The long awaited Cadillac XT5 has been officially unveiled, and the luxury crossover SUV will be available in dealer showrooms by early next year. Slated to replace the outgoing SRX model, it incorporates a fresh new exterior and interior design. The all-new Cadillac XT5 is built on a brand new chassis that has a one-inch wider track and two-inch longer wheelbase than the vehicle it is replacing. In addition, rear passengers will gain 3.2 inches of legroom. The Cadillac XT5 is extremely nimble for a crossover SUV, weighing in at 278 pounds lighter than older SRX model.
With this luxury crossover you will see a completely made over cabin. The Cadillac design team has switched gears regarding their interior design philosophy and it certainly shows with the XT5. In the past Cadillac designed their interiors based on vertical lines, however this new vehicle incorporates horizontal lines to present drivers and passengers with the feeling that they are in a much larger vehicle.
The Cadillac XT5 has a brand new steering wheel that contains a large amount of buttons making it even easier for the driver to keep his or her eyes on the road. Cadillac’s CUE touch screen infotainment system is conveniently located in the center of the dashboard allowing easy access for both drivers and passengers alike. The old gauge cluster has been replaced with a mainly digital setup as well to complete the clean look and feel.
Tremendous design changes occurred in the Cadillac XT5’s exterior as well. These updates vastly distinguish the Cadillac from similar General Motor products, thereby allowing the XT5 to greatly separate itself, and stand out from its cousins. Buyers are sure to appreciate this fact since they are paying more in order to drive the premium luxury brand.
The Cadillac XT5 integrates sharper bodylines than its predecessor providing a more distinguished and upscale appearance. They tend to focus the viewers eyes towards the back of the vehicle, which is sculpted to emulate a luxury sedan like appearance. The crossover’s headlights and taillights are slimmer giving the XT5 a sleeker appearance than the soon to be retired SRX.
In the United States, a 3.6 liter six cylinder engine, attached to an eight speed automatic transmission, will power the all-new Cadillac XT5. In all the output is estimated at 310 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque. This is the exact same power plant that that is found in other Cadillac models such as the ATS, CTS, and upcoming CT6. Consumers will have the option of either front wheel drive or all wheel drive. Chinese buyers will only be offered a 2.0 liter four cylinder engine.
With all of the high end interior and exterior design changes, the Cadillac XT5 is sure to please event he most discerning luxury crossover SUV buyers. Cadillac has positioned their new vehicle to compete with the always-popular Lexus RX, Audi Q5, and BMW X3 models. Prices have yet to be announced.