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Cadillac Releases Official Photos of its 2017 XT5 Crossover

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2017 Cadillac XT5 Gets First Video Teaser, Official Photos.
September 10, 2015
By: Dan Mihalascu

Here’s another quick look at the all-new 2017 Cadillac XT5, the successor to today's SRX, which will debut at the Dubai and Los Angeles auto shows in November.

Cadillac has released a teaser video called “Parallels: Public School,” in which we can see designers Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell Osborne from New York City’s Public School fashion label as they check out the 2017 XT5. Cadillac has a new fashion partnership with Public School, which will use the car as inspiration for a new clothing line. The partnership will also see the luxury crossover debut at venues around the world with the NYC-based fashion designers.

During a private kickoff event, Public School announced it would debut its Pre-Fall collection on the runway in Dubai, in collaboration with the launch of the 2017 Cadillac XT5. The designers will also create an XT5-inspired capsule collection for the special invited guests at the Dubai show in November.

“This is a new way for two American brands to join forces, share a passion for design and grow globally. For Cadillac, it gives new meaning to being a patron of the arts,” said Andrew Smith, Cadillac executive director of Global Design.

Unfortunately, the video doesn’t show too much: we only get to see close-ups of a seat, a steering wheel and materials used for the new crossover, before the front end of the XT5 surfaces in the final scene. Fortunately, Cadillac has also released some press shots which reveal the shape of the car.

The XT5 is reportedly based on GM’s new Chi platform that is expected to underpin a number of the company’s future crossovers, including the three-row Cadillac crossover to sit under the big, truck-based Escalade.

The 2017 Cadillac XT5 should be available with some of the engines destined for the CT6 sedan and other future models, including the updated version of GM’s 3.6-liter V6.
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With all due respect, I think that's doubtful. Obviously we know little about the new platform, but it's probably similar in concept to the current one, as most new platforms are to their predecessor. The Grand Cherokee-M-GL platform is plenty capable off-road while being refined on road, and as a basis allows for very powerful engine options. The SRX's mainstream roots (hybrid platform or otherwise) means you can't put a 550 horsepower V-8 in it, and with items like the chin it's no rival off-road either, even ignoring MB's available off-road package or extra off-roading options on the Jeep. And I'm not being anti-Cadillac here. The Lexus RX and Acura MDX have the same problem. Their basic platform, transmissions, and so on are all adapted from more humble vehicles and therefore do not support what it takes to offer a full line that can compete with the more prominent and expensive German rivals. Off-roading isn't a requirement here, but I'm just mentioning the merits of that specific platform. While it's entirely possible that the new XT5 or MKX or RX are modified sufficiently to accommodate more powerful and exclusive options that would raise the image and ATPs, at this point I think it's doubtful as none of them have intentions of doing so with these products. They're still entry-luxury products. Which again is totally fine and not a problem, but that doesn't mean it's an equal to some of the better platforms.
He said Chi is likely just as competent, if not better, than the FWD platform that Benz is using. In that regards, I agree.

However, I do agree with your point about the ultimate limitations of FWD vs RWD. I'm sure the XT5 will sell well but it is not in line with Cadillac's current direction in terms of performance and proportions.

Over a period of time, these things will matter for Cadillac. It's what people will remember and know Cadillac for. There needs to be a laser like focus and consistency on every product for Cadillac, in every aspect, to become known for something.

The XT5 won't hurt Cadillac for now but it could have been an opportunity to enhance their current direction that much more.
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