Ahead of its debut in Los Angeles Auto Show, Cadillac officially unveiled the all new XTS crossover, the SRX replacement.
The new Crossover Touring XT will play a major role in Cadillac’s plans of ongoing expansion and, also, to compete against similar models of the German trio, Mercedes, BMW and Audi. The first-ever XT5 premieres this month at the Dubai and Los Angeles auto shows and begins production in the US and China in spring 2016. “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 and it’s pivotal to our ongoing growth,” said Cadillac President Johan de Nysschen. The crossover is following the launch of the CT6 sedan, another model in which the brand has high hopes.
In the US market, the 2017 Cadillac XT5 will be powered by the new 3.6-liter V6 engine developing 310-horsepower which was introduced 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 automatically switch to a fuel-saving 4-cylinder mode under low or moderate loads. For China, the crossover will be offered with a standard 2.0-liter four-cylinder, both engines featuring a start&stop system. In terms of transmissions, a new 8-speed automatic transmission is available, and a “twin clutch” all-wheel drive system as an option. 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.