Cadillac will give its new models much-needed upgrades in order to keep the reputation. On such a model is a luxurious 2019 Cadillac XT5 that will arrive with plenty of updates. The GM’s luxury brand tried with launching a CT6 model that really looks impressive. However, today’s car markets are all about crossovers, and not sedans. For that reason, Cadillac will implement more premium and upscale features into the XT5 model. Not only that, the exterior will get some changes as well. On top of that, the new architecture is in the offer as well, and also a new V6 drivetrain.
The new 2019 Cadillac XT5 will get a new CUE system that supports 4G LTE Wi-Fi, and latest phone connectivities. The interior will look and feel comfortable. The exterior will see numerous updates that are more competitive against rivals such as Audi Q5, Jaguar F-Pace, and Mercedes-Benz GLC. Just like any other model, the 2019 XT5 also have its pros and cons, but we’ll get to that later.
2019 Cadillac XT5 sits on a new platform
The upcoming 2019 Cadillac XT5 will ride on a new architecture while some iconic features such as V-shape grille will stay intact. The front will feature a LED projection-beam headlights and the cascading daytime running lights are also available with LED technology. The hood gains new sharp lines and creases, the same styling cues taken from CTS and CT6 models. The overall shape of this crossovers suggests it is a front-wheel drive vehicle, which turns out to be true. The roof features a slight slope which not only looks modern but it improves headroom from the inside.
To the rear, the LED taillights are finished in a classic Cadillac manner. The same could’ve been said for a chrome piece that is placed horizontally on the bumper and tailgate. The exhaust tips are now featuring more chrome materials and there is now a metal hitch cover in the offer. The wheels are 20-inch 12-spoke and are wrapped in all-season tires. Plenty of black plastic materials are hard to spot with the Stellar Black Metallic exterior color. However, if you opt for different contrast that plastic cues are looking gorgeous. The door handles are slightly chrome-illuminated and roof rails are getting the same treatment as well.
2019 Cadillac XT5 interior improvements
The newest 2019 Cadillac XT5 crossover model will borrow plenty of designing from the CT6 sedan model which are a great news. The CUE (Cadillac User Experience) system comes with plenty of improvements and new toggle switches for HVAC controls. The response is better and the slider for the radio volume is touch-sensitive. The steering wheel is wrapped in leather and it adds metal and wood accents. A 4.2-inch information display now provides much more info and it offers several different layouts. The dual analog gauges are looking classy and are a better fit than the digital gauges.
The touchscreen is 8.0-inch and it is placed in the center stack. It uses an old software and the CUE system that is very similar to the MyLink system from Chevrolet’s models. Moreover, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot are all available. The front seats are very comfy and are three-way heating and ventilating units. Rear seats are also comfortable and are nicely padded. The legroom is ample in both rows while the headroom is better thanks to the sloping roof. Behind the rear seats, the 2019 Cadillac XT5 offers 30 cubic feet of cargo volume and 63 cubic feet of space with rear seats folded flat.
2019 Cadillac XT5 engine and transmission
The all-new 2019 Cadillac XT5 gets an all-new V6 drivetrain. The 3.6-liter engine features a direct fuel injection and cylinder deactivation systems. It can produce up to 310 HP and 271 lb-ft of torque. An 8-speed automatic transmission is in the offer and it is the only choice. The gearbox sends power to the front wheels, however, an all-wheel-drive configuration is optional.
The XT5 will also benefit from a button on the center console that switches the drive system on and off. When on, the AWD setup will work for all of the time, while the “off” option saves fuel thanks to the disengaging of the rear driveshaft.
Fuel economy of the 2019 Cadillac XT5 is average as the EPA estimates 18 mpg in the city, 26 mpg on the highway and 21 mpg combined. The 2019 XT5 drinks premium fuel only. Variable-valve timing and auto stop/start system are also in the offer.
2019 Cadillac XT5 price and release date
The price of the forthcoming 2019 Cadillac XT5 starts at $42,000. There are four trim levels in the offer, the base, Luxury, Premium Luxury, and Platinum. While the top-range Platinum model will cost around $65,000, the Luxury trim starts at $50,000. Premium model cost $57,000.
If you opt for a Driver Assist Package, you’ll have to pay additional $2,350 and you can get adaptive cruise control and automatic collision braking. Trailering equipment is also optional and it adds another $1,000 so be careful when choosing optional equipment. The 2019 Cadillac XT5 crossover will go on sale in the last quarter of 2018.