Best 2020 Cadillac XT5 Facelift Spy Shots: You Still Need A Magnifying Glass

Ever since we saw those leaked photos of China’s facelifted 2020 Cadillac XT5, we knew that a similar makeover would be in line for the United States and Canada.

Now we have proof as we get our clearest look yet at the premium midsize SUV’s facelifted version. As with the Chinese model, America’s 2020 XT5 gains a new mesh pattern for the grille that brings it in line with Cadillac’s newest cars such as the XT6 and XT4 crossovers. Mind you, only the grille’s “contents” change while its shape and size remain the same.

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Moving on, the only other updates we are able to spot at the front include the slightly larger lower grille and the addition of a subtle chin spoiler. The rest of the front fascia appears unchanged, as do the headlights. However, while their shape stays the same, the headlamps feature a redesigned inner structure with an LED lighting element replacing the current model’s round projector.

At the rear, the changes are even harder to detect, though the LED taillights get a more contemporary signature and the rear bumper is expected to get a very subtle update at the lower end. Well, at least the design of the alloy wheels seems new.

In China, the 2020 Cadillac XT5 will be available in two flavors: Premium Luxury and Sport. The prototype in these photos wears the identification marks of the former grade, as it features bright body accents — except on the grille, for some reason.

We can’t show you the interior just yet but expect XT6-inspired goodies such as a new steering wheel, rotary controls for the infotainment system, and possibly the Super Cruise semi-autonomous driving system.

As for the driving force of the 2020 XT5, the big news is the addition of an all-new 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine, joining the existing 3.6-liter V6 unit. Codenamed LSY, the turbo-four offers 237 hp (241 PS) and 258 lb-ft (350 Nm) of torque on the Chinese-spec 2020 XT5.

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

  • Mike anonymous

    Well it has some slight improvements. Seems to be a nice update, although personally if I were to change anything I would opt to begin removing the ‘generic’ ‘one size fits all (or technically one mirror fits all)‘ side mirrors. The seems to be a small element of the vehicles design that is brining it down somewhat.

    Mirrors more akin to the ones featured/shown here (below) would be far more fitting. Lincoln has managed to fit similar mirrors onto the Continental sedan. I do believe that is this small detail, could provide greater value to the vehicles overall design and desirability, even if it may be something as simple and minute as a change in mirror design.

    I think it would be great if Cadillac (for the next generation XT5) decided to take their vehicle in a direction to compete with the Jaguar I-Pace possibly based on the Bolt (or something similar). I think it would do wonders to help boost interest in comparison amongst the latest ‘slew’ of vehicles (Aviator & Corsair) from rival brand Lincoln & other luxury automakers.

    • Astonman

      Hey Mike – go to Automobile Magazine website and read Jamie Kittman’s interview with Johan de Nysschen. Highly recommend it!

      • Mike anonymous

        Sure I will make sure to give it a read sometime soon today. I’ve got some emails to send out, but I will get to it before the days out. Thanks @astonman:disqus ?.

        • Astonman

          Hope you enjoyed it. I learned a little more about GM and Ghosn.

          • Mike anonymous

            Yeah.. wow. Companies really need to understand the importance of the value a brand is perceived to have.

            Further difficulties came from lack of investment, a function in part of the parent company’s fundamental inability to wrap its head around expenditures that don’t yield immediate cash money results. This is the sort of thinking, de Nysschen offered, that has killed new Cadillac coupes and convertibles, exclusive models that might not pay their way immediately but add value to the perception of the brand.

            I remember at the beginning of the decade when Cadillac announced their plans to go head to head with Rolls Royce with a flagship model. Something such as that (even if it wouldn’t sell well) would add value to the brand (like the Ciel Concept).


            I won’t restate what the article already says, but investment into the future (opposed to trying to make a quick buck) is what companies need to do. Anyways, Yes it was a great read.

          • Astonman

            I remembered reading an article about 5 years ago of how GM bean counters were nixing the door handle of the car as being too expensive at $5. GM is constantly looking at short term bottom line. That’s a problem with a lot of companies on the Stock Exchange. They cost cut and then build a product that is not as good as their competitors and when it doesn’t sell as much, they discount to move them out. It’s vicious cycle. They seem to buy the cheapest plastic for their interiors and try to use it in all of the cars and it doesn’t seem to matter which brand. Look at the new trucks – the interiors are horrible. I love the looks of the sheetmetal but inside… The interior of the Corvette looks promising and I’m hearing good things about the Cadillac Escalade interior but I would have liked to seen that in their lower tiered models. Spend a little money (and I’m not talking on marketing and advertising) Build a great product and the word of mouth will more than take care of itself and let the brand will grow. Look at Genesis. Look at what Lincoln is doing. BTW – wasn’t it interesting what you learned about Ghosn and his style of management? Oh to be a fly on the wall at these meetings!

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  • JT L

    I’m a bit suprised. You would think that Cadilac would offer a bigger update to this vehicle considering that it’s one of their best sellers.

    • Stephen G

      You’re suggesting that if something sells really well it should be changed?

      • Navigator Navy✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

        The previous generation Camry was majorly changed from 2015-2017, and it was the best-selling sedan at that time.

        • Stephen G

          True that…and sales are down by 20% from 2015.

          • Navigator Navy✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

            Sales weren’t down when it saw its refresh back in 2014, and sales may be down., but not to forget why (crossovers sales), and the Camry is still number 1 in sales among sedans. Try, again.

          • Stephen G

            Took a bigger hit than Honda Accord.

  • FactChecker90803

    Ohh My Goodnes, an all NEW 2.0L I4, that generates a WHOPPING 237HP. This must be F♡@&!¤K Typo, my daughters Old 2013 ATS, with the LTG made 272Hp and 295 ft⋅lb. And now with GM’S never ending QUEST for absolute efficiency the LTG, with the LSY, that makes 237hp and 258 ft⋅lb, How does GM manage to make such groundbreaking Achievements.

  • Navigator Navy✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

    The changes are subtle and will have to take a trained eye with glasses to spot the differences – but the simplest change is coming from the new mesh-like grille, newly styled vertical headlamps, more plastic cladding on the side doors, restyled rear bumper with new exhaust tips, among others.

  • Javokhir_Sam

    I know what is happened there in Caddy test centre. Engineers developed a new facelift body but it was so similar to the old one that they actually took an old one to the test under a heavy camo. Coz I see absolutely no difference.

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