Cadillac’s revival continues apace with this, the XT5, set to debut at the Los Angeles Motor Show later this week.
Replacing the SRX, the XT5 is the first of four new crossovers that Cadillac will launch in the next few years. It’s pitched against the Audi Q5, BMW X3, Jaguar F-Pace, Lexus NX, Mercedes GLC, Porsche Macan and Range Rover Evoque – we may have missed a couple. That’s very stiff competition, but Cadillac’s recent ATS and CTS saloons have proven to be just about the equal of Europe’s finest.
The Cadillac XT5, the first car with Cadillac’s new crossover-only XT designation, sits on a brand-new chassis that cuts weight and increases space. Though it’s no lightweight – the all-wheel-drive version tips the scales at 1,940kg – the XT5 weighs up to 126kg less than the outgoing SRX.
An extra 50mm in the wheelbase adds a significant 810mm of rear leg room over the SRX, as well. The length of 4,815mm and width of 1,903mm are virtually identical.
We’re not sure it’s a handsome car, but the XT5’s angular styling, both inside and out, is certainly bold. The interior features a large-format touchscreen compatible with Apple Carplay and Android Auto, and a band of wood trim across the centre of the steering wheel that probably shouldn’t work but somehow does.
Suspension is by MacPherson strut at the front and five-link at the rear, which should give secure handling and a sophisticated ride. As standard, the XT5 rolls on 18in wheels; 20s are optional, combining with adaptive dampers.
Core engine choice in the US is a 3.6-litre V6 petrol engine, produced 310bhp and 270lb/ft of torque. It’s attached to an eight-speed automatic gearbox with standard front-wheel-drive or optional ‘twin-clutch’ all-wheel-drive. Chinese market cars gets a 2.0-litre, four-cylinder turbo motor.
Cadillac hasn’t confirmed if the XT5 will be available in Europe, yet. It is known to be planning a concerted attack on the European market, including both diesel and right-hand-drive – i.e. UK – models. Given the success of mid-size luxury crossovers here, bringing the XT5 across would be a no-brainer.
Production starts in the US and China early in 2016.
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By Only Motors