The XT5 is fresh for 2017 with a quieter and smoother ride, extremely lavish cabin materials and design, plus a big leap up the roominess charts.
This makes sense: the two-row luxury crossover market is all about the kings in the second row. An extra 3.2-inches of legroom are welcome in the new reclining and sliding second row of the XT5.
The style of the XT5 outside is both fresh and slightly familiar: the nose and tail look very new and modern, yet the glasshouse is quite familiar. We also do not like the black plastic lower sills all around — it looks too much like a sinking tugboat. Full paintwork would dramatically help this awkward look. A dark color works too.
Under the swanky new nose and tail LED executions: an all-new eight-speed transmission and new “dual clutch” AWD system that enables a fuel-efficient 2WD lock mode, but can snap to a torque split between axles in a millisecond. Magnetic shocks with adjustable ride modes promises more ride comfort / sportiness tailoring. Drive modes are expected to include a much-smoother Comfort setting than the Escalade can manage over rough roads. A tighter Sport setting, however, will increase the grip and responsiveness of the 2017 model more than is possible currently.
The powertrain for the US and most global markets is a new 3.6-liter V6 engine making 310-horsepower. Front or AWD are options, plus a special 2.0-liter turbo engine choice for the Chinese market.
Cadillac promises the XT5 in showrooms around March or April, with pricing likely to rise slightly from the $38k base of the 2016 SRX, which takes a bow after the new XT5 takes its spot in the range.
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