2017 Cadillac XT5 Ushers in New Series of Luxury Crossovers

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Cadillac has officially introduced a new series of luxury crossovers with the XT5.

The first-ever Cadillac XT5 will arrive as a 2017 model year vehicle after production begins in the U.S. and China in spring 2016. But first, Cadillac will let drivers get a closer look when the XT5 premieres at the 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show and the 2015 Dubai Motor Show this month. As a completely new model, the XT5 sits on a unique chassis and structure that allows the crossover to weigh 278 pounds less than the outgoing SRX. Despite being seven inches longer, the XT5 is also 100 lbs less than the Audi Q5 and more than 650 lbs lighter than the Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class. Also compared to the SRX it replaces, the XT5 offers 3.2 inches more rear-seat legroom.

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For the U.S. market, the 2017 Cadillac XT5 will be powered by a new 3.6-liter V6 engine that debuted earlier this year on the ATS and CTS models as well as being used in the new CT6. The powerplant features 310 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque, while Cadillac’s new start/stop technology helps enhance fuel economy and reduce emissions. For the Chinese market, Cadillac will offer a standard 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbocharged engine.

Standard for the luxury crossover will be an eight-speed automatic transmission that also debuts Electronic Precision Shift, the first electronically controlled transmission shifter for a Cadillac. The technology helps reduce noise and vibration.

“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.”

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  • Marc

    Looks like a Buick with the front modified.

  • joe blow

    Why not build a midsize crossover instead of a small one?

  • My, but that’s a purty station wagon.

  • Yuck. Cadillac has built some questionable vehicles in the past, but this is downright fugly.

  • Erin Berger

    I actually enjoy the subdued styling on the new model Cadillac’s. At least they didn’t completely demolish the rear-end and install hideous batman-like tail lights that extend from the bumper to the roof.

  • johnls39 .

    This is mid-size, not small cross-over CUV.

  • johnls39 .

    How does it looks like a Buick?

  • goodtoberight1

    XT5? Isn’t that the new Subaru station wagon?

    It is clear when the Cadillac designers took their styling cues from.
    Do you know? From the big beautiful stillborn Ciel.