5 Things We Already Know About the 2017 Cadillac XT5

Cadillac has announced it’s getting into the luxury crossover market and to lead the charge is the North American debut of the 2017 Cadillac XT5 at the LA Auto Show.

It’s a completely new vehicle, residing on a unique chassis and structure. Cadillac is making it clear that this isn’t just a new SRX.

It’s engine isn’t new to Cadillac. The 2017 Cadillac XT5 will be powered by the 3.6-liter V6 engine, which debuted earlier in 2015 in the automaker’s ATS and CTS sport sedans. The engine is also available for the all-new CT6. It gives drivers 310 hp and 270 lb-ft of torque to use as they see fit.

Can’t drive a stick? No problem. Cadillac is offering a new 8-speed automatic transmission as standard for the XT5. The new transmission also debuts Electronic Precision Shift, which, according to the brand, “reduces noise and vibration, and allows further use of the cabin space with a storage space beneath the center console.”

Cadillac has enhanced the driver’s rear vision by 300% with the Rear Camera Mirror system. Gone are the days of the traditional rearview mirror. The Rear Camera Mirror system uses a LCD video display applied over the conventional inside rearview mirror, streaming video feed of the XT5’s surroundings, using technology that removes “obstacles” such as roof pillars and rear seat passengers.

It comes in a Platinum edition. The XT5 Platinum option gives drivers unique interior and exterior trim and materials and combines them with the highest technology features available. 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.

The first-ever Cadillac XT5 premieres this month at the Dubai and Los Angeles auto shows and begins production in the U.S. and China in spring 2016.

image courtesy of Cadillac

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