As promised, we got our sneak peek of the all-new 2017 Cadillac XT5 ahead of its world premiere at the Dubai and Los Angeles auto shows later this month. Replacing the SRX, this model inaugurates a new series of Cadillac luxury crossovers bearing the “XT” (Crossover Touring) designation.
“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,” said Cadillac President Johan de Nysschen. “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.”
Described as bold, distinctive, and sophisticated with superb driving dynamics, the 2017 Cadillac XT5 is built on a new architecture that’s lightweight and efficient while offering more space. It is actually 126 kg (278 lbs) lighter than the outgoing SRX, and rear-seat legroom is increased 8.1 cm (3.2”).
Outside, the XT5 brings a new level of sophistication to showcase Cadillac’s evolving design language, recently seen on the upcoming CT6 sedan. Meanwhile, the interior is based on a philosophy of clean, modern elegance and craftsmanship. Surfaces are wider and more horizontal in orientation, emphasizing efficient use of space. And like all Cadillac models, the XT5’s cabin is assembled with cut-and-sewn wrapped panels.
What about the stuff we don’t see? In North America, the 2017 Cadillac XT5 will be motivated by the new 3.6L V6 which debuted earlier this year on the ATS and CTS sport sedans. With an estimated peak output of 310 horsepower and 270 lb-ft of torque, this engine has been completely redesigned and features Active Fuel Management cylinder deactivation technology as well as Cadillac’s new Stop/Start system to save gas. Additionally, the new 8-speed automatic transmission marks the debut of Electronic Precision Shift – the first electronically controlled transmission shifter for a Cadillac.
XT5 production will begin next spring.