Cadillac’s crossover embodies the company’s expertise for lightweight and agile driving dynamics. It is 100 pounds (45 kg) lighter than the Audi Q5 – despite the Cadillac being seven inches longer — and more than 650 pounds (295 kg) lighter than the Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class, with no compromise to body rigidity or crash performance.
This was achieved using many of the techniques applied on the Cadillac CTS and ATS sport sedans – the lightest cars in their respective segments. It includes the use of laser welding, ultra high-strength steel and advanced analytics that ensure a stronger structure, and excellent crash performance with less overall bulk.
"The XT5 takes the lessons learned from Cadillac’s highly acclaimed lightweight and agile luxury cars and adjusts the formula for the unique desires of the crossover vehicle customer," says David Leone, Cadillac executive chief engineer. "Reducing mass and bulk not only improves driving dynamics, it enables us to improve interior space and fuel efficiency."
The XT5’s architecture delivers a wheelbase two inches longer than Cadillac’s previous crossover, and a track one inch wider, enabling more useable interior space. However, the XT5’s overall length, width and height are fractionally smaller. That gives the vehicle a firmly planted stance, and a lean and sleek look.