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.