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2017 Cadillac XT5

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  • Cadillac XT5
  • Year:
    2017
  • Make:
  • Model:
  • Engine:
    V6
  • Transmission:
    eight-speed automatic
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    310
  • Torque @ RPM:
    270
  • Displacement:
    3.6 L
  • 0-60 time:
    7 sec.
  • Top Speed:
    125 mph (Est.)
  • Price:
    38995
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The Cadillac brand has been on the mend as of late, following many years of sliding sales due to a lack of exciting cars. The brand built its V-Series lineup to attract a younger following, but the styling was too dated to garner much interest. Now with the new 2015 Cadillac ATS and 2014 Cadillac CTS, and the upcoming 2016 Cadillac CT6 already in the fold, Cadillac has turned its attention to the 2014 Cadillac SRX midsize crossover; more specifically, its replacement, the XT5.

With the SRX sliding nearly 6 percent in overall sales in 2014, the midsize crossover is in desperate need of an overhaul. Keeping true to his promise when he took over Cadillac, Johan de Nysschen will change the name of the SRX to the XT5 when the redesigned model arrives at dealers. With a new name, new look, and new engine lineup, can the XT5 help bring Cadillac back to the top of the luxury car heap?

Updated 02/10/2016: Cadillac announced that the new XT5 will arrive in U.S. dealerships in early-April. Prices will range from $38,995 for the base version and up to $62,500 for the highest XT5 Platinum level.

Continue reading my full preview of the XT5 to find out.

 

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The 2017 XT5 Succeeds At Being A Cadillac

The 2017 XT5 Succeeds At Being A Cadillac

A high-end crossover that matches the Cadillac ethos

Forget your grandfather’s 1985 Cadillac DeVille and even your neighbor’s 2011 DTS; the 2017 XT5 is the best iteration of the Cadillac spirit since the big fins and acres of chrome on the 1959 Eldorado. Sitting inside is where that feeling originates. The materials, the fit and finish, the in-dash technology, and the overall appearance impart a sense of luxury not found in prior generations.

The XT5 is completely new for 2017. Its clean-sheet architecture gave engineers the ability to bake in added comforts and features not seen Caddy’s previous crossovers. There’s an honestly new 3.6-liter V-6, an eight-speed automatic transmission, and the techie part-time AWD system. But beyond the mechanics and greasy bits, the XT5’s interior simply feels a cut above. I recently spent time in a 2017 CTS-V – the 640-horsepower monster with the bones of Chevy Camaro ZL1. While it was insanely powerful, it can’t match the XT5 for luxury. Granted, the CTS-V’s aim isn’t to coddle, so I’ll give it a partial pass. Still, the XT5 just feels incredibly plush.

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How It Works: The 2017 Cadillac XT5's AWD System

How It Works: The 2017 Cadillac XT5’s AWD System

A part-time AWD system designed for traction & economy

The 2017 XT5 is Cadillac’s clean-sheet crossover designed to compete against some stiff competition that includes the Audi Q5 and Mercedes GLE. Part of its secret sauce is its fancy all-wheel-drive system. Unlike most AWD systems, the XT5’s is actually a part-time system, meaning the driver can turn the system off manually. A Simple button near the gear shifter toggles through three modes – Tour, AWD, and Sport. In Tour, only the front wheels get power. The biggest advantage is fuel economy, of course, but I’ve found the FWD mode also heightens the liveliness of the 3.6-liter V-6 thanks to less parasitic loss in the driveline.

Being able to turn the AWD system on and off is a big deal, but it’s not the system’s crowning achievement. Rather, it’s the true torque vectoring abilities that help in vehicle control, both on slippery and dry surfaces. This isn’t some brake-activated cheater system, either. It uses a twin-clutch pack to progressively and precisely dial in the amount of power each axle gets. It’s pretty impressive, so let’s dive in.

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Cadillac Fixed CUE For The XT5

Cadillac Fixed CUE For The XT5

Real buttons make for a better user experience

The Cadillac User Experience, or CUE system, has been dragged through the dirt for not being easy to use. Specifically, it’s the touch-sensitive radio and HVAC controls that leave critics in a bad mood. Cadillac models like the ATS, CTS, and even the Escalade all have nearly identical CUE systems that require sliding a finger across gloss-black plastic to adjust the radio volume and pressing on invisible buttons marked only with labels. Well, apparently Cadillac heard the complaints and decided to address the issue.

The 2017 Cadillac XT5 crossover I’m driving this week has an updated version of the CUE system – with actual buttons! In fact, the center stack is far simpler in design and feels less cluttered. The XT5’s HVAC system has chrome toggle switches that control fan speed and temperatures for the dual zones. Yes, other features like the heated and vented seats, defrost, and recirculation functions still rely on the invisible buttons, but their operation seems improved. The same is true with the radio slider. Yeah, it’s still there, but it somehow isn’t as frustrating to use as the one in the 2017 Cadillac CTS-V I tested a few weeks back.

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2017 Cadillac XT5

2017 Cadillac XT5

The Cadillac brand has been on the mend as of late, following many years of sliding sales due to a lack of exciting cars. The brand built its V-Series lineup to attract a younger following, but the styling was too dated to garner much interest. Now with the new 2015 Cadillac ATS and 2014 Cadillac CTS, and the upcoming 2016 Cadillac CT6 already in the fold, Cadillac has turned its attention to the 2014 Cadillac SRX midsize crossover; more specifically, its replacement, the XT5.

