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2020 Cadillac XT5 gets 40 upgrades for the new model year

Cadillac has refreshed the XT5 for the 2020 model year.

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The best-selling SUV in Cadillac's lineup is getting 40 updates for the 2020 model year. Cadillac says that the improvements on the 2020 Cadillac XT5 give customers a greater ability to, "match the luxury crossover to their personality."

Cadillac is adding a Sport trim level, which is slotted between the base Luxury and midgrade Premium Luxury trims. The XT5 Sport has sharper driving dynamics, standard all-wheel drive, and a bolder, darker appearance. XT5 Premium Luxury models are defined by bright trim, contemporary décor, and a comfort-tuned driving experience.

A twin-turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine comes standard and gets 237 horsepower and 258 pound-feet. of torque. Buyers can upgrade to a 3.5-liter V6 engine that is freshly paired with a nine-speed automatic transmission. The larger engine achieves 310 horsepower and 271 pound-feet of torque.

The SUV has revised front struts and given the SUV driveline enhancements.

2020 Cadillac XT5 Sport

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Cadillac has added a Sport trim to the XT5 lineup for the 2020 model year.

2020 Cadillac XT5 Premium Luxury

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Cadillac is adding the XT5 Premium Luxury model to its lineup for the 2020 model year.

Cadillac has added standard LED headlmaps with IntelliBeam on all models. The SUV's front and rear fascia have also been updated. A new 18-inch wheel is standard on Luxury and Premium Luxury models while a 20-inch wheel is available. Sport trim models have standard 20-inch wheels.

The car's cabin now comes with a host of options including a wider variety of colors and materials for seating, a new center console design, standard heated front seats, and the available Bose Performance Series sound system.

The XT5 has been enhanced to include over 20 available safety and driver assistance technologies including a rotary controller, Near Field Communications technology, 15-watt wireless charging, revised USB ports, an HD instrument cluster, a high-definition rearview camera, Enhanced Automatic Parking Assist with Braking, Rear Pedestrian Alert, and Night Vision.

It comes standard with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and a 4G LTE Wi-Fi hot spot.

The company will sell the 2020 XT5 with an available Platinum package, which Cadillac is billing as, "the pinnacle of technology and most sophisticated interior in the lineup." The package is available on all trim levels.

The 2020 Cadillac XT5 is now available on dealership lots nationwide.

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The CX-50 features body cladding and rugged styling.

Mazda

Mazda's got a busy 2021 and 2022 as it gears up to release several new vehicles. The first is almost here, and today the automaker shared preliminary details. The CX-50 is an all-new SUV that shares a platform with the Mazda 3 and CX-30.

2023 Mazda CX-50 Production begins in January 2022. Mazda

At first, the CX-50 will be offered with Mazda's 2.5-liter four-cylinder engines, one of which is turbocharged, but electrified powertrain options will join the lineup down the road, including a traditional hybrid. Both gas engines come with a six-speed automatic transmission and standard all-wheel drive. A new drive mode select system is also standard that allows the driver to change the CX-50's behavior to match road and driving conditions such as towing and off-roading.

2023 Mazda CX-50 A new drive mode selection feature allows the driver to change vehicle behavior. Mazda

The new SUV's styling is a departure from the norm for Mazda, whose typical designs are sleek and elegant but far from rugged. That changes with the CX-50. Mazda installed beefy fender flares, body cladding, and a chunky front bumper that make the SUV look ready for the trail. New colors debut with the CX-50 as well, including Zircon Sand for the exterior and a terracotta upholstery option for the interior. The SUV will be the first Mazda to be offered with a panoramic sunroof.

2023 Mazda CX-50 New color schemes are available for both the interior and exterior. Mazda

We don't have full pricing or options details yet, but Mazda says that the CX-50 will be built at the facility in Huntsville, Alabama that it shares with Toyota. Production is scheduled for January 2022.

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Cadillac will be the first brand with Ultra Cruise

General Motors

Tesla has been in hot water for a while now for shenanigans pulled by owners abusing the automaker's advanced cruise control functions. While the company's Full Self Driving (FSD) tech isn't quite ready for primetime, other automakers are catching up – quickly. Today, General Motors announced Ultra Cruise, its advanced driver assistance tech that promises to allow hands-free driving in 95 percent of driving scenarios.

Ultra Cruise Ultra Cruise will build on Super Cruise functionality.General Motors

GM notes that its goal is to eventually roll the service out to all paved roads in the U.S. and Canada. When it launches, the service will work on over two million miles of roads, which could nearly double as the program expands.

Ultra Cruise will offer a host of automated driving features that build on Super Cruise:

  • Dynamic display system
  • Ability to react to permanent traffic control devices
  • Follow internal navigation routes
  • Maintain headway and follow speed limits
  • Support automatic, on-demand lane changes
  • Support left and right turns
  • Support close object avoidance
  • Support parking in residential driveways

The system uses LiDAR, radar, and cameras to build a 360-degree, three-dimensional picture of the world around it. An additional LiDAR unit is located behind the windshield. GM notes that a big part of the system is its Human Machine Interface (HMI), which communicates with the driver to alert them when they need to take control. Ultra Cruise-equipped vehicles will do this with a head-up display that helps drivers stay focused on the road, and will use the same driver monitoring cameras that are used in Super Cruise.

Ultra Cruise Ultra Cruise will enable hands-free driving in the majority of driving scenarios.General Motors

Ultra Cruise will first be available in Cadillac vehicles starting from 2023. There's no word on pricing or specific vehicle availability at this time.

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