Cadillac's XT5 crossover SUV will receive a mid-cycle refresh for 2020 and the latest prototypes reveal the new look. Their sighting follows leaked official photos of the updated crossover in January.
Cadillac's lineup is in the process of being overhauled as the brand shifts its focus toward crossover SUVs and implements a new look loosely based on the stunning lines of 2016's Escala concept.
There are new models on the way like the XT4 and XT6 crossovers, CT4 and CT5 sedans, and an electric crossover. Meanwhile, older models like the ATS, CTS and XTS sedans have all been discontinued. The CT6 is still around but hanging on by a thread, while the Escalade is due to be redesigned and the XT5 given an update.
The updated XT5 looks to have received new front and rear fascias and a new front grille more like the one on the Escala. The taillights are also expected to receive a new LED light signature.
Cadillac Escala concept, 2016 Monterey Car Week
We also hear that Cadillac will finally address one of the XT5's main shortcomings: the lack of powertrain options. The XT5 is currently available with a 310-horsepower 3.6-liter V-6 only but this updated model is expected to offer a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4 as an option.
Cadillac offers the XT5 in China with a mild-hybrid system, though we haven't heard anything about this option being offered in the United States. Similar technology featured on the Buick LaCrosse sold here, so it's not beyond the realms of possibility.
It also isn't clear what updates Cadillac has in store for the cabin. A safe bet is Cadillac updating the suite of electronic driver aids, including adding an enhanced version of its Super Cruise self-driving system for highways. Right now the feature is only available on the CT6.
Look for the updated XT5 to go on sale late this year as a 2020 model.