2020 Cadillac CT5: Design, Release Date And Everything Else We Know

Cadillac is undergoing a renaissance of late, with a slew of new products and a restructuring of its naming system. One of the new products it’s planning is the CT5, a luxury mid-size offering that will effectively replace both ATS and CTS sedans.

However, what will Cadillac’s 5 Series-fighter look like and what should we expect? That’s what we’re here for.

Art & Science Styling

Ok, so it’s not a dead-ringer of Cadillac’s beautiful Escala concept, though it does carry over some similar styling themes. These include slim LED headlights, trapezoidal ‘shield’ grille and vertical daylight running lamps. The long hood and fastback profile also makes the cut, albeit with a higher roofline and more conventional window frames.

Sheetmetal surfacing is an evolution of Cadillac’s Art & Science ethos, with elegant lines and subtle creases. Rear styling is highlighted by boomerang-finned LED taillights, short trunk lid and sizeable exhaust tips.

Cadillac Escala Concept

The Inside Job

Whilst we’ve yet to set eyes on the interior, expect a good dose of Escala concept to flow into the interior too. Cue large, sweeping digital displays within the dash, highly tailored fabrics, brushed metal trim and ample room for passengers.

On the tech front, the CT5 will be loaded; expect Cadillac’s ‘Super Cruise’ semi-autonomous driving assistant, OLED instrument and CUE infotainment displays, retracting infotainment screens for backseat occupants and remote start/locking/unlocking via smartphone app.

Cadillac Escala Concept’s interior

Turbo Torque

Power will come from a range of potent powertrains; these include an base turbocharged, 2.0-litre four-cylinder, a normally-aspirated 3.6-litre V6 and an twin-turbo 3.0-litre V6, pumping out over 404 hp and 400 pound-feet of torque. Power will be feed to the pavement through GM’s 10-speed automatic and rear wheels as standard, with all-wheel drive being optional.

Fuel economy and eco-conscious buyers will also be catered for with a plug-in electric powertrain that combines a 2.0-litre, four-cylinder turbo engine with an electric motor. In the larger Cadillac CT6, this is good for 335 hp and 432 pound-feet of torque.

V-Sport Magic

If none of the above tickles your fancy, then 4.2-litres of twin-turbocharged V8 thunder will. Tipped to appear in CT5 V-Sport format, this all-wheel drive, range-topping powertrain will offer 500+ hp combined with a mechanical limited-slip rear differential, specially tuned Magnetic Ride Control suspension and aggressive styling.

A potential rival to BMW’s M5, Audi RS6 and Mercedes-AMG E63 perhaps? Watch this space.

Sport-Luxury Alternatives

The CT5 will have its work cut out against some seriously formidable competition; the German trio of BMW 5-Series, Mercedes-Benz E-Class and new Audi A6 are arguable some of the best cars on the road regardless of segment.

Other contenders in the segment include the Volvo S90, Jaguar XF, Infiniti Q70, Acura RLX and – in theory, at least, the Maserati Ghibli.

Pricing and Production

Sitting middle of Cadillac’s new 3-tier sedan lineup between the smaller, upcoming CT4 and larger CT6, the CT5 is expected to start somewhere in the high $30k to low $40k range.

Expect a reveal later this year – possibly at the Los Angeles Auto Show at the end of November, with production at Lansing, Michigan beginning in 2019.

Could a Coupe be in the works too?

Recently, a GM design patent surfaced revealing a two-door Cadillac that some believe might be the CT5 Coupe, though others, have suggest that it could be a more extreme sports model with Corvette underpinnings. Either way, the car pictured here looks like a thinly disguised concept that we should see at an upcoming motor show, possibly as early as this fall in Los Angeles.

Do you think Cadillac’s CT5 has a chance against the established German heavy-hitters? Share your thoughts in the comments below.


Photo Renderings Copyright Carscoops / Josh Byrnes

  • B. D.

    The Concept is beautiful. This looks like a Nissan Altima

    • Bo Hanan

      I don’t think it’s a good thing for a (so-called) luxury car model to look like another car makers best rental car seller… Just sayin.

      • B. D.

        Amen to that.

    • Stephen G

      Terrible rendering.

    • Smith

      Right, but it is supposed to be a Cadillac. And really, the concept is plain, bland and has no excitement at all, in other words a perfect Cadillac.

  • Six_Tymes

    The Escala concept is one of the most beautiful designs

    • Tumbi Mtika

      And this rendering is not.

      • donald seymour


    • Smith

      Says the man with very poor eye sight and no clue about car design.

  • Christian

    Can’t wait to see one in Europe and giggle like a girl because their will be so rare to see. It’s like seeing a Mclaren Senna, they’re that rare here. 🙂

    • Smith

      Very rare and very expensive when you add the anti-Trump tariff of 25% duty. Although GM does not have a sales and distribution network in Europe, she sold it to the French.

      • Christian

        who is she?

  • WalthamDan

    It would work as a good looking, new Chevy Malibu

    • Smith

      That is actually all it is, and that is the problem with Cadillac, overpriced Chevy with fake wood dash.

      • maroon5five

        What was the last cadillac you road in?

  • ErnieB

    Just to piss people off I’ll say it looks like a genesis g70/80 from the side..

    • Dr Professor Weezle Eye

      Holy F, I am so pissed!!!!

    • Bo Hanan

      Your right though, it actually does look like it.

  • Subi-Rubicon1

    This rendering looks like S**T! I’m sure Cadillac will do a much better job than this.

