During its lifetime, the Cadillac SRX became a popular luxury crossover by combining the brand’s signature aesthetic, attention to detail, capable performance and the comfort and convenience of a compact SUV. The SRX’s replacement, the 2017 Cadillac XT5, takes that winning formula and makes it even stronger with more cutting-edge technology, an award-winning interior and impressive capabilities all wrapped up in a bold-looking package.
The latest technology
A modern luxury vehicle is only as good as the amenities that it can offer its occupants. With a bevy of standard and available information, entertainment and safety technologies, the 2017 XT5 is arguably as good as it gets.
At the heart of the Cadillac XT5’s infotainment experience is the Cadillac CUE® Information and Media Control System, which can be accessed through a standard eight-inch diagonal color information display. CUE’s Natural Voice Recognition technology makes sending messages and issuing voice commands for apps all the easier. Phone Integration compatibility means that you will have full hands-free access to your smartphone, and four USB ports, two auxiliary power outlets and wireless charging technology ensure that your devices will never want for power.
For superior sound, the XT5 comes standard with a Bose® premium eight-speaker system that delivers music, audiobooks and podcasts with crystal clarity. Better still is the available 14-speaker Bose® Studio Surround Sound system, which makes every drive a concert-quality audio experience.
Making the 2017 Cadillac XT5 an ideal family hauler is a plethora of available safety features, including a full-color Head Up Display, Side Blind Zone Alert, Pedestrian Collision Mitigation, Automatic Collision Braking, Automatic Park Assist, Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning and Rear-Cross Traffic Alert. Every Cadillac XT5 also comes standard with five years of OnStar Basic and services including OnStar Automatic Crash Response and OnStar Emergency Services.
The 2017 Cadillac XT5 represents the continuation of the brand’s instantly-recognizable Art and Science aesthetic nomenclature, maintaining bold lines and sweeping proportions while focusing on balance and cohesiveness of design. The bigger and bolder Cadillac badge adorns a striking grille flanked by powerful headlamps. Options including standard 18-inch blade silver painted aluminum wheels and 20-inch aluminum wheels with Sterling Silver painted finish support a strength in stance while naturally drawing the eye. Exterior hues like Bronze Dune Metallic, Red Passion Tintcoat and Dark Adriatic Blue Metallic complete the exterior elegance in fetching fashion.
On the inside, the XT5 is replete with Cadillac’s luxurious touches. One of WardsAuto’s 2016 10 Best Interiors, the Cadillac XT5 has a cozy and clean cabin that utilizes handcrafted cut-and-sewn upholstery available in Jet Black or Maple Sugar with Black Accents and is finished with bold Okapi deco wood trim. Eight-way driver and six-way front passenger seats ensure comfort on trips of any length, while second-row 40/20/40 seats with slide and recline allow for rear passenger comfort or up to 63 cubic feet of cargo utility when necessary.
Power to move
Because power is an imperative, every 2017 Cadillac XT5 is delivered with an all-new, 3.5-liter V6 with Direct Injection and Variable Valve Timing technology. This enables an output of 310 horsepower and 271 lb-ft of torque, while Automatic Stop/Start and a capable eight-speed automatic transmission make it more fuel-efficient. Available All-Wheel Drive twin-clutch improves handling and performance in general and when driving in inclement weather, and Driver Select Mode and real-time damping suspension ensure that every drive is tailored specifically to your needs.
The Cadillac SRX established itself as the premier name in its segment with the flair expected of the Cadillac brand. The new 2017 Cadillac XT5 promises to both carry the torch for the SRX and ensure that its flame burns even brighter.
This article is presented by Autoteam Delaware in Wilmington, Delaware.