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    2017 Cadillac XT5 Debuts in Dubai UAE


    • We finally have the details for Cadillac's XT5 replacement for the SRX.


    We've seen the coming XT5 peak out from behind the curtain a few times recently, but today, Cadillac finally took the wraps off the 2017 Cadillac XT5 Crossover in Dubai, UAE.

     

    Chassis and Power

     

    Replacing the SRX in the lineup, the new XT5 rides on a new chassis unique to Cadillac. Using the lightweight technology first shown in the Cadillac CT6, the new XT5 is better packaged with more interior room without adding weight. Compared to the outgoing SRX, the XT5 drops 278 pounds, making it 100 pounds lighter than the Audi Q5 and 650 pounds lighter than the Mercedes-Benz GLE. The wheel base is up 2 inches and track is increased 1 inch over the SRX. Rear seat legroom has increased 3.2 inches.

     

    While weight is down, power stays about the same. The all-new 3.6 liter V6 gets a modest bump in horsepower over the outgoing unit, up 2 to 310 horsepower, while torque increases to 270 lb-ft, an increase of 5 lb-ft. This engine also features start-stop technology to save fuel in the city, and cylinder deactivation to run in 4-cylinder mode in low load situations. In the China market, the XT5 will be offered with a 2.0 Turbo direct injected 4-cylinder, also featuring stop-start.

     

    Both engines will be paired with a new 8-speed automatic controlled by a new gear selector that Cadillac is calling Electronic Precision Shift.

     

    Optional will be a new all-wheel drive system with a twin clutch that can transfer up to 100 percent of torque to either the front or rear axle while 100 percent of available torque can be transferred across the rear axle via an electronically controlled limited slip differential to either rear wheel. The driver is able to control the AWD system and disconnect the rear wheels for greater fuel economy.

     

    Standard wheels are 18 inch with 20 inch wheels optional. All XT5s equipped with 20 inch wheels come with a continuous damping control system. Rear seat passengers in Platinum models get an even more comfortable ride via additional bushings and tuning to reduce road unpleasantness.

     

    Inside

     

    Also shown on the Cadillac CT6, the XT5 will feature the Rear Camera Mirror system that replaces a conventional inside mirror. The system effectively removes interior and body panel obstacles in the drivers rearward vision. Rather than showing the rear view in the CUE infotainment screen, the rear picture shows up in place of the center inside rear view mirror. A birds eye Surround Vision feature is also available to help with parking.

     

    Speaking of CUE, the system has been upgraded with a much more powerful processor, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto, while also providing a slot for wireless cell phone charging.

     

    While the SRX never had a Platinum trim, the XT5 gets one featuring unique interior and exterior materials. There will be five interior color pallets offered with carbon fiber, three types of wood, and two types of aluminum trim offered.

     

    Launch

     

    The Cadillac XT5 will launch in the US in the Spring of 2016 right after the 2016 March launch of the Cadillac CT6. We'll get our first hands on look at the Cadillac XT5 next week at the 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show.

     

    Source and Photos: Cadillac Media

     

     

    Cadillac Press Release on Page 2


     

    New York, November 9, 2015
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    Cadillac XT5 Initiates New Series of Cadillac Luxury Crossovers

    • Lightweight construction elevates efficiency and driving performance
    • All-new design and structure increases interior space without adding bulk
    • New V6 engine and advanced all-wheel drive
    • New tech includes rear camera mirror, Apple Carplay & Android Auto Compatibility, New CUE system


    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.

     

    2017 Cadillac XT5 PRELIMINARY SPECIFICATIONS (NORTH AMERICA)
    Model:
    2017 Cadillac XT5
    Body style / driveline:
    FWD or AWD, 5-passenger midsize luxury crossover
    Manufacturing location:
    Spring Hill Manufacturing, Spring Hill, Tennessee
    Engine:
    3.6L V6 DI VVT – 310 hp / 231 kW (est.)
    Transmission :
    Eight-speed automatic with Electronic Precision Shift
    Wheels:
    18-inch and 20-inch
    Wheelbase (in / mm):
    112.5 / 2857
    Length (in / mm):
    189.5 / 4815
    Width (in / mm):
    75.0 / 1903
    Height (in / mm):
    66.0 / 1675
    Est. curb weight (lb / kg):
    3999 / 1814 (FWD)
    4277 / 1940 (AWD)

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    That interior!! Wow! I love the minimalist clean-yet-rich appearance. That's the real homerun.

