The new Cadillac XT5 will start appearing in dealership showrooms in early April. The American luxury brand is adding new offerings to help increase the growth of the brand. The addition of the new crossover should send a few more potential buyers their way.
This will not be Cadillac’s only new entry into the crossover market. The XT lineup will be the brand’s designation for the their compact SUVs and future models are in the works.
“The arrival of this sophisticated new crossover positions Cadillac well, as XT5 enters the most popular segment in the global luxury market,” said Cadillac President Johan de Nysschen. “It’s pivotal to our ongoing growth, which is why we’ve developed XT5 from the inside out to provide customers more space, more technology, more luxury and more efficiency.”
The XT5 starts at $38,995 with the XT5 Platinum raising the starting price to $62,000. Offering a Platinum model is a first for Cadillac in the segment. The extra money for gets you unique interior and exterior trim and materials and ups the available technology features.
Powering the XT5 is the same 3.6-liter V6 engine that is in the Cadillac ATS. The power plant offers 310 horsepower and 270 lb.-ft. of torque. Power goes through an eight-speed automatic transmission. The unit is the first to use electronically controlled shifting in a Cadillac vehicle.
To help make the vehicle more efficient it comes with features such as Stop/Start and cylinder deactivation to allow for using only four-cylinders when the car isn’t being pushed. The XT5 is also available with optional All-Wheel Drive (AWD). The dual clutch system allows for 100% of the available torque to be sent to the front or rear axle depending on the crossover’s traction needs.
The 2017 Cadillac XT5 looks like it will do well for the luxury brand and we can see plenty of soccer moms wanting the vehicle. It has styling in-line with the current Cadillac lineup which will still turn heads. The move can further help get the brand into the hands of younger buyers as they try to shake the image of being a marque for Grandpas.