The 2018 Cadillac XT5 is an evolutionary improvement over the SRX in most ways, but it’s part of a larger leap for Cadillac. The XT5 is the second Cadillac model to arrive since the brand learned to speak and it’s a key pillar to the brand’s chances at worldwide success. The overwhelming feeling is out of the XT5’s comfort zone, despite Cadillac’s goal of hitting the high achieving sweet spot of the sport luxury crossover segment.
2018 Cadillac XT5 Exterior and Interior Design
The new 2018 Cadillac XT5 continues the brand’s push to revamp its lineup. Like the new CT6 luxury sedan, the XT5 brings about a fresh design, lightweight construction and an unfamiliar name. From right below the wing mirrors out into the taillights is this crease that throws some zoom into the car’s profile while widening it from the rear and quarter angles. The front end is the biggest beneficiary of this new styling cue. The vertical integrated LED headlights drop down close enough to a separate set of LEDs on the air intakes. When all the lights are illuminated, the front profile of the XT5 turns aggressive.
The 2018 Cadillac XT5’s interior presents a renewed focus on design and quality of materials. While base models come with leatherette surfaces, most models will have a choice of four leather seating surfaces. Speaking of entertainment, Cadillac’s updated CUE system is a breeze, featuring new tricks like a proximity sensor that brings up extra menus, though it’s mostly the ergonomics in the XT5 that impress us over the course of a day. Wireless phone charging, 4G LTE hotspot compatibility, and standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto round out the connectivity package.
2018 Cadillac XT5 Release Date and Price
Cadillac hasn’t announced an official release date yet for the 2018 XT5. However, production is estimated to start in July. With right pricing, it can steal the thunder of rivals like BMW X3 and Audi Q5. The base trim estimate priced close to $40,000.
2018 Cadillac XT5 Powertrain and Performance
Under the hood, the new crossover comes with FWD as standard with an 8 speed automatic transmission, with a 3.6 liter V6 310 horsepower and 270 lb ft of torque. There’s an optional twin-clutch AWD system available that can shift the full amount of power between the front and rear axles. The combination gives 3 mpg improvement over its predecessor while providing a modest bump in output 2018 Cadillac XT5.