Only three years after its debut for the 2017 model year, the Cadillac XT5 is already getting a refresh for the 2020 model year. In fact, the same update cadence is in store for the XT5’s platform mate – the 2020 GMC Acadia.
The XT5’s front end will be getting most of the attention for the refresh, including Cadillac’s new shield-like grille. In addition, it doesn’t look like the 2020 Cadillac XT5 will see the brand’s new horizontal lighting elements, despite them being one of the defining characteristics of Cadillac’s new design language, as introduced by the 2019 Cadillac XT4 and 2019 Cadillac CT6. That said, the camouflage could be fooling us – and the horizontal portion of the headlights might actually make their way to Cadillac’s bread-and-butter crossover.
The rear will only be getting a limited amount of changes, with only the bumper cover wearing the camo, making it quite clear that the refresh won’t bring the “vertical then horizontal” lighting elements introduced by the XT4. Instead, the XT5 will continue using the same vertical taillight design of the current model.
And then there’s the powertrain, which might be in for some updates. For starters, the current Aisin-sourced 8-speed automatic transmission will likely be replaced by the new GM 9-speed automatic, which has been finding its way to most other transverse-engined vehicles in the General Motors lineup. In addition, some believe that the the 2.0L LTG turbo four-cylinder engine will be introduced in North America, making the naturally-aspirated 3.6L LGX V6 engine (310 horsepower, 295 pound-feet of torque) either optional or reserved for higher trim levels. In fact, the 2.0L LTG engine is the sole Cadillac XT5 engine in China, where – depending on tune, it makes 246 or 265 horses, and 295 pound-feet of torque. However, we doubt that the boosted four-banger will be introduced in North America, since the markets do not have tax restrictions based on engine displacement.
The current XT5 was introduced for the 2017 model year. The vehicle offers two rows of seating and slots between the recently-revealed compact XT4 and the upcoming full-size or “midsize plus” Cadillac XT6. Expect the 2020 Cadillac XT5 refresh to begin landing at dealers in the fist half of 2019. Production will continue at the GM Spring Hill plant in Tennessee.