We’ve been keeping a close eye on Cadillac and how it is developing its digital media strategy. First it flaunted the performance of its V-Series Cadillacs, then it demonstrated the capabilities of the CT6 and highlighted the various features of the ATS family. Now, the luxury brand is showing off the XT5.
The midsize luxury crossover represents a bold, new examples of the Cadillac design language, as well as the most refined and sophisticated crossover the brand has ever created.
Under the hood of the 2016 Cadillac XT5 the 3.6L LGX V6 putting out an estimated 310 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque while also delivering impressive new fuel-saving technologies such as automatic engine Stop/Start and Active Fuel Management (otherwise known as AFM and cylinder deactivation). Zero to sixty times aren’t necessarily a talking point for such a vehicle, but we’ve seen times in the 6 to 7-second area. If that’s not enough for you, perhaps you’ll be excited to hear that a more spirited XT5 V-Sport model is possible, which we expect will be powered by GM’s 3.0L twin-turbo V6 LGW while featuring a more sporty appearance thanks to several exterior enhancements.
Back to the XT5: a real-time damping suspension adjusts to road and driving conditions for a smoother ride. Meanwhile, an optional Twin-Clutch AWD system can shift 100 percent of the engine’s power to the wheels with the most traction in a fraction of a second.
Cadillac’s newest crossover also offers all of the newest technologies, including Cadillac phone integration with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and OnStar 4G LTE with Wi-Fi. An available hands-free power liftgtate allows owners to open the hatch with a gesture of the foot, while available heated front and rear seats deliver a greater amount of comfort. A network of safety systems uses camera technology and ultra-sonic sensors is available to provide active driver assistance in such features as Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning as well as Front and Rear Automatic Braking. Meanwhile, Cadillac’s award-winning rear camera mirror offers substantially greater vision at the flip of a switch.
On the inside, owners can choose between a range of interiors, including fine leather surfaces and wood or carbon fiber finishes throughout the cabin. The 40-20-40 split-folding rear seat offers an immense amount of flexibility in transporting cargo. And to help keep items organized in the back, the XT5 offers an available Cargo Management System; comprised of a set of sturdy, sliding and locking beams, the system is useful when it’s necessary to keep cargo separated or organized.
All in all: great looks? Check. Adequate performance? Check. Quality interior? Absolutely. Ample amounts of flexible cargo space? Totally. Gobs of advanced safety and connectivity tech? Thoroughly.
The GM Authority Take
It’s nice to see Caddy’s newest product in the spotlight. And though the videos don’t tell us anything we didn’t already know, we imagine that the goal was to inform a younger audience not necessarily familiar with the latest happenings at Cadillac or the auto industry at large.
And if there’s one more thing to take away from all this, it’s that Cadillac’s upcoming onslaught of crossovers to flank the XT5 can’t come soon enough. See more on future Cadillacs.