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2021 Cadillac XT5 – preview & price

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2021 Cadillac XT5 Premium Luxury

2021 Cadillac XT5 Premium Luxury


Cadillacs best selling car

With Cadillac discontinuing its XTS and focussing more on its SUV line we hope to see some updates in for this XT5 SUV. The XTV just made the 100 best selling US car list. Nevertheless this is Cadillacs best selling model. However its sales seem to struggle. Why and what do we think Cadillac will bring in 2021? Let’s find out.

This 2021 Cadillac XT5 is a crossover SUV and has only been introduced in 2016 with the 2017 model being the first model years. The car is marketed for the Chinese and US market. It will probably be the fifth model year for the XT5. We expect a full refresh after the 2021 model year.

The 2020 model year has seen some upgrades as Cadillac has named its base trim the luxury trim stressing the high end status of the Cadillac brand. Upscale looks with a powerful engine are this Cadillacs signature. Cadillac is the higher end General Motors brand.

Technological Innovations

With the introduction of the XT5 Cadillac introduced some innovations. Technological features include a video streamed read view mirror. A 360 degree back-up camera. We also note the introduction of a precision shifting system that replaced all hydraulic controls with electronic controls. It has lost some weight compared to its predecessor the SRC, making the car more efficient. But the NHTSA Overall Safety Rating is only 4/5 for the Cadillac XT5, the premium brand does not seem to come with premium security features.

The 22 MPG is will not save you gas. It also misses a third row of seats. Adding seats is not even an option. Exterior changes are noticeable on the grille and rear bumpers.

2021 Cadillac XT5 Engine & Trims

Initially the US market XT5 only had a 3.6-liter v-6 engine. With the the 2020 model year Cadillac introduced a new turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine both for the Chinese and US markets. We expect both engines for the 2021 model year. Minor exterior changes are to be expected. The 3.6 liter engine will bring in enough pound feet of torque.

Standard, Luxury model, Premium Luxury and platinum trims are to be expected. Trims gradually increase in safety and security options and wheel rims up to 20 inch. Dimensions are the same but the highest tier trims carry more weight. Platinum is the highest trim level.

The premium luxury level introduces wireless charging. The platinum trim offers the most technological features: Rear Camera Mirror, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, and a Head-Up Display. The Platinum trim does seem to miss a Front and Rear Park Assist system, an option that is available in lower trims.

All trims are configurable with All Wheel Drive, default orders are Front wheel drives. Except for the platinum trim, that trim is only available with All Wheel Drive.


  • 3.6-liter V6
  • 310 horsepower @ 6,700 rpm
  • 271 lb-ft of torque @ 5,000 rpm
  • EPA city/highway fuel economy: 19/26 mpg (FWD), 18/25 mpg (AWD)

What do current users think?

Current users seem to low the way it drives. The drive is comfortable in most environments. It is a pleasure driving the XT5. Wintery and rainy conditions are no challenge for the All Wheel Drive system. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are options for the Caddy CUE infotainment system. It is snappy in its use.

The car’s interior is lined with real wood, aluminum and carbon fiber, giving the car a real premium look and feel. A lot of room for the backside passengers that will enjoy the stylish interior.

The bad news is that only half of the drivers give the Cadillac a high score. Drivers state that the car is prone to issue after issue. Since this is the first generation this is not surprising, good that Cadillac come with some warranty. More user reviews can be read on: Kelly Blue Book. The automated start-stop feature completely kills the power abilities of the car. Some say seating is uncomfortable but that is a personal preference.

Price & Release Date

We expect the car to hit the showrooms in the fall of 2020. Price will vary between 40000$ and 70000$ for the Platinum trim version with 20 inch wheels and a huge sunroof. Keep in mind that this car is not a hybrid and Cadillac dos not yet offer full electric versions; the price is within range for a car with this type of powertrain.

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