2020 Cadillac CT5 Is A Bold Replacement For The ATS And CTS

While some automakers believe that sedans have no future in today’s SUV-saturated market, Cadillac is still betting on premium saloons and has just unveiled the all-new CT5.

Serving as a replacement for both the ATS and the CTS, it slots under the CT6 and has just made an online appearance, prior to its 2019 New York Auto Show premiere that’s set for next month.

The modern Cadillac styling language is present, although with a few unique touches inspired by the Escala Concept. As a result, the CT5 comes with a pair of slim headlights, vertical DRLs and muscular lines that run across the length of the hood. It also has a sporty profile with the slightly sloping roofline.

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When it will go on sale later this year, the CT5 will be available in two trim levels, Sport and Luxury. The first one is depicted in the image gallery with a grey look and darkened taillights, whereas the second one has a dark red finish and red taillights.

A single image released by the automaker provides a glimpse inside. It focuses on the electronic gear shifter and rotary knob used to control the infotainment system. Elsewhere, the car has leather upholstery and wood trim, as well a climate control system and ventilated front seats, among others.

Based on an evolved version of the Alpha platform, the CT5 uses a standard 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-four or an optional 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6. Both units are paired to a 10-speed automatic transmission. Production of the car will take place at General Motors’ Lansing Grand River facility, which has received a $211 million cash injection.

Update: The original title of the article (as some of you have pointed out) referred to the new CT-5 as a BMW 5-Series rival. The truth is that, since we do not have any info on the car’s dimensions and pricing, this might very well not be the case. What we do know is that it replaces the compact ATS and the larger CTS, so it may (or may not) fall somewhere in the middle in terms of size. There’s also the matter of pricing. However, unless Cadillac announces the exact specs in the following days, we’ll have to wait until April 19, when the NY Auto Show opens, to find out.

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  • Matthijs

    The styling is a bit rough. That C-pillar looks horrible too. Not a big fan of the new (generic) styling of Cadillac

    • Bash

      The front is ok though.

  • Bash

    Looks good all the from the front till the rear door handles, from that point the mess starts.

    • Jay

      Couldn’t agree more, I saw the cover photo and came in to comment on a great looking CT5-V to come. Changed my mind because the rear end is hideous.

  • Enoch Gabriel Gonzales

    Cadillac doesn’t want to be a funeral fleet brand anymore

  • Jason Panamera

    I like it. It has nice back. So the interior will be like in XT4.

  • Knotmyrealname

    Cadillac Maxima.

  • Most of the car looks all right but the C-pillar with the plastic window is just unacceptable. Makes the car look cheap. Why didn’t Cadillac just replicate the Escala?!

  • john1168

    WTF were they thinking with that C pillar??? It’s HIDEOUS! That style works on the Accord but not on this. It’s like Caddy just put that style c pillar on this car just for the sake of putting it on. It doesn’t work with the rest of the design of the car. The rest of the car looks nice though.

  • StrangerGP

    Meh, looks like a dropped Hyundai/Genesis project.

  • performante

    I love it. Super handsome car.

  • Craig

    With the CT6, the XT4 and XT6 [especially] and now this new CT5 – it looks as though Cadillac is going back in time to their first ‘Art and Science Design Language’ model the 2003 CTS. Back to being especially sharp edged.

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/b07fe5d7ca6c31fbdb589bdc46cd5d9fe4a615eba196113b32e6cd74a8de013b.jpg

  • Craig

    Has the front grill BADGE grown in size? It looks better. [Or am I just seeing things?]

  • Meskley
  • Marwan Abdul Hak

    Cadillac is doing again the sale mistake through following the Germans in their game! Guys Cadillacs should be big comfy and with acres of wood and leather.

  • WalthamDan

    BMW has absolutely nothing to worry about with this vehicle.

    • Dennis James

      This walks all over the 5-series GT, which was discontinued due to ugliness.

      • Merc1

        As if that matters.

        M

      • Merc1

        Edit: actually it wasn’t cancelled only the name was changed, it’s the 6-Series GT now, same platform as the 5er and market position.

        M

    • Cobrajet

      Even Jaguar.

