Cadillac vehicles 2017

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As luxury SUVs have gone from relative obscurity to regulars in the valet line, competition has grown fierce, and the measure of overall goodness has been steadily on the rise. And that is how it should be; pretty good just doesn’t cut it anymore.

Unfortunately for Cadillac, the new XT5 rates as merely pretty good in the face of worthy competition, including the excellent 2017 Jaguar F-Pace and more established class leaders such as the BMW X3 and the Porsche Macan. While the XT5 is a big improvement over the SRX it replaces, owners of that SRX may be the only ones who are jealous.

HIGHS: Modern chiseled design, mostly luxurious interior, spacious.

A 310-horsepower version of General Motors’ corporate 3.6-liter V-6 that first appeared in the 2016 CTS and ATS sedans serves in the XT5; it’s a 24-valve, direct-injected powerplant that gets the job done but falls short on both power and refinement when compared against competitors’ powertrains. When pushed, the engine has a decidedly unluxurious coarseness, and it doesn’t always play nice with the eight-speed automatic transmission. Part-throttle downshifts are slow in coming, especially when merging onto a busy highway or at other times when a quick response would be ideal. But shifts can be abrupt in normal driving situations. For example, when coasting down from higher speeds while approaching, say, a red light that changes to green­, stepping back onto the gas pedal elicits a momentary pause and then a jerk. There’s a lot going on that may contribute to this behavior, with Cadillac’s V-6 employing both a cylinder-shutdown mode to save fuel under light loads and stop/start technology (which, annoyingly, cannot be disabled). Whatever the cause(s), it ends up feeling less smooth and refined than the segment leaders. Cadillac’s work-around is to select Tap Shift mode by clicking the lever past the D position, using the two paddles hidden behind the steering-wheel spokes to choose your own gears—but it’s one we doubt few owners will employ.

Lots of Leather-Lined Room

Inside, the news is better, for the most part. The interior in our top-of-the-line Platinum-trim test car was wrapped in padded and stitched leather, real wood, and brushed-metal surfaces that make the XT5 look and feel every bit the part of a luxury SUV. Most pieces fit together well, and some details, such as the single metal insert circling the steering-wheel hub, are nicely styled and well thought out. The heated and ventilated front seats are well padded and comfortable, with a variety of power adjustments including lumbar for the driver and front passenger and seat-cushion extenders for added thigh support. The cabin is spacious all around, with generous head- and legroom up front and a spacious back seat with a flat floor. Taller passengers will find headroom is limited in the back due to the panoramic sunroof. Fortunately, the rear seats recline and also slide fore and aft. Handy, if somewhat flimsy, levers on either side of the cargo area can be used to flop the rear seatbacks forward nearly flat, even if they’re heavy to pull back upright. Even with the backrest up, the Cadillac has a bigger cargo hold than most competitors in the luxury set.

A closer look at the interior reveals some inconsistencies in both material quality and assembly. Everything you normally see and touch looks and feels good, but there’s evidence of cost cutting or parts sharing with cheaper models. The lower surfaces of the console and doors are decidedly less upscale, largely made of hard-surfaced, flimsy-feeling plastics. The center-stack bin is lined in cheap-looking material. The stitching on both front seats was uneven on our test car, and we found bits of rough flashing inside the front passenger-side door pull.

LOWS: Powertrain not up to luxury-class standards, awkward electronic shifter, inconsistent fit and finish.

We did like what has to be one of the coolest phone slots in the business. Tucked under the console-compartment lid, it keeps your device handy but largely out of sight, with just the top edge sticking out. That not only makes it less obvious to thieves should you leave your phone behind, it may help keep weak-willed phone junkies from playing Words with Friends on the road. Plus, the compartment doubles as a wireless charging station for those with compatible phones. For everybody else, dual USB ports keep devices charged without cords draped everywhere, while standard Android Auto and Apple CarPlay add to the convenience.

A real buzzkill in the Cadillac is its electronic shifter. It requires a combination of button pushing and manipulation to engage reverse, which is a longish throw forward and to the left. It’s awkward to use at best, and everyone who drove the XT5 complained that they couldn’t get used to it no matter how much time they spent in the vehicle.

The instruments are bright and legible, although a variety of fonts and gauge styles smacks of raiding the GM parts bin rather than presenting a unified, more upscale look. The XT5’s CUE infotainment system uses a vibrant 8.0-inch high-resolution touchscreen, and the system is less confusing and wonky than some earlier incarnations. Still, some basic functions like regulating airflow require more steps than they should, and the sliding bar for radio volume does not always respond. We usually avoided that annoyance by using the redundant controls on the steering wheel, but a simple knob would also do the trick just fine while being accessible to the front passenger.

