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With No New Vehicle to Show in Chicago, Cadillac Tweaks the XT5

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The Cadillac XT5, which happens to be a perfect all-weather urban vehicle, is a major breadwinner for the upscale brand. By far the best-selling vehicle in the Caddy stable, the XT5 midsize crossover out-volumes the bigger and pricier Escalade by a factor of two to one.

Unfortunately, it’s no longer the freshest face at the party. Cadillac’s smaller XT4 bowed last year and the larger XT6 dropped its towel in Detroit. Hoping to return some interest back to its midsize crossover (and have something to reveal in Chicago), Caddy gave the XT5 an emo makeover, launching the 2019 XT5 Sport package. It’s a “limited edition” package, Caddy claims, without offering a specific number. Could it be that it’s limited to the number of Sport packages GM can sell in 2019? Could be.

An appearance package (and a dark, brooding one at that), the Sport package is an upgrade offered to buyers of the XT5 in Luxury or Premium Luxury trim. With this package, which’ll run you an extra $2,995 on a Luxury and $1,995 on a Premium Luxury, the XT5 dons black grille mesh surrounded by fancier Galvano chrome. Flanking its dark maw are LED headlamps, with cornering lights appearing further below.

Bolstering the wiccan look, Caddy added side steps and 20-inch aluminum wheels finished in dark grey. This crossover has poetry it wants you to read. Meanwhile, the clear tail lamps lenses are as transparent as the pages in its diary.

Inside, sport pedals will surely allow the driver to squeeze more thrust out of the XT5’s completely stock powertrain. It’s a 3.6-liter V6 with 310 horses and 271 lb-ft, if you weren’t aware, paired with an eight-speed automatic.

Other niceties found in this Madonna, circa 1998 utility vehicle are only there because you’re looking at a higher-trimmed model. It’s a nice list, and you don’t pay separately for it. Adding the Sport package offers buyers a choice between two two-tone interior combinations, as well.

All joking aside, the appearance upgrades are not unappealing, assuming you’re enamored with the XT5. After last week’s snow-punch video, this author certainly sees it in a different light. So there. Then again, your author also isn’t one to poo-poo the comfortable confines of midsize GM crossovers.

As the new XT4 finds its legs and the XT6 gets ready for showrooms, the XT5 languishes in terms of sales. After its release in 2016, the XT5’s best sales year came in 2017, with volume dropping 11.34 percent in 2018. Fourth-quarter 2018 sales also fell, to the tune of 26.4 percent.

Meanwhile, Cadillac’s Escalade, a high-margin vehicle if there ever was one, has seen its volume grow — rising over 60 percent in 2018 and closing some of the gap between it and the XT5.

If what you see turns you on, be it known that orders open for the 2019 Cadillac XT5 Sport package this spring.

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