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Spied: 2017 Cadillac XT5 Mule Prepares to Replace SRX

Another prototype for the Cadillac SRX replacement has been spotted testing. With the new model, Cadillac’s midsize crossover will adopt the automaker’s new nomenclature that uses XT as the prefix for its crossover and SUV models. The SRX replacement is expected to be called Cadillac XT5 when it arrives for the 2017 model year.

Although the current second-generation SRX is based on a unique chassis derived from GM’s Epsilon II architecture, the 2017 Cadillac XT5 will move to the upcoming Chi platform. With the new flexible architecture, the XT5 is rumored to be available in two wheelbases. The shorter version will be called C1UL, while the stretched variant will be called C1ULS. Chi is also expected to replace the Lambda platform used for the current Buick Enclave, Chevrolet Traverse, and GMC Acadia.

An updated version of the current SRX’s 3.6-liter V-6 is expected to carry over, but the automaker is also working on a new direct-injected and turbocharged 2.7-liter V-6. Other rumors suggest a plug-in hybrid version will be developed.

While the first-generation Cadillac SRX had a longitudinal, rear-/all-wheel-drive layout, the 2017 Cadillac XT5 will likely retain the current SRX’s transverse, front-/all-wheel-drive layout.

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