Cadil­lac XT5 is lux­ury cross­over with unique chas­sis, el­e­gant in­te­rior

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The first-ever 2017 Cross­over Tour­ing 5 (XT5) is a com­pre­hen­sively up­graded lux­ury cross­over and the cor­ner­stone of a new se­ries of crossovers in the brand’s on­go­ing ex­pan­sion. The first-ever XT5 be­gun 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 joined Cadil­lac’s lineup along with the range-top­ping CT6 Sedan. 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

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 re- clines and slides fore and aft, as well.

IN­TE­RIOR DE­SIGN

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 par- tic­u­larly 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

In the U.S. mar­ket, the 2017 Cadil­lac XT5 will be pow­ered by the new 3.6-li- ter 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 stops and starts 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 it al­lows for greater 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.

Due to the twin clutch de­sign, the AWD sys­tem is ca­pa­ble of trans­fer­ring up to 100 per­cent of avail­able torque to ei­ther the front or rear axle. Also, across the rear axle, the elec­tron­i­cally con­trolled

rear dif­fer­en­tial can direct up to 100 per­cent of avail­able torque to ei­ther wheel lat­er­ally. This ca­pa­bil­ity is de­signed for “split-co­ef­fi­cient” sur­faces, such as when there is more water, ice or snow on one side of the road sur­face than the other.

The AWD sys­tem is driver-con­trolled, and in­cludes a new “dis­con­nect” fea­ture that dis­ables the rear drive unit for im­proved fuel ef­fi­ciency and re­duced emis­sions.

The lightweight struc­ture of the XT5 is stiffer and stronger than the SRX due to the use of im­proved ma­te­ri­als and ad­vanced de­sign meth­ods. A di­ag­o­nal “A-frame” front chas­sis brace in the un­der­body was added to pro­vide a more solid driver feel and stiff­ness for the ve­hi­cle in turns.

The new sus­pen­sion fea­tures lightweight com­po­nents with a MacPher­son Strut de­sign in the front and a five-link in­de­pen­dent de­sign at the rear.

Stan­dard wheels are 18-inches with 20-inch wheels op­tional. All ver­sions equipped with 20-inch wheels have a Con­tin­u­ous Damp­ing Con­trol sys­tem to man­age ride con­trol in real time. Ad­di­tional ride bush­ings on the rear cra­dle are ex­clu­sive to the XT5 Plat­inum model and are specif­i­cally tuned to pro­vide added ride com­fort for rear seat pas­sen­gers.

TECH­NOL­OGY

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.

The Cadil­lac CUE sys­tem for con­nec­tiv­ity and con­trol is up­graded for the XT5. A faster and more pow­er­ful pro­ces­sor pro­vides best-ever re­sponse and ac­cu­racy. The XT5 fea­tures an in­te­grated wire­less charger for mo­bile de­vices, with a slot de­signed into the cen­ter con­sole. Like all Cadil­lac mod­els in 2016, XT5 fea­tures 4G wire­less con­nec­tiv­ity, with a stan­dard in­te­grated Wi-Fi hotspot and stan­dard Ap­ple CarPlay and An­droid Auto for sim­pler in-car phone in­te­gra­tion.

The rear lift­gate of the XT5 in­cludes hands-free op­er­a­tion, al­low­ing it to open or close via ges­ture con­trol be­neath the rear bumper.

An op­tional color re­con­fig­urable Heads-Up Dis­play is avail­able. Cadil­lac’s sig­na­ture LED light pipes are stan­dard in­side and out, while full LED head­lamps are op­tional. A Sur­round Vi­sion fea­ture en­ables a “bird’s eye” view of the perime­ter around the car to as­sist in park­ing.

In ad­di­tion, XT5 fea­tures Cadil­lac’s Driver Aware­ness and Driver As­sist pack­ages to aid vi­sion and col­li­sion avoid­ance. These in­clude au­to­matic front and rear brak­ing for low-speed con­di­tions, Lane Keep­ing As­sist, Rear Cross Traf­fic Alert, Side Blind Zone Alert, full-speed range Adap­tive Cruise Con­trol and Au­to­matic Park­ing As­sist.

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