2017 Cadillac XT5 Crossover Priced at $39,990 in the US, Arrives in April

Pricing for the 2017 Cadillac XT5 crossover was finally revealed today. It starts at $38,995, which raises up to $39,990 once you add the destination charge. The first all-new Cadillac that's relevant in the modern age will land in dealerships in April, and you can order it right now if you're courageous enough to do that without a test drive.
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We have no idea if the XT5 will prove popular or not, but considering the Escalade makes the most profit per unit sold of any Cadilac, the smaller model should do okay. At nearly 40k, the weirdly named mid-sized vehicle can compete with its chief rivals. The BMW X3 starts at $40,500, Audi's aging Q5 is $41,000 and the Lexus RX 350 stickers for $43,000 including delivery.

The XT5 has one major thing in its favor, and that's the fact that the standard engine is a 3.6-liter V6 engine with 310 horsepower. However, while the 8-speed automatic is standard, AWD is a $2,495 option on the two base trim levels.

Because it comes standard with a 2-liter turbo, the Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class is cheaper at $39,875, and the Lincoln MKX is a little under $38,000. Of course, a few thousand dollars don't make any difference in this market, especially when many customers lease their cars. But do people still want to be seen in a Cadillac, especially a crossover?

"The arrival of this sophisticated new crossover positions Cadillac well, as XT5 enters the most popular segment in the global luxury market," said Cadillac President Johan de Nysschen. "It's pivotal to our ongoing growth, which is why we've developed XT5 from the inside out to provide customers more space, more technology, more luxury and more efficiency."

The XT5 is undeniably more beautiful than its predecessor, the SRX. It's got a sort of Art Deco style, reminding you of the Chrysler Building in Manhattan. The interior is futuristic, with minimal buttons and V-shaped wood trim at the bottom of the steering wheel.

At least in these press photos, the quality is up to anything currently being offered by the Germans. However, the top-of-the-range XT5 Platinum model comes in at $63,495 delivered, making it a hard sell.

The 2017 XT5 will be built at the Spring Hill assembly facility outside of Nashville, Tennessee. However, China will also get its own local model with a 2-liter turbo. Could we be so bold as to hope for a performance model with 500 horsepower right out of the box?

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Mihnea's favorite cars have already been built, the so-called modern classics from the '80s and '90s. He also loves local car culture from all over the world, so don't be surprised to see him getting excited about weird Japanese imports, low-rider VWs out of Germany, replicas from Russia or LS swaps down in Florida.
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