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Standard wheels are 18 inches with 20-inch wheels optional. All versions equipped with 20-inch wheels have a Continuous Damping Control system to manage ride control in real time. The XT5 boasts Cadillac's latest production systems for connectivity and safety. A rear camera mirror system enhances the driver's rear vision up to 300 percent by utilizing a video display applied over the conventional inside rearview mirror. An HDR camera records wider images behind the car, streams the image to video processing software that "removes" obstacles such as the roof, rear pillars and rear seat passengers, and then projects an unobstructed view to a Liquid Crystal Display. Automatic front and rear braking for low-speed conditions, Lane Keeping Assist, Rear Cross Trafc Alert, Side Blind Zone Alert, full-speed range Adaptive Cruise Control and Automatic Parking Assist are all part of Cadillac's Driver Awareness and Driver Assist packages to aid vision and collision avoidance Befitting its place in the luxury crossover market, the interior of the XT5 emphasizes comfort, clean lines and fine craftsmanship. "We believe that luxury crossover customers particularly focus on interior design and materials," said Andrew Smith, Cadillac's executive director of global design. "Tis design direction is predicated on modern craftsmanship and the artistic integration of technology." As is the case with all Cadillac models, the interior is assembled with cut-and-sewn wrapped panels, rather than molded surfaces typical of mainstream vehicles. A Platinum e d i t i o n , i n i t i a l l y m a d e p o p u l a r o n C a d i l l a c's E s c a l a d e , provides additional options for unique interior and exterior trim and materials and combines them with the highest technology features. In total, the XT5 includes fve interior color and trim choices, with decorative trim options ranging from carbon fber to two types of aluminum and three types of genuine wood. Te XT5 features an integrated wireless charger for mobile devices and 4G wireless connectivity, with a standard integrated Wi-Fi hotspot, and standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto for simpler in-car phone integration. Te rear lift gate of the XT5 includes hands-free operation, allowing it to open or close via gesture control beneath the rear bumper. An optional color reconfigurable Heads-Up Display is available. Cadillac's signature LED light pipes are standard inside and out, while full LED headlamps are optional. A Surround Vision feature enables a "bird's eye" view of the perimeter around the car to assist in parking. As the replacement for Cadillac's popular SRX, the XT5 aims to fnally take the top U.S. sales spot from its primary rival, the Lexus RS. Production is scheduled to commence in the spring. sl 64 slmag.net

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