Cadillac XT5 And XT6 Fans Definitely Won't Like This


It's not the end of the world but still.

Cadillac knows it's make or break time. GM's luxury brand has had it rough lately with a lack of relevant product while its cross-town rival, Lincoln, has managed to find its groove. Hopefully, Cadillac's new lineup consisting of the CT4 and CT5 sedans and refreshed XT5 and all-new XT4 and XT6 crossovers will propel it to sales success. A completely redesigned Escalade will be unleashed shortly as well. Electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids are also due to arrive in the near future. Given everything, Cadillac looks pretty well-suited to take on the likes of BMW – with one major exception: high-performance SUVs.

According to Cadillac Society, Cadillac has no plans to launch high-performance variants of the XT5 and XT6, at least in their current generations.

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The XT5 is a direct competitor to the formidable BMW X5 which, of course, serves as the basis for the X5 M. Instead of a twin-turbo V6 or, heck, even a V8 option, the XT5 will continue to be powered from either a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder with 237 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque or the optional naturally aspirated 3.6-liter V6 with 310 hp and 271 lb-ft.

The XT6 is available only with the same V6 with identical output. All-wheel drive is optional for both vehicles. Cadillac Society claims brand sources familiar with future product plans confirmed the above information. As for the XT4's high-performance potential, however, that still remains a mystery. Nothing has been ruled out apparently for this compact crossover in the performance department. The likelihood of an XT4-V is fairly high. Not so long ago, some leaked images supposedly showed an XT4 prototype with V-Series badges. Cadillac quickly denied such a vehicle existed but not everyone was convinced.

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At the moment, the XT4's sole engine is that same turbocharged 2.0-liter four; there's clearly serious potential for more, although that would require a different engine. Question is, will the NA V6 fit? Does Cadillac have something else in mind? We'll probably start getting some answers next month at the LA Auto Show.

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