Saturday 22 October 2016
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First Look: Cadillac XT5 Lightens Up, Adds More Tech

First Look: Cadillac XT5 Lightens Up, Adds More Tech

Cadillac is showing off its first-ever 2017 XT5 ahead of its official premiere this month in both Dubai and Los Angeles. Short for Crossover Touring 5, this SUV replaces the SRX and cuts weight by 278 pounds. It also adds interior space. more tech and gets a platinum trim option.

The midsize five-passenger SUV is the first of Cadillac’s crossovers under a new naming system that uses the letters XT and a number for size of the vehicle. Cadillac says it has a new, stronger and stiffer chassis and body structure and a wheelbase that increases by two inches over the SRX. It’s also one-inch wider, though the crossover’s overall length, width and height are fractionally smaller than the SRX.

New tech includes rear camera mirror, Apple Carplay & Android Auto compatibility plus a new CUE system.

“The all-new XT5 not only enters the most popular segment in the worldwide luxury auto market, it is the first of four new crossovers from Cadillac,” Cadillac President Johan de Nysschen said in a statement. “It’s pivotal to our ongoing growth, which is why we’ve developed XT5 from the inside out to provide customers more space, more technology, more luxury and more efficiency.”

The new XT5 comes at a time when sales of the SRX are hot for the brand and have helped it eek out a 4.5 percent year-to-date global sales increase through October this year. Sales of the SRX have soared 25.1 percent through October this year in the U.S., topping 56,700 sales. Globally, sales of the SRX are up 10.5 percent year-to-date through October to nearly 81,800 sales.

Inside the XT5, the crossover has added 3.2 inches of back seat legroom over the SRX and the rear seat reclines and slides, Cadillac says. The luxury brand describes the XT5’s interior as modern and clean, with wider surfaces.

“Our focus for the interior was sophistication and simplicity, ensuring an economy of lines to reduce visual noise and clutter,” Andrew Smith, Cadillac executive director of global design, said in a statement. “A feeling of space is the ultimate luxury, so we sought to emphasize that. We also use a greater variety of authentic materials and palette of colors to deliver expressive interiors in all trim levels.”

Under the hood, Cadillac will power the XT5 with a new 3.6-liter V-6 engine estimated at 310 horsepower and 270 foot-pounds of torque. It will be paired to a new eight-speed automatic transmission. The crossover will get a new stop/start technology for Cadillac that automatically will stop the engine when the vehicle comes to a stop in traffic to save fuel. Then, when the driver takes his or her foot off the brake, the No

No fuel economy numbers yet.

Cadillac says the XT5 will go into production next spring at its Spring Hill Assembly Plant in Tennessee, as well as in China.

 Photo Credit: Cadillac