Pricing of 2017 Cadillac XT5 begins at $39,990, set to arrive in April

Article by Christian Andrei, on February 15, 2016

As it begins hitting up showrooms by April, the carmaker announced that the 2017 Cadillac XT5 base model bears a $39,990 sticker price. Compared to its predecessor, it is relatively more expensive by nearly $1,400. However, it is considerably cheaper than other popular luxury midsize crossovers.

The price difference between the XT5 and the SRX is quite overwhelming. The top-trim Platinum model with standard all-wheel-drive comes at $63,495 while the 2016 SRX is priced at $52,725 tops. Aside from the Platinum and the base model, the XT5 is also offered in other trims: Luxury and Premium.

The former starts at $45,890 while its SRX counterpart was priced at &44,635. The Premium model, on the other hand, starts at $53,890 and is more expensive by about $5,000 than the comparable SRX trim. Built on a new platform, the XT5 features an all-new 3.6-liter, V-6 engine that is said to be more powerful and fuel-efficient than the 3.6-liter engine of the outgoing SRX.

Other key upgrades include the new twin-clutch system, a speedier touchscreen CUE infotainment system, and an eight-speed automatic transmission.

The base model of the XT5 costs $2,000 cheaper than the Audi Q5, $3,000 cheaper than the Lexus RX (the lineup's best seller), $12,000 cheaper than the Mercedes GLE350, and over $15,000 cheaper than the BMW X5 base model.

However, the top-trim model of the XT5 is relatively more expensive than the top trim units of the RX, Q5, and GLE.

Cadillac President Johan de Nysschen's pricing strategy was to price introductory vehicles cheaper than German competitors, acknowledging that the brand is not established enough to compete dollar-for-dollar with the luxury vehicle giants.

This demonstrates a reversal of Cadillac's previous strategy of pricing new entries at the level of their German competitors, which was not effective as it turned off customers and dealers. Accordingly, dealers have started taking orders for the new XT5. The vehicle will be assembled at the Spring Hill plant of General Motors (GM) Company.

Press Release

New 2017 Cadillac XT5 Crossover Arrives in April

The first-ever Cadillac XT5 will arrive in U.S. dealerships in early-April, continuing the brand’s product-driven growth. XT5 enters the strongest category in the luxury automotive space, the midsize luxury crossover segment, where Cadillac set sales records in 2015.

“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 is the first in a series of upcoming luxury crossovers carrying the “XT” designation, a key aspect of the brand’s product-driven global growth plan.

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 and sophisticated with enhanced driving dynamics. This new crossover perfectly reflects Cadillac’s positioning in the luxury automotive marketplace, de Nysschen said.

The first-ever 2017 Cadillac XT5 crossover will be available in four trim levels, including a range-topping Platinum model, a first for Cadillac in this segment. XT5 Platinum includes unique interior and exterior trim and materials and combines them with the highest technology features.

Cadillac XT5 offers seven exterior colors and seven distinct interior environments, and a broad range of luxury amenities and high-technology systems – including Cadillac’s award-winning, industry-first Rear Camera Mirror system on Platinum models.

XT5 pricing begins at $38,995*; the highest level XT5 Platinum is priced from $62,500*. All-wheel drive is optional on Luxury and Premium Luxury models, and is standard on Platinum.

Customers can place orders now with dealers and view additional product information at cadillac.com.

In the U.S. market, the 2017 Cadillac XT5 will be powered by the new 3.6-liter V6 engine which recently debuted on the ATS and CTS sport sedans and is featured on the all-new CT6 flagship model. With 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, maintaining optimum efficiency regardless of power demand. 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.

A new 8-speed automatic transmission is standard for the XT5, which also debuts Electronic Precision Shift – the first electronically controlled transmission shifter application in a Cadillac. The XT5 also features Stop/Start technology, which automatically stops and starts the engine when the vehicle is at rest in traffic stops, saving fuel and reducing emissions, while contributing to the serene character and tranquil cabin environment expected of a Cadillac.

An optional new advanced “twin clutch” all-wheel drive system continuously and automatically delivers excellent traction across a variety of conditions. Due to the twin clutch design, the AWD system is capable of transferring up to 100 percent of available torque to either the front or rear axle. Also, across the rear axle, the electronically controlled rear differential can direct up to 100 percent of available torque to either wheel laterally. This capability is designed for “split-coefficient” surfaces, such as when there is more water, ice or snow on one side of the road surface than the other. The AWD system is driver-controlled, and includes a new “disconnect” feature that disables the rear drive unit for improved fuel efficiency and reduced emissions.

The 2017 XT5 will be built at the Spring Hill, Tenn. assembly facility outside of Nashville.

*Editor’s note: Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price excludes destination ($995), tax, title, license, dealer fees and optional equipment.

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