The New Cadillac XT5 Emerges In China, But US Launch Is Unknown

Cadillac has pledged to go purely electric by 2030 but there’s still time for a few more vehicles equipped with combustion engines. The XT5 happens to be one of them, and later this year, it’ll transition to the second generation. Ahead of its official premiere, the luxury crossover has been outed in China by the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology as part of the homologation process.


Having been around since 2016, the outgoing XT5 is getting a bit long in the tooth. Thankfully, its successor is right around the corner with a somewhat fresh look. It’s obvious we’re dealing with evolutionary styling in keeping with Cadillac’s latest design language. It gets the familiar upper slim strip of horizontal lights along with a vertical bar extending downward to form an upside-down “L” at both ends of the vehicle.

2025 Cadillac XT5 (China)

The premium division of General Motors has chosen a somewhat boxier design and will provide the XT5 in a variety of flavors. Readers with keen eyes will note that the pictures on the MIIT website feature at least a few trim levels, each with a choice of alloy wheel styles, including one with red brake calipers. Although the inside is still unknown, we wouldn’t be shocked if it included the 33-inch screen arrangement found in more current Cadillac cars like the CT5.


These are some preliminary technical parameters that go with these photographs. China’s 2025 XT5 measures 192.4 inches (4888 mm) in length, 77 inches (1957 mm) in width, and 66.7 inches (1694 mm) in height. As a result, it is marginally bigger overall than its predecessor along with a slightly longer wheelbase of 112.7 in (2863 mm).

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The new XT5 for the world’s second-most populous country will be powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter gasoline engine making 227 hp. Front-wheel drive is going to be standard but Cadillac intends to sell more expensive variants in China with AWD.

The key question remains whether Cadillac intends to introduce the next-gen XT5 to the United States. During the GM Investor Day in 2022, GM President Mark Reuss stated that the new crossover would be exclusive to the Chinese market. However, a report from GM Authority in late 2023 suggested a potential change of plans, indicating that the revamped model might, in fact, make its way to North America after all.



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