Something’s Off With This 2019 Cadillac XT5 Facelift Prototype

This is our first look on the 2019 facelift version of the Cadillac XT5 and by any means, it looks just like any other prototype with bits of camo wrap in the usual places, until you notice the big wheels and the chopped rear end.

While the exterior shape of the Cadillac XT5 looks like it’s wearing updated front and rear ends with a new bumper and grille combo, the whole stance of the company’s X3 rival indicates that there’s something else going on under the skin.

We do know that Cadillac is working to get ready the facelifted XT5 for the MY2019 but the huge exhaust system in combination with the oversized wheels might mean that this test car could be a mule for something else in the GM portfolio.

We also know that Cadillac President Johan de Nysschen recently indicated at a new SUV model that will be slightly larger than the current XT5 and will offer three rows of seats. This model will slot right under the Escalade when it arrives in the market shortly after the upcoming XT4.

The facelifted Cadillac XT5 will wear the new corporate grille, which is inspired by the Escala concept, and will reportedly receive a new turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder unit with direct injection matched to an eight-speed automatic transmission.

At this point, we can’t really pinpoint which car we are looking at but at least we get to see Cadillac working on some new metal. Hopefully the brand’s future plans will soon be revealed, so stay tuned.

Photo Credits: S. Baldauf / SB-Medien for Carscoops

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  • Six_Tymes

    looks good. just needs body color side mirrors

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    • LWOAP

      Nah, GM wouldn’t do that. At least that’s the impression they have given me.

      • caddy45

        Sadly I think you’re right

    • Rocket

      Unlikely, but maybe a V-Sport with the twin-turbo 3.6.

  • willhaven

    It already looks out of date?

  • BlackPegasus

    Looks more masculine with the larger wheels.

  • caddy45

    Maybe it’s the XT5 PHEV riding on a modified platform? But I don’t see any caps for an electric car charger.

  • eb110americana

    I think a 3-row extended version is likely, as this would be testing the complete powertrain, including the full-length exhaust. The bumper would then end above the new tips and I would expect a more squared-off rear hatch.

    Or maybe they just got really tired of everyone calling anything that isn’t hard-welded to the exhaust system, “fake tips.” Cadilllac – Keepin’ it Real.

  • Rocket

    If they’re widening the track, they need to widen the bodywork, or put some nasty Pep Boys flares on there. Both seem out of character with Cadillac’s conservative styling.

  • d’Aforde

    A bob-tailed XT5 would be a perfect match for an Audi A2

  • SteersUright

    Looks more like a Whirlpool than a GM.