      • designer_dick

        You can say what you like about Jaguar, but at least they’re willing to spend the money on designing an actual quarter window rather than a piece of gloss black plastic masquerading as one.

  • DGC

    It looks like the designers forgot to ‘design the c-pillar! Ummm, just add something behind the door and turn off the lights. It must have been the cleaning crew….

  • Marc Gruben

    They must have had a bad connection when they were phoning in that C-pillar design. Jeezus, Cadillac! Are they going to put a stupid Newton Meter designation on it as well?

    There’s still time to rename it “Cimarron”. If you’re gonna fail, might as well do it right.

    • Merc1

      My thoughts exactly and yes they’re doing the stupid naming thing on this insipid looking car also.

      M

  • sidewaysspin

    Those are Peugeot style LED fangs.

  • Shtekeris

    Hmm, what happened to Cadillac Unveils Escala? That looked elegant and promising, while this thing looks quite generic.

  • cat

    If you delete the Cadillac logo and tell me that car is a Lexus hybrid i belive it!

    • McFly

      Or basically any Japanese car from 5–10 years ago.

      • Jørn-tommy Skjellnes

        i se alot of Nissan/Infiniti design in this car

    • no25

      If you delete the Cadillac logo and tell me that car is a Chevy sedan, I believe it!**

  • Infinite1

    I like everything but the Honda Accord C-Pillar. Looks promising otherwise, can’t wait to see it on the road and it going against the 5 series

  • YUDHA BAGASKARA

    cadillac’s ES

  • Rasta_Farian

    That c-pillar is ghastly. It needs an actual DLO, not that plastic junk. I’ll keep my mouth shut about everything else.

  • Bo Hanan

    The best we’ve seen from Cadillac to date- but still a few years behind it’s competition.
    “Yes, we at Caddy also have a 4-Door Coupe- finally.”

  • Merc1

    WOW someone at GM wants Cadillac to fail. It looks like crap especially from the 3/4 rear side/back. They aren’t showing the interior? I wonder why? Because it’s cheap going to easily be nothing more than typical GM.

    M

    • Nordschleife

      I feel like it’s the same interior as the XT4/XT5

      • Merc1

        And that just isn’t good enough in this class. From what I can see it isn’t until the next Escalade that we will see something truly worthy interior wise in a new Cadillac.

        M

        • Nordschleife

          And I completely agree with you. I just have that feeling which is why it wasn’t shown.

    • Rocket

      It almost does feel like the brand is being sabotaged from within.

      • Merc1

        I’m starting to think it is.

        M

  • Yishay

    This is the Honda Accord we should’ve gotten and that’s not a compliment

    • ErnieB

      Lmao.. so agree!!

  • Yishay

    Blacked out window lines would be the only way to go if you are thinking about replacing this with your current Cadillac sedan. Because the chrome window lines just draw attention to the worst design element of this car

  • SgtBeavis

    WOW!

    Just Wow!

    Just when you think Caddy is going somewhat in the right direction, they do this. What a frackin’ POS.

    They should call it the Catara. That would pretty much fit the looks of this turd.

    • Bob

      Totally. What a mess.

  • adam callif
    • Jp

      Oh my goodness 😍 I wish we will go back to that level of elegance some day.

  • HOW COME NOBODY MENTIONS THE GLORIOUS KINK?! PEOPLE, THE KINK! (WE THE PEOPLE, WE THE KINK!)

    [Luckily, my Caps Lock just unstuck.]

    On a serious note, that purple color looks magnificent (in those photos) but even that cannot work in favors for that fishy tail, and to think that 15-20 years ago it was an abomination to have a fifth door/fastback design on a four door car… “Nor here, nor there” situation for this one; rest is cool.

  • Nordschleife

    Why does the CT6 front end look so much more Escala-ish as a refresh than the CT5/XT6? Dammit GM.

  • Brian Regan

    I don’t hate it but it looks a LOT like the second gen Infiniti M35 to my eyes.

    • Marc Gruben

      Yep, I saw the same thing. Identical profiles. So… profile / silhouette of a 10-year old Infiniti, blacked out C-pillar a la Buick Regal (even looks like it has Regal rear doors), Honda Accord chrome trim, stupid “Newton Meter” numerical designation on the trunk… This is what it takes to make a modern Cadillac???

