The Cadillac XT5 has been the brand’s runaway hit globally since its introduction in 2016, but new the mid-size crossover is in for new looks this year.
Steve Carlisle, Cadillac President, confirmed at the Bank of America Merrill Lynch’s 2019 Auto Summit in New York that a refreshed Cadillac XT5 will debut this year. Automotive News (subscription required) first reported the information on Tuesday.
The nugget of information came as Carlisle spoke about the brand’s substantial growth in China, where it plans to add another 200 dealerships domestically. Cadillac, he said, is a “desirable alternative” to German luxury brands in the country. Even with the extra 200 dealers, it’s far below the 900 dealers Cadillac operates in the United States—something previous Cadillac President Johan de Nysschen tried to cull unsuccessfully.
It’s unclear where the new XT5 will debut, but AN suggested the updated model will arrive at dealerships this fall alongside the 2020 Cadillac CT5 sedan. The CT5 made its debut at the 2019 New York International Auto Show earlier this month as a replacement for both the ATS and CTS.
A smaller CT4 sedan will arrive to rival cars such as the Audi A3, Mercedes-Benz A-Class, and BMW 2-Series.
With the CT5’s debut, we’re also unsure if the refreshed XT5 will count as Cadillac’s second vehicle debut for the year. Recall, the luxury brand plans to introduce a new vehicle every six months through 2021. The XT5 would be the second model, though, Cadillac may only count redesigned vehicles in its product plan strategy. We may also see the CT4 or the 2020 Escalade appear this year.
As for what to expect from the refreshed XT5, look for revised headlights and a new grille to better align the crossover with the XT4 and XT6. Inside, the crossover will gain the second-generation GM Electronic Precision Shift gear selector and a rotary-knob-controlled CUE system.
Source: Automotive News (subscription required)