Cadillac has taken its high-culture ambitions to new heights! A partnership launch gala with fashion-focused Public School in New York was topped off last night by a helicopter-assisted fly-by of the 2017 XT5 SUV.
Replacing the unloved by most — but driven by General Motors CEO Mary Barra — SRX crossover, the XT5 is sorely needed in the Cadillac range. Battling the Lexus RX350 and BMW X5, the XT5 is a critical missing addition to the next-gen Cadillac range. Despite the proliferation of mini SUVs, Cadillac has largely missed the boat.
So it took a helicopter instead?
This new XT5 looks extremely promising. All-new exteriors and interiors are fresh and cutting edge — blending Escalade levels of masculinity with CT6 luxury and efficiency. This new model’s pricing and engines are not yet known, but are likely to include a base 2.0-liter turbo four from the CTS for the first time. The upgraded engine may be a carry-over 3.6-liter V6 or possible even the twin-turbo V Sport CTS engine.
The XT5 is said to bow officially at the Dubai auto show in November, and will join the full Springtime auto show circuit worldwide.
Arrivals to showrooms are likely in June 2016 as a 2017 model-year, with base pricing in the mid-$40k range. Just in time for the Spring/Summer 2016 collections displayed this week at NY fashion week!
2017 Cadillac XT5