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Sportier Cadillac 2020 XT5 Makes Push for Younger Buyers

Cadillac is aiming the 2020 XT5 right at the BMW and Audi buyers. We look at how they are updating the crossover to win over the younger buyers.

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Cadillac has the best lineup that it has had in decades. The addition of the 2020 Cadillac XT5 and the upcoming all-new XT6 finally puts the luxury automaker in a position to challenge some of the better-known German automakers. The race is all about attracting younger buyers and Cadillac’s designers say the most recent upgrades, like more technology and a sportier driving experience, are perfect for the younger upscale buyer.

Cadillac is adding a new turbocharged engine to the 2020 XT5 giving buyers another option when ordering the two-row SUV. Cadillac says the new engine option allows drivers to better match the crossover’s performance to their personality.

The XT5 is positioned to compete with the BMW X5, the Audi Q5, the Lexus 350. With the addition of the all-new XT6 three-row crossover and the new XT4, Cadillac finally has a full complement of crossover vehicles. It still also has the full-size Escalade which is the epitome of size and luxury. The new vehicles give Cadillac one of the industry’s freshest lineups of crossovers and SUVs.

“Cadillac’s global momentum continues to accelerate with new and compelling products such as the revamped 2020 XT5,” said Steve Carlisle, Cadillac’s President. “Along with additional new crossovers and sedans, including the XT6 and CT5, the brand is redefining itself for a new generation of customers for whom luxury and technology are inextricably linked.”

More Technology Improves 2020 XT5’s Handling and Safety

Cadillac is where GM puts all of its latest and coolest technology and it is promising that “Infotainment and driver assistance technologies take center stage for model year 2020.” The 2020 XT5 will have over 20 available safety and driver assistance technologies.

The updates include:

  • The vehicle’s exterior now features standard LED headlamps with IntelliBeam on all models, to improve driver’s ability to see what is ahead. Night vision upgrades are also available.
  • The latest Cadillac enhanced connectivity and personalization.
  • Higher-resolution display for HD Rear Vision Camera and HD Surround Vision.
  • Crisper displays and better graphics on the instrument cluster.
  • New Rear Pedestrian Alert
  • Enhanced Parking Assist with Braking Assistance
  • One-touch phone pairing, to make connections easier.
  • Latest wireless charging and revised USB ports offering quicker charging through-out the vehicle.

2020 XT5 Has Distinctive Trim and Market

The XT5 is already Cadillac’s best-seller worldwide. The XT5 range starts with the well-equipped Luxury model. Buyers can also upgrade to either the Premium Luxury or Sport model. Premium Luxury models offer more contemporary design finishes and trim.

The XT5 Sport packages feature darker, more aggressive trim. The Sport model is tuned for a more performance-oriented feel, with quicker steering and more aggressive chassis tuning that provides better control without sacrificing a premium ride. The XT5 Sport features new 20-inch wheels standard.

Both models also offer a Platinum trim package, that makes sure you get all the bells and whistles along with the nicest interior and enhanced driving experience.

New Engine Option For 2020 XT5

Cadillac’s 2.0L Turbo engine joins the lineup as the new standard engine in the Luxury and Premium Luxury trims. The existing 3.6L V6, remains standard on Sport and available on Premium Luxury.

The 2.0L turbocharger is rated at 237 horsepower and 258 lb.-ft. of torque. The 3.6L V6 is rated at 310 horsepower and 271 lb.-ft. of torque. Both engines have Active Fuel Management (cylinder deactivation) and automatic stop/start to optimize efficiency. Cadillac did not release the 2020 XT5’s fuel economy.

The 2020 Cadillac XT5 will be available late summer 2019, with production at GM’s Spring Hill, Tennessee assembly facility.

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