Those following our coverage of the all-new, 2017 Cadillac XT5, you will already know that the vehicle introduces an all-new structure and platform. The new architecture will allow the crossover to shed a considerable amount of weight, thereby improving fuel economy and various handling characteristics. But just how much weight does the XT5 shed?
Compared to the outgoing, second-generation Cadillac SRX in front-wheel drive form, the 2017 Cadillac XT5 is estimated to be 278 pounds (126 kg) lighter. The weight savings are not as significant with the all-wheel drive model, which will be 165 pounds (75 kg) lighter than a comparable second-gen SRX with AWD due to the heft of the additional drivetrain componentry.
|Model:||2017 Cadillac XT5||2016 Cadillac SRX||+ / – XT5|
|Est. curb weight (FWD) (lb / kg):||3999 / 1814||4277 / 1940||-278 / -126|
|Est. curb weight (AWD) (lb / kg):||4277 / 1940||4442 / 2015||-165 / -75|
In addition, the new Cadillac crossover is lighter than several competitors. For instance, the XT5 is:
- 100 pounds (45 kg) lighter than the Audi Q5, despite the Cadillac being seven inches longer
- Over 650 pounds (295 kg) lighter than the Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class, which is roughly the same size as the XT5
Even so, triple-digit savings in weight are nothing to sneeze at, especially given that the XT5 is the same (mid) size as the SRX but with a longer wheelbase and more interior space. Nothing to sneeze at, at all, in fact.
Up next: see how Cadillac dropped the weight of the XT5 while maintaining structural stiffness, rigidity and safety.