      Remember the movie “Get Shorty” where the Olds Silhouette was “the Cadillac of minivans”? I guess this is the “Cadillac of Failures.”

  • raikkonen

    I hate it when people say this, but………maybe it looks better in person??????????

  • Liam Paul

    to me it looks like the last generation of the chevy cruze got a shot of steroids and some fancy clothes

    • Ron

      Then you seriously need glasses.

      • Althea Later

        Actually that’s what I saw as well… so maybe you need glasses.

        • :/ Yurr

          It looks nothing like a cruze.

  • MayTheBestCarWin05

    The proportions are strong. Yes. The accord c pillar is a low point, but overall this design looks properly premium.

    Holding my breath re: the interior. I hope it’s not a train wreck.

    • :/ Yurr

      Its gonna look like the XT4’s interior…but better.👍

  • Nexus7

    Another sedan that looks like the dozen other anonymous sedans. Make something distinctive (and useful) like a shooting brake (aka wagon). Or just make SUVs that blend into the sea of SUV boxes out there.

    Where have innovation and style and pride gone?

    • LJ

      To be fair, every generation of cars look similar. They all follow the same styling trends. Cars of the 50’s all looked similar, same with the 60’s, 70’s, 80’s, 90’s, etc.

  • Ron

    I have owned two Cadillac ATS Vs. I loved the first one so much that I released a second one when it was time. I have never liked a car that much. And let me just burst all the “American cars are crap” comments that are sure to come – neither of my cars gave me once ounce of trouble. Unlike the German cars I have owned and own. However, I am disappointed in how this looks. It’s really unfortunate because Cadillac can and does build a great car.

  • Maximilian Norlande Rabbitt

    To be honest, the XT6 and CT5 are pretty good. Though I wish GM would make the platform sharing less obvious 😛

  • Paul

    I like everything but the area behind the rear doors. Thank little bit of a chrome spear ruins the thing.

  • wonderdallas

    Just editing the spear off the C-pillar (which brings it back in line with the Escala) does a lot for the profile. Deleting the spear line deemphasizes the roofline arc…which helps the profile feel longer and less rounded. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/0447a269bffa6e455e19beacc7b9203d0a3e42d3d44ecae4a4b49828a18ca795.jpg

    • Rocket

      That looks much better … Well done.

    • CJKnox

      The Cadillac design team is hiring, you should apply.

      I’m serious.

      • Matt

        With respect to wonderdallas, it takes a lot more skill to design a car than just photoshopping a window.

        • Merc1

          Not at GM it doesn’t.

          M

        • wonderdallas

          How DARE you! I am a Creative Director at a worldwide, renowned, cable broadcast channel. I have a degree in design and have been. on. tv. This redesign I did of the CT-5 took me three (count ’em THREE) whole minutes!

          So…yea I’m not qualified. lol . Tho I would love to be a car designer. Sometimes I wish I had gone in that direction.

          • ascariss

            3 minutes is more time GM spent on their design 😀

        • CJKnox
          • Matt

            Normally a sarcastic comment isn’t followed with “I’m serious”.

        • paulgdeaton

          Apparently not, if you look at Cadillac’s version.

    • David William Auch

      Geez – you’re right. That is better. Gosh – it is amazing how much a simple change in the trim can have such a dramatic impact. I’m probably over thinking this hatred of the notch, but I do do hope that is not all black plastic behind the rear door opening. I’m with CJ! You should be at Caddy! (or honda, or infiniti). Thanks for your thoughtful variations.

  • TrevP

    I like the gran turismo (BMW) style of the vehicle.

  • wonderdallas

    I have a current CTS V-Sport and I feel like the rear seat is a bit tight. So I remember hearing something about the CT-5 offering as much or more rear seat room as the CTS but overall splitting the difference between a CTS and an ATS.

    So in morphing between CTS and the CT-5 I see how it can be done.

    The blended image has the wheelbase of the CTS being an inch or so longer than the CT-5 and the front doors being roughly the same length. Here you can see that the CT-5’s arching roofline allows for an more upright rear door opening and possibly more headroom. It seems the rear overhang is now a bit shorter. So technically a smaller car than the CTS but with a bit more interior room.

