After bringing you the very first leak and completely uncovered shots of the 2020 Cadillac XT5 facelift, GM has officially revealed the new XT5 in China. Although the updates are very minor, GM says that the vehicle gains 30 enhancements when compared to the 2019 model, some of which are rather noteworthy.
For starters, the 2020 Cadillac XT5 introduces Cadillac’s Y trim level structure, with the new vehicle now being available in Luxury (base), Premium Luxury and Sport trim levels.
The Premium Luxury model features a new grille with a bright metallic pattern very similar to that seen on the Cadillac XT4 Premium Luxury, along with bright exterior details, including the window surround and roof rails.
By comparison, the Sport model features a darker grille with a design inspired by Cadillac V-Series models, along with black body accents on the lower grille lines, window surround, and roof rails. In addition, the XT5 Sport features transparent taillight housings.
Inside, the 2020 Cadillac XT5 facelift remains mostly identical to the 2017, 2018, and 2019 models, while adding several updates. The most notable change is the addition of the new rotary controller for the third-generation CUE infotainment system, which was initially introduced on the 2019 Cadillac XT4. The rotary controls feature a primary wheel with physical buttons around it, along with a smaller volume control above it.
In addition, the 2020 Cadillac XT5 interior adds a switch/button to deactivate the automatic engine stop-start system, finally putting an end to those who detest the fuel-saving feature. There’s also the second-generation GM Rear Camera Mirror, which was introduced for the first time on the 2019 XT4 2019 and 2019 CT6.
The second-gen Rear Camera Mirror features various improvements, including a frameless mirror design, increased brightness adjustments (from 3 to 5), a zoom function, tilt/position adjustment of the camera, and an increase in the screen and camera resolutions from 1280×240 pixels in the first-gen to 1440×300 in the second-gen.
Under the hood, the 2020 Cadillac XT5 facelift gets GM’s newest turbocharged 2.0L I4 LSY engine with the TriPower moniker making 237 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. It will be mated to the new GM nine-speed automatic transmission, which replaces the Aisin-sourced 8-speed automatic on the 2017, 2018, and 2019 models. This combination will be the only powertrain option in the Chinese market. In North America, the boosted four-banger will be the base 2020 Cadillac XT5 engine, while offering the naturally aspirated 3.6L V6 LGX as an option on the Premium Luxury trim and including it as standard on the Sport trim.
Since its introduction in April 2016, the XT5 has become Cadillac’s best-selling model. And with the arrival of the 2020 Cadillac XT5 facelift, the midsize crossover becomes aligned with the brand’s trim level hierarchy intended to better meet the needs of luxury car buyers the world over, while joining the all-new XT4 and XT6 in Cadillac’s ever-expanding crossover portfolio.
We are expecting an official debut in the coming weeks, and a market launch in the third quarter of 2019.
Source: Cadillac Society