Just how many Caddy SUVs are we talking here?
The all-new Cadillac XT5 made its North American debut at the 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show and we have to say it didn’t look half bad. Our jaws were not unhinged (aka dropped) or anything but the new SUV looks a lot better than the model it’s replacing, the SRX. It’s also lighter than the SRX by 278 pounds, so there’s that. Powering the XT5 is a 3.6-liter V6 good for 310 horsepower and 270 lb-ft of torque. That engine is mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. Also, all-wheel drive is available.
No, the XT5 isn’t a world-beater but trust us when we say that it it’ll turn some heads if priced right. SUVs are the hottest thing in the automotive world right now, and Cadillac’s chief marketing officer, Uwe Ellinghaus, knows that all too well. At the show he spoke to Car and Driver about the brand’s future; basically, it includes a crap ton of new SUVs/CUVs. “I really think there is space for maybe even two smaller cars than the XT5 and maybe even two larger ones,” he said. One would be a three-row SUV and the other would slot in right under the XT5. So that gives us three new SUV/CUV things. Here’s where Ellinghaus sees the other two fitting in.
“We can envisage an even more compact [model] but we can also envisage something between a three-row SUV/crossover-derived car and the Escalade.” That means there could be two tinier XT5s as well as two bigger ones, plus the Escalade. More SUVs may piss purists off, but the reality is that they sell like hot cakes. Cadillac needs to stay competitive if it wants to keep cranking out high-performance models like the CTS-V and ATS-V that appeal to a much more limited (but more awesome) section of consumers. Just make sure to keep an eye on the Escalade. It sells well but things could change if it has to compete with two more three-row Cadillac models.
Our money is on Cadillac jacking up the price of the Escalade to make it an exclusively upmarket offering capable of competing, at least on paper, with the likes of the Mercedes-Benz GLS and, dare we say it, the Bentley Bentayga.