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2020 Cadillac XT5: Preview, Pricing, Release Date

, Automotive Editor - July 29, 2019

Model Preview

The Cadillac XT5 has only been on the market since 2017, but it will receive a healthy refresh when the 2020 XT5 hits showrooms. This update will bring in a new base engine, a new range-topping trim, a refreshed look, and enhanced tech.

On the outside, the 2020 Cadillac XT5’s body will remain mostly unchanged, but it will gain new mesh-like grille inserts on the Luxury and Premium Luxury models. It will also gain standard adaptive LED headlights, revised front and rear fascias, and new-look 18- and 20-inch wheels. The new Sport trim will add some sportiness with darkened trim, a mesh grille, and standard 20-inch wheels.

Inside, the 2020 Cadillac XT5 will get new color themes that add more separation between the various trim levels, an updated center console with more storage and redesigned cup holders, standard heated front seats, enhanced functionality of the 60/40 split-folding rear seats, a new Bose audio system with metal speaker grilles, and more sound-deadening equipment.

In the tech department, the updates will be plentiful too. They will include the latest Cadillac user experience infotainment system, a new rotary controller with a jog function, one-touch cellphone pairing with near-field communication, a 15-watt charging pad, two high-definition instrument cluster options, higher-resolution rearview and 360-degree cameras, and available night vision.


2020 Cadillac XT5

The 2020 Cadillac XT5 will also see some updates to its performance with a new 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder replacing the 3.6-liter V6 as the standard engine in the Luxury and Premium Luxury trims. This new engine will inject 237 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. All models with the base four-cylinder engine will also gain the new electronic brake system that replaces the old hydraulic system. The 310-hp 3.6-liter will still be available as an option in lower trims and standard on the new-for-2020 Sport trim.

The XT5 will also go through a few chassis updates, as the Luxury and Premium Luxury trims will gain revised front struts for enhanced comfort. The new Sport model will feature adaptive suspension and a unique chassis to improve handling. Further enhancing the Sport trim will be a dual-clutch Sport Control AWD system with active yaw control and an upgraded electric power steering system.

The current Cadillac XT5 just missed being an IIHS Top Safety Pick due to its headlight test results, and we expect no changes to the 2020 XT5’s ratings. What we will see is a new rear pedestrian alert system that warns the driver of a pedestrian approaching the XT5’s rearward path.

Pricing & Release Date

Cadillac expects to have the 2020 XT5 in showrooms in the late summer 2019.

The 2020 Cadillac XT5 will drop its base trim, resulting in a higher starting price, but Cadillac will also cut $4,400 from the now-entry-level Luxury trim and add a new range-topping Sport trim. This will result in an MSRP range of $45,020 to $56,090 (destination fees included).

The 2020 Cadillac XT5 will compete with the Audi Q5, BMW X3, and Lexus RX.

Learn more about the current XT5 on sale now »

Pictured: 2020 XT5

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