Cadillac's Audi Q5 rival will go on sale in the US next spring, and could make it to the UK
Darren Moss
18 November 2015

The Cadillac XT5, a rival for the likes of the Audi Q5, BMW X3, Mercedes-Benz GLE and Lexus NX, has been revealed at the Los Angeles motor show.

Read our review of the Cadillac XT5 here

The XT5 will be made in the US and China from next spring, and is the first of a new generation of Cadillac crossover models to be given the 'XT' designation. The XT5 replaces the SRX in the firm's range.

Cadillac says the XT5 sits on an entirely new platform, and is more than 126kg lighter than the SRX. In the US, the crossover will be powered by the same 310bhp 3.6-litre V6 petrol engine which already appears in the ATS, CTS and CT6 models. In China, a 2.0-litre, four-cylinder turbocharged petrol will be offered instead. An eight-speed automatic transmission will be fitted as standard.

Although front-wheel drive is standard, a new 'twin clutch' all-wheel drive system features on the options list. Inside, the XT5 has the same cabin styling already seen on the range-topping CT6.

Cadillac boss Johan de Nysschen said the XT5 is "the first of four new crossovers from Cadillac", and "enters the most popular segment in the worldwide luxury auto market."

Describing the model as being "pivotal to our ongoing growth," de Nysschen said "we've developed the XT5 from the inside out to give customers more space, more technology, more luxury and more efficiency."

Although so far the XT5 has been confirmed for sale only in the US, the model could also come to the UK in the near future. Speaking to Autocar earlier this year, GM boss Dan Ammann revealed the firm was planning a full-scale assault on Europe, with "diesel and right-hand-drive" models planned.

Cadillac currently has one dealer in the UK. Surrey-based Ian Allan Motors sells the ATS, CTS, SRX and Escalade model ranges.

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16 November 2015
Cadillac always say we 'might' get this or we 'could' get that but when they do bother to sell cars over here they're either sold with the wrong engines, the steering wheel on the wrong side or are priced wrongly. They never get it right so I won't hold my breath... which is a shame because - dodgy headlights aside - I really like the XT5! And that interior is fabulous; one of my favourites, actually.

16 November 2015
The interior aint bad, but that wheel has gotta be the ugliest ever !

289

16 November 2015
"GM boss Dan Ammann revealed the firm was planning a full-scale assault on Europe, with "diesel and right-hand-drive" models planned".
With all the issues GME has presently...wasting money on another vanity project is the last thing they need.

16 November 2015
I hope they really have increased material and build quality on this gen Cadillac. It look good in pictures but in reality it's not at par with the Germans. And it has been mentioned by many auto journalists from both US and EU. The cabin seems to be the one place US manufacturers always try to save money on. Hopefully not this time.

Dan

16 November 2015
This looks a lot like the new Ford Edge, which is coming over here (complete with 4-cylinder diesels, RHD and a Mondeo/S-Max dash board - in other words designed and built with Europe in mind). Cadillac could learn a lot from Ford!

16 November 2015
While on the one hand car manufacturers work hard to reduce weight, improve aerodynamics, and therefore increase mpg figures, on the other hand the same manufacturers would release more and more SUV models which cancel out the above achievements. Since most SUV owners don't go off-road the increased height and bulk are just irrelevant. If a more spacious interior is desired there is always the estate version or a standard body with increased headroom eg. Golf Plus / Skoda Roomster. Car manufacturers should rethink the SUV genre and try to come up with a better more efficient solution.

19 November 2015
abkq wrote:

While on the one hand car manufacturers work hard to reduce weight, improve aerodynamics, and therefore increase mpg figures, on the other hand the same manufacturers would release more and more SUV models which cancel out the above achievements. Since most SUV owners don't go off-road the increased height and bulk are just irrelevant. If a more spacious interior is desired there is always the estate version or a standard body with increased headroom eg. Golf Plus / Skoda Roomster. Car manufacturers should rethink the SUV genre and try to come up with a better more efficient solution.

Car makers are only building/selling what customers want. You seem to be telling most SUV owners they made the wrong choice - but you don't know the reasons they want/need a SUV which are many and varied.

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