Back in January, GM Authority was the first to show you the very first photos of the 2020 Cadillac XT5 refresh. Now, we captured the facelifted crossover completely uncovered, giving us a more thorough look at the updates to the refresh – which aren’t that major.
Judging by the bright accents on the new grille, this 2020 Cadillac XT5 seems to be the Premium Luxury trim level. The refreshed XT5 is widely expected to adopt Cadillac’s new “Y” trim level strategy, as the current model follows the outgoing trim level structure.
Updates to the front end are not major, and are limited to a revised LED lighting cluster (the actual headlight shape does not change), a revised lower fascia, and the aforementioned new grille.
The updates to the side are also not that numerous. One element confirming our assumption that this 2020 Cadillac XT5 tester is that of a Premium Luxury trim is the bright DLO trim. Sport models will feature black DLO trim.
The most notable change, meanwhile, are the wheels. These are a new design and are not available on any XT5 model currently offered.
Out back, the vertical taillights feature the same shape as the current pre-facelift model, but a new internal LED design that provides a more three-dimensional appearance. Like other Premium Luxury models that follow the Cadillac Y trim level structure, this model features red tail lamp lenses shared with Luxury models. Sport models will feature a neutral density (transparent) taillamp design.
There’s also a revised exhaust outlet treatment, with the dual exhaust tips now being fully wrapped by a new rear valance.
From a powertrain standpoint, we have information that indicates that the 2020 Cadillac XT5 will swap the last-generation, turbocharged 2.0L I4 LTG engine with the all-new turbocharged 2.0L I4 LSY, which makes 237 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. That’s less power than before, but from a significantly more refined powerplant. The new LSY motor will be coupled with a nine-speed automatic transmission, replacing the eight-speed unit in the 2017-2019 models. The turbocharged four-banger is currently a China-only affair, but it is possible that it will find its way to North America for the mid-cycle refresh.
Meanwhile, the 3.6L V6 LGX engine making 310 horsepower and 271 pound-feet of torque will carry over. But like the boosted 2.0-liter, the six-cylinder swaps the Aisin-sourced 8-speed automatic for the new GM 9-speed automatic transmission.