Cadillac 2017 XT5 crossover unveiled by GM; gets more storage space, various safety features


GM has unveiled the specs of the latest crossover for its luxury brand Cadillac. Called the 2017 XT5, the automobile will make its debut during the Los Angeles Auto Show that will happen from November 20 to 29, 2015.

According to the official website for the 2017 XT5, the crossover has a spacious interior that can give up to 63 cubic feet of storage. What’s more, it has Remote Fold-Down Rear Seats that can “transform the rear row along a 40-20-40 split” for more space when needed without sacrificing accommodation for rear passengers.

Under the hood, the XT5 is powered by a 3.6-liter V6 engine that can produce up to 310 horsepower and 270 lb.-ft. of torque. The vehicle comes with eight speed automatic transmission, but buyers can also choose between an all-wheel drive or front-wheel drive transmissions. When it comes to fuel economy, the vehicle features the Active Fuel Management System which “turns off two of the engine’s cylinders” to conserve fuel.

On the product website, Cadillac says that the XT5 is equipped with Real Time Damping Suspension that helps reduce vibrations over rough roads. Likewise, with the Driver Select Mode feature, drivers can select Touring Mode, Sport Mode, or Snow/AWD Mode.

Other features of the new crossover from Cadillac include Surround Vision which gives a top view of the vehicle and the areas around it. Projected on a screen located in the middle of the dashboard, the view helps reduce blind spots. The XT5 also boasts the CUE with Phone Integration Technology infotainment system that offers services such as Radio, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and Pandora. The CUE is activated whenever it senses a hand near it so that the driver or passengers can easily access information, music, and contacts. Voice command and steering wheel controls are also supported by the system.

In terms of safety measures, the XT5 is loaded with the Head Up Display that projects the current speed, speed limit, and other information on the windshield. This aims to help drivers remain informed about driving conditions without taking their eyes off the road. Other safety technology devices include Pedestrian Collision Mitigation, Side Blind Zone Alert, and Lane Departure Warning.