Cadillac, a rather conservative automaker founded in 1902, has mostly focused on sedans and coupes throughout its history, though in recent years the firm has expanded into the SUV market.
The company first launched the massive Escalade, which was followed by the compact XT4 and the three-row XT6. Recently, Cadillac announced it would upgrade its midrange XT5 utility vehicle. The XT5, which is currently the company’s bestselling SUV, will get a significant update in 2020, which industry experts are referring to as a “midcycle refresh” of the two-row SUV.
Though in most cases a refresh simply means some style modifications and a few feature upgrades, the XT5 update is expected to go a bit further, showcasing more enhancements than meet the eye, according to George Peterson, head of California-based consulting firm AutoPacific.
“What Cadillac is doing is making the product more competitive and giving it a more logical position within the expanding Caddy SUV lineup,” he said after viewing the 2020 XT5.
The visual changes include larger wheels and improvements to the grille and other trim pieces that will incorporate style guidelines established by the XT4 and XT6 models. Inside, the XT5 will be available in a new array of colors. Additionally, the 2020 XT5 will have a second engine option, a 2.0-liter turbo-four with 237 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. The SUV will also be available in a 3.6-liter V-6 that delivers 310 horsepower and 271 pound-feet of torque. Both engines will be combined with an advanced, fuel-efficient nine-speed transmission.
Since the XT5 was introduced three years ago, Cadillac has incorporated a “Y” product strategy. In this case, the base model will start at $45,090. Buyers can also select the Premium Luxury edition with enhanced comfort and style, and the Sport edition for driving enthusiasts, which includes a twin-clutch, all-wheel-drive system with fine-tuned suspension and transmission.
The new XT5 will also feature several next-generation tech features, including an upgraded infotainment system with a rotary control knob as well as advanced safety features such as new LED headlamps, low-speed front auto-braking, lane departure warning, lane-keeping assist and blind-spot detection. Another possible option, which hasn’t been confirmed, is Super Cruise, the semiautonomous system that will be featured in the new XT6.
With the new XT5, Cadillac is “doing a good job at developing continuity” between models, and providing a more straightforward “price walk,” said Peterson. The brand’s entry SUV, the XT4, starts at $35,695, while the XT6 starts at $52,695. The XT5 is expected to continue being a bestseller, competing with the Acura RDX and Audi Q5.