Today Cadillac announced updates to the 2020 XT5 crossover, including a new engine option and revised design theme. The changes, while minor, are intended to bring the XT5 in line with Cadillac’s newer XT4 and XT6 crossover models.
Most folks will have to squint to notice the design changes on the 2020 XT5. Basically Cadillac has modified the plastic portions of the front and rear fascias on the XT5, including a new grille that will differentiate between Cadillac’s “Y” trim level strategy.
Like the XT4, the XT5 will now offer three trim levels, including Luxury, Premium Luxury, and Sport. Each of the three levels will offer customers a distinct look, with Sport models offering a mesh grille design and clear-lens taillights like the XT4. All models now come standard with LED headlights with Intellibeam (auto high beam). This is the first time the XT5 has offered distinctive designs for its trim levels.
Beyond changes to the skin, the 2020 XT5 is also gaining a few new features. Cadillac has swapped out all the screens to high-definition units and the latest iteration of the brand’s CUE infotainment system. The updated software has yielded a new rotary dial control system to complement the touchscreen interface, similar that found on the XT4 and XT6.
Cadillac has also added USB C charging ports, Near Field Communications (NFC) phone pairing capability and enhanced wireless phone charging. Rounding out the new features is a new rear pedestrian alert system and optional Night Vision.
Rounding out this refresh is the addition of another engine option. The new standard engine on Luxury and Premium Luxury the is GM’s well-known 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-four. In the XT5 this engine will generate 237 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque, same as the smaller XT4. Sport buyers will continue to see the 3.6-liter V-6 with 310 horsepower and 271 pound-feet of torque. Both engines are mated to nine-speed automatic transmissions.
Cadillac says to expect the 2020 XT5 to arrive in showrooms later this summer.