Is Competence Sufficient?

On the road, the XT5 exhibits inoffensive driving manners. Neither engaging nor off-putting, it steers, rides, and handles well enough in everyday driving and is quiet at highway speeds (although the competing Mercedes-Benz GLC-class and BMW X3 are quieter still). But again, it lacks the crisp feel and responses of more refined competitors—and goes easy on the sport part of the sport-utility equation. The result is an overall sense of competence rather than driving enjoyment.

At the test track, the XT5 accomplished the zero-to-60-mph run in 6.6 seconds, which seems sufficient for most road uses. Until you consider that a like-priced Audi SQ5 makes the run in 5.2 seconds with its supercharged V-6, the BMW X3 xDrive35i gets to 60 mph in 5.3 seconds with its turbocharged inline-six, and the Mercedes GLC300 4MATIC does it in 5.9 seconds with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder. Yes, they’re all forced-induction engines while the Cadillac is naturally aspirated—but if these are the XT5’s targets, the question is why you’d aim low. The XT5’s skidpad rating of 0.84 g and braking distance from 70 mph in 174 feet are more in line with these competitors, excepting only the Audi in its performance-oriented S trim. But the SQ5 is a hoot to drive and costs about the same as the Cadillac with options.

To its credit, the XT5’s all-wheel-drive system and electronically controlled rear differential masterfully distribute torque to manage traction and enhance handling. Our test driver called out its pleasantly neutral attitude on the skidpad and the way the rear axle helps rotate the car without the pronounced understeer typical of such crossovers. The system can distribute 100 percent of torque to either the front or rear axle as conditions warrant, and the differential can split the rear axle’s share left to right enough to put all the power to one wheel. This nifty technology contributes to the XT5’s safe and secure demeanor on the road—and could prove truly advantageous if Cadillac decides to add a more performance-oriented variant to the range.

You might expect the vaunted GM attention to weight saving would give the Cadillac a fuel-economy advantage, but in our test it returned only 19 mpg, worse by 2 mpg than what we measured for the Mercedes and by 1 mpg than the BMW. Cadillac’s avowed mission to combat the German brands shouldn’t blind us to the reality that the burgeoning segment also includes the likes of the Lincoln MKX, the Land Rover Range Rover Evoque, and the Lexus RX350, against which the XT5 looks stronger. None of those can run with the Audi, BMW, or Mercedes, either, and the Cadillac offers clear advantages over these midpack contenders.

XT5 prices start at just under $40,000, but we doubt you’ll find many in that range on dealer lots; we also doubt that anybody shopping this segment would want one. Base models are available only with front-wheel drive and lack everything from leather seats to a sunroof. Our XT5 Platinum, on the other hand, was loaded to its panoramic glass roof with all kinds of goodies: tri-zone automatic climate control, heated rear seats, a surround-view camera, and a nifty cargo-organizing system. It even had the trick inside mirror that shows a video display from the rearview camera, giving a wider-angle view than a regular mirror—and one unimpeded by rear pillars or rear-seat passengers—but showing traffic as appearing smaller; for those who don’t like it, it can be switched off to function like a regular mirror.

Standard electronic driver aids on the XT5 Platinum include automatic braking, park assist, and a lane-keeping system. All in, the price came to just shy of $64,000. That’s a serious chunk of change. Especially for an SUV that’s just pretty good.

Specifications

Specifications

2017 Cadillac XT5 AWD

VEHICLE TYPE
front-engine, 4-wheel-drive, 5-passenger, 4-door hatchback

PRICE AS TESTED
$63,845 (base price: $63,495)

ENGINE TYPE
DOHC 24-valve V-6, aluminum block and heads, direct fuel injection
Displacement
223 cu in, 3649 cc
Power
310 hp @ 6700 rpm
Torque
271 lb-ft @ 5000 rpm

TRANSMISSION
8-speed automatic with manual shifting mode

DIMENSIONS
Wheelbase: 112.5 in
Length: 189.5 in
Width: 75.0 in
Height: 66.0 in
Passenger volume: 104 cu ft
Cargo volume: 30 cu ft
Curb weight: 4334 lb

C/D TEST RESULTS
60 mph: 6.6 sec
100 mph: 17.8 sec
120 mph: 30.2 sec
Rolling start, 5–60 mph: 7.0 sec
Top gear, 30–50 mph: 3.4 sec
Top gear, 50–70 mph: 4.7 sec
¼-mile: 15.2 sec @ 93 mph
Top speed (C/D est): 130 mph
Braking, 70–0 mph: 174 ft
Roadholding, 300-ft-dia skidpad: 0.84 g

