2016 Cadillac SRX Crossover Spy Shots and Review

Recent reports has discovered spy shots of the 2016 Cadillac SRX crossover undergoing tests. That being said, the new SRX will be renamed as XT5 applying the Cadillac’s new naming scheme. The upcoming crossover also uses new platform with latest technology from Cadillac. Starting from now on, Cadillac is trying to refresh all of its lineup and is setting a strong base to expand its market.

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The information was revealed to Bloomberg by Cadillac chief engineer Dave Leone. He said both will arrive on the market in late 2015, making them 2016 models.

We’ve already seen spy shots of prototypes for the new flagship sedan, which is expected to be called the LTS and be shown for the first time at the 2015 New York Auto Show next April, but this is the first time we’re learning of the redesigned SRX. The SRX is the General Motors Company [NYSE:GM] luxury brand’s most popular model, so there is a lot riding on the introduction of the new one.

Platform

Expected to be called XT5 in line with the brand’s new naming scheme, the crossover will be based on a scalable new platform called C1XX – or Chi, for short. In its shorter form, Chi is anticipated to underpin the SRX as well as a new Chevy crossover and the next-gen GMC Acadia. In long-wheelbase form, the platform is slated to give us a larger Cadillac crossover as well as a new Buick Enclave and Chevy Traverse.

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Exterior

Not much is known about the new SRX but we may see it grow in size. Cadillac recently dropped plans for a new crossover with third-row seats, so we may see the redesigned SRX get a third-row option instead. A bigger SRX would also make room in Cadillac’s lineup for a new compact crossover that could target the likes of the Audi Q3, BMW X1 and Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class, something that has been rumored.

Although still early in the development process, it appears as though the new XT5 will retain the same basic footprint of today’s SRX. Heavy camouflage still covers the SRX’s front end, but you can clearly see a grille reminiscent of the ATS Coupe’s peering through. The rear of this prototype is covered with a fake “box,” but the XT5 is expected to have a sloping hatch to give it a more sporting look. Dual exhaust outlets will make production.

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Powertrain

In addition to upgrading its capability to turn out complete vehicles, GM plans to invest an additional $185 million in the Tennessee facility that will allow it to expand its present build portfolio of 2.0-liter turbo, 2.4-liter and 2.5-liter Ecotec engines and begin making the automaker’s new-generation, 1.0- to 1.5-liter 3-cylinder and 4-cylinder Ecotec modular engines, as well. “The new Ecotec engine family represents the most advanced and efficient small displacement gasoline engines in GM’s history,” said Arvin Jones, GM North America manufacturing manager. Already fitted to the Opel Adam in Europe (1.0-liter/3-cylinder turbo) and the 2015 Chevy Cruze (1.5-liter naturally aspirated 4-cylinder) in China, the automaker says these state-of-the-art powerplants will be found in five of its brands and 27 models globally by the 2017 model year.

Release Date and Price

The 2016 Cadillac SRX will be built in General Motors’ Spring Hill, Tennessee, production plant. It is expected to be revealed later in 2015 or earlier in 2016, sales should commence in mid-2016. Meanwhile, pricing is expected not to go so high than the current version, we estimated its base price will be start from $40,000. Stay tuned for future updates!

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