2020 Cadillac XT5 Facelift Leaked In China, Previews American Model

We first caught a glimpse of Cadillac’s facelifted 2020 XT5 SUV last year, and now we finally get to see it without camouflage.

Yes, this is the 2020 Cadillac XT5, even though the leaked photos come from China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology.

As you can see, the mid-cycle refresh brings very subtle styling updates. At the front, changes include the addition of a mesh pattern for the grille, in a similar fashion to the smaller XT4. Another XT4-inspired decision is the reorganization of the XT5 range into Premium Luxury and Sport grades.

The former will get bright body accents (including on the grille), while the latter will replace the bright accents with black ones. Another update is the slightly larger lower grille. Moving on, the shape of the headlights stays the same but the inside structure has been redesigned, with the round projector replaced by an LED lighting element.

At the rear, the revamped SUV still sports boomerang-shaped taillights, albeit with a new LED signature that makes them look more modern. Premium Luxury models feature red taillamps while Sport models adopt a transparent design. As for the side, things don’t change much compared to the current model, with the exception of XT5 Sport models that gain black surround trim for the windows.

Expect to see XT6 features inside

There are no photos of the interior yet, but the refreshed XT5 should gain XT6-inspired goodies such as a new steering wheel and rotary controls for the infotainment system. Expect the semi-autonomous Super Cruise system to be added as well.

Besides the modest styling updates, the 2020 Cadillac XT5 will gain an all-new 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine (code-named LSY) rated at 237 hp (241 PS) and 258 lb-ft (350 Nm) of torque. While that’s less power than what the current LTG unit offers on the China-spec XT5, the new power plant is said to be significantly more refined.

The new engine will be mated to a nine-speed automatic transmission instead of the current eight-speed. While the four-pot has, until now, been exclusive to China, it might find its way Stateside, too. The 310hp 3.6-liter V6 engine will carry over in North America, but will replace the eight-speed auto with a nine-speed unit as well.

The 2020 Cadillac XT5 should be revealed in the first quarter of this year, likely at the 2019 New York Auto Show in April, before arriving in dealerships in summer.

  • charlotteharry57

    Not much newsworthy. It appears that Cadillac has become enamored of the Hyundai Palisade grille. Because this smacks of that, in a toned down way. Knew it.

  • cbATL

    For a CUV I don’t think this looks bad.

  • TB


  • TheBelltower

    This is a very weak and bland design. The side profile and details are just bad. Given the impactful elements on other cars that mimic the Escala concept, it is discouraging that this is the update for the xt5.

  • Roland Fairwater

    Doesn’t look like they’ve done all that much to it. To be honest, I can’t tell the difference on the Premium Luxury model.

    I recognize that Cadillac is trying, but this isn’t a car I’d ever spend money on. For $50k and up, I’d be far more interested in something more modern, sportier, and European. To be brutally honest, the XT5 looks like an outdated, bloated holdover from the old days of American luxury. It needs to be more like the Q5 and XC60, not a thinly-veiled replacement for the SRX.

    Sorry Cadillac. It’s a tough market.

  • Liam Paul

    the escalade is the only thing cadillac has that looks nice , the xt4, its ok but it just feel like a cheap Geo tracker with upgrades

    • Merc1

      And it’s a fools buy at this point. They’re asking for (but not getting) huge premium for an Escalade which is nothing more than a better Chevy. The Navigator KILLS it. New Aviator KILLS the brand new XT6. Cadillac is just sliding right down the tubes.



  • Paul

    So it gets a few tweaks but nothing to write hoe about I guess.

  • Tumbi Mtika

    I don’t see why anyone would get this over…well, anything.

  • Bobby Lee

    I liked this when it first came out, but it got stale quickly.

  • Chris Fame

    Damn Caddy is not impressing anymore. I remember when the current CTS and ATS came out and it was impressive especially with the V versions. Now, it’s like they lost it. Hope they get it together cause Lincoln came to play

  • Merc1

    Great, another warmed over Chevy with an interior to match.


  • Harry_Wild

    Still the same awkward looking exterior!

  • Eric Sin-Chan

    Design wise, I’ve got 2 words: ultra boring

  • Zemus

    Disappointed. It looks nice, but doesn’t move the needly enough.

    What’s more, one wonders if GM is actually trying to coordinate these updates/launches in a rational or logically way. This refresh is coming after the new XT6’s debut. Why wouldn’t any update to the XT5 incorporate at least a few of the Escala’s concepts styling cues? They were plainly there on the XT6, and it’s obvious Caddy intends to incorporate many of the Escala’s design cues into future models — so why is this left off any refreshed model?

    This is a serious oversight. Last I read, the XT5 is their best selling volume models (or, at the very least, close to being their best). With that much popularity with consumers and volume units on the road, wouldn’t it be logical to get the “new Caddy design” out there as much as possible to give potential customers a reason to visit showrooms?

    It almost makes you wonder if the XT5’s redesign team wasn’t allowed to speak to the XT6’s designers. If they had, then Caddy would have been able to offer a refreshed vehicle that aligned itself with it’s larger (and newer) corporate sibling.

    This is a missed opportunity.

  • HaltestelleLuitpolthafen

    The only thing that moves these are the massive cash rebates laying on the hood.

    They are uncompetitive and boring.

  • john1168

    This is NOT a luxury vehicle. Caddy needs to pull its collective head out of its ass and build vehicles that people actually want. Mark Ruess understands this according to an article I read on jalopnick but he needs to lead and get everyone else on board with whatever plan he has. Although it’s probably a nice vehicle, this is a disappointment for a vehicle with the Cadillac name on it.

    • Bo Hanan

      Or- it’s exactly what you expect from a vehicle with the Cadillac name on it. And that’s their problem. Caddy needs to stop listen to their current owners (who aren’t going away) and start listing to BMW-Merc-Lexus owners, if they want to bring them in.

      • john1168

        I agree here too. In addition to their current customers, they seriously need to ask people who are NOT customers, what they think of Cadillac and what it would take to lure them in the dealerships to buy one. This, some new management, new designs and maybe an influx of cash and I think we’ll have something great. Until then… meh… On the positive side, I do believe new designs are coming. A new Escalade on the new IRS platform and the new CT5 are right around the corner. Personally, I’m looking forward to a CT5 with that new Black Wing engine. We have to wait and see I guess…

    • Merc1

      I seriously doubt a 30 year insider understands anything, he’s part of the problem. He was there when GM was turning out the junk that gave them their current reputation.


      • john1168

        I agree with you 100%. I only mention Ruess because he acknowledged the problem in the open. Personally, I’m not sure he has the leadership skills required to change the old way of thinking within Cadillac. I think he knows Cadillac has to change but I don’t think he’s the one who can make it happen because, like you mentioned, he’s been in there for over 20 years and is to accustomed to the current status quo. I think they need a lot of new blood in that company. The kind that won’t care much what the old guard says in that company and create exciting new products.

  • SteersUright

    Clear the way, here comes another Cadillac loser…that looks like nothing more than a Chevy with a weird grille. And Chevy’s look like nothing more than older Kia’s. Talk about a total and compete lack of innovation, risk taking, and talent. Shut it down, or fire every single executive and sell to Audi.

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