The Cadillac XT5 midsize crossover arrived for the 2020 model year with a fresh mid-cycle update that included several changes and improvements, including a new gauge cluster design. Now, we’re taking a closer look at the new gauges in the 2020 Cadillac XT5.
Buyers have access to two instrument clusters for the XT5, including a base/standard cluster, and an up-level cluster.
The base instrumentation on the 2020 Cadillac XT5 includes a revised tachometer and speedometer design with new gauge faces and new fonts. By comparison, the 2017 through 2019 model years had a “half moon” design theme, with a half-circle tachometer on the left, a half-circle speedometer in the center, and fuel levels and engine temps on the right forming a third half-circle. A 5.7-inch display was placed in the center of the cluster, underneath the speedometer. This particular design was standard on base, Luxury, and Premium Luxury models, while the Platinum models got their own cluster.
Meanwhile, the 2020 Cadillac XT5 is updated with a set of round dials for the tach and speedo, with two screens between them in a stacked, vertical layout. This design is standard across the 2020 XT5 trim level cadence, which includes the Luxury, Premium Luxury, and Sport.
- UDD – Gauge cluster with 5.7-inch color Driver Information Center display, driver personalization, warning messages and vehicle information
- UHS – Gauge cluster with 8-inch color Driver Information Center display, driver personalization, warning messages and vehicle information
With regard to the up-level instrumentation, the previous 2017 through 2019 model year XT5 Platinum came with an 8-inch color Driver Information Center (DIC).
For the 2020 Cadillac XT5, the up-level instrumentation is now offered via the optional Enhanced Visibility and Technology Package, and is available on all trims with the exception of the base-level Luxury. What’s more, 2020 model year vehicles with this screen and package also get new speedometer and tachometer designs, as outlined above.
- UDD – Gauge cluster with dual Driver Information Center display, driver personalization, warning messages and vehicle information
- UHS – Gauge cluster with 8-inch color Driver Information Center display with driver personalization, warning messages and vehicle information
Cadillac’s instrument design has been a point of contention for the last several years, with some critics claiming Cadillac’s gauge clusters to be less attractive compared to rivals, while also adding that rivals offer either a more attractive analog cluster, or an all-digital cluster.
Former Cadillac president Johan de Nysschen said the automaker would refocus on design and details with regard to instrumentation, and the updated gauge cluster in the 2020 Cadillac XT5 would appear to deliver (or at least aims to deliver) just that.
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