     

    The LGX V6 is clearly electronically limited for transverse applications, just as the LFX was. It's a bit disappointing they've pulled it all the way back to 310 hp and 270 lb-ft despite all the technology in this car's drivetrain.

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    Some of that limitation is exhaust restriction... but if the torque curve shape is similar to the outgoing model, it is also tuned more for low end torque than high end horsepower.

     

    The current SRX puts out 265 lb-ft at 2500 rpm.... that's actually not bad for a non-force-fed V6. 

     

    And yes, I *really* like that interior.

     

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    I'm sure it'll drive quite nicely with the benefit of the 8-speed and weight loss, I just would have liked to see more improvement from the LGX V6 than cylinder deactivation and start/stop. New Camaro V6 first tests haven't been much more impressive than the ATS with the outgoing V6.

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    Yeah CP.. because the women buying this will be out on the streets doing burn-outs and running down Corvettes.

     

    The vehicle is EXACTLY what it needs to be. Gorgeous interior and richly laid out for the right clientele. Loving the powertrain capabilities.. and so as to make the likes of U happy.. there is a VSport supposedly planned. 3.0L TT maybe???  :wavey:

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    Interestingly, the Chinese version gets the 2.0 turbo engine as standard (mostly due fuel economy and emissions). 

    I'm wondering why Cadillac chose to skip this engine for the XT5 for the U.S. market.

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    Interestingly, the Chinese version gets the 2.0 turbo engine as standard (mostly due fuel economy and emissions). 

    I'm wondering why Cadillac chose to skip this engine for the XT5 for the U.S. market.

     

    *And displacement tax.  Above 2 liters, and the tax starts to climb rapidly.... a 3.6 could be taxed over $556 a year if my calculations are correct, where as a 2.0 would be taxed about $94.

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    Yeah CP.. because the women buying this will be out on the streets doing burn-outs and running down Corvettes.

     

    Not sure you could have taken my point further out of context, chief.

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    Interestingly, the Chinese version gets the 2.0 turbo engine as standard (mostly due fuel economy and emissions). 

    I'm wondering why Cadillac chose to skip this engine for the XT5 for the U.S. market.

     

    *And displacement tax.  Above 2 liters, and the tax starts to climb rapidly.... a 3.6 could be taxed over $556 a year if my calculations are correct, where as a 2.0 would be taxed about $94.

     

    I forgot displacement tax, good point.

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    I wonder what the price will be.  On dimensions it is the size of a GLE, so I wonder if they are going for X5 and GLE competitor, and planning a smaller XT3 for GLC, X3, Q5 competitor.

     

    Base V6 for the crossover, turbo 4 for the full size sedan, yeah that makes sense.  Although maybe with Cadillac pricing strategy the XT5 will be $54,000 base since that is what a CTS V6 costs.

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    I wonder what the price will be.  On dimensions it is the size of a GLE, so I wonder if they are going for X5 and GLE competitor, and planning a smaller XT3 for GLC, X3, Q5 competitor.

     

    Base V6 for the crossover, turbo 4 for the full size sedan, yeah that makes sense.  Although maybe with Cadillac pricing strategy the XT5 will be $54,000 base since that is what a CTS V6 costs.

     

    The full size sedan also weighs 400 lbs less than the XT5.

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    Well, I admit, I initially criticized the looks quite a bit but it's grown on me quite a bit.

     

    I agree about the interior. It looks fantastic!

     

    I'm actually kind of surprised it won't base with the 2.0 here too. Figured it could be a way to keep base price down while giving them a little edge in mpg too.

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    Slick.

