The 2022 Cadillac XT5 will have limited availability for the optional wireless charging pad, GM Authority can confirm.
Wireless charging is offered as standard equipment on the 2022 Cadillac XT5 Premium Luxury and Sport trim levels. However, GM will limit the availability for wireless charging to certain models for the 2022MY in a bid to cut back on semiconductor chip usage – similar to other 2022MY crossover models like the Chevy Traverse and Buick Enclave. It’s not clear which 2022 Cadillac XT5 models will receive the wireless charging pad and which won’t, nor is it known how GM will determine which vehicles will receive it. The base-level Luxury trim does not offer a wireless charging pad.
GM has been working to reduce the number of semiconductor chips it uses per vehicle amid the ongoing global chip shortage. The automaker has chosen to prioritize the limited number of chips it does have for its most popular vehicles, which include full-size trucks like the Chevy Silverado and full-size SUVs like the Chevy Tahoe. As a result, full-size trucks have accounted for just one percent of the hundreds of thousands of units that GM has lost production on amid the semiconductor crisis.
That said, the automaker’s trucks and SUVs have not been entirely shielded from the effects of the chip shortage. GM has begun shipping trucks without Active Fuel Management and Dynamic Fuel Management systems in a bid to save on chips, while the wireless charging pad for its full-size SUVs will also have limited availability.
Experts predict the chip shortage will persist throughout 2021 as high demand for consumer goods and electronics persists and the COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect the output of silicon wafers in Asia.
The 2022 Cadillac XT5 will begin shipping to dealerships later this year. Production of the mid-size crossover takes place at the GM Spring Hill Assembly plant in Tennessee.