    So I’m guessing it’s dimensionally closer to the CTS than the ATS. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/f15a1e95167b7bb1ef5b25caa44ea449aebc396b017006f719a3049a67ca112c.jpg

  • designer_dick

    GM really doesn’t understand the premium segment if they think that mass market f*ckery like gloss black plastic triangles masquerading as a rear quarter window is acceptable. It doesn’t work on the Cruze, it doesn’t work on the Opel Insignia/Buick Regal, and it sure as hell doesn’t work here.

  • designer_dick

    GM really doesn’t understand the premium segment if they think that mass market f*ckery like a gloss black plastic triangle masquerading as a rear quarter window is acceptable. It doesn’t work on the Cruze, it doesn’t work on the Opel Insignia/Buick Regal, and it sure as hell doesn’t work here. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/2f8e5871b561d4f643dbbab268b5e6de7c3025f236c39e7f18dea1a88ed2aa5c.gif

    • wonderdallas

      Agreed but I do wonder if the material is actually glass. I would hope so even tho the “window” is faux.

    • atomiccow

      Couldn’t have said it better. I generally don’t think that fundamentally good designs can be ruined by small details, but the fake window on the C-pillar is a real travesty in what is otherwise a very good looking design.

      This is a case of two-steps forward and one step back. Seems like at GM, even when design wins, cost-cutting takes precedent.

      • designer_dick

        Would it really have cost them that much more to engineer the body with a real quarter window rather than a stamped recess to fit some black plastic?

        • MayTheBestCarWin05

          yes

          • designer_dick

            That sort of cynical cost-cutting has no place in the premium segment.

          • MayTheBestCarWin05

            First off, you again with the RPDR gifs…(I chuckle every time you do….keep it up).

            Admittedly, i was being reductive in my response. I agree that this type of cost cutting is unacceptable in the premium space. Even if it does save them money, its not worth the ‘perception hit’.

            Consider this, the car has been revealed for about 36 hours, and discussions on it have centered around what we all think of GM’s decision on cpillar design and how that means GM is incompetent and going out of business. I know the internet is prone to hyperbole, but this is getting ridiculous.

          • designer_dick

            That reaction should prove just how badly they’ve misjudged the car’s design. Now, I don’t necessarily think they’re about to go out of business, but I don’t think Cadillac is long for this world if this cost-cut visual mediocrity is the best GM can come up with.

          • MayTheBestCarWin05

            No question. I agree wholeheartedly.

            GM has fumbled their luxury execution for so long that no matter what Cadillac does, there will be a strong community that is #nevercadillac. This c-pillar reaction has given credence to this anecdotal observation.

            thankfully, the enthusiast community on these threads by NO means represents the buying public at large. And something tells me that to an average buyer ‘C-PillarGate’ won’t even register as something to be concerned over

    • Thetruthísntalwayspopular

      Actually they can get away with it on a vehicle like the Cruze. I agree it does let the CT5 down. BMW would never…

    • MarketAndChurch

      This is almost always true. Cadillac sedan buyers, however, are the exception. This isn’t a car for your typical luxury car buyer, they’re not going after conquest sales to bring new people to the brand because sedan sales are dying and just like the conclusions that Lexus and Acura and Infiniti and Volvo are all coming to, they’re not winning over any BMW/Mercedes/Audi/Porsche customers. So it’s not even worth trying. The only buyers that matter are the ones that currently support the brand, but don’t want an SUV.

  • wonderdallas

    Here’s what it would look like with the current CTS’s C-pillar design. Not bad actually. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/5d9b69385feed47dab8a4346d143ff22b50ad8bde2fa6efa779ed0b3c6fc6d47.jpg

  • wonderdallas

    Let’s talk about the good things. Them hips!
    Like the current CTS, they often hide in photos but you can see them here.

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/b64312305fd382d7e6652d69b1727fd2e4c9d2f839d24581cf6937542e82aed2.jpg

  • Six Thousand Times

    I don’t like that fake quarterlight either, but this is a pretty good looking car.

