As we spied in September, a new hearse variant of the Cadillac XT5 is currently under development. Not much has been known about this model, but Cadillac Society has been able to unearth some exclusive details about the upcoming Cadillac XT5 hearse.
The new XT5 hearse will arrive for the 2021 model year and will be sold as an incomplete vehicle, to which upfitters will then apply the necessary finishing touches per their individual specifications. New XT5 hearse models will also have a VIN starting with “1GE,” whereas the standard XT5 has a VIN starting with “1GY.”
For now, we know that the new Cadillac XT5 hearse will come equipped with the turbocharged 2.0L four-cylinder (engine code LSY) gasoline engine, and will be offered with either front-wheel drive, or all-wheel drive. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and fueleconomy.gov, both front-wheel drive models and all-wheel drive models are rated at 20 mpg in the city, 23 mpg on the highway, and 21 mpg combined.
While images of the new 2021 Cadillac XT5 hearse are currently unavailable, we spied a prototype undergoing some real-world testing recently. The vehicle was equipped with an additional door between the front and rear doors, and appeared to be based on either the Luxury trim level or Premium Luxury trim level, as indicated by the front grille and bright treatment for the window surrounds, also known as the DLO treatment.
With the arrival of the new Cadillac XT5 hearse, Cadillac looks to make a quasi-return to the professional livery segment with the crossover. The brand previously withdrew from the segment with discontinuation of the Cadillac CT6 sedan, which was offered with a Livery Package. Cadillac also offered the XTS Professional Vehicles line, which included a limo and a hearse, as well as an armored model and a standard livery sedan.