The SRX was the best selling model in Cadillac’s roster so it took a lot of courage for them to discontinue the name and replace the car with an all new model. The brand new 2017 Cadillac XT5 was a very pleasant surprise at the Los Angeles Auto Show because it has to be one of the best looking crossovers in the recent years. It is just as large as its predecessor but it only weighs 3,999 pounds in front wheel drive trim and around 280 pounds more for the all wheel drive system which is still at least 100 pounds lighter than the Q5 which is smaller and it is made out of aluminum.
2017 Cadillac XT5 Price and Release Date
This is because the 2017 Cadillac XT5 is using an all new platform which has been developed specifically for it and other future GM crossovers. It employs a lot of high strength steel in its construction while some suspension parts are made out of aluminum so it should drive just as good as it looks. The only problem here is that the car will only be available starting with the second half of 2016 and when it will finally hit the market it is expected to cost around $40,000 which would be a killer price for what it has to offer.
The design of the 2017 Cadillac XT5 is the selling point of this car. It simply looks unique and it has the right amount of aggressive and toned down features. The front end borrows the grille from the new CTS but it has new headlights which extend downward to make for a really interesting look. The fog-lamps are vertical LED strips which complement the design really nicely while the bumper is clean look and it has a perfectly integrated black air dam. The back is quite nice with a subtle boot spoiler, rectangular dual exhausts, chrome inserts on the rear bumper protection and an athletic look in general. The base model will come with 18 inch rims while the higher spec versions will even receive 20 inch rims with higher performance tires.
2017 Cadillac XT5 Interior
The interior is quite simplistic in appearance which is the trend these days. The dashboard is made out of a really soft material which is then covered in leather and it features on the center stack a large LCD touch-screen, a few buttons for the climate control system and that’s about it. The instrument cluster is similar as well having a large configurable screen which will display all the information the driver needs.
Cadillac XT5 2017 Specs
In terms of engines, the 2017 Cadillac XT5 is said to receive a single choice for starters. Later down the road there are some rumors about a higher performance V model which would be able to take the AMG Mercedes or the RS Audi but until then, the only choice will be a 3.6 liter naturally aspirated V6 which is part of GM’s newest generation of engines. This makes an adequate 310 horsepower and 270 lb-ft of torque which are then routed on the base model to a front wheel drive system via an 8 speed automatic ZF gearbox. The buyer will also get the chance of getting an all wheel drive model with the same gearbox which will be able to get to 60 MPH slightly faster but it will get around 1 MPG on average less than the front wheel drive model.
The rumored V model would receive the same 3.6 liter V6 but this time with a twin-turbocharger system which would be able to up the power to 400 horsepower and 400 lb-ft of torque, enough to make a really interesting competitor for the German high performance crossovers, especially with its lower weight.