  • AMG44

    Rich man’s Honda Accord 😁
    From some angles it looks good though

  • Kapi19

    Not even a Cadillac, I wait to see the Lincoln Zephyr

  • Dude

    Looks very good

  • TheBelltower

    Well okay now… Not earth shattering, and very conventional. But this could be something interesting nonetheless. Solid design from what I can see.

  • Steve Cohn

    This has to be one of the most conservatively designed sedans in years. If this is what it takes to be a GM designer I’m signing up. It looks like a 5 yr old shrunken Infiniti M-Class. Would I buy one? Sure, if they quit pricing them like comparably sized BMWs, MBenz, & Audis.

  • John S.

    Well, at least they did not call it,”Cimarron”. I will wait for an in person view and of course, the price.

    • MayTheBestCarWin05

      Seriously….how long are people going to make Cimarron jokes….YAAWN

      • Enter Ranting

        GM is NEVER going to live down selling a tarted-up Chevy Cavalier as a car worthy of the “Standard of the World” moniker. May they never forget their hubris.

        • MayTheBestCarWin05

          Not as long as dudes like you keep bringing up an admittedly poor decisions from DECADES ago.

          But for some people, Cadillac could start passing out pots of gold and people would complain
          about the pot it came in.

          Cadillac Isn’t for you. And that’s fine.

          • Enter Ranting

            I really want to see Cadillac succeed. It has a great history. Or HAD a great history. It hasn’t had a clue in close to fifty years. It’s been one dumb decision after another. They’ve been lousy almost as long as they’ve been a company. I see no indication that they have any semblance of a plan going forward. They present gorgeous concepts, and then give us lame production vehicles. GM is a giant company with amazing resources. They killed Pontiac, Oldsmobile, Saturn and Hummer, and they still can’t get their act together.

  • Rob

    This looks like a 2019 Altima had relations with a Saturn.

  • ascariss

    Bold is one way to put it, I can think of others as well…

  • NASTY.

  • EyalN

    this is why GM are closing plans. this is not going to sell

    • CarCzarDesigner

      There are a lot of people who can finance this and will be thrilled they are moving up to a Cadillac. It will sell. We will just be stuck with this eyesore for the next 15 years, which GM does so well.

      • Merc1

        Normally I’d say that is true, but sedans are not in favor as much any more and they need to truly be something to entice buyers. This doesn’t do anything and there are very few people who aspire to own a Cadillac like they would a Mercedes, BMW, Audi or Lexus at this point. That GM won’t show the interior tells me it is going to be more of the same cheap, ugly design in all GM cars. 15 years? GM won’t be around in 15 years at the rate they’re going now.

        M

        • CarCzarDesigner

          Merc – this will sell, Crossover craze not withstanding,..this will sell! It’s new, it’s different…it’s American… Steve Carlisle wouldn’t be taking this gamble, if he didn’t think this car would appeal to his customer base and draw in new buyers. I agree with you on your points, but GM may have better clarity on the matter.

          Speaking of clarity, I was not suggesting Cadillac would still be build this in15 years. What I meant was, this car will (no doubt) will still be on the **road** in 15 years. So, let’s sit back and see if Steve Carlisle got it right this time.

  • Merc1

    I just wish I could sit in on their design and strategy meetings. I mean are all the people in the room idiots or are the bean counters dictating everything or are all they are just totally detached from the reality of the competition? I simply don’t get it at this point.

    M

  • Yishay

    The sport is nice

  • BlackPegasus

    WHY didn’t GM use this opportunity to introduce a jaw dropping 4dr coupe to take on the Audi A7 and Mercedes CLS? This half hearted effort is not going to sway potential
    buyers to the brand. Meanwhile, manufacturers like Hyundai and Kia are taking chances in the design department while GM Cadillac continue to be governed by grandpas and aunt Martha 😒

    • MarketAndChurch

      Sadly, it’s because the CLS, 6-series Gran Coupe, and the A7 have all been failures in the US. Not only have these cars struggled to sell in large quantities, but the declines in the sedan market has seen 4-dr coupe’s hit the hardest. And if Cadillac designed a jaw-dropping 4-dr coupe, people are still going to buy a german product over theirs any day, no matter how good it looks.

