adds value to our XT5 and XT6 lineups and will further meet the demands of luxury SUV customers in China,” he added.
Specifically, the mild hybrid technology equipping the 2021 Cadillac XT5 and 2021 Cadillac XT6 in the Chinese market is supported by an electric motor and a 48V battery, as well as a power management module and a hybrid control unit. Paired with the well-known 2.0L LSY I-4 turbocharged engine, the new XT5 and XT6 mild hybrids boast a combined peak output of 250 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque.
GM claims the 48V mild hybrid system and popular turbocharged engine deliver sharp and efficient performance, allowing for a smoother, quieter and more energetic driving experience. This powertrain, which in both cases is mated to GM’s 9-speed automatic transmission, increases the XT5’s combined city/highway fuel efficiency to 33.6 mpg (up 5 percent) while the XT6’s improves to 32.6 mpg (up 6 percent).
The new 2021 Cadillac XT5 and 2021 Cadillac XT6 mild hybrids are available at the brand’s entire dealer network in China starting this week. In addition to the mechanical novelty, the updated crossovers include the next-generation Cadillac User Experience system with a new interface design and more personalized features, a new gold paint color for the XT6 and the latest global torque-based brand nomenclature.
Both models have a range of six versions, starting at CNY 332,700 in the 2021 Cadillac XT5 and CNY 392,700 in the 2021 Cadillac XT6 – about $51,550 and $60,850 respectively at the current exchange rate.