The new 2017 Cadillac XT5 is a cornerstone of a new series of crossovers in Cadillac’s ongoing expansion. It has been comprehensively upgraded into an all-new crossover that brings more space, efficiency, and all the goodies associated with a lightweight body. It perfectly balances a striking exterior and interior visuals, and plentiful of exterior visibility with a large interior that is home to a number of technologies and features. Its release date should be expected sometime in the first half of 2017.
Similar to the 2017 CT6, the new model brings a multitude of new specifications in the brand’s quest to revamp its lineup in the hotly contested segment that the compact luxury SUV segment has become. The “XT” designation, by the way, stands for Crossover Touring, while the “CT” stands for Cadillac Touring. The number following represents the level at which the vehicle has been placed – the lower the number, the lesser premium it is, while the higher it is, the more premium it is.
The new model is Cadillac’s embodiment of expertise for agile and lightweight driving dynamics. It is lighter by 278 pounds relative to the Cadillac SRX and 100 pounds lighter than the Audi Q5 in spite of the fact that it is considerably longer than the two. Again, it compares similarly to the GLE-Class by weighing around 650 pounds lighter.
The interior space has been upped thanks to the new architecture that lengthens the wheelbase by up to 2-inches longer than that of the SRX. The design language conspicuous on the exterior facets showcases the Cadillac’s evolving sophistication – the kind of which is similarly shared with the 2017 Cadillac XT6. Other interior improvements include availability of high-end leathers, and new cool technology features.
The options’ list may seem endless for any person shopping in this segment. Some notable rival culprits include the Audi Q5, Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class, BMW X3, Lincoln MKX, and the Lexus RX 350.
2017 Cadillac XT5 Release Date & Price
Reports from the horse’s mouth indicate that the Cadillac XTS price is set to start from an MSRP of around $48,700. As for its release date, expect the new vehicle to go for sale sometime in the first half of 2017. Consumers can however start placing orders right away.
2017 Cadillac XT5 Exterior Photos
As already mentioned, the new model takes Cadillac’s sophistication to a whole different level with its new evolving design language. It has a liquid, taut, lean, and strong visual quality to the surfaces with crisp edges separating the flowing, uninterrupted lines. Some of the exterior features include 18-inch wheels, LED daytime running lights, rear parking sensors, automatic headlights, an optional towing package for the XT5 Luxury model, and trim-specific 20-inch wheels for the top-of-the-line Cadillac XT5 Platinum.
2017 Cadillac XT5 Interior Pictures
When it comes to the interior, there’s a renewed focus on the quality and design of materials. There is a choice of four different leather seating surfaces for the top-of the-range trims. Similar to the CT6’s infotainment system, the new model also comes with the Cadillac User Interface. The new system has been upgraded over previous versions and is now faster to respond and features better graphics. Smartphone app connectivity via the Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration is also provided.
Some of the standard accessories available on the inside include a dual-zone automatic climate control, an eight-way power driver seat, keyless engine start, a sliding and reclining second-row seat, a power liftgate, GM’s wireless charging, an eight-inch central touchscreen interface, four USB ports, a satellite radio, and OnStar connectivity.
Four trims are offered for the latest 2017 Cadillac XT5: Luxury, Platinum, Base, and Premium Luxury.
Beneath the hood of the 2017 Cadillac XT5 is a 3.6L V6 engine rated at 310 hp and 271 lbs. ft. of torque. FWD system is standard, as is the eight-speed automatic transmission system. According to Cadillac, the XT5 mpg for the FWD models stands at 22 mpg in combined highway/city cruising, and 21 mpg with the AWD systems.
Cadillac has offered the XT5 features such as the Driver Awareness and Driver Assist packages to aid in collision and vision avoidance. Some of the features bundled include an automatic parking assist, adaptive cruise control, side blind zone alert, automatic front and rear braking, rear-cross traffic alert, and lane-keeping assist. We’re still waiting for the government crash testing report, at least as at the time of this writing. Perfect scores should be expected, if the latest improvements are to be factored in.