With the SRX sliding nearly 6 percent in overall sales in 2014, the midsize crossover is in desperate need of an overhaul. Keeping true to his promise when he took over Cadillac, Johan de Nysschen will change the name of the SRX to the XT5 when the redesigned model arrives at dealers. With a new name, new look, and new engine lineup, can the XT5 help bring Cadillac back to the top of the luxury car heap?

Updated 02/10/2016: Cadillac announced that the new XT5 will arrive in U.S. dealerships in early-April. Prices will range from $38,995 for the base version and up to $62,500 for the highest XT5 Platinum level.

Continue reading my full preview of the XT5 to find out.

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Cadillac Boss Says There Won't Be A V-Series Version For The XT5

Cadillac Boss Says There Won’t Be A V-Series Version For The XT5

The 2015 BMW X5 M and 2016 Mercedes-AMG GLE63 are proof that there is a healthy market for high-performance luxury SUVs, but don’t expect Cadillac’s upcoming 2017 Cadillac XT5 crossover to flex its muscles too much. During the recent launch of the 2016 Cadillac CTS-V, Cadillac President Johan de Nysschen told reporters that the brand has no plans of developing a sportier XT5-V model.

Looking at the spec sheets, it isn’t hard to see why Cadillac isn’t interested in making an XT5-V. The BMW X5 M is a beast of an SUV with 567 horsepower and a 0-60 time of just four seconds, and the upcoming Mercedes-AMG GLE63 could be even better with an available S model that produces 585 horsepower. And lest we forget about the 550-horsepower 2015 Range Rover Sport SVR. Even if Cadillac used the 2016 Cadillac ATS-V’s twin-turbo V-6, that engine is only rated at 464 horsepower.

In lieu of an all-out V-tuned XT5 crossover, though, Cadillac could still be planning a Vsport model with a sportier appearance and a slight bump in handling, including the likely addition of magnetic suspension dampers. The Cadillac Vsport trim has become similar to the Audi S line products in this regard, and Mercedes is even launching similar models with its new AMG Sport lineup. The 2017 Cadillac XT5 is expected to make its global debut next spring at the 2016 New York Auto Show.

Similarly, de Nysschen also hinted at a Vsport model being added to the Escalade lineup. A bump in the 2015 Cadillac Escalade’s 420-horsepower doesn’t seem like too much of a stretch, and the big SUV’s styling would look menacing with a few performance-inspired styling cues.

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Cadillac Prepares More Surprises For The Future

Cadillac Prepares More Surprises For The Future

Between 2015 and 2020, Cadillac has some major plans – plans it hopes will help it compete better with German automakers. Cadillac looks to redesign most of its lineup and add some new models along the way. It all started this year with the launch of the third-generation 2016 Cadillac CTS-V, and the push to start production of the 2016 Cadillac CT6 by the end of the year. This may not be too exciting for fans of the brand, but there is much more to come as we creep up on the end of the decade.

Let’s talk Crossovers and SUVs for a minute. Currently Cadillac has the 2014 Cadillac SRX crossover – soon to be redesigned and named the 2017 Cadillac XT5 – and the 2015 Cadillac Escalade. By 2017, expect to see the release of a compact crossover and a full-sized crossover. They will likely be named the 2018 Cadillac XT3 and the XT6, respectively. Eventually, by the end of the decade, Cadillac will launch a subcompact crossover that will probably answer to the name of XT1. There are no plans to discontinue the Escalade anytime soon, as it will be re-engineered by 2018 and will continue to serve as the only SUV in the lineup.

There appears to be at least two new sedans coming by 2020 also. A small, entry-level sedan, which we suspect will be named the 2017 Cadillac CT2, is currently on the drawing board. It should compete with the 2015 Audi A3 Sedan and the 2014-2015 Mercedes CLA, but unlike either, it will have rear-wheel drive. Expect to see this baby sometime in 2018. The biggest edition to the lineup will come in the form of another large sedan – called the CT7 – that will be the flagship and finally allow Caddy to compete with BMW’s 7-series and the Mercedes S-Class.

Along with the list of new models to come, Cadillac expects to release not only a hybrid version of the CT6 but a diesel version as well. Eventually, the ATS will be refreshed, and a convertible version will be available shortly thereafter.

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Mystery GM Car Will Be A New Cadillac Crossover

Mystery GM Car Will Be A New Cadillac Crossover

As much work as Cadillac has put into creating a solid lineup of luxury cars, it has all but forgotten about the ever-popular SUV/CUV market. With the exception of the 2015 Cadillac Escalade (which dominates its market), Cadillac’s only crossover is the well-aged, mid-size 2014 Cadillac SRX, and with more automakers – including Lincoln – grabbing market shares in the compact and subcompact crossover segments, Cadillac is definitely on the outside looking in.

That could all be changing soon, though, as Motor Trend is reporting that GM’s recent announcement of a new product being built at the Orion Assembly plant in Orion Township, MI will, in fact, be a new Cadillac crossover. The report source suggests that the unnamed product will have no predecessor and fill an obvious void in the lineup, making it a pretty good likelihood that the new model will slot in beneath the SRX. The only question is whether this new Cadillac will be a compact rival to the 2016 Mercedes GLC-Class or a subcompact rival to the 2015 Mercedes GLA-Class.

Cadillac is also without a three-row crossover, but since the Orion plant builds small cars such as the 2014 Chevrolet Sonic, 2016 Buick Verano and, soon, the all-electric Chevrolet Bolt, chances are the new Caddy will be a small car as well. After the redesigned and renamed replacement for the SRX (called the XT5) debuts, Cadillac will reportedly expand its crossover lineup to include two sub-XT5 crossovers and another one to slot in between the XT5 and the full-size Escalade.

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