In unveiling the 2017 Cadillac XT5 crossover at the Dubai Motor Show, GM's luxury division introduced a new class of SUV, replacing the aging Cadillac SRX with a vehicle that is lighter and sports edgier styling. And this Crossover Touring (the XT in XT5), promises a new series of models in the division's lineup. The XT5 also bows at the Los Angeles Auto Show.

"The all-new XT5 not only enters the most popular segment in the worldwide luxury auto market, it is the first of four new crossovers from Cadillac," said Cadillac president Johan de Nysschen. "It is pivotal to our ongoing growth, which is why we've developed the XT5 from the inside out to provide customers more space, more technology, more luxury and more efficiency."

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Lighter, more efficient package

Riding on a new chassis, the 2017 Cadillac XT5 is 278 pounds lighter than the SRX with 3.2 inches more rear legroom. Despite having an inch wider track and 2 inches more wheelbase, the new vehicle is fractionally smaller. It employs techniques such as laser welding and use of high strength steel to provide a lighter, stiffer body which pays dividends in a quieter ride and better handling.

The design is similar to the edgy look seen on the car side in the CTS, ATS and upcoming CT6 with vertical LED lighting elements flanking a bold grille and crisp, tailored character lines giving the vehicle a muscular stance. Inside, the interior surfaces are wider and more horizontal and features cut and sewn surface covers rather than molded panels. For the first time, Cadillac will offer a Platinum edition in its compact crossover, which will feature unique interior trim and a high level of standard equipment.

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Two powertrains offered

The 2017 Cadillac XT5 will be offered with a choice of two powertrains, a 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder and a 3.6-liter V6, the latter making 310 horsepower and 270 lb ft of torque. Both engines are equipped with stop/start technology to reduce fuel consumption and are backed by 8-speed automatic transmissions. Available in front- or optional all-wheel-drive, the Cadillac XT5 rides on 18-inch wheels, with a 20-inch wheel option. The AWD system also features a unique twin-clutch design than can under certain conditions deliver all the power to either the front or rear axle. The XT5 is equipped with a lightweight MacPherson strut front and five-link rear independent suspension.

In addition to offering a backup camera as standard equipment, and a wide range of driver assists including blind spot, cross traffic and lane departure warnings, the 2017 Cadillac XT5 has equipped its CUE connectivity and control system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto along with 4G wireless with an integrated WiFi hotspot. The all-new Cadillac XT5 is slated to go on sale in spring 2016.

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