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    2020 Cadillac XT5 Gets a Revamp

      ....Brought into alignment with the rest of the brand's looks...

    Cadillac's XT5 is getting a refresh for 2020 that brings it into alignment with the looks of the rest of the brand like the recently introduced CT4 and CT5.

    The base trim for XT5 is the Luxury model. From there, Cadillac uses a "Y" strategy and splits the upper trims into Sport and Premium Luxury. Either can also be equipped with a Platinum package for the best technology and interior available in XT5.  Premium Luxury puts an emphasis on brighter trims while the Sport takes a darker, more aggressive stance. 

    Luxury and Premium Luxury are tuned more towards the soft side while Sport models get a more performance tuned chassis and quicker steering control. The Sport model gets a standard dual-clutch AWD system, Active Yaw control, and Continuous Damping Control adaptive suspension.  LED headlamps with IntelliBeam are now standard on all models. 

    Inside, the XT5 gets the latest version of Cadillac CUE (which they are no longer calling CUE), with more connectivity and personalization. This can be controlled either by touch or by a rotary controller in the center console.  Drivers can easily pair their phone using NFC technology.  Two new high-def instrument cluster options are now available. 

    Under the hood, a new base engine takes up residence.  The 2.0T with 237 hp and 259 lb-ft of torque that are in the XT4 and CT4 is now mated to a nine-speed automatic. The 3.6L V6 with 310 horsepower is still available, now also upgraded to the 9-speed auto.  Both engines have active fuel management and automatic start/stop to boost efficiency. 

    XT5s with the 2.0T will have a new electronic braking control system that replaces the conventional vacuum assisted power brakes.  A compact electric motor replaces the traditional vacuum booster to reduce parasitic engine drag. 

    The 2020 Cadillac XT5 will arrive later this summer.


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    I wonder if a price drop is coming?  Or if they will just make you pay more for the V6 in the name of CAFE.  And not that I blame them, that is sort of what everyone does.  

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    12 hours ago, Potluck said:

    At least it finally looks good.

    Indeed.... I wouldn't buy the 2019 due to its looks, this one looks better.  The interior looks largely the same though. 

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    20 hours ago, riviera74 said:

    Two questions: Why is the 2.0T now the standard engine?  And why does the 2.0T get brake-by-wire and not the 3.6L V6?

    Electric assist I think is how GM will move away from Vacuum brakes as they get ready for everything being hybrid or EV where Vacuum brakes just do not make sense any more.

    Interesting to compare this model to the last couple years:



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    The sport version is a nice change. 

    The new 2.0 while having less power is actually probably a smoother engine than the old v6   Imagine if it were the 2.7t available in the sport  

    now that the XT6 is in showrooms, the xt5 can be more of an entry / mid level Cadillac. The XT6 is what they will seek big $ for. 

    The xt5 to me is GM finally figuring out how to sell their best version of the original 2007 or was it 2008 Ford Edge and Lincoln MKX 

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    I could really use an XT5 with a moonroof.  This summer (like all summers down here) is really brutal.  I wonder if it is required to go Platinum instead of just Luxury Premium to get a moonroof these days.

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