Farewell Cadillac SRX you have been a wonderful crossover, but your time is done. Once Cadillac’s best-selling luxury mid-size crossover (released in 2004), has run its course. Set to take its place is the newly unveiled Cadillac XT5, one of Cadillac’s four new crossovers that will bear the XT badge in the coming years.
The XT5 is the second new vehicle released under Cadillac’s new unified classification. The recently released CT6, Cadillac’s new luxury sedan, carries the CT name designation for cars. While Cadillac’s new crossover vehicles will carry the XT label. The XT5 will replace the current crossover, the SRX, with lighter and more efficient materials, more room, a new V6 engine, transmission and shifter, chassis and new technology, including Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The XT5’s exterior design is modernized, featuring a more aggressive stance, well-rounded presence and sharper lines. While its basic shape and proportion looks similar, the XT5 is larger and wider than the SRX.
When in Drive or Reverse, available Surround Vision provides a bird’s-eye view of your vehicle and the areas immediately surrounding it. This view, projected on the Cadillac CUE screen, gives you a brand new perspective that helps to reduce blind spots and increase your awareness. The available Rear Camera Mirror streams a live, unobstructed view of what’s behind you directly through the rearview mirror. This feature offers 300 percent more vision than an ordinary mirror and it can revert back to normal with the flip of a switch.
The Cadillac XT5 has striking horizontal lines that give it a serious and sporty look. The front end has shorter headlights, large LED daytime running lights. The side profile is longer and more level lines. The rear has some featured design upgrades as well.
The cabin is light, spacious, simple and elegant with strong horizontal lines. The dash is covered in cut-and-sewn pieces, some with both leather and Alcantara contrasting materials. It’s clear that the team worked hard to reduce clutter and create a more refined space. Comfort and practicality are evident as well; rear legroom has been increased by 3.2” and the rear seat reclines and slides forward and backward.
The 3.6L V6 Engine with Eight Speed Automatic Transmission delivers effortless acceleration that takes you to highway speeds quietly and smoothly, while the responsive handling keeps you feeling firmly in control. A smooth ride that you control. Real Time Damping Suspension monitors road and vehicle inputs to help reduce vibrations and maintain a smooth ride over rough roads. And with Driver Select Mode, you can choose between three distinct driving feels: Touring Mode for everyday driving; Snow/AWD Mode for safe handling in inclement weather; and Sport Mode for an exceptionally engaging experience.
The XT5 is 278 pounds lighter than the SRX. (Competitively, it weighs 695 pounds less than the Mercedes-Benz GLE, and 100 pounds less than the Audi Q5. The XT5 is set to compete with the likes of the Lexus RX, BMW X5 and Mercedes GLE-Class.
The 2017 Cadillac XT5 is in stock now at Biggs Cadillac Buick GMC Trucks.