2017 Cadillac XT5 or Crossover Touring 5

Article by Christian Andrei, on January 2, 2016

Cadillac has taken the covers off its latest offering -- the 2017 Crossover Touring 5 or XT5. This is the company’s first luxury crossover, which will kick off its planned expansion for the new crossover series. The XT5 premiered at the Dubai Auto Show and also appeared at the Los Angeles auto show as well.

The company says that production of the XT5 is slated to start in the spring of 2016 and these will be released to the U.S. and China markets. The “XT” designation of this crossover represents an important aspect of the Cadillac’s growth plan.

According to Cadillac President Johan de Nysschen, the XT5 will be the first of four crossovers that the brand will be releasing and expects it to enter the most popular market when it comes to luxury cars. Since the XT5 is a crucial part of its planned growth, the company developed it in its entirety from the inside out while continuing to keep in mind the need for customers to have more of everything, from efficiency, to luxury, space, and of course technology, adds de Nysschen.

The company had recently released its CT6 Sedan and the XT5 will be joining this lineup. With the company entering a new stage of growth, the XT5 will serve as the next chapter in Cadillac’s push for a bolder, unique, and sophisticated car. As such, says de Nysschen, the XT5 more than symbolizes the brand’s position in the luxury car market. One of the new features of the XT5 is its light and distinct chassis.

Compared to the SRX, the chassis of the XT5 is lighter by 278 pounds or around 126 kg. In addition it is also lighter by as much as 100 pounds or 45 kg than the Audi Q5 even though it is longer by seven inches. Finally and more impressive is the fact that the XT5 is lighter compared to the Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class by as much as 650 pounds or 25 kg. This was made possible without the need to sacrifice the rigidity of the car’s body and the crash performance.

The increased length of the chassis has resulted in the legroom of the rear seat having an additional 3.2 inches (around 8.1 cm) when measured against the SRX. Passengers are able to appreciate the extra legroom as well as the fact that the seats can be reclined forward and backward too.

Interior Design

In terms of its interior design, the emphasis on craftsmanship and focus on space is obvious. Though it was previously seen in the CT6 Sedan, the XT5 brings it to new heights with its ever evolving design language. The design of the interior has a lean and tight quality to it while the surface has continuous and flowing lines divided by the very crisp edge. Cadillac executive director of global design Andrew Smith shares that since the overhang has been reduced and the wheels placed nearer to the corners, this gives the XT5 its notable stance. Clearly the interior is founded mainly on the value of craftsmanship and elegance.

Smith adds that the reason this was done is because the company knows that its customers are very particular when it comes to the design of the interior and the materials used. The direction of the design is based on the application of craftsmanship and the availability of the latest technology, Smith concludes.

Space is another consideration and the XT5 achieves this by making the surface of the interior wider and having a more horizontal orientation. As expected from the Cadillac, cut-and-sewn panels were used for the interiors instead of the usual molded surfaces.

According to Smith, Cadillac wanted to make sure that the interior shows simplicity and sophistication at the same time. There were not that many lines thus allowing for a reduction in the clutter and visual noise.

Cadillac, says Smith, knew that having enough space is what many customers want. To fully have this effect, authentic materials were used and mixed with a palette of colors, Smith concludes.

Powertrain

Now that the chassis and interior have been explained, the next part is all about its powertrain. For the U.S. market, the XT5 comes equipped with the 3.6-liter V6 engine. This same engine was first showcased with the ATS and CTS sedan models and was specially featured in the CT6.

Having been completely redesigned, the engine also has a cylinder deactivation technology with its Active Fuel Management. Through this system, when the engine is running under moderate or even low loads, it can switch immediately to the 4-cylinder mode which enables it to save on fuel.

The V6 engine has a maximum output of 310 horsepower and peak torque of 270 lb.-ft. It is also equipped with the variable valve timing allowing for strong responses in addition to a smooth power delivery. With the Stop/Start technology, the engine is immediately put to a stop when it is at traffic stops.

Thus this improves the quietness of the XT5 but saves on fuel and greatly reduces emissions. The China version meanwhile, though it also has the Stop/Start technology, will be equipped with the four-cylinder 2.0-liter turbocharged engine.

The superb performance of the engine is paired with the standard 8-speed automatic transmission. This time however it now has the Electronic Precision Shift, the first for a Cadillac model. It optimizes the use of cabin space since it makes it possible to have a storage space under the center console.

This is in addition to the reduction in the vibration and noise. Though these different features are already amazing, Cadillac will also be offering its optional “twin clutch” all-wheel drive system. The system is able to allow driving regardless of the road condition and was made specifically to perform well in wet or even icy conditions.

Yet it also gives it the needed stability during dry weather. Rounding off all of these is the advanced technologies in the XT5. This technology has been used on the XT5 to ensure connectivity and safety. One example of this technology is its very own Rear Camera Mirror system.

This particular system gives the driver an increase in the rear vision by as much as 300% made possible by a video display placed on its inside rearview mirror. What happens is that a camera placed on the back records images behind the XT5.

It then allows for the streaming of the image with the use of video processing software. This software removes any obstacles like roof and a rear passenger seat. All of these are then shown on the Liquid Crystal Display.