      The only way to make a 4dr coupe successful, is if Cadillac made it jaw-dropping, the size of the Tesla Model S, and the speed of the Model S, as well as either a super modern and futuristic with a large over-sized tablet. And have it cost the same as a Model S.

      Only then… will Cadillac be successful, selling a jaw-dropping 4-dr coupe, and have people lining up outside of dealerships to buy one, let alone see and sit in one.

    • Enter Ranting

      Genesis is going to eat Cadillac’s lunch, and make it wash the dishes. I’d choose a Kia Stinger over this hot buttered mess.

  • It’s a lot a of good things badly put together. It doesn’t seem to know what it wants to be. Propotions are wrong. I don’t like the Chevy look and feel (mostly plastics and bad infotainment system CUE) inside CT-S and AT-S, but they are good looking sedans, who drive well, (and have great Chassis according to those lucky enough to drive the powerful versions and test them hard). This is like the 5 (6before) and 3 series GT by BMW.

  • Jp

    Interesting. I think the love-hate for the C-pillar is understandable given that my understanding is the XTS is the best-selling sedan in the Caddy lineup, and that people pick it because it has more room in the back. If you look at the way the doors open, it becomes clear that they wanted to have ample headroom and easy entry. I see this car more as being a 3-GT competitor, despite what looks like a traditional trunk.

    • MarketAndChurch

      And, if they were to design this car without trying to hide that added functionality, people would complain even more. Sometimes, you just can’t win with everybody.

      Their XTS customer base is a very important customer base for the brand. They will never convince someone to choose a CTS or ATS over a 3 or 5 series, or an E or C class. So they they have to cater to the needs of those XTS buyers first.

  • I thought GM revived Saturn…

  • Rob

    I saw a CTS 4 coupe the other day, why did Cadillac shy away from that aggressive design?? That is still an awesome look for a car. Typical GM dropping the ball, just like the past years… sad…

    • MarketAndChurch

      Because it’s too expensive to keep that product alive. If people are going to have a 2 or 3 door coupe, it’s going to be one made by a german luxury company. It doesn’t matter what product Cadillac puts out. If it isn’t an SUV, it isn’t going to sell.

  • Thetruthísntalwayspopular

    “What we do know is that it replaces the compact ATS and the larger CTS”
    Incorrect. it is a direct replacement for the CTS. The ATS will have it’s own direct replacement.

  • Joe E

    I’ve said this in the XT6 posts, but I think this new Escala design language is much more striking in person than in photos. I think this will have a stately elegance IRL. It’s like a reverse catfish – nothing special in photos, but striking in person.

  • Mike Gonzalez

    this is the ugly cousin of the current Opel Insignia…

  • Socarboy

    I think if any sedan/saloon is to make it in this day and age it needs to offer it in a 5-door hatch The Buick Regal is a rare 5-door and it’s not promoted by GM I’ll bet if there were 5-door Camrys and Accords they would fly off the dealers lots

    • MayTheBestCarWin05

      You’re right. But thats more so due to those cars being the Camry and the Accord. Doesnt matter how many doors they have, people are going to buy them.

  • EL CHAPO THA GREAT

    Honda Accord and Nissan Altima’s ugly clone

  • S3XY

    next

  • Justin Spencer

    Reminds me of the first generation Lexus GS and the current Acura RLX…..I actually liked the CTS and ATS better!

  • SteersUright

    Wow! Quick! I need a ton of synonyms for hideous! Damn! Is Cadillac trying to offend people on purpose?

  • MarketAndChurch

    Yeah I think Johan was still at Cadillac when this was being penned and strategized.

  • MarketAndChurch

    I mostly like it. I don’t like everything about it, but it is mostly a nice design, to me.

    It does set a problem with GM, and that is their over-dependence on visual trickery, in the place of or at the expense of good design. Sometimes it’s because they’re chasing a new fad, which I don’t mind, or they’re trying to compensate for something they can’t engineer around or an utility they can’t not offer. I don’t mind any of this so long as the final product looks good and is something that won’t be an embarrassing conversation piece 10 years down the road when someone gets one used and has to explain that quirk to everyone that asks.

