Cadillac is growing this spring with a new luxury crossover. April marks the arrival of the 2017 Cadillac XT5 at dealerships. It brings with it the beginning of the ‘XT’ crossover designated line for the brand.
Cadillac is just now releasing the pricing details after unveiling the model back in November. The base model starts at $38,995 and the top Platinum model at $62,500.
Four trim choices with varying levels of luxury will be offered. Drivers will also choose between seven exterior colors. The top Platinum trim goes all out with special interior and exterior materials to make its status clear.
XT stands for Crossover Touring. The XT5 is replacing the SUV SRX that arrived back in 2009. As such it sheds 278 pounds while still adding more room inside.
Power comes from the new 3.6-liter V6 engine. This engine made its debut in the ATS and CTS sports sedans and is also used in the new CT6 flagship model. It is paired with eight-speed automatic transmission and gets 310-horsepower with 279 pound-feet torque. The power system uses variable valve timing to improve responsiveness. It uses Stop/Start technology to improve efficiency.
All-wheel-drive is offered on the middle Luxury and Premium Luxury models and comes standard with the Platinum. It uses a new “twin clutch” system that constantly and automatically adjusts to maintain the best traction no matter what the weather and road throws your way.
The five-seat interior meets the crossover convenience designation with a maximum cargo capacity of 63 cubic feet. The rear seats are remotely folded down in a 40-20-40 split. The back seat also adds comfort with more legroom and seats that recline and slide.
Safety technology includes Head Up-Display, Side Blind Zone Alert, Lane Departure Warning, and Pedestrian Collision Mitigation. There is also the option to get Caddy’s Rear Camera Mirror system with the Platinum.
The Cadillac Cue system uses both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The system is activated with proximity sensors so that all you have to do is put your hand near it and it it starts “pulsing” to let you know it is responding. It also responds to voice commands.
The XT5 falls into competition with the Audi Q5 at $40,900, BMW X5 at $54,700, Mercedes GLE at $51,100, and Lexus RX at $41,900. According to Cadillac President Johan de Nysschen, the success of the XT5 will be “pivotal” to the automakers continued growth success.