Can you guess where this is heading?
Although Cadillac just revealed a facelifted XT5 mid-size crossover for the 2020 model year, development is in full swing for the next-generation model. Chances are the XT5 name will remain and its mid-size crossover dimensions will be relatively the same, but that's about where the similarities will end.
According to a report from Cadillac Society, GM's luxury brand has chosen the next-gen XT5 to be the first of its mainstream EVs. Cadillac has made no secret of its electric vehicle ambitions, which some claim could make or break the brand. In any case, Cadillac is still slated to receive a huge chunk of GM's 20 new EVs that will launch by 2023, and the next XT5 will be one of them. Most of GM's new EVs will be derived from the same platform, a trend quickly catching on across the entire auto industry.
Assuming all goes to plan, the all-electric XT5 will debut sometime in 2022 as a 2023 model. The decision to make the next XT5 all-electric is not surprising given that Ford will debut its Mustang-inspired EV crossover later this month at the 2019 LA Auto Show. The all-electric compact and mid-size crossover segment is quickly heating up following the Tesla Model Y's debut, though it has yet to go on sale. Tesla claims that will happen in 2021, and Cadillac's response will be rather swift. Even the next Escalade SUV, due in 2020, will eventually offer a battery-electric variant, though it's still several years away.
And if you've paid enough attention, Cadillac appears to have already given us a clear preview of what the next XT5 will look like by way of the Cadillac EV concept. For now, only two images of it are available, but it's been making the rounds on the global auto show circuit and its general size appears to be in line with the current XT5. Its styling also previews the next phase of the brand's design language. Once the XT5 goes all-electric, chances are the domino effect will continue with the eventual redesigned XT4 and XT6.