New XT5 Foreshadows the Future of Cadillac SUVs

2017 Cadillac XT5 luxury crossover

Up until recently, a Cadillac SUV is something we didn’t know we needed.

Plenty of folks questioned the rationale for Cadillac SUVs in the early days of the Escalade. The arrival of the SRX didn’t do much to help the company’s case as it struggled to gain a foothold against the likes of the Lexus RX 350 and BMW X5.

Cadillac seems to have it going on now, though. The SRX has improved enough to become Cadillac’s best-selling model, but it is now being replaced with the XT5, a 5-passenger rig that boasts a sophisticated, comfortable, and contemporary interior made from top-notch materials.

The exterior is sleeker and less clunky than the outgoing SRX and features plenty of LED lighting, along with a design that may not turn heads, but will at least keep people from looking away.

What’s most interesting about the XT5, though, is what it foreshadows for the future of Cadillac.

The XT5 is the first vehicle to be based on a new GM crossover platform that will be available in short and long wheelbase versions. The longer-wheelbase versions of the platform will support the next generation of the Chevrolet Traverse and Buick Enclave. Based on that info and the chosen nomenclature, we can be reasonably sure that an XT3, XT4, and XT7 will eventually join the lineup.

Regarding power for the XT5, Motor Trend said,

The 2017 Cadillac XT5 crossover, which will go on sale in April, comes equipped solely with the automaker’s new 3.6-liter V-6 engine that debuted in the ATS and CTS sedans last fall. In the XT5, the 3.6-liter is rated 310 hp and 271 lb-ft of torque. An eight-speed automatic transmission routes power to the front wheels or to all four wheels through an available compact, lightweight twin-clutch all-wheel-drive system. A new stop-start system helps the XT5 achieve an EPA-rated 19/27/22 mpg city/highway/combined (FWD) and 18/26/21 mpg (AWD).

That same article quoted Cadillac boss Johan de Nysschen as saying that a turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine will probably make its way into the lineup soon and slot below the $39,990 base V6.

That’s where things get really interesting. A lower priced turbocharged Cadillac SUV is exactly the Cadillac SUV we never knew we needed.

Will the XT5 be the vehicle that puts Cadillac on your shopping list?

-tgriffith

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