March 22, 2021 BY Jean-Sébastien Poudrier

Cadillac XT5 2021 - Cadillac: more performance models to come - AutoAubaine

For some, Cadillac is the brand that we associate with drivers of a certain category who like to go out on Sundays and drive well under the maximum speed allowed, but I can assure you that the brand has a lot more to offer. In fact, apart from German manufacturers, Cadillac is the manufacturer that best plays the performance game in the luxury vehicle segment with its V and V Blackwing versions. Moreover, customers are asking for more and this is why Cadillac intends to offer more performance models, because for the moment, the range is limited to the CT4 and the CT5.

If you’re not quite sure what I’m talking about here, Cadillac recently reintroduced V models to the market starting with the CT5-V which is powered by a twin-turbo V6 engine with 360 horsepower and 405 lb-ft of torque. It is not quite the CTS-V that it replaces, but it should be understood that Cadillac has decided to play the same cards as its rivals by offering several sports versions. Thus, the one we know the whole name CT5-V at Cadillac is equivalent to a 43 AMG version at Mercedes-Benz to give you an idea. However, since it was clearly not enough for buyers that Cadillac had to offer a version capable of competing with everything it is called 63 AMG at Mercedes-Benz, the American manufacturer decided to offer a CT5-V version. Blackwing powered by a 6.2 liter supercharged V8 engine. We do not yet know the final power of this engine, but it will certainly be more impressive than what we are offered on the side of the regular CT5-V.

Cadillac also offers a V version of the CT4, which uses a 2.7-liter 4-cylinder turbocharged engine that delivers 325 horsepower and 380 lb-ft of torque. Unsurprisingly, a Blackwing version of the latter will also make its entry on the market and the subject has been particularly talked about in recent months. In short, this is what opened the conversation towards the production of version V and V Blackwing towards other models of the brand.

New models on the horizon?

At this time, Cadillac does not offer other cars other than the CT4 and CT5, which leads us to believe that the next model (s) benefited from a performance version could be SUVs unless Cadillac prepares for the arrival. of a new car. As much to tell you that there are already several rumors on this subject circulating on the web and in particular that of a Cadillac based on the platform of the new Chevrolet Corvette.

Huge potential

In short, to come back to our sheep, Cadillac offers the XT4, XT5, XT6 and Escalade SUVs. We already know that the American manufacturer is preparing a supercharged version of the Escalade since we learned about it in a recent information leak that also affects other large SUVs that use the same platform. As for the XT6, the latter has more of a family vocation, which means that I highly doubt that it benefits from a V version, but nothing is impossible. In short, all that leaves us with the XT4 SUV and the XT5 SUV which, according to their name, are sort of the SUV versions of the CT4 and the CT5. I’m not saying it’s written in the sky, but if Cadillac is to add performance versions to any SUVs, these two are definitely the go-to contenders. Moreover, the majority of their rivals already offer sportier versions, which clearly indicates that there is enormous potential for this type of vehicle in the category.

Author: JEAN-SÉBASTIEN POUDRIER

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