Press Release

Cadillac XT5 Initiates New Series of Cadillac Luxury Crossovers

Cadillac today unveiled the first-ever 2017 Crossover Touring 5 (XT5,) a comprehensively upgraded luxury crossover and the cornerstone of a new series of crossovers in the brand’s ongoing expansion. The first-ever XT5 premieres this month at the Dubai and Los Angeles auto shows and begins production in the U.S. and China in spring 2016.

Cadillac crossovers will wear the “XT” designation, a key aspect of the brand’s product-driven global growth plan.

“The all-new XT5 not only enters the most popular segment in the worldwide luxury auto market, it is the first of four new crossovers from Cadillac,” 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 new luxury crossover joins Cadillac’s lineup immediately following the new range-topping CT6 Sedan, as the brand enters a new phase of product growth. The XT5 is the next chapter in elevating the Cadillac brand: it is bold, distinctive, sophisticated with superb driving dynamics. This new crossover perfectly reflects Cadillac’s positioning in the luxury automotive marketplace, de Nysschen said.

CHASSIS -- Lightweight, efficient package enables more space

The Cadillac XT5 is completely new, residing on a unique chassis and structure.

Cadillac’s new crossover embodies the company’s expertise for lightweight and agile driving dynamics. The new XT5 is 278 pounds (126 kg) lighter than the current SRX , and 100 pounds (45 kg) lighter than the Audi Q5 – despite the Cadillac being seven inches longer. The new XT5 is more than 650 pounds (295 kg) lighter than the Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class, achieving this with no compromise to body rigidity and crash performance.

Rear-seat legroom is increased 3.2 in. (8.1 cm) in the XT5, compared to the SRX. The rear seat reclines and slides fore and aft, as well.

INTERIOR DESIGN -- New Cadillac interior design theme emphasizes space and craftsmanship

The XT5 brings a new level of sophistication to showcase Cadillac’s evolving design language, recently seen on the upcoming CT6 Sedan. The XT5 has a strong visual presence with proportions that convey the driving experience and the lightweight construction underneath the surface. There is a lean, taut, liquid quality to the surfaces with flowing, uninterrupted lines separated by crisp edges.

“The XT5 has a great stance, with wheels further to the corners and overhangs reduced,” said Andrew Smith, Cadillac executive director of global design. “Our team continues to evolve the design language of Cadillac.”

The XT5’s interior is based on a philosophy of clean, modern elegance and craftsmanship.

“We believe that luxury crossover customers particularly focus on interior design and materials,” said Smith. “This design direction is predicated on modern craftsmanship and the artistic integration of technology.”

Interior surfaces inside the XT5 are wider and more horizontal in orientation, emphasizing efficient use of space. Like all Cadillac models, the interior is assembled with cut-and-sewn wrapped panels, rather than molded surfaces typical of mainstream vehicles.

“Our focus for the interior was sophistication and simplicity, ensuring an economy of lines to reduce visual noise and clutter,” Smith said. “A feeling of space is the ultimate luxury, so we sought to emphasize that. We also use a greater variety of authentic materials and palette of colors to deliver expressive interiors in all trim levels.”

POWERTRAIN -- Advanced powertrains add to efficiency and dynamics

In the U.S. market, the 2017 Cadillac XT5 will be powered by the new 3.6-liter V6 engine which debuted earlier this year on the brand’s ATS and CTS sport sedans and is featured on the CT6. This engine has been completely redesigned and features Active Fuel Management cylinder deactivation technology, which allows the engine to seamlessly and automatically switch to a fuel-saving 4-cylinder mode under low or moderate loads.

With an estimated peak output of 310-horsepower and 270 lb-ft of torque, the new V6 uses variable valve timing for strong response and smooth power delivery. Cadillac’s new Stop/Start technology automatically stop and start the engine when the vehicle is at rest in traffic stops, saving fuel and reducing emissions, while enhancing the quietness expected of a luxury vehicle.

In China, the XT5 will be offered with a standard 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbocharged engine. Powerful, yet compact, the 2.0T also features Stop/Start technology.

A new 8-speed automatic transmission is standard for the XT5, which also debuts Electronic Precision Shift – the first electronically controlled transmission shifter for a Cadillac. Electronic Precision Shift reduces noise and vibration, and allows further use of the cabin space with a storage space beneath the center console.

An optional new advanced “twin clutch” all-wheel drive system continuously and automatically delivers excellent traction across a variety of conditions. While engineered specifically for strong performance in wet, snowy or icy conditions, it also provides enhanced stability in dry weather.

TECHNOLOGY -- Advanced technology systems add luxury, safety

The first-ever XT5 includes Cadillac’s latest production systems for connectivity and safety.

Cadillac’s patented new industry-leading Rear Camera Mirror system debuts on the CT6 sedan and the XT5. The system enhances the driver’s rear vision by 300 percent, using a video display applied over the conventional inside rearview mirror. A high dynamic range camera records wider images behind the car, streams the image to video processing software which “removes” obstacles such as the roof, rear pillars and rear seat passengers, projecting an unobstructed view to a Liquid Crystal Display.

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