    • Smith

      Well they haven’t done a better job to date, so it is very unlikely they will do any better than this, probably a certainty they will do worse. They don’t have the balls to compete aggressively with BMW and Mercedes and Audi. They are conservative and risk averse.

  • Stephen G

    Could we just stop with the ugly ass renderings?

    • NoMan2015

      This site LOOOOOVES them.

  • charlotteharry57

    That is a beautiful rendering and I hope the real thing looks as good. I’m not sure I care for those tiny headlights, but that’s where everyone seems headed.

    • donald seymour

      You know Charlotte, you are related to the designer of this render, are you?

  • blue adidas

    The rendering is terrible. However, of any GM, Chrysler or Ford brand that I have any hope for, it’s Cadillac. There is so much opportunity and excitement behind their concepts, and they have the engineering expertise capabilities to make them amazing. Though, at the pace they’re going, we all might be dead and buried before we see any of it.

  • S3XY

    Really hoping they bring the Escala into fruition. Electrified as well.

    • bd0007

      It’s going into production; how toned down the production version will be – just have to wait and see.

  • Bruce K

    the rendering reminds me of the Buick Regal (the hatchback, not the wagon TourX model). I understand Caddy wanting a single sedan model below the CT6 & to replace both the ATS & CTS — but what I don’t get is the comment in the article about a CT4 sedan… they don’t need 3!! 2 is plenty… they need more crossovers like everyone else, apparently. But they need to look futuristic and luxurious.

  • Karl B

    For me I am wondering why would Cadillac leave the Proven success of the 2016 ATS-V & CTS-V? They are only four years old? The V’s knocked Germany on its rear end! If the CT5 series are not lighter, better handling or faster/quicker than the current V’s, then it will be a failure to me. I understand progress and change, but since the V’s are only four years old, sometimes the old saying, “If it isn’t broke, Don’t fix it”!

    • NoSnarkHere

      Uhm. Because they don’t sell.

      I would like to see it different, too. Not sure that any replacement sedan is going to solve that, even if it does end up taking some good cues from the Escala.

    • maroon5five

      Every change they have made in the last 15 years has made the V Series cars better, why would you assume this would be different?

    • bd0007

      The ATS and CTS both suffer from the fundamental issue of poor packaging – which has immensely affected sales.

  • Bo Hanan

    Going by past reveals, its not hiding that much. Caddy needs to give people and idea of what’s coming in hopes of stopping them from buying real luxury cars now. And I didn’t see your choice on Caddy’s last great car- what was it?

  • botornot387

    better be more escala than that hack job. Cadillac dont eff this up!

  • Tumbi Mtika

    God, I hope Cadillac does a better job than THIS. Looks like a rear-wheel drive Acura TL!

  • donald seymour

    I agree with you completely.

  • Smith

    When you look at this it is easy to see why Cadillac is in so much trouble. This will not attract young buyers and will probably scare away the 80 plus crowd that buy 90% of Cadillacs. Best thing they have done in years is to dump that arrogant CEO, Johan de Nysschen, and now they need to dump all his design and direction and rebuild the brand, again. Or maybe it is too late.

  • Smith

    That’s the problem, it is a Johan de Nysschen car, which means it is a failure. It needs a new interior and exterior and an new focus. Johan had an arrogant approach that alienated customers and dealers and everyone else and his car design strategy will do the same.

    • bd0007

      If the production model hues closely to the Escala design language, it will be the looker in its segment and the interior should be better than what Cadillac had been doing.

      JdN WASN’T the problem; he had to constantly fight with the beancounters at RenCen.

  • Peter Gaskin

    Is this designed to be built in rhd? Australia may just be interested in such a vehicle.

    • PeterMcPumpkinPiE (Howard)

      You’ll need to ask your fellow ozzies. Oy oy oy!

  • DJ

    Yay another boring ugly CT6 Cadillac. And hey let’s get rid of the CTS, the only decent car they have.

  • bd0007

    Despite being a “tweener” in size, the CT5 will be Cadiillac’s D-segment competitor (so going against the 3/4 Series and not the 5 Series).

    When the impending production of the Escala, the CT6 will be positioned as Cadillac’s 5 Series competitor.

  • Harry_Wild

    WIth the CT5 heavy camouflage; it looks identical to that of the current Honda Accord when it also was heavily camouflage.

  • Rani

    One of the better renders I’ve seen. Nice!

  • Six Thousand Times

    I don’t think your grille is correct.

  • Plymouth Volare RoadRunner SP

    Looks like a Honda Accord.

  • d’Aforde

    Cadillac’s true competition is Lexus, Genesis, etc. If, like Genesis, it aims for Audi, Mercedes, and BMW and comes damn close, it wil have a shot at stealing sales from Lexus, Genesis, and similar marques.

  • Leconte Dave
  • Larry Qualls

    That rendering looks like a 2019 Malibu! Reminds me of how the front end of the ATS had the looks of a Cruze. Not good GM, not good! Just build the damn concept!

  • Salvatore Cerniglia

    Maybe but they should take note of the styling cues…i.e. the picture above, a black CT5, has a “bubble-butt” type roof (line). I think the roof should be more streamlined and a little lower. Like someone wrote…’Just build the damn concept as originally shown’. I say, if your going to do something, then do it right!

    Just my 2 cents…

  • Liz Gloss

    The new version of “The Caddy That Zigs”. GM just never learns. Who is going to buy this forgettable car? No one!

  • Liz Gloss

    If the ATS and CTS were slow sellers, wait until this CT5 hits the lot! What ever millennial focus group conjured up this pitiful design should be hung by their fingernails..

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