LA preview: 2017 Cadillac XT5

LA preview: 2017 Cadillac XT5

Cadillac has released new details on its upcoming XT5 crossover utility vehicle. The Cadillac XT5 will greet the pubic for the first time in the United States at the Los Angeles auto show.

The 2017 Cadillac XT5 will be roughly the same size as the SRX it replaces, but the automaker has managed to slash 278 pounds from the crossover’s curb weight. Cadillac says the XT5 will undercut the smaller Audi Q5 by 100 pounds.

Despite a similar footprint, the XT5 will offer an additional 3.2-inches of rear seat legroom over the outgoing SRX. That should boost the CUV’s appeal in an ever growing market segment.

Powering the 2016 XT5 will be a new 3.6L V6 that debuted in the Cadillac ATS and CTS earlier this year. The new mill is tuned to produce 310 horsepower and 270 lb-ft of torque. Although fuel economy figures were not released, the new 3.6L should be more efficient than the engine it replaces, thanks to a new eight-speed automatic transmission, automatic stop/start and cylinder deactivation.

Cadillac will offer a version of the XT5 with a 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder in China, so it’s possible that engine could eventually be offered here. However, Cadillac hasn’t announced official plans for the turbo-four in the U.S.

The XT5 will usher in Cadillac’s first-ever electronically controlled transmission shifter. Known as Electronic Precision Shift, the new shifter promises to reduce noise and free up a little more cabin space.

The XT5 will also use a new Rear Camera Mirror system. Set to debut not he XT5, as well as the flagship CT6, the system replaces the typical rearview mirror with a Liquid Crystal Display linked to a camera at the rear of the vehicle. The system is designed to enhance rearward visibility by removing the vehicle’s rear pillars and rear passenger’s from the driver’s like of sight.

following its LA debut, the 2017 Cadillac XT5 will go on sale during the spring of 2016.

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