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The All-New 2017 Cadillac XT5 Is Your Latest Overpriced Crossover

It does look pretty slick, though.

Forget the Cadillac SRX. Its replacement is the new 2017 XT5, now making its official online debut ahead of its live premiere next week in LA. The Crossover Touring (XT5) is considered to be a key aspect for Cadillac’s global growth plan. After all, luxury crossovers are huge business these days, perhaps that’s why XT5 production will take place in both the US and China. Compared to the outgoing SRX, the XT5 weighs 278 lbs. less. It's also 100 lbs. lighter than the Audi Q5, and more than 650 lbs. lighter than the Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class.

All told, it tips the scales at 3,999 lbs. for the FWD version and 4,277 lbs. for the AWD model. The standard engine for the US market is an updated version of the 3.6-liter V6 found in the ATS and CTS, now producing 310 hp and 270 lb-ft of torque. It’s paired exclusively to an eight-speed automatic transmission with an auto start/stop. Front-wheel-drive comes standard and all-wheel-drive, featuring an advanced "twin clutch" system, is optional. It allows for up to 100 percent of available torque to either the front or rear axle. The Chinese market XT5, however, will be powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder that won’t be offered in North America.

The exterior can’t be mistaken for anything other than a Caddie (only exception being the eventual Chinese rip-off). Compared to the SRX, designers softened the edges while the brand’s signature front grille and headlights are prominent as ever.

18-inch wheels come standard while 20s are optional. The interior features an evolving styling language that’s similar to what’s found in the also-new CT6 sedan. Cadillac claims the interior is based on a philosophy of clean, modern elegance and craftsmanship. Surfaces are wider and more horizontal in orientation, emphasizing efficient use of space. A few features include rear camera mirrors, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability, as well as the latest version of the brand’s CUE infotainment system. XT5 production is set to get underway in both the US and China next spring while pricing will be announced later. Expect a base price of around $40,000.

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