The 2017 Cadillac XT5 has made its world premiere at the 2015 Dubai International Motor Show. One of the most important global models to world premiere in the Middle East, the Cadillac XT5 will replace the Cadillac SRX when it goes on sale next year.
The Cadillac XT5 carries forward the brand’s evolving design language from the Cadillac CT6 to the crossover/SUV segment. The luxury mid-size crossover is 189.5 inch/4,815 mm long, 75.0-inch/1,903 mm wide and 66.0/1,675 mm tall, and has a wheelbase of 112.5-inch/2,857 mm. The XT5 is 0.8-inch and 0.2 inch respectively shorter, but 0.3 taller and has a wheelbase 2.0-inch more than the SRX.
The Cadillac XT5 resides on a unique chassis and structure. The new lightweight architecture which Cadillac won’t say but has been known to be GM’s C1XX platform, makes the XT5 288 lbs (126 kg) lighter than the SRX. Cadillac openly challenges Audi saying that their offering is 100 lbs (45 kg) lighter than the Audi Q5 – despite being seven inches longer. Mercedes-Benz isn’t left-out either, with the New York-based luxury automaker saying that the SRX-successor is more than 650 lbs (295 kg) lighter than the Mercedes GLE-Class.
The new monocoque platform wasn’t the only one to aid in the weight savings. The company has used various weight-saving techniques it learned from the CTS and ATS, including the use of laser welding, ultra-high strength steel and advanced analytics.
Like the exterior, the interior also bears resemblances to the CT6. Five interior color and trim choices will be offered, with decorative trim options ranging from carbon fiber to two aluminum and three genuine wood types. The interior is assembled with cut-and-sewn wrapped panels instead of molded surfaces, something that Cadillac uses to differentiate itself from many of its rivals.
The 2017 XT5 is packed with features for comfort, entertainment, safety and assistance. The Rear Camera Mirror system that will first be available in the CT6 will be offered in the XT5 as well. The HDR reversing camera’s input is shown in an in-mirror LCD display. The Cadillac CUE infotainment system is upgraded for more features and faster function.
Seamless connectivity and entertainment on the go is ensured by 4G, standard Wi-Fi hotspot and standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration compatibility. Color reconfigurable Heads-up Display will be available optionally. The tailgate can be opened or closed simply making a gesture beneath the rear bumper; it’s a ‘kick-activated/foot-activated power tailgate’, in short.
In terms of safety and assistance, noteworthy features include Surround Vision as well as Driver Awareness and Driver Assist packages which include automatic front and rear braking (during low-speed), full-speed range Adaptive Cruise Control, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Side Blind Zone Alert, Lane Keeping Assist and Automatic Parking Assist.
The U.S.-spec 2017 Cadillac XT5 will be offered with the all-new 3.6-liter naturally aspirated V6 gasoline engine from the Cadillac ATS, Cadillac CTS and Cadillac CT6. Estimated maximum output and maximum torque figures are 310 hp and 270 lb.-ft. respectively. The China-spec model will be offered with only a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine. This unit will also feature Stop/Start technology. The Euro-spec model can be expected with this smaller powerplant.
Both engines will be linked to an all-new 8-speed automatic transmission with Electronic Precision Shift, i.e. an electronically controlled transmission shifter. Electronic Precision Shift reduces noise and vibration, and also leaves more storage space beneath the center console, says GM’s sub-brand.
As expected, both front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive drivetrain layouts will be available. The all-wheel drive system is new with a twin clutch design which makes it capable of transferring up to 100% of available torque to front or rear axle. The driver-controlled AWD system includes a new “disconnect” feature that can disable the rear drive unit to boost efficiency and lower emissions.
An electronically controlled rear differential is also present and it can direct up to 100% of available torque to either rear wheel laterally. This feature can be of significant use in highly uneven surfaces, i.e. in surfaces with relatively lot of water, ice or snow on either side of the road.
The 2017 Cadillac XT-5 will have its North American debut at the 2015 LA Auto Show this month. The first-ever 2017 Crossover Touring 5 (XT5) will be built in U.S. and China beginning in Spring 2016. It should reach U.S. dealerships around mid-2016.
The press release has been embedded below the image gallery for more info.