Like all vehicles in Cadillac’s current product portfolio, the Cadillac XT5 follows the automaker’s Y-trim level strategy. Under this strategy, vehicles are offered in base level “Luxury” trim, and then branch out to include separate “Premium Luxury” and “Sport” trim levels.
On the Cadillac XT5, the Luxury and Premium Luxury trim levels use the same grille design, while the Sport trim gets its own styling treatment. Let’s go over some of the differences between the two on the mid-size luxury crossover.
The grille on the Luxury and Premium Luxury trim levels features a horizontally oriented mesh design with broad, polished segments to give it a more premium, upscale feel. Meanwhile, the Sport trim level gets a more tightly woven mesh grille finished in black, giving it a sportier, more performance-focused appearance.
The differences between the Luxury and Premium Luxury grille and the Sport grille help to underscore the other aesthetic differences between the trim levels. Luxury and Premium Luxury models feature bright exterior accents, while the Sport has black accents. These exterior styling accents can be found on the roof rails and side window surrounds, or what is also called the “daylight opening” or DLO.
The rest of the grille treatment is fairly similar between the two trim levels, featuring a chrome grille surround and a Cadillac crest mounted high up in the grille. We’ve explained in the past why the Cadillac crest is not centered in the vehicle’s grille.
Prior to the introduction of the 2020 Cadillac XT5, the luxury crossover was offered in four trim levels: base-level XT5, followed by the Luxury, Premium Luxury and range-topping Platinum. General Motors also offered the Sport Package separately on the crossover, which added a black finish to the grille.
This story was written in collaboration with our sister site, Cadillac Society.