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2017 Cadillac XT5 First Look

Best-Selling Crossover Gets New Name, Full Redesign

Nov 9, 2015
Unlike some of the German brands (which have multiple SUV and crossover lines, as well as “coupe” variants of said vehicles), Cadillac has two: the truck-framed Escalade in short and long-wheelbase variants and the (formerly) SRX midsize two-row crossover. The latter, which is the brand’s best-selling model in the U.S., gets a full redesign for the 2017 model year and a name change to XT5, not to be confused with the current XTS large front-drive sedan. The XT5 represents the second model developed under the supervision of new Cadillac brand chief Johan de Nysschen, formerly of Infiniti and Audi. The fundamentals of being a midsize, two-row V-6–powered luxury crossover carry over from the SRX, but the details on the XT5 get a full overhaul.
The Same, But Different
On the surface, the XT5’s engine looks like a carryover from the SRX, being a 3.6L direct-injected, naturally aspirated V-6. Even the power ratings are similar, with the XT5 making an estimated 310 hp and 270 lb-ft of torque, compared to the 308 hp and 265 lb-ft from the SRX. However, the engine is an all-new design, with cylinder deactivation, allowing for four-cylinder operation under light and moderate loads, and an auto stop/start system. The new engine is mated to a new eight-speed automatic transmission, which promises to deliver a major improvement over the current SRX’s 16-17 mpg city and 23-24 mpg highway. Also helping in the fuel economy department is a significant 278-pound weight loss thanks to GM’s innovative mixed-metals approach, strategically utilizing high-strength steel and aluminum in optimal areas. The weight loss also makes it an estimated 100 pounds lighter than the Audi Q5 and a whopping 650 pounds lighter than the Mercedes-Benz GLE, according to Cadillac’s claims. Overall length shrinks ever so slightly from 190.3 to 189.5 inches, while the wheelbase grows from 110.5 to 112.5, facilitating a 3.2-inch increase in rear seat legroom.
Software and Hardware
The interior design theme is more horizontal in nature, emphasizing the width of the interior and conveying a sense of efficient use of space. The interior extensively employs cut-and-sewn wrapped panels rather than the more common molded surfaces. The center console employs an electronic shift lever, the first application in a Cadillac, reducing the transmission of noise and vibration into the cabin.
The rear-view camera display unusually utilizes the rear-view mirror, whereas most models display the rear view in the navigation/entertainment display. However, it’s not the typical small rectangular display. The rearview mirror utilizes a software program to “remove” rear pillars, passengers and roof to provide a wide, panoramic rear view to the driver. Further adding to the XT5’s tech credentials, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard equipment. Helping to get the power to the pavement is a new “twin-clutch” all-wheel-drive system that can transfer 100 percent of torque to either the front or rear axles and up to 100 percent of torque laterally to the left or right rear wheels.
The 2017 XT5 will go into production simultaneously in China and the U.S. in spring 2016. China-market models will be offered with a 2.0L turbocharged I-4 to meet the tax and regulatory requirements of that market. The XT5 will be shown publicly this month at the Los Angeles and Dubai Auto Shows.

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