Cadillac decided that this is the right time to release the 2017 Cadillac XT5, because the SRX was starting to lose a lot of sales when compared to the previous years, its direct replacement. The car will be based on a new platform and even though they did not say which platform it is, we would think that it is using the new E2XX front wheel drive platform from GM’s portfolio. The name is all new because this is part of Cadillac’s plan to rename all of their models by the start of 2020.
Under the Hood
Under its hood we are likely going to see the same engines currently found on the other Cadillac models. Our best bet would be that the base version of the 2017 Cadillac XT5 will get a 2 liter turbocharged inline 4 petrol engine offering up to 260 horsepower and more than 280 lb-ft of torque.
However, some reports suggest that the 2017 Cadillac XT5 will only be offered with a single engine choice and that the most probable one would be the under-development 2.7 liter twin-turbocharged V6 which could provide around 320 horsepower and 350 lb-ft of torque, more than any of its direct competitors. However, we think that under $40,000 such an engine would simply not make sense.
In any case though, the car will come as standard with a new 9 speed automatic which GM co-developed with Ford. This will not only be lighter than the one on the SRX but it will also be able to provide a more pleasurable experience while keeping the fuel consumption above the average of its class.
The exterior of the 2017 Cadillac XT5 is by far the most impressive feature of the car because they managed to create something quite beautiful. It does take a few design cues from the CTS but the package looks great. The front end has a massive V-shaped grille which includes horizontal chromed bars to create the sense of width.
The headlights are all new and feature Xenon in the base trim level and the fog-lamps are vertical and they look like they’re falling from the headlights which is a really nice effect. While there is chrome on the car, there is less of it so even though it does look stylish, it also manages to keep a low profile. The back features rectangular exhaust pipes and a silver protective shield similar to the one on the front bumper.
The cabin is currently under wraps but we do have a good idea about how it may look like. Early rumors suggest that the car will share a lot of its dashboard components with the ATS and this wouldn’t be so far fetched considering the two share a similar price point.
There will only be five seats but the size of the trunk will increase by a small margin. The 2017 Cadillac XT5 is also expected to be the first Cadillac to get the Super Cruise system which is a semi-autonomous driving system.
2017 Cadillac XT5 – Price
Back in September the car has been first shown to the public completely uncovered and we have to say that it does look stunning. While it is replacing the SRX, it doesn’t really have much in common with it which is really nice considering their desire to move forward. All the details about the car will be released when it will be launched officially at the Los Angeles Auto Show so until then we can only assume what type of engines or how the interior will look. The price on the other hand should be similar to the one before it so we do not think that the base model will cost much more than $39,000.