A new powertrain for the XT5 consists of a 3.6-liter V6 engine that produces 310 horsepower and 271 pound-feet of torque. Active Fuel Management can shut down two of the six cylinders when the XT5 is pulling a light-to-moderate load, and full power isn’t needed. Standard Stop/start technology can cut the engine at traffic stops, as a fuel-saving measure. Fuel economy is estimated at 19 mpg in city driving and 27 mpg on the highway (22 mpg combined), dropping to 18/26 mpg (city/highway) with all-wheel drive.
An electronically-controlled shifter operates the new eight-speed automatic transmission, which includes paddle shifters. Front-drive is standard, but a newly available “twin-clutch” all-wheel-drive system can send up to 100 percent of engine torque to the rear if need be, as well as from side to side.
Built on a slightly longer wheelbase than the SRX, the new XT5 is a bit more compact. Lightweight construction helps provide greater interior space. As a heft comparison, Cadillac says the XT5 is more than 650 pounds lighter than a Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class. Standard wheels are 18-inch, but 20-inch tires are available.
Cadillac sought a strong visual presence for the XT5, and flowing lines are separated by crisp edges. Fitting between sweptback headlights is a big grille that contains a floating Cadillac emblem. Vertical LED running lights are mounted, along with wraparound taillights. A horizontal orientation of the dashboard surfaces helps give the cabin a wider appearance, and cut-and-sewn wrapped panels are the rule. Back-seat legroom is 3.2 inches greater than in an SRX. The rear seat reclines and slides fore/aft.
A newly available Rear Camera Mirror system is said to enhance rearward vision by 300 percent, displaying the exterior view within the inside rearview mirror. Software even deletes obstacles such as the car’s roof, rear pillars, and back-seat passengers from the displayed view. Cadillac’s CUE infotainment has been upgraded, and the system is compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
The base XT5 comes with dual-zone automatic climate control, a power liftgate, keyless access, remote start, heated front seats, Bose eight-speaker audio, rearview camera, and OnStar with 4G LTE. All-wheel drive and many special features are unavailable.