2017 Cadillac XT5 Revealed - The Longer, Lighter SRX

Aaron Cole
by Aaron Cole
2017 cadillac xt5 revealed the longer lighter srx

Cadillac’s first next-generation crossover will sport a longer and lighter chassis than the outgoing SRX, the company announced Monday.

The XT5, which will be shown first in Dubai, will be unveiled at the Los Angeles Auto Show next week. The car will go on sale next year.

In addition to shaving nearly 300 pounds from the chassis, Cadillac announced that the car would be powered in the U.S. by the same 3.6-liter V-6 found in the ATS and CTS. Only a 2-liter turbocharged model will be available in China for the car’s first year. The XT5 will also sport an 8-speed automatic transmission and available all-wheel drive.

According to Cadillac, the XT5 will be built on GM’s new Chi platform that will eventually replace the Lambda ( Chevrolet Traverse, GMC Acadia, Buick Enclave) and Theta ( Chevrolet Equinox, Chevrolet Captiva, GMC Terrain, Cadillac SRX) architectures. The wheelbase of the XT5 is 2-inches longer than the SRX, increasing rear legroom by 3.2 inches, while overall length stays roughly the same. XT5’s track is 1-inch wider and overall width is 2.5 inches wider than the outgoing SRX.

Cadillac’s new crossover will sport a BMW-style joystick shifter for the automatic transmission and a slightly revised Cue system, although it appears that touch controls for volume and infotainment will live on.

Cadillac also showed off a new leather-wrapped, wood-inlaid steering wheel that includes driver controls lower on the wheel, but the instrument cluster looks nearly identical to the new Camaro’s center display; a digital screen surrounded by tachometer and speedometer.

Photos released by Cadillac show two different grilles for the XT5. The one with more bars will be equipped as part of the Platinum trim package.

According to the manufacturer, the XT5 will sport adaptive cruise, lane keep assist, blind-spot monitoring and parking assistance. The XT5 may not support Super Cruise, at least initially. However, the system was developed, in part, on SRX models. Super Cruise has been confirmed for the 2017 Cadillac CT6. A spokesman from Cadillac did not comment on when Super Cruise may be available in the XT5.

The XT5 will sport 18-inch wheels as standard and 20-inch wheels will be available as an option. Models with the 20-inch wheels will have continuous damping control.

According to Cadillac, vehicles with all-wheel drive can shift 100 percent of available power from front to rear axles, and from side-to-side across the rear axle.

Cadillac didn’t announce pricing for the XT5 nor when the car would go on sale.

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  • Derekson Derekson on Nov 10, 2015

    This thing looks like a winner. It looks way better and way more premium than the latest Lexus RX350, and has a similar V6 engine and similar interior space. Lexus has really opened the door for some competitors with the hideous and divisive styling on the latest models, and this Caddy just might be good enough to capitalize on that. Cadillac could really use a home run right now and I think this hits the mark.

    • RHD RHD on Nov 10, 2015

      It does nothing for me. The Cadillac engineers swung for the fences with all their might, but the bean counters bought their bat at Walmart... and it's a blooper to left, caught in front of the warning track for an out.

  • VenomV12 VenomV12 on Nov 10, 2015

    Those ghetto headlights they insist on continuing to use make this a non-starter for me, not to mention it looks like a slightly dressed up version of less models/brands, which it is I guess.

    • Derekson Derekson on Nov 12, 2015

      How is it a dressed up version of a lesser model/brand when it's the first vehicle released on this platform?

  • Nrd515 I bought an '88 S10 Blazer with the 4.3. We had it 4 years and put just about 48K on it with a bunch of trips to Nebraska and S. Dakota to see relatives. It had a couple of minor issues when new, a piece of trim fell off the first day, and it had a seriously big oil leak soon after we got it. The amazinly tiny starter failed at about 40K, it was fixed under some sort of secret warranty and we got a new Silverado as a loaner. Other than that, and a couple of tires that blew when I ran over some junk on the road, it was a rock. I hated the dash instrumentation, and being built like a gorilla, it was about an inch and a half too narrow for my giant shoulders, but it drove fine, and was my second most trouble free vehicle ever, only beaten by my '82 K5 Blazer, which had zero issues for nearly 50K miles. We sold the S10 to a friend, who had it over 20 years and over 400,000 miles on the original short block! It had a couple of transmissions, a couple of valve jobs, a rear end rebuild at 300K, was stolen and vandalized twice, cut open like a tin can when a diabetic truck driver passed out(We were all impressed at the lack of rust inside the rear quarters at almost 10 years old, and it just went on and on. Ziebart did a good job on that Blazer. All three of his sons learned to drive in it, and it was only sent to the boneyard when the area above the windshield had rusted to the point it was like taking a shower when it rained. He now has a Jeep that he's put a ton of money into. He says he misses the S10's reliablity a lot these days, the Jeep is in the shop a lot.
  • Jeff S Most densely populated areas have emission testing and removing catalytic converters and altering pollution devices will cause your vehicle to fail emission testing which could effect renewing license plates. In less populated areas where emission testing is not done there would probably not be any legal consequences and the converter could either be removed or gutted both without having to buy specific parts for bypassing emissions. Tampering with emission systems would make it harder to resell a vehicle but if you plan on keeping the vehicle and literally running it till the wheels fall off there is not much that can be done if there is no emission testing. I did have a cat removed on a car long before mandatory emission testing and it did get better mpgs and it ran better. Also had a cat gutted on my S-10 which was close to 20 years old which increased performance and efficiency but that was in a state that did not require emission testing just that reformulated gas be sold during the Summer months. I would probably not do it again because after market converters are not that expensive on older S-10s compared to many of the newer vehicles. On newer vehicles it can effect other systems that are related to the operating and the running of the vehicle. A little harder to defeat pollution devices on newer vehicles with all the systems run by microprocessors but if someone wants to do it they can. This law could be addressing the modified diesels that are made into coal rollers just as much as the gasoline powered vehicles with cats. You probably will still be able to buy equipment that would modify the performance of a vehicles as long as the emission equipment is not altered.
  • ToolGuy I wonder if Vin Diesel requires DEF.(Does he have issues with Sulfur in concentrations above 15ppm?)
  • ToolGuy Presented for discussion: https://xroads.virginia.edu/~Hyper2/thoreau/civil.html
  • Kevin Ford can do what it's always done. Offer buyouts to retirement age employees, and transfers to operating facilities to those who aren't retirement age. Plus, the transition to electric isn't going to be a finger snap one time event. It's going to occur over a few model years. What's a more interesting question is: Where will today's youth find jobs in the auto industry given the lower employment levels?