What You Need to Know About Cadillac’s Refreshed 2020 XT5

Cadillac is giving its best-selling model a refresh for 2020. Adding a new engine along with new styling, plus a load of new tech to help round out the package.

The first difference you’ll see on the 2020 Cadillac XT5 is the new nose. The bar grille is gone in favor of the new textured style the brand has introduced. That grille now comes in two flavors, as well, since the XT5 now follows the Cadillac Y trim strategy.

That means first a Premium Luxury variant. With Galvano metallic accents and textured grille. Then there’s Sport, which gets a dark mesh grille, black trim instead of chrome, and 20-inch wheels instead of 18’s. Plus a sport-tuned twin-clutch all-wheel-drive system. There’s a base Luxury version as well.

Both new grilles get LED headlights as standard. Plus the front and rear lower fascias have been restyled.

The tech upgrades start with an updated Cadillac user experience infotainment interface. That comes with Cadillac’s rotary jog controller. There’s one-touch phone pairing for Android users with NFC technology as well.

Letting you charge your phone more quickly, the wireless charger is upgraded to 15-watts. There are new USB ports including USB-C plugs for faster charging. The rear-view mirror camera and the surround-view cameras get a higher-resolution display. Finally, night vision joins the options list.

Under the hood, a 2.0L turbo-four joins the party. Standard on Luxury and Premium Luxury, it comes with 237 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque. It’s the brand’s latest four, coming with sliding camshaft tech. The 3.6L V6 makes 310 hp and 271 lb-ft, and it’s standard on Sport, optional on Premium Luxury. 2.0T models, badged 350T under Caddy’s new Newton-meter-based system, also get new electronic braking assist instead of vacuum assist. Cadillac says it offers improved response and increased efficiency. Both engines get a nine-speed auto.

The Luxury side models get new front struts and other driveline changes that are designed to make ride comfort and isolation the priority. Sport, with the sport control AWD, quicker steering, and adaptive suspension, does the opposite. It’s meant to reconnect the driver with the road.

Cadillac’s adding up to 20 safety features to the car, but some of the most important are standard. Like front park assist, lane keep assist with departure warnings, low-speed auto braking, pedestrian auto braking, forward collision alert with pedestrian detection, and Teen Driver.

Expect the new 2020 Cadillac XT5 at dealers this fall, built at the old Saturn plant in Spring Hill Tennessee.

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