The Cadillac XT5 is currently the luxury brand’s best-selling model, and the upcoming 2020 model year will deliver a mid-cycle refresh designed to keep the midsize luxury crossover fresh. Chief among these will be slightly altered exterior styling and an improved interior, especially when it comes to controlling the infotainment system. But arguably the biggest news for the refresh will be in the powertrain department, where the 2020 Cadillac XT5 will introduce a new base engine.
According to inside information from our sister publication, Cadillac Society, the 2020 Cadillac XT5 will offer GM’s new turbocharged inline four-cylinder engine, assigned RPO code LSY. That’s the same boosted four-cylinder unit first seen on the all-new 2019 Cadillac XT4 and refreshed 2019 Cadillac CT6, as well as the all-new 2020 Cadillac CT4 and CT5. As a side note, the CT6 recently lost the LSY engine option in the middle of the 2019 model year.
Offering the turbocharged 2.0L I-4 LSY is noteworthy for the Cadillac XT5 since the midsize crossover SUV previously offered the naturally aspirated 3.6L V6 LGX engine as the only engine on all models and trim levels. Meanwhile, the Chinese-market Cadillac XT5 offered the 2.0L LTG engine as the base engine, which the new LSY will replace for the mid-cycle refresh.
Output for the 2.0L turbo LSY engine in the Cadillac XT5 is not yet available, but in the XT4 and CT6, the boosted four-cylinder produces 237 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque.
|Engine:||2.0L I4 LSY||3.6L V6 LGX|
|Power (hp/kW @ RPM):||237/177 @ 5000||310/231 @ 6600|
|Torque (lb-ft/NM @RPM):||258/350 @ 1500-4000||271/366 @ 5500|
|Availability:||Standard on Luxury & Premium Luxury, Not Available on Sport||Available on Premium Luxury, Standard on Sport|
Moreover, the 2020 Cadillac XT5 will adopt the brand’s latest Y trim level strategy, with three individual trims. Kicking things off will be the base Luxury trim, followed by the Premium Luxury and Sport trim levels. The new turbocharged 2.0L I4 LSY engine will arrive as standard equipment on Luxury and Premium Luxury models. Meanwhile, the Sport will receive the atmospheric 3.6L V6 LGX as standard, while the Premium Luxury will offer the 3.6L V6 LGX as optional.
The Luxury and Premium Luxury trims will get front-wheel-drive as standard with all-wheel-drive on the options list. The Sport trim will come with a more-advanced, twin-clutch all-wheel-drive system with electronic positraction as standard.
The 2020 Cadillac XT5 will also replace the previous model’s eight-speed automatic transmission with the new GM 9-speed automatic unit. Models equipped with the 3.6L V6 LGX engine will include a slightly more robust nine-speed automatic (M3W) to accommodate the engine’s increased power and torque output (M3G for the 2.0L).
Thus far, the Cadillac XT5 has sold like hotcakes, and we believe these new updates for the 2020 model year will make it even more competitive against rivals like the Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class, BMW X3, and Lexus RX.
Source: Cadillac Society