Cadillac goes global with XT5 crossover debut

Cadillac XT5 will be unveiled in Dubai, signaling how General Motors is taking the brand global.

DETROIT — Cadillac is a luxury name long associated with Detroit, but it’s quickly spreading its wings across the globe.

First, Cadillac moved its headquarters to the SoHo district of New York City. Now, it will unveil its new XT5 crossover at the Dubai Motor Show in November.

Before that show, there will be a private showing sponsored by New York fashion design brand Public School at its pre-fall collection on the runway in Dubai. Public School also is creating an XT5-inspired capsule collection for the special invited guests at the Dubai show in November.

The XT5 is the first in a new series of Cadillac crossovers, all bearing the “XT” followed by a number indicating relative size. It succeeds the current SRX, Cadillac’s best-selling model worldwide. It’s expected to go on sale in the U.S. In the first half of 2016.

“This is a new way for two American brands to join forces, share a passion for design and grow globally,” said Andrew Smith, Cadillac executive director of global design. “For Cadillac, it gives new meaning to being a patron of the arts.”.

Pricing will be announced later.

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The XT5 and the CT6 full-size sedan that goes on sale late this year are part of Cadillac President Johan de Nysschen’s product expansion aimed at getting Cadillac back into the game relative to its German and Japanese luxury rivals.

The XT5 will be followed by a new smaller crossover in early 2017, then a crossover that is bigger than the SRX, but smaller than the full-size Escalade SUV.

After that, Cadillac wants to offer a sedan that is smaller than the ATS, followed by a very large sedan, larger than CT6 by the end of 2020, de Nysschen said earlier this year.

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