C/D FUEL ECONOMY
Observed: 19 mpg
Highway driving: 23 mpg
Highway range: 500 miles

EPA FUEL ECONOMY
City/highway: 18/26 mpg

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2017 Cadillac Model Lineup

Designed to be sleek, stylish, and sporty, the ATS sports car offers drivers the option of both a 2-door and 4-door model. The Cadillac ATS gets up to 30 mpg on the highway*, depending on which of the two capable, powerful engines drivers choose.
A companion to the standard ATS nameplate, the ATS-V also comes in either a 2- or 4-door body configuration while also providing more performance-focused features. With a twin-turbo V6 under the hood that cranks out 464 horsepower, the ATS-V can do anything.
This luxury mid-size car offers fresh style for the new model year as well as some new packages and available features. There are three different engine choices, with the range-topping option delivering 420 horsepower, and drivers can also opt for all-wheel drive.
The high-performance variant of the standard CTS delivers 640 horsepower with a supercharged V8 engine mated to an eight-speed transmission. With rear-wheel drive, owners can enjoy the powerful, smooth handling of the CTS-V.
This full-size flagship sedan seats five passengers, providing them with features and materials in the interior that contribute to an upscale, luxurious vibe full of comfort and entertainment. For 2017, you can even choose a hybrid model.
With only one engine option under its hood, the Escalade flawlessly produces 420 horsepower while still achieving 22 mpg on the highway*. It comes with plenty of space for both cargo and passengers, as well as tons of luxury features, both standard and available.
Features like heated and ventilated seats, smartphone connectivity with Cadillac’s CUE system, and leather upholstery grant the XTS sedan a level of unprecedented grace and sophistication. 
All-new for 2017, the XT5 is Cadillac’s entry in the luxury crossover segment. With all the latest in modern tech, amenities, and comforts, the XT5 provides plenty of power and efficiency, with a fuel rating of 27 mpg highway* with the standard 310 horsepower engine.
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Vehicle Highlights

  • Lightweight construction elevates efficiency and driving performance
  • All-new design and structure increases interior space without adding bulk
  • New V6 engine and advanced all-wheel drive
  • New tech includes rear camera mirror, Apple Carplay & Android auto compatibility, new CUE system

Product Information

Cadillac XT5 Initiates New Series of Cadillac Luxury Crossovers

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 -- Lightweight, efficient package enables more space

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 reclines and slides fore and aft, as well.

Read more

 

INTERIOR DESIGN -- New Cadillac interior design theme emphasizes space and craftsmanship

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 particularly 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.”

Read more

 

POWERTRAIN -- Advanced powertrains add to efficiency and dynamics

In the U.S. market, the 2017 Cadillac XT5 will be powered by the new 3.6-liter 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 SAE-certified peak output of 310-horsepower and 271 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 stop and start 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 allows further 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.

Read more

 

TECHNOLOGY -- Advanced technology systems add luxury, safety

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. 

Read more

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Appendix

CHASSIS -- Lightweight, efficient package enables more space


Lightweight, efficient package enables more space

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 reclines and slides fore and aft, as well.

This was achieved using many of the techniques applied on the Cadillac CTS and ATS sport sedans – the lightest cars in their respective segments.  This includes the use of laser welding, ultra high-strength steel and advanced analytics that ensure a stronger structure, and excellent crash performance with less overall bulk.

“The new XT5 takes the lessons learned from Cadillac’s highly acclaimed lightweight and agile luxury cars and adjusts the formula for the unique desires of the crossover vehicle customer,” says David Leone, Cadillac executive chief engineer. “Reducing mass and bulk not only improves driving dynamics, it enables us to improve interior space and fuel efficiency.”

The new architecture delivers a wheelbase two inches longer than the SRX, and a track one inch wider, enabling more useable interior space. However, the XT5’s overall length, width and height are fractionally smaller than the SRX. This gives the car a firmly planted stance, and a lean and sleek look.

 

 

INTERIOR DESIGN-- New Cadillac interior design theme emphasizes space and craftsmanship


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, 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 particularly 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.”

Cadillac will offer a Platinum edition for the first time in this segment.  Made popular initially on Cadillac’s Escalade, the XT5 Platinum includes unique interior and exterior trim and materials and combines them with the highest technology features. In total, the XT5 includes five interior color and trim choices, with decorative trim options ranging from carbon fiber to two types of aluminum and three types of genuine wood.

 

 

POWERTRAIN -- Advanced powertrains add to efficiency and dynamics


In the U.S. market, the 2017 Cadillac XT5 will be powered by the new 3.6-liter 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 -- Advanced technology systems add luxury, safety


The first-ever XT5 includes Cadillac’s latest production systems in 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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