By Shereen Shabnam
Luxury crossover vehicles is popular this year with almost every brand so we ventured out to test the Cadillac XT5 crossover which combines space, luxury and high-tech convenience resulting in a perfect lightweight Touring vehicle.
The 2017 Cadillac XT5 is powered by a 3.6-liter V6 engine that previously seen in the brand’s ATS and CTS sport sedans and is currently featured in the CT6. With SAE-certified peak output of 310 horsepower (231 kW) and 367 Nm (271 lb-ft) of torque, the V6 uses variable valve timing for strong response and smooth power delivery.
Much lighter that the SRX, the Cadillac XT5 comes with a design structure specifically created to improve fuel economy, driving dynamics and interior space. It is powered by a 3.6-liter V6 engine that previously were introduced in the ATS and CTS sport sedans and now used in the CT6.
Key features include the rear camera mirror, Apple CarPlay & Android Auto compatibilities, auto-heated steering wheel and front- and rear-seat USB capabilities. There is space for both phones and tablets in the center console, WiFi capabilities and charging ports conveniently accessible in the front and rear seats.
Interior surfaces inside the XT5 are wider and more horizontal in orientation, emphasizing space-efficiency with the usual cut-and-sewn wrapped panels. It is simple but sophisticated with reduced visual noise and clutter. The XT5 includes five interior color and trim choices, with decorative trim options ranging from carbon fiber to two types of aluminum and four types of genuine wood.
Cadillac’s 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.
An 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 the cabin space to be further utilized with an innovative storage space beneath the center console.
The 2018 XT5 sets a high standard for technology and safety features. Cadillac’s patented new industry-leading Rear Camera Mirror system is standard on 2018 XT5 Platinum models. The system enhances the driver’s rear vision by 300 percent, using a video display applied over the conventional inside rearview mirror. A Surround Vision feature enables a “bird’s eye” view of the perimeter around the car in parking as well.
The crossover’s lean and sleek design and structure reflect the renowned Cadillac expertise for lightweight and agile luxury cars with improved interior space and fuel efficiency. The exterior stands out with flowing uninterrupted lines separated by crisp edges and hence reflects a more elegant, clean and modern craftsmanship.