    And as a brand, I’m not just talking about Cadillac exclusively, but GM as a whole. Chevrolet is probably the worst offender of this.

    • MayTheBestCarWin05

      Interesting…I think you’re on to something here. Can you share a few examples (outside of expected controversy over the CT5 c-pillar)

    • wonderdallas

      Besides the faux fender vent on the 2nd gen CTS, what are you referencing pertaining to Cadillac? While they have a distinctive design language, I find they aren’t particularly gimmicky or trendy. Maybe the clear tail light covers on the new XT-4 sport? Black piano trim? But that is in nearly every car these days.

      If anything, I’m baffled when a luxury brand (especially one like Cadillac that is trying to burnish it’s image) allows for their base trim cars to display cost cutting. Or to back slide between various models.

      For example. The current CTS is a is an example of Cadillac getting it mostly right. The base model 2.0 looks just as good as the V-Sport. Except for wheels, there is no visual difference. But the ATS can be had without fog lights ( which lengthen the light blade) and with cheap looking wheels and no exhaust trim. So, the ATS base degrades the Cadillac brand. The base CTS does not. Well, except for the base instrument cluster…that sucks on both.

      A back sliding example is the CT6. In the CTS, every inch of the door panel is covered in leather or leather-like material. The costlier CT-6 has (not cheap but) firm plastic on the lower door panels. And the CT-6 has barely noticeable exhaust pipes.

      These things bug me. lol

      • Joe E

        The fender vents on the second gen CTS are not fake, they are functional (I own a gen-2 CTS)

  • DM

    Wow. This is giving me BMW 3 Series GT and 5/6 Series GT vibes and not in a good way. It looks chunky from the side, although the front is gorgeous and the rear is ok. Having said that, this car is battling in a segment where “just ok” is not good enough.

  • wonderdallas
    • Socarboy

      It was nice but won’t sell in the USA because of its love affair with SUVs

  • john1168

    The more I look at this car, the more I dislike it. The front and rear views are fine but the profile is a complete disaster. Everything between the front wheels and the tail lights on the profile needs to be redesigned. I’ve already mentioned the hideous C pillar with the cheap looking fake window/black spacer but what also ruins the looks is the short front door and long rear door. Also, is this a hatchback? Because I get the feeling it isn’t and that also adds to what is an extremely awkward design, giving it hatchback looks without it actually being a hatchback.

    How much does GM expect customers to pay for this styling nightmare? As others have said, it’s like they’re trying to make it a failure… I had really high hopes for this car and I’m sure the interior is really nice and I’m sure mechanically it’s an excellent car but the design department really screwed this up.

  • Enter Ranting

    This thing is dead on arrival. Chevy Cruise headlights, a tortured front clip with HUGE fake grilles, and that dreadful C pillar treatment.

    • Pissed Canuck

      Actually, the whole package does resemble a Chevrolet Cruze. Yuck.

      • Ron

        Compare it to a 10th gen Honda Accord. Same exact body shape.

  • Enter Ranting

    Yep – any of those design studies is better than the mess they’re about to drop with a thud.

  • Socarboy

    The first thing GM needs to do is fire CEO Mary Barra GM needs to get back to its roots of building dependable transportation with a touch of style and performance how about ditch that auto start/stop technology as the 1st order of business

    • Trey Bellamy

      You could just turn it off.

  • Zach Nichols

    We probably have Johan de Nyshen to thank for this disaster. For what is likely a 50k car, it looks like it’s worth 30. The hatchback rear is hideous, the front is nice but not an upgrade, and the whole profile looks worse than anything from Cadillac in 15 years. It’s Neither sleek, aggressive, or beautiful. Which the ATS, CTS, and CT6 are. I’m a Cadillac lover but this might be the worst looking car in its class. It’l be dead on arrival, but I hope Cadillac can survive this…

    • botornot387

      All Cadillac’s short of the XT5 and Escalade have been DOA

  • Ron

    So it basically looks almost exactly like a 10th Gen Honda Accord.

  • zormpas

    Whatever else can be said about it, it mostly ditches the dreadful Post Holocaust styling inherited from the Pontiac Aztek. Looks vaguely BMW-esque to me.

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