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Cadillac XT5

New Cadillac XT5 Price, Pictures, and Specs -
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Cadillac has been on a roll lately. With the success of the recent V-Sport models and the positive launch of the CT6 it seems as though Cadillac can do no wrong. And with this added confidence Cadillac has decided to enter the mid-sized SUV segment with the 2017 XT5. Meant to replace the aging SRX the XT5 signals the beginning of a new chapter for Cadillac as the prefix “XT” is an indication of other future Cadillac SUVs meant to compete in other segments such as the quickly growing luxury compact SUV market (ex. Audi Q3, BMW X1, and Mercedes GLA-Class). The new XT5 cues design language from the popular ATS and CTS front fascias with integrated vertical LED running lights that give the XT5 a distinguished, regal look- something perhaps not expected in a luxury vehicle with a starting price of below $40,000. The side profile of the vehicle looks very well proportioned while the rear of the XT5 borrows the taillights from the ATS (never a bad thing). Perhaps the only future complaint by owners is that the rear windshield is quite narrow and therefore might limit rear visibility.
Although weight isn’t the norm when normally discussing SUVs, the engineering put into the XT5 to make it lighter and more rigid is quite noteworthy. Due to much more liberal use of aluminum in the construction, the XT5 is 278lbs lighter than the outgoing SRX. The XT5’s engineers also succeeded in making the it 100lbs lighter than the Audi Q5 while being an impressive seven inches longer and a whopping 650lbs less than the Mercedes GLE-Class; impressive marks for the Caddy. Regardless of trim level, the XT5 is powered by the familiar Cadillac 3.6L V6 producing 310-hp and 270 lb/ft of torque. Through the use of active engine management such as cylinder deactivation and the engine being partnered to a smooth 8-speed transmission, expect the XT5 to see fuel economy similar to that of it’s smaller four-cylinder rivals such as the 2.0L inline four seen in the Audi Q5. Those looking to take their XT5 off-road or through rough climate weather might want to option for the new AWD system capable of sending 100% of available torque to either the front or rear wheels instantly to ensure perfect traction. Although AWD systems usually hamper fuel economy due to the addition of two more driven wheels, the XT5’s system includes a “disconnect” feature that disables the rear axle allowing for improved fuel economy. The mid-sized Caddy comes standard with 18-inch wheels although 20-inch wheels are optional and come with GM’s famous Magnetic Ride Control that actively manages ride comfort in real time to give you a more comfortable drive.
Inside the most notable feature of the XT5 is the rear camera mirror system that overlays the traditional rear view camera look over the rearview mirror giving the driver a claimed “300%” increase in visibility. Of course Cadillac’s CUE multimedia system is fitted and includes an integrated wireless charging system for cell phones, 4G wireless connectivity, and Apple CarPlay or Android Auto. Becoming more and more common for luxury SUVs, the XT5 is fitted with an automatic liftgate that will open by a simple gesture command without using the key fob. For added ease of use while on the go, a reconfigurable color heads-up display unit can optioned along with a “surround vision” camera system using multiple cameras to create a “bird’s eye” view around the car to make parking easier.
The past few years have been very prosperous for Cadillac using a unique design language combined with technology typically seen on more expensive German vehicles. With the launch of the XT5 we look forward to seeing the rest of the Cadillac lineup expand and continue to bring one home for the U.S. of A. The Cadillac XT5 competes against the Audi Q5, BMW X3, and Mercedes GLE-Class.

The Stats
Starting Price: $38,995
Engine: 3.6L V6
Horsepower: 310
Torque: 270 lb/ft
0-60 MPH: 6.5 Seconds
Fuel Economy: 19/26 mpg
Safety Rating: 5 Stars.

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