Originally slated to launch as a Chinese-exclusive, General Motors is now looking at a business opportunity to bring the second-generation Cadillac XT5 to North America, per a GM Authority exclusive published last November. While there are currently no official announcements indicating that the new XT5 will indeed arrive stateside, it’s an interesting prospect all the same, especially with the recent leak showing the second-gen XT5’s overhauled design. Now, GM Authority is taking a closer look at the new Cadillac XT5 exterior, comparing the design to that of the first-generation model.
While we’ve seen prototype units of the Cadillac XT5 testing on public roads in heavy camouflage, the recent leaks (first posted online last week by the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology in China) show the next-gen crossover completely uncovered. Under the skin, the second-gen XT5 will ride on the GM C1-2 platform, while the cabin is expected to incorporate a new digital display mounted on the dash. Today, however, we’re focusing on the exterior design and how it compares to the first-generation XT5.
Let’s start with the front end, where the second-gen shows a completely new lighting treatment with slim horizontal lights along the hood line and vertical lighting along the outer edges of the fascia, the two lighting elements separated by a thin body-colored line. By comparison, the first-gen model incorporates more angular lights that run up along the fenders, as well as small lower lights in the bottom corner of the fascia.
The grille treatment is also new, with the next-gen XT5’s primary air intake looking considerably wider than that of the first-gen model. The grille insert design is also new, with the next-gen model once again offering up different grille patterns depending on the trim level selected (Luxury / Premium Luxury or Sport). The upper grille trim bit connecting the top lights is either silver or darker colored, depending on the trim level.
Finally, the lower intake is now wider on the next-gen model, once again emphasizing the visual width of the second-generation Cadillac XT5.
Moving into the profile, we see the next-generation Cadillac XT5 equipped with a set of multi-spoke alloys with a bright silver finish, while lower in the body, we see a strip of black cladding running around the perimeter of the vehicle. The lower black styling line of the first-gen model has transformed into an indented styling line in the second-gen model.
Also notable are the window surrounds, with black trim for the upper window sections and bright trim for the lower surrounds. Also notable is the monochromatic Cadillac badge on the front fender and the body-colored door handles, while higher up in the design, we see a set of roof rails (either silver or black, depending on the trim level) and a thin black trim line separating the C-pillar from the roof. The sideview mirrors are also body-colored or black, depending on the trim level.
Finally, the rear end of the second-generation Cadillac XT5 shows further lighting changes with upside-down L-shaped taillight clusters that connect with the hatch, as compared to the first-gen’s taillights that connect to the rear fenders. The hatch trim was lengthened to span the width of the hatch, while the lower fascia was considerably reworked as well. The twin trapezoidal exhaust outlets are once integrated with the lower fascia. Up top, we once again spot a centrally mounted comms fin.