Cadillac Shows Off 2017 XT5 Luxury Crossover SUV
By Philly Murtha, November 09, 2015
Cadillac this week took the wraps off its all-new 2017 XT5 compact premium SUV, which is the luxurious and lighter successor to its segment-leading SRX. It’s also the linchpin in a new series of four crossovers for the American luxury car brand. The XT5, which is an abbreviation for “Crossover Touring 5,” is a “bold, distinctive, sophisticated model with superb driving dynamics” that will reach dealerships next spring, Cadillac officials say.
The new XT5 already debuted at the Dubai International Motor Show recently and will make its North American premier later this month at the Los Angeles Auto Show. U.S. production of the new crossover begins in spring 2016. The 2017 XT5 is built on a new platform that weighs 278 lbs. less than the outgoing SRX, according to Cadillac, and is smaller but more spacious, with 3.2 in. more legroom than the SRX. Also, the rear seat reclines and slides fore and aft. Like all Cadillac models, the interior is assembled with cut-and-sewn wrapped panels, rather than molded surfaces.
Standard new advanced safety technology on the XT5 includes a Cadillac-patented rear camera mirror system that already is standard on the CT6 sedan. The XT5 also is equipped with Apple Carplay & Android setups, 4G connectivity, Wi-Fi, and the new CUE system. Cadillac plans to offer an optional Platinum trim level for the XT5 with different exterior accents, advanced technology features, and a choice of interior accents in wood, carbon fiber, and aluminum. Pricing and EPA mileage ratings for the new Cadillac XT5 have not been released yet.