GM shows off XT5 crossover vehicle to replace SRX – USA TODAY
General Motors on Monday revealed its replacement for the Cadillac SRX crossover — 2017 Cadillac XT5 — with production set to begin next spring in the U.S. and China.
The XT5, shown off in Dubai, represents the latest evolution in Cadillac’s bid to distance itself from its old naming convention and win the hearts of customers who are wedded to German luxury brands Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz.
GM has committed $12 billion to enhance and expand Cadillac lineup globally so it can play on the same turf as its rivals. The arrival of a redesigned mid-size crossover comes at a convenient time for Cadillac, which now has a new weapon to wield as shoppers flock to bigger vehicles.
“We’re still in the early days in building that brand,” GM CEO Mary Barra told USA TODAY in an interview last month. “But it’s going to take time. So what you’re going to see from us is disciplined execution that will take five to 10 years. But we’re seeing progress right now.”
Cadillac President Johan de Nysschen has moved the brand’s marketing headquarters to New York to be closer to trends in a variety of luxury goods markets. But the fight must be won in the showroom.
Earlier this year de Nysschen said Audi added 30,000 in sales in 2014 from crossover segments in which Cadillac had no product.
After the CT6 fullsize sedan set for shipping to dealers late this year or early 2016, the XT5 is the second new-from-the-ground-up model in Cadillac’s arsenal.
“The XT5 not only enters the most popular segment in the worldwide luxury auto market, it is the first of four new crossovers from Cadillac,” de Nysschen said in a statement. “It’s pivotal to our ongoing growth, which is why we’ve developed XT5 from the inside out to provide customers with more space, technology, luxury and efficiency.”
The XT5 sold in the U.S. will be powered by a 3.6-liter 6-cylinder engine that was introduced earlier this year in the 2016 Cadillac ATS and CTS. The engine features GM’s active fuel management system, which automatically deactivates two cylinders at lower speeds to save fuel. The six-cylinder engine has a peak performance of 310 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque.
In China the XT5 will be offered with a 2-liter turbo-charged four-cylinder engine.
In both markets the engine will be mated with an 8-speed automatic transmission. A new twin-clutch all-wheel drive system will be available as an option.
Safety will be enhanced by a new rear camera mirror system that debuts on the XT5 and the new CT6 fullsize sedan. This system includes a video display over the conventional inside mirror. That camera records images behind the car, streams the image to video processing software that removes obstacles such as the roof, rear pillars and rear-seat passengers.
USA TODAY reporter Nathan Bomey contributed to this report.