     

    Wow. 4200 lbs with AWD. And it's a V6 to boot. I like this a lot. It's got everything to crush anything in its path. 

     

    RX, MKX, RDX, Q5 better watch out, this car is going to be a sleeper. Excellent interior too. M'mmm m'mm tasty. 

     

    I expect not only usual performance stats like 0-60 and mileage improve, but with that weight and some good rubber, I expect massively improved braking distances, and that's really beneficial for crossovers like this.

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    Slick.

     

    Wow. 4200 lbs with AWD. And it's a V6 to boot. I like this a lot. It's got everything to crush anything in its path. 

     

    RX, MKX, RDX, Q5 better watch out, this car is going to be a sleeper. Excellent interior too. M'mmm m'mm tasty. 

     

    I expect not only usual performance stats like 0-60 and mileage improve, but with that weight and some good rubber, I expect massively improved braking distances, and that's really beneficial for crossovers like this.

     

    It was already an excellent handling crossover..capable of stunts well beyond the driving acumen of the typical buyers... it should improve even more now.

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    Well it has the things I expected.

    Less weight

    As much or just a little more room inside with better packaging.

    I expect better MPG and performance even with the slight drop in power due to the complete package.

    The Power numbers are spot on what I expected in both engines.

    The next step will be a TTV6 in a V sport.

    I do not think they limited power because of the FWD. The new Transaxle should handle over 400 HP from what I have heard. I expect it was limited more for MPG and the fact they will have a sport option to slot over it.

    Besides how much power do you really need in a high centered vehicle to start with.

    Leave the more power to the RWD base AWD models to come. This one is to suck up all the FWD peoples money.

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    An RX 350 starts at $41,900, so what do we think the SRX will be?  $40,995?

     

    Still not sure why the XT5 and XTS get standard V6 power, while Cadillac tries to peddle 4-cylinder power in the CTS and CT6.  Why not just make every Cadillac standard V6 then.

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    An RX 350 starts at $41,900, so what do we think the SRX will be?  $40,995?

     

    Still not sure why the XT5 and XTS get standard V6 power, while Cadillac tries to peddle 4-cylinder power in the CTS and CT6.  Why not just make every Cadillac standard V6 then.

     

    XTS is dead after 2019.

     

    XT5 weighs 400lbs more than CT6.

     

    Even if the XT5 shaves a full second off of the SRX 0-60 time (7.1 seconds), the 4-cylinder CT6 will still be half a second faster to 60 than the V6 XT5.

     

    Stop being a cylinder count snob and be a performance snob.

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    Crossover buyers don't care about performance, luxury sedan buyers often do.  Plus there is a refinement issue that a V6 will in most cases be smoother than a turbo 4, and refinement should trump all in a car like the CT6.

     

    XTS is here for 4 years still?!?!   I do think Buick should introduce a livery version of the LaCrosse and make the XTS $54,000 base price (make and standard), so the V6 XTS is priced more closely to the V6 CT6 and CTS.  This way if the Livery market still wants to buy a Cadillac, they will pay through the nose for it and Cadillac will make huge margins, while slowly forcing the livery market to Buick.

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    I've seen XTS hearses, I saw one today actually.  Glad they are getting out of that business.   A hearse or Limo doesn't need acceleration, or handling her performance, which is what Cadillac sedans are supposed to be about.  Let Buick serve that market.

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    I've seen XTS hearses, I saw one today actually.  Glad they are getting out of that business.   A hearse or Limo doesn't need acceleration, or handling her performance, which is what Cadillac sedans are supposed to be about.  Let Buick serve that market.

    It's been a Cadillac market for probably a century, though...acceleration, handling and performance have been Cadillac marketing attributes only in recent times..

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    But if Cadillac wants to go upscale and push their performance luxury attributes they need to leave the hearses and vinyl carriage roof Devilles behind.  And if GM wants to make Buick more premium and not just a slightly nicer Chevy, let them have Cadillac's old market.

     

    And back to XT5, I assume they are going after Lincoln MKX and Lexus RX here and not the Germans.  Which it would be nice if Cadillac could decide who they are targeting.  The ATS and CTS want to copy BMW, the SUVs Lincoln, and the CT6 the Kia K900 I guess.  Johan needs to get a plan going. 

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    • By William Maley
      If there was one vehicle that was the talk during Monterey Car Week, it would have to be the Cadillac Escala concept. Unlike other concepts that Cadillac has shown during this time, various ideas will appear on future Cadillac models.
      "There's a lot of stuff that's being captured here. All of that won't necessarily find itself coming out in one car; it will be spread through the portfolio," said Johan de Nysschen, Cadillac's president to Automotive News.
      One of the key items that will be spread around is the Escala's design. Compared to Cadillac's sharp and angular design language, the design on Escala is a complete departure with curves and smooth edges. de Nysschen said production models with this look will arrive in 2019. Automotive News speculates that the next-generation CTS (soon to be renamed CT5) will be the first model to sport the look.
      The twin-turbo 4.2L V8 is another part that will be appearing in future Cadillac models. One vehicle that might get it is the current CT6 sedan. When asked, de Nysschen wouldn't give an answer, only saying the brand is considering it for future models.
      But what about the Escala itself? If we go back to our original story on Friday, we pulled a quote from the press release made by de Nysschen saying the following,
      “Escala is a concept car, but one based upon the unrelenting rise of our product substance. Depending on the development of market segment for large luxury sedans, Escala is a potential addition to our existing product plan.”
      Would it take the place of the long-rumored CT8 or sit beside it? No one is quite sure. But de Nysschen did reveal one important detail about the CT8 project. The model is on hold, not canceled as some reports have said earlier in the year. The reason comes down consumers going toward crossovers and SUVs at a quick rate.
      "These are precisely the things that we are just saying: "Let's step back a moment and see whether it's just an energy/price thing, or is it a more sustained shake-up?'"
      de Nysschen said the brand is looking at various options at the moment such as merging the CT6 and CT8 into one vehicle like the Escala, using a new crossover as the flagship, or doing some combination of the two.
      Source: Automotive News (Subscription Required)

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    • By William Maley
      If there was one vehicle that was the talk during Monterey Car Week, it would have to be the Cadillac Escala concept. Unlike other concepts that Cadillac has shown during this time, various ideas will appear on future Cadillac models.
      "There's a lot of stuff that's being captured here. All of that won't necessarily find itself coming out in one car; it will be spread through the portfolio," said Johan de Nysschen, Cadillac's president to Automotive News.
      One of the key items that will be spread around is the Escala's design. Compared to Cadillac's sharp and angular design language, the design on Escala is a complete departure with curves and smooth edges. de Nysschen said production models with this look will arrive in 2019. Automotive News speculates that the next-generation CTS (soon to be renamed CT5) will be the first model to sport the look.
      The twin-turbo 4.2L V8 is another part that will be appearing in future Cadillac models. One vehicle that might get it is the current CT6 sedan. When asked, de Nysschen wouldn't give an answer, only saying the brand is considering it for future models.
      But what about the Escala itself? If we go back to our original story on Friday, we pulled a quote from the press release made by de Nysschen saying the following,
      “Escala is a concept car, but one based upon the unrelenting rise of our product substance. Depending on the development of market segment for large luxury sedans, Escala is a potential addition to our existing product plan.”
      Would it take the place of the long-rumored CT8 or sit beside it? No one is quite sure. But de Nysschen did reveal one important detail about the CT8 project. The model is on hold, not canceled as some reports have said earlier in the year. The reason comes down consumers going toward crossovers and SUVs at a quick rate.
      "These are precisely the things that we are just saying: "Let's step back a moment and see whether it's just an energy/price thing, or is it a more sustained shake-up?'"
      de Nysschen said the brand is looking at various options at the moment such as merging the CT6 and CT8 into one vehicle like the Escala, using a new crossover as the flagship, or doing some combination of the two.
      Source: Automotive News (Subscription Required)
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