Cadillac XT5 Introduces New Hummingbird Chassis In China7
SAIC-GM, General Motors’ main joint venture in China, has just launched a Cadillac XT5 variant that introduces a new all-wheel drive system designed for the Asian country.
The new version of the Cadillac XT5 for the Chinese market includes a new chassis called Cadillac Hummingbird, made up of a next-generation AWD system and an adaptive suspension tuned specifically for the country’s roads. According to the brand, this new configuration satisfies Chinese consumers’ needs and improves the XT5’s comfort.
The Cadillac XT5’s new Hummingbird chassis equips the three range-topping variants, called Deluxe 4WD, Premium 4WD and Platinum 4WD. The XT5 also gets a new wheel design and an updated color palette.
SAIC-GM claims that the Cadillac XT5’s new Hummingbird AWD chassis can handle a variety of challenging road conditions, while providing a smooth and comfortable driving experience. The all-wheel drivetrain can scan driving conditions hundreds of times per second and its dual-clutch setup can shift from 0 to 100 percent of available torque between the left and right wheels of the rear axle, providing real-time power distribution.
In addition, the Hummingbird chassis’ intelligent suspension can scan the road up to 500 times per second and adjust damping force in real time based on wheel vibration monitoring. This allows the Cadillac XT5 to have improved grip and suppress body roll over bumps or rough roads, achieving a more refined driving experience than the previous suspension.
The Cadillac XT5 with the new Hummingbird chassis is now available throughout the luxury brand’s official dealership network in China, where the crossover is manufactured at the Cadillac Jinqiao plant. As in the other variants, it’s matched to the GM turbocharged 2.0L I4 LSY engine and 48V mild hybrid technology. Pricing for the current XT5 lineup is as follows:
- Stylish 4WD: 352,700 Yuan (about $52,600 at the current exchange rate)
- Luxury 4WD: 352,700 Yuan ($52,580)
- Deluxe 4WD: 382,700 Yuan ($57,000)
- Premium 4WD: 402,700 Yuan ($60,000)
- Platinum 4WD: 452,700 Yuan ($67,500)
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What’s old is made new again. I clearly recall training on Cadillac and Buick’s back in the mid 90’s and learning about this type of thing back then. Not so new.
BTW, I sure wish they would stop calling an AWD vehicle a 4WD. I fully understand that the many sheep out there wouldn’t know the difference if it hit them in the face. But AWD is totally different from a true 4 wheel drive.
“But AWD is totally different from a true 4 wheel drive.”
Explain why. Nobody has center diffs, and nobody uses viscous center couplings anymore. The only difference between an AWD and 4WD system, including on full-size trucks, is the option to lock the clutches.
An automatic Subaru AWD and 4WD pickup with an auto transfer operate identically.
They could improve ride comfort very easily by adding some tire sidewall, and I wish they would in the US.
Ralph: AMEN to that!!!
Not easy. It’s due to fuel economy. Less sidewall, stiffer sidewalls = lower tire flex = lower rolling resistance.
The mpg difference is small. Big wheels are fashionable.
When will the XT5 be redesigned? The current model has very nice lines, but it’s been around for a long time.