Cadillac XT5 to bow in LA?

The new crossover model has big shoes to fill, replacing Cadillac\'s best-selling model.

Cadillac is reportedly preparing to introduce the first crossover to carry the brand's new naming scheme.

Likely named the XT5, the new model will serve as a replacement for the SRX after it is unveiled late this year at the Los Angeles Auto Show, according to The Detroit News.

The crossover has big shoes to fill, as the SRX is currently Cadillac's best-selling model. Sales reached nearly 12,300 units in the first three months of the year, double the performance of the brand's number-two model, however shipments were down by more than 17 percent compared to the same period last year.

Rumors suggest the XT5 will be built upon the short-wheelbase version of a new platform, known as Chi, and keep the same overall size as the SRX. The long-wheelbase version of the platform is said to be used for the next-generation Buick Enclave and Chevrolet Traverse, among other models.

A turbocharged four-cylinder engine has been mentioned as a likely powerplant for the entry-level trim, while higher packages are said to be outfitted with a choice between two different V6 engines.

Production is expected to begin by early 2016, ahead of market arrival in the middle of the year.

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