2020 Cadillac XT5 Will Be Built On Escala Concept

The XT5 is Cadillac’s flagship crossover for this segment. All other upcoming models will look like it. Next season, we will see smaller and bigger vehicles. Everything will finish with the largest of all – XT9. However, the 2020 Cadillac XT5 will suffer a big redesign. Everything is about to be new on this model. First of all, the platform, and then all other segments – appearance, interior, drivetrains…

Two years ago Cadillac introduced the new Escala sedan concept. Back then, it seemed like a new platform for similar cars. Yes, two years ago XT5 was mentioned as the possible user. And now, it is certain that Escala will be the base for 2020 Cadillac XT5. With changes it brings, the SUV will gain some advantages. New materials in the body will make the crossover lighter, agiler, but still durable and tough.

2020 Cadillac XT5 spied

2020 Cadillac XT5 Changes

The new platform is going to introduce numerous updates all around the 2020 Cadillac XT5. Body style, interior, length, all that will be new. Well, it is still questionable how designers are planning to modify the concept we saw on the sedan. Specific ride and styling of SUVs require some changes on the platform as well.

From what we saw, the most notable exterior change is happening on the front fascia. The new grille is larger than before. Highlights are narrower. Tiny bars are almost invisible. But, Escala concept is predicted to bring more lighting on the side of the front bumper.


The new CT6 sedan will be built on the Escala platform. It means the sedan is going to be longer. The same is expected from 2020 Cadillac XT5. Definitely, the extended body will cause a decrease of driving agility. But, on the other hand, benefits are numerous. More space inside, for passengers and cargo, leaves a lot of room for extra options.

Also, the new 2020 Cadillac XT5 will use more aluminum. The lightweight material is going to put the car on diet, and the extended body is not going to affect overall body mass. In the matter of fact, the new Cadillac XT5 could be even lighter than its predecessors.

2020 Cadillac XT5 Escala concept

2020 Cadillac XT5 New Engine

The Escala concept brings the new unit. Two years back, we could think that all new vehicles that will use this platform will come with the V8 engine. Wrong! The 2020 Cadillac XT5 will add a new unit, not bigger, but smaller. This is a surprise for all fans looking for more power.

The new unit is probably 2.0-liter turbo-four. The engine is already available on XT5, but for customers in China. Now, it seems like this displacement is heading to the US. The drivetrain is ready to develop 280 hp and nearly 300 pound-feet. On the other hand, it will radically improve the fuel efficiency of 2020 Cadillac XT5. With V6, the crossover can do better than 22 mpg combined.

Cadillac XT5 V6 Specs

Although the new engine is on the way, the 2020 Cadillac XT5 will keep its old and reliable V-6. A 3.6-liter unit is good for 310 hp and 270 lb-ft of torque. An eight-speed auto transmission will be still there, as well as the choice between FWD and AWD model.

2020 Cadillac XT5 V8

Finally, we must consider the Escala’s V8 as the possibility for the new XT5. It is a 4.2-liter twin-turbo engine. However, the company did not release details about it. According to earlier info, the unit can burst 550 hp and 630 lb-ft of torque. This could be a solution for a performance-oriented version of the SUV. However, we can’t hear anything about it. Also, detuning is even less likely option.

2020 Cadillac XT5 rear

2020 Cadillac XT5 Hybrid

As well as the four-cylinder engine, buyers in the US could get another Chinese drivetrain for 2020 Cadillac XT5. In the most populated country in the world, the carmaker is launching a mild-hybrid. It will pair the new transmission and 2020 Cadillac XT5 hybrid is using special assist features. Of course, main goal is to achieve better fuel economy. But, on the other hand, the outputs shouldn’t suffer too much. Decrease of power and torque is certain. But, how much, we must wait to hear official statement.

2020 Cadillac XT5 Verdict

The XT5 is overtaking the market with its appearance and performance. The vehicle has a strong start, and with new upgrades we can expect it only to become more popular. It is early for the new generation, but nothing is impossible. New look and drivetrains are enough for big redesign. All these features we mentioned will come sooner or later. We tip on hybrid to become the priority and shortly after that, fans could see the special version with high outputs from V8.

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