First arriving for the 2017 model year, the Cadillac XT5 was primed and ready for a refresh heading into the 2020 model year. The updates include changes to the styling and interior, as well as a revamped trim level cadence and the addition of a new turbocharged four-banger and nine-speed automatic transmission. In addition to all these big changes, there’s also a smaller, yet important addition to the Rear Camera Mirror feature, namely a Rear Camera Mirror Washer.
For those who may be unaware, the Rear Camera Mirror feature gives the driver a real-time video stream from a rear-facing camera to the rearview mirror in the cabin, providing a clearer picture of what’s behind the vehicle thanks to a wide-angle lens. The feature also circumvents things which may block the view from inside the cabin, such as rear-seat passengers or headrests.
However, it’s possible that the Rear Camera Mirror can get dirty, making it difficult to perform its duty. The camera is placed above the rear license plate cutout, and could get smudged by grime or mud. That’s where the 2020 Cadillac XT5’s Rear Camera Mirror Washer comes into play.
To activate the feature, the driver must push the windshield wiper stalk (located to the right of the steering wheel) forward. This will then spray the Rear Camera Mirror lens with washer fluid, cleaning it in the process. It’ll also spray fluid on the Cadillac XT5’s rear window.
The Rear Camera Mirror is an available option on the 2020 Cadillac XT5, offered via the Enhanced Visibility and Technology Package, which can be had with Sport and Premium Luxury trim levels, but not the base-level Luxury trim. The Enhanced Visibility and Technology Package includes the following content:
- Eight-inch color gauge cluster
- Head-Up Display
- HD Surround Vision
- Rear Pedestrian Alert
- Rear Camera Mirror
- Rear Camera Mirror Washer
- Automatic Parking Assist with braking
To note, the Rear Camera Mirror system on the Cadillac XT5 can be deactivated by pushing on the stem located at the bottom end of the mirror in the cabin, disabling the camera feed. Pulling the stem reactivates the feature.
This post was created in collaboration with our sister publication, Cadillac Society.