The newly announced 2018 Cadillac XT5 is supposed to be the replacement car for the SRX, the midsize crossover Cadillac car which they are putting on hiatus. Cadillac has been on a mend for quite some time and the sales have been staggering. In order to save what could be saved, Cadillac introduced their V-lineup in an attempt to attract younger audiences, but the style they introduced was dated so it did not really work. But they are hoping that with the introduction of cars like the CTS, ATS and CT6 they manage to get people’s attention. The new 2018 Cadillac XT5 is also a part of that reviving lineup.
With the new crew on board, they promised that they are going to give the SRX the overhaul it deserves. It only starts with the name change but there will be much more than that as they are giving us a new styling for a completely new look and also a completely newly added engine as well. We will see if this is enough to bring the car back to the top of the luxury segment.
The pictures which arrived and which showed how well the new XT5 looks were enough to make us feel interested. We realize that we are not the only people who want to see more of this car and we are preparing for the upcoming release date with our review.
When is the Release Date for the 2018 Cadillac XT5?
The newest and updated 2018 Cadillac XT5 will be hitting the market pretty early. In fact the release date has already been set and we will see this car available for sale since April this year. This is a good move from the makers in Cadillac as they are bringing the model to us as early as possible to enjoy.
What is the Potential Price?
The price is not a mystery any more as they rates for the 2018 Cadillac XT5 have already been released. The new models is brought to us in four trim levels, with the base one costing $38,995 as a base MSRP, while the top-tier XT5 Platinum being valued at $62,500.
Compared to the SRX, the new 2018 Cadillac XT5 looks a lot more sophisticated than before. This is all because of the new design language that Cadillac is employing for the newest fleet of vehicles which are scheduled to come out. The most changes happened in the front end of the car with vertical integrated LED headlights moved down close to the separate set of LEDs on the air intakes. It really makes the front part of the car more aggressive compared to before.
The rear end of the XT5 looks similar to the new CTS, mainly due to the new language usage. Thanks to the horizontal lines running from taillight to taillight, the rear end looks much busier compared to before and the reserve lights are placed differently also. It is also placed on a more visible location, on the top of the bumper making it much easier to discern.
Thanks to the new design crew, the newest version of the XT5 will be much lighter as it is going to shed 278 pounds compared to before. It makes it 100 pounds lighter than the Audi Q5 and 650 pounds less than Mercedes GLE-Class.
Inside Changes and Appearance
The inside of the 2018 Cadillac XT5 takes things to a whole new level. In fact the interior has so many nice updates that it makes it equally look good and comfortable. The cut-and-sewn wrapped panels are the first things that you will notice and the car also uses a new Rear Camera Mirror System. In the center stack you will find a new an updated CUE system with a faster processor and a lager screen. There is a place for charging your smartphones and also internet connection ability as well.
Woodgrain inserts are made for the door panels and around the door vents on the instrument cluster around the steering wheel. The steering wheel itself contains multiple added controls which you can use for your driving and infotainment settings. The DIC is digital but everything else has a traditional analogue usage. Also, the rear part offers 40-20-40 folding to provide you with more cargo space.
The US version of the 2018 Cadillac XT5 will actually be powered by an engine seen in many other Cadillac vehicles. We are of course talking about the 2.0-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder that is used for the CTS, ATS and CT6 models. It comes with Start/Stop capability, Variable valve timing and Active Fuel Management and Cylinder Deactivation technology and is quite capable of churning out 310 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque. Finally, the powertrain will be combined with a new eight-speed automatic transmission which is standard with Electronic Precision Shift.
What is the Acceleration Time and Top Speed?
Based on the current specs that the 2018 Cadillac XT5 will be able to provide, we are getting similar specifications as the cars the engine it borrows. It will be able to speed to 0-60 mph in 7 seconds and also offer us a top speed of 125 mph, which is pretty good for a type of car that we are getting.
Fuel Economy for the 2018 Cadillac XT5
Fuel economy will not be the part that the 2018 Cadillac XT5 will be able to boast with. Even with the lightweight figures and the reduction in weight that the car made, it is difficult to say that this model is fuel efficient. The numbers are here to prove it and we can see that the EPA says it uses 18 mpg city and 26 mpg highway, with a combined effort of only 19 mpg. But the car has not been made to impress us with its fuel stats so we can put this part as a secondary thing.
Safety Equipment and Stats
The new 2018 Cadillac XT5 will come equipped with various safety features as any other Cadillac model has. The car will add front and rear airbags and also include Driver Awareness and Driver Assist packages. These can add Lane Keeping Assist, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Side Blind Zone Alert, Adaptive Cruise Control, and Automatic Parking Assist. The XT5 will also add the Rear Camera Mirror, which was used for the first time on the CT6 models.
In terms of dimensions and size, the 2018 Cadillac XT5 will not change so much compared to its SRX brand. The model will be 112.5 Inches long, have a wheelbase of 189.5 Inches, the height of 66.0 Inches and width of 75.0 Inches. Estimated curb weight is 3,999 pounds for the FWD version and 4,277 pounds for the AWD one.
The competition is not going to rest and although updated the 2018 Cadillac XT5 will still face the top luxury cars in the segment. These are probably the BMW X3 and the Audi Q5 which have been the unprecedented rulers in the market so far and it will be interesting to see if the XT5 has what it takes to bring them down.
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