Competitively Priced: 2017 Cadillac XT5

Latest Cadillac model brings utility to the midsize segment.

2017 Cadillac XT5
The first-ever 2017 Cadillac XT5 luxury crossover is the cornerstone of a new series of crossovers in the brand’s ongoing expansion. The first-ever XT5 premiered in November 2015 at the Dubai and Los Angeles auto shows and arrives on the market in April.

The 2017 Cadillac XT5 arrives in showrooms this April, inaugurating a new naming convention for GM’s luxury marque. The model is all-new and serves as the successor for the outgoing SRX. Importantly, Cadillac has priced the neoteric SUV from $39,990 (includes $995 destination charge) with the top-of-the-line model retailing for $63,495.

GM announced the XT5’s pricing on Wednesday with about two months remaining before its on sale date arrives. The new model arrives as the market for all things SUV explodes, especially in the luxury theater where manufacturers can’t seem to build enough of them.

New Naming Convention

The XT5 name signals that future SUV models will each start with “XT” then follow with a numerical representation. Similarly, on the car side, Cadillac has chosen the “CT” appellative for its coupes and sedans. Thus, the all-new full-size CT6 will commence the nomenclature change for cars when it arrives this spring just ahead of the XT5. Cadillac, however, will phase in the change over several years as each model is updated or replaced.

As for the midsize Cadillac XT5, its price comes in below most of its competitors, including the Audi Q5, Lexus RX, and the BMW X4. However, that price is about $800 above the base Lincoln MKX and slightly above the price Mercedes-Benz is asking for the GLC-Class.

Four Trim Levels

Four trim levels accompany the 2017 Cadillac XT5. The range-topping Platinum is followed by Premium, Luxury, and Base models. Customers will have a choice of seven exterior colors as well as seven distinct interiors. Front-wheel drive is standard; all-wheel drive is available.

Upgrades include Cadillac’s proprietary rear camera mirror system on Platinum models. The system ties in with Cadillac CUE, the brand’s infotainment system and offers Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. Active fuel management with engine stop/start technology should combine to enhance fuel economy.

Under the hood, a 3.6-liter, V-6 engine making 310 horsepower and 270 foot-pound of torque drives this SUV. It comes paired with an 8-speed automatic transmission with electronic precision shift for the first electronically controlled transmission utilization in a Cadillac conveyance.

Available Twin-Clutch All-Wheel Drive

Optionally available an all-new for 2017 is a “twin clutch” all-wheel drive system designed to steadily and recurrently provide optimum traction regardless of the current road conditions. That means up to 100 percent of the available torque may be sent to either the front or rear axle, as needed.

Further, that power can be sent to either wheel. Indeed, this package should be most beneficial when there is more water, ice or snow on one side of the SUV than on the other. Eventually, the technology should spread across Cadillac’s utility vehicle line.

Vision 2020

With two models coming in and one on its way out (ELR), Cadillac is poised to revamp and expand its entire product line. Within four years, every model will have been changed and gain new nomenclature in the process.

If Cadillac’s new way catches on, it’ll be better positioned to battle the middle brands in the luxury segment. Audi, Acura, and Infiniti are Cadillac’s nearest sales competitors in the US. BMW, Lexus and Mercedes-Benz are part of the top tier, with Lincoln, Porsche, Land Rover, Volvo, and Jaguar also competing. Moreover, it will have a better mix of products to compete in other markets, including China, where it may eventually find its largest customer base.

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Author: Matthew Keegan
Matt Keegan has maintained his love for cars ever since his father taught him kicking tires can be one way to uncover a problem with a vehicle’s suspension system. He since moved on to learn a few things about coefficient of drag, G-forces, toe-heel shifting, and how to work the crazy infotainment system in some random weekly driver. Matt is a member of the Washington Automotive Press Association and is a contributor to various print and online media sources.