We’ve shown it to you before, but now it’s officially official on the double: the refreshed 2020 Cadillac XT5 is here, and it’s offering a new base-level engine, new technology, and revised design inside and out. The latest XT5 now falls in line with Cadillac’s new Y trim level strategy, starting with the base-level Luxury and branching into either the comfort-oriented Premium Luxury, or the more aggressive Sport.
Exterior differentiation for the Premium Luxury includes bright exterior pieces, while the Sport offers darker exterior pieces. Each trim also offers unique driving dynamics, with the Luxury and Premium Luxury tuned to isolate the driver from road aberrations and create a quiet, more-refined driving experience. Meanwhile, the Sport model is tuned for performance, offering quicker steering and improved body control through unique chassis tuning.
Highlights on the options list include the Platinum package, which is available on both the Premium Luxury and Sport models. The package includes:
- Semi-Aniline leather seating and leather covers for the instrument panel, console and door trim
- Microfiber sueded headliner
- Illuminated front door sill plates
- Front and rear premium carpeting
- Real-time damping and performance suspension
In terms of styling updates, the 2020 Cadillac XT5 gets a tweaked design and new grille, with two separate grille insert designs on offer. LED headlamps with IntelliBeam are now standard across the range. For reference, the IntelliBeam feature automatically switches between high- and low-beams depending on traffic conditions, offering superior lighting without dazzling oncoming drivers or pedestrians
The lower and rear fascias were tweaked as well. In the corners, we find new 18-inch wheels as standard on Luxury and Premium Luxury models, with optional 20-inchers offered as well. The XT5 Sport is equipped with new 20-inch wheels as standard.
As expected, the 2020 Cadillac XT5 is decked out in the latest technology, highlighted by an 8-inch color touchscreen, optional navigation, and both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, plus optional 4G LTE Wi-Fi.
The latest Cadillac User Experience interface handles infotainment, with inputs made by Caddy’s next-gen rotary controller. The rotary controller now features jog functionality for more intuitive inputs. Further tech updates include:
- One-touch phone pairing with Near Field Communication tech
- The latest wireless phone charging and USB-C ports
- New digital instrument cluster display options
- Greater resolution for the HD Rear Vision Camera and HD Surround Vision features
- Enhanced Automatic Parking Assist with Braking
- Rear Pedestrian Alert system
- Optional Night Vision feature
The cabin also comes with updated colors, materials, and trim themes, highlighted by a Jet Black / Kona Brown option with leather upholstery. An updated center console design and new storage solutions also make an appearance. Front-seat heating is standard, while a Bose Performance Series sound system is optional.
Under the hood, the 2020 Cadillac XT5 now offers the new turbocharged 2.0L I-4 LSY engine as standard for Luxury and Premium Luxury trim levels. As we reported previously, output is rated at 237 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. That model gets the 350 badge out back, as per Cadillac’s new torque-based nomenclature.
The 2019 model year’s naturally-aspirated 3.6L V6 LGX is standard on the Sport, and optional on the Premium Luxury. Output for the ’six is rated at 310 horsepower and 271 pound-feet of torque. The motor gets the 400 badge out back.
Front-wheel-drive is standard on Luxury and Premium Luxury trim levels. All-wheel-drive is optional on Luxury and Premium Luxury.
The Sport also features a unique twin-clutch all-wheel-drive system with Active Yaw Control, as well as Continuous Damping Control adaptive suspension.
Sales open up late this summer. Pricing is expected to be similar to that of the 2019 model year.