It might become the most popular SUV in Caddie’s lineup ever. Well, it is hard to catch up with the Escalade, who survived all these years. But, the XT lineup is growing. The 2023 Cadillac XT5 will be the next-gen SUV with plenty of novelties. Besides the fresh look, we are keen to see if the Lyriq platform is taking place on this growing star of the squad. The all-electric SUV is one of the priorities, but is it going to be the XT5?
The vehicle belongs to the mid-size class. Some consider it as the compact crossover because it doesn’t offer the third row. It could be changed if the 2023 Cadillac XT5 becomes longer than 190 inches. Currently, it is just a bit shorter. On the other hand, the XT6 and other higher-numbered XT- SUVs will be larger. A mid-size three-row model is also possible. So, Cadillac will have a competition within the own lineup. That is something the company is going to avoid. Anyway, changes on the upcoming XT5 will make it more interesting and different than the vehicle is now.
Cadillac Lyriq is the first electric concept General Motors has introduced. Now, we also have Chevy Bolt EUV and Hummer ET. Well, the later two are near the production, while we still don’t know what is going on with the Lyriq. Meanwhile, the GM went on with the “Our electric future is now”, which means even more concepts and platforms, as well as production models, will be out pretty soon.
If the 2023 Cadillac XT5 adopts the ideas we saw on Lyriq, the electric powertrain is going to deliver at least 200 miles of range. The prototype recently showed up with a mighty battery that covered more than 300 miles. Nevertheless, the freshest reports are speaking of the Lyriq being the model for the Chinese market.
A pair of petrol powerplants will still remain the preferable options. A V6 and four-pot engines are delivering enough power to the mid-size luxury SUV. A 2.0-liter displacement is turbocharged and creates 240 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque. A nine-speed automatic gearbox sends power to the front or all wheels. For better gas mileage, the company installs a cylinder deactivation system, both for four- and six-cylinder units. A smaller block is good for 24 mpg combined, or 23 mpg if you select an AWD.
A V6 is going to consume more gas. A 3.6-liter mill can return 18/26 mpg, but it also creates 310 hp and 275 lb-ft of torque. It is a favorite among fans since the mid-size SUV needs power for a smooth ride. That is exactly what a six-cylinder unit is providing, alongside 3,500 lbs of towing capacity. In the base form, the XT5 can tow only 1,000 pounds.
2023 Cadillac XT5 Changes
Another redesign will take place on the 2023 Cadillac XT5 if it gets an EV. On the other hand, the SUV will be the same if there are no key changes under the hood. The latest update happened in 2020, which was slowed down by the COVID-19 outburst. So, the company might leave it for a while. On the other hand, small modifications will keep the XT5 fresh and attractive to buyers. Be sure that more trims are going to be available for choosing.
Currently, the base version is XT5 Luxury and it makes the SUV pretty luxurious with leatherette buckets, which will also offer you heating. Outside, the highlight is a set of 18-inch wheels. If you upgrade an offer to the Premium Luxury level, real leather seats, wireless charger, and panoramic sunroof are the most notable upgrades. Also, the company is working on improved safety. In the future, Super Cruise control might become a part of the offer.
The Sport version is coming back for the 2023 Cadillac XT5, that is for sure. Besides a V6 engine, this one is also improving the drive system with the unique tuning of the suspension. The all-wheel drive system is standard, as well as the dual-clutch feature for the gearbox. Special details will make this model easy to recognize, alongside 20-inch alloy wheels.
2023 Cadillac XT5 Prices
After the update, the price will go up for the 2023 Cadillac XT5. The SUV is already coming with a hefty tag. In the base form, it will cost at least $43,000. If it was a true mid-size SUV, then the MSRP would attract more buyers. But, some fans still consider the XT5 as a compact luxury crossover. Premium Luxury version is already over $50,000 and a heavily-loaded Sport edition adds more than $6,000 in features and accessories.
We will know more about the redesign when the company unveils the complete electrification plan. For now, it seems the big update is prolonged since for the 2022 season, there are other priorities, the ones with electric drivetrains.