We’re spending the week with the 2020 Cadillac XT5 which has been mildly updated for the 2020 model year by way of a slight facelift, new interior features and a revision in the trim level structure. The new turbocharged 2.0L I-4 LSY engine is now standard for Luxury and Premium Luxury trim levels, while the 3.6L V6 is optional on Premium Luxury.
Our test unit is an XT5 Sport, which comes standard with the 3.6L V6 LGX engine rated at 310 horsepower and 271 pound-feet of torque. As we detailed earlier this month, the V6 engine gets the 400 badge out back, while the turbocharged four gets the 350 badge – as part of Cadillac’s recently-adopted, torque-based nomenclature.
Our example is finished in the Manhattan Noir Metallic paint and Cirrus leather seating surfaces with mini-perforated inserts. The Cadillac XT5 Sport also comes standard with 20-inch twelve spoke alloy wheels and Caddy’s unique twin-clutch all-wheel-drive system (occasionally dubbed Sport Control AWD) with Active Yaw Control, as well as Continuously Variable dampers.
In terms of styling updates, the 2020 Cadillac XT5 gets a new grille, with two grille insert designs depending on the trim level (Lux and Prem Lux models get a shiny one, while Sport models get the glossy black one seen here). LED headlamps with IntelliBeam are now standard across the model range.
Out back, the tail lamps receive a set of clear lenses for Sport models, and red lenses for Luxury / Premium Luxury models.
The 2020 Cadillac XT5 also gets an 8-inch color touchscreen, optional navigation, and both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, plus 4G LTE Wi-Fi. The most notable interior change is the addition of the latest Cadillac User Experience interface with rotary controller. The new system includes the following technology:
- One-touch phone pairing with Near Field Communication tech
- The latest wireless phone charging system and USB-C ports
- New digital instrument cluster display options
- Rear Vision Camera and Surround Vision features now in high definition
- Enhanced Automatic Parking Assist with Braking
- Rear Pedestrian Alert system
- Optional Night Vision feature
The cabin also comes with updated colors, materials, and trim-specific themes, as well as a new center console design and new storage compartments. Front-seat heating is now standard for all XT5 models.
We will have the 2020 Cadillac XT5 Sport for a week, so if you would like to know more about it beyond the spec sheet, ask your questions in the comments section, and we’ll reply in a timely manner as part of the GM Authority interactive review.
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