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JAN-FEB 2016

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One of the oldest automobile brands in the world, Cadillac demonstrated its staying power with the U.S. debut of its frst- ever 2017 Crossover Touring 5 (XT5) at the Los Angeles auto show this past November. "Te all-new XT5 not only enters the most popular segment in the worldwide luxury auto market, it is the frst of four new crossovers from Cadillac," 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 efciency." A far cr y from Cadillac's first models, the 1902 two- seat Runabout and the rear-entrance Tonneau, which were powered by a 10 hp single-cylinder engine, the XT5 runs on a new 3.6-liter V6 engine with an estimated peak output of 310-horsepower and 270 lb-ft of torque. Featuring Active Fuel Management cylinder deactivation technology, the engine can seamlessly and automatically switch to a fuel-saving four- cylinder mode under low or moderate loads. Weighing in at 278 pounds lighter than the current Cadillac SRX, the unique new chassis improves body rigidity and crash performance while increasing rear-seat legroom by 3.2 inches compared to the SRX and allowing rear seats to recline and slide fore and aft. The lightweight structure of the XT5 is stiffer and stronger than the SRX due to the use of improved materials and advanced design methods. A diagonal "A-frame" front chassis brace in the underbody was added to provide a more solid driver feel and tautness for the vehicle in turns. Te resulting architecture imbues the car with a frmly planted stance, and a lean and sleek look. An eight-speed automatic transmission is standard for the XT5, which also debuts Electronic Precision Shift – the first electronically controlled transmission shifter for a Cadillac. Electronic Precision Shift reduces noise and vibration and allows further use of the cabin space with storage beneath the center console. An optional "twin clutch" all-wheel drive system is engineered specifically for strong performance in wet, snowy or icy conditions and also provides enhanced stability in dry weather. Te AWD system is driver-controlled and includes a new "disconnect" feature that disables the rear drive unit for improved fuel efciency and reduced emissions. Te new suspension features lightweight components with a MacPherson Strut design in the front and a fve-link independent design at the rear. Crossing Over With the debut of the XT5, Cadillac sets its sight on being tops in sales of crossover vehicles in the U.S. market Written by Andre James 62

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