The next-generation Cadillac XT5 crossover will be exclusive to the Chinese market, per statements made by GM President Mark Reuss last year. Meanwhile, the current-generation XT5 will be offered through the 2024 model year in North America before its discontinuation, per a GM Authority exclusive. Now, we’ve learned that GM China will be in charge of developing the next-generation Cadillac XT5 for China.
According to GM Authority sources, the next-gen Cadillac XT5 will be “home roomed” in China. Essentially, this means that GM’s Chinese operations will take responsibility for the crossover’s design and development.
All in all, it certainly makes sense that a vehicle sold exclusively in China is designed and developed in China. However, this is not always the case – for example, the XT5’s stablemates, the Cadillac XT4 and Cadillac XT6, were both developed globally, and both are sold globally as well.
Earlier this month, GM Authority spy photographers captured the next-generation 2025 Cadillac XT5 undergoing real-world testing as a camouflaged prototype. As seen in photos, the next-gen Cadillac XT5 is expected to introduce revised exterior styling that includes new lighting elements front and rear, including vertically oriented lights up front placed above a set of smaller, rounded lights. The profile view reveals new wheel designs and a set of roof rails, while the rear end will be reworked as well, offering up a set of twin trapezoidal exhaust outlets.
More changes will be found inside the cabin, while the overall size of the crossover will remain more or less the same. Under the revised body panels, the next-gen Cadillac XT5 will ride on the C1-2 platform, which is basically the second iteration of the GM C1 platform under the current-gen XT5.
Meanwhile, back in North America, GM will continue to offer the current-generation Cadillac XT5 through the 2024 model year, per a GM Authority exclusive. The current-generation Cadillac XT5 will be discontinued following the end of the 2024 model year. To note, the Cadillac Lyriq is considered an indirect successor to the XT5, at least with regard to segment positioning, specifically the luxury crossover D-segment.
As a reminder, the current-generation Cadillac XT5 is offered in the U.S. with two engine options, including the turbocharged 2.0L I4 LSY gasoline engine, and the naturally aspirated 3.6L V6 LGX gasoline engine. Vehicle production takes place at the GM Spring Hill plant in Tennessee.