The upcoming 2018 Cadillac XT5 aims to woo the luxury car buyers who prefer performance over comfort. It brings fresh design and generous passenger space. This new model will replace the aging SRX. The luxury car segment is witnessing some new and interesting launches in recent times. While old-time players are revamping their portfolio, the newcomers are launching vehicles to woo more buyers.
2018 Cadillac XT5 – Design Update
The 2018 Cadillac XT5 has a new platform beneath it. It also benefits from overall body weight reduction. This, in turn, helps improve fuel economy to an extent. The 2018 XT5 is a five-passenger luxury SUV sold in 4 trims- base, Luxury, Premium Luxury and top-end Platinum. This model gets 18-inch wheels as standard and you may opt for 20-inch wheels.
The interior, like cars in this segment, oozes touch of luxury. Its Platinum trim gets the best leather trim, as expected. The abundant stitched leather and real wood make the cabin look gorgeous and elegant. The cargo capacity is 30 cubic feet in default setting- on par with what you get in rivals.
Amenities and Entertainment Options
The 2018 Cadillac XT5 comes with oodles of amenities and entertainment options. Furthermore. the base trim gets 18-inch wheels, rearview camera, rear parking sensors, automatic headlights, LED daytime running lights, leatherette upholstery, keyless ignition, dual-zone automatic climate control, remote engine start. Technology wise it gets 8 -inch central touch screen powered by CUE infotainment interface, smartphone integration, voice commands and OnStar with WiFi hotspot and 4G LTE connection. It also gets eight-speaker Bose sound system, 4 USB ports, and satellite radio.
In the XT5 Luxury trim, you get towing package, three-zone climate control, 14-speaker Bose sound system and also ventilated front seats. It gets forward collision alert and pedestrian detection, automatic high-beam headlights and lane departure warning. In Premium Luxury trim you get 20-inch wheels, ventilated front seats and illuminated door handles. However, the AWD only Platinum trim gets upgraded leather upholstery, premium floor mats, and three-zone climate control. Of special mention is the car’s Rear Camera Mirror system. This actually is a replacement of rearview mirror with a video display. This shows videos crisp and clear. It is also possible to use the real mirror instead of the video display.
All trims also get safety features like antilock disc brakes, stability control, traction control and a number of airbags. The Cadillac User Interface infotainment system is more user-friendly now and it offers excellent support for Smartphone OSes. It is similar to Chevrolet MyLink system in some ways.
2018 Cadillac XT5 – Engine Specifications
Under the hood of the 2018 Cadillac XT5, there sits a 3.6-liter V6 engine. It makes 310 HP. This engine will be mate to the eight-speed automatic transmission unit. The engine gets an automatic stop-start feature. Furthermore, the engine noise is almost inaudible in the cabin. The Adaptive dampers do a nice job of soaking in bumps. The Sports mode is good when you need immediate acceleration but most of the times you may use the Touring mode.
2018 Cadillac XT5 – Price and Availability
The new model Cadillac XT5 will reach showrooms for sale in late 2017. The price for base trims starts at $40,000 approx. Top end Platinum trim may cost close to $70,000.
Summing it up
There is no denying the appeal of 2018 Cadillac XT5 as a luxury midsized SUV. It gets the styling and cabin design spot on. The amenities and safety feature tick most of the boxes. It will find buyers despite competition from the likes of Lexus RX 350 and Lincoln MKX.