Cadillac Reveals 2017 XT5 Crossover by Partnering with Public School
NY-Based Fashion House To Collaborate With Caddy for Dubai Motor Show
Cadillac pulled the sheets off the 2017 XT5 crossover yesterday, revealing the SRX replacement in advance of its debut at the Dubai Motor Show in November. Caddy is collaborating with independent fashion brand Public School for a collection inspired by the luxury crossover, with Public School’s wares being shown along with the XT5 at public venues around the world. Incidentally, the show in Dubai marks Public School’s first international runway show.
With no details offered on the crossover, it’s unclear if the XT5 is a rebody of the SRX (the proportions are similar) or if it comes with an entirely new set of mechanicals to go along with its freshly creased skin. If it is just a redesign of the old crossover, it’s certainly a good one.
Up front, CT6-inspired headlamps with long, vertical LED accents bookend a sleeker grille. Gone is the eggcrate/mesh design of the SRX, replaced instead by a shield-shaped grille with five horizontal bars. Cadillac’s old wreath-and-crest logo gets dusted as well, with the wider, crest-inspired Caddy badge taking center stage on the XT5’s front end. Surprisingly, chrome elements on the front end are sparse, with just a few strips of shiny stuff adorning the lower grille intake and fog lamp bezels.
The wholly new profile shares proportions and little else with the SRX. The door skins, front fenders, and rear quarter panels have been totally reshaped. A lovely character line starts just aft of the front wheel arch, bleeding into the windowsill. Just beneath it, another graceful swoop originates from nothing on the middle of the front door skin, swelling into a light-collecting rear haunch that seamlessly integrates all-new taillamps. The trapezoidal D-pillar gives the XT5 a sleek going-away view.
The design of the SRX has matured in the transition to the XT5, with most of the shiny chrome (and the tacky fender vent) eliminated in favor of satin finishes, cleaner creases, and leaner bodylines. This author’s favorite feature is the Caddy badge-turned-side marker. Somehow, the whole of the vehicle looks like the company’s glamorous ELR hybrid, if that vehicle were a crossover.
Caddy hasn’t revealed any interior images, but we expect CUE infotainment options, modernized leather and interior trim choices, and a suite of active safety features to appear on the XT5. The powertrain may be carryover from the SRX, but it will more likely be updated as well. Expect GM’s latest iteration of the 3.6L V-6 to make an appearance, along with a version of the ATS sedan’s 2.0L turbocharged I-4. All-wheel drive will almost certainly be an option, if not standard equipment, and a nine-speed auto is the rumor mill's current grist.
The XT5 is debuting the company’s new naming scheme for SUVs and crossovers. Aside from the Escalade (itself as much a brand as Cadillac as a whole), all of the company’s new high-riders will receive the XT designation, with the number following denoting the SUV’s place in Cadillac’s lineup. For now, the XT5 is the company’s only crossover, but both larger and smaller SUV siblings will join it soon.
The naming change is a risky move, as the SRX has been Cadillac’s bestselling model globally for several years. However, the brand has been making sweeping changes of late, moving its headquarters to the ritzy SoHo neighborhood of New York City and bringing high-performance ATS-V and CTS-V sedans to market. Time will tell if the XT5 is as well received as the company’s Lexus RX rival was, but given its classy new styling, we think it’ll continue in the late SRX’s tradition.