The SRX is dead, long live the XT5! Although this midsize crossover looks like a warmed-over SRX, it rides on an all-new platform that is stronger than its predecessor, but also hundreds of pounds lighter than its similar-sized rivals. A longer wheelbase increases rear-seat legroom, wider tracks give it a better stance on the road, and available adaptive damping improve ride comfort.
Underneath the bold styling is the latest version of Cadillac’s ubiquitous 3.6-litre naturally aspirated V6 engine that develops 310 hp and 270 lb-ft of torque, and comes paired to an eight-speed automatic as standard. We wouldn’t be surprised if turbocharged fours and sixes joined the range down the road, but for now the 3.6 is the solitary choice. Front-wheel drive is standard on the most basic trims, with all others using an all-wheel-drive system with torque vectoring. To maximize fuel efficiency, the system can run in front-wheel drive, and the engine also boasts idle-stop to reduce fuel waste. Natural Resources Canada has not yet tested the XT5, but it is expected to trump the SRX FWD’s 14.2 L/100 km city, 9.8 L/100 km highway fuel economy rating.
Inside, Cadillac has taken a minimalist approach to the XT5’s cabin. Premium materials include genuine woods, metals, and plenty of stitched trim. An all-digital TFT instrument cluster and the latest version of CUE – complete with Android and Apple smartphone compatibility – give it a suitably high-tech feel. Other neat touches: a BMW-style electronic shifter, and an electronic rear-view camera that superimposes the view behind the vehicle onto the rear-view mirror for improved visibility.
Pricing for the XT5 has not yet been announced. It arrives